19970615 Brigada Today

Now with 5672 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
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In this issue….

* WANT TO SAVE $1800?
* UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
* WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
* PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
* WE’VE MOVED!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WANT TO SAVE $1800?
Want to save $1800? Don’t attend GCOWE 97 which starts today, June 30, and runs for a week. Skip the 18-hour flight to South Africa and standing in food lines with 4,000 people from 130 countries. Instead, get daily highlights and feel you are a part of this cutting-edge missions conference by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg and putting
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on the first line of the message. If you want to really feel like you are there, visit the GCOWE 97 web site at http://www.ad2000.org. All virtual attendees are encouraged to pray that the physical attendees will rise to the challenge of Luis Bush to adopt the remaining 579 peoples still without a known church-planting effort. Wouldn’t Luis sleep well on the flight back to America if he knew that all 1,739 peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list had church-planting teams assigned to them?

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UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
O Last week’s item, CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD, generated quite a flurry of responses. We received this from the AD2000 & Beyond International Office: “Wow!!! What a great response in requesting the AD2000 CDs! We’re very encouraged by so much global interest. AD2000 apologizes that there was some miscommunication on our part in the availability and pricing of the CDs. We will begin shipping the CDs in early July. The $2 price was originally meant for volume orders only. All orders already taken will be honored at the $2 per disc price, however as of June 24, the following price scale is in effect:
1 to 3 discs – $5 each
4 to 10 discs – $4 each
11 to 15 discs – $3 each
16 or more discs – $2 each
Please forgive any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope this CD will still be of service to the Kingdom at what we feel are still very cost-effective prices. For more information or to order, contact the AD2000 office at:

AD2000 & Beyond Movement
2860 S. Circle Dr., Suite 2112
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA
Phone: (719) 576-2000
Fax : (719) 576-2685
Email: infoatad2000dotorg

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
The Russian Federation Duma this week approved a new law wiping out most of the religious freedom that the Russian people have recently obtained. In effect, only religious organizations registered during the Soviet period will remain. Hundreds of recently registered faiths, churches, seminaries, and charities will become illegal. Under the new law only Russian citizens are given the right to form registered or unregistered religious associations, including prayer groups. The law also increases government scrutiny of religious practices and beliefs, and groups can be shut down for a broad array of ideas and actions, including causing “social disorder”.
(Source: 6/19/97, Lauren Homer, President Law and Liberty Trust, 333 Maple Avenue East, Suite 1085, Vienna, VA 22180, FAX: 1-703-319-3625, E-mail: 75050dot3251atcompuservedotcom. More information is available at http://www.calebproject.org/pruss.htm. )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
Here’s a note to all those with fancy email systems at their offices: “Watch that vacation mail, please!” Remember that if you set your email up with an auto-responder (“I’m on vacation until the 27th of July and will respond after that date.”), you’ll drive conference participants/owners crazy! :-) Most likely, the conference owner will have to manually unsubscribe you (as if they didn’t already have enough to do with normal maintenance). So please do your conference owner (and everyone else on your conference) a favor. If you’re going to do a “vacation mail,” unsubscribe from all conferences first.

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PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
Christian Information Network has an entire collection of prayer resources to help you transform your prayers for the world. First is the recently released WindoWatchman II. It contains valuable insights gained first hand from prayer journeyers who participated in Praying Through The Window II in October of 1995. You will also find a colorful pull-out map of the 10/40 Window, captivating photos, informational charts, statistics, and up-dates on ministries working in this very needy region of the world. To purchase, send a check to the Christian Information Network at 11025 State Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 Phone: (719)522-1040 or fax them a credit card at (719)548-9000. See their Web Site: http://www.christian-info.com. They also have tapes from the “Praying With Power Conference,” February 12-15, 1997. Through them, you can learn how prayer is transforming the lives of people in the 10/40 Window — and is altering the course of world history! Available in audio and video. Contact CIN CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom for a complete list of tapes and prices, but basically, you can get single audio tapes for $5, single videotapes for $20, a 12-tape audio set for $55, a 36-tape video set for $165, as well as complete sets for a bit more. Titles include sessions like, Prayer Sessions for the 10/40 Window Nations, China and Asia Update, Prayer Mobilization, Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window-Emeka Nwankpa (Nigeria), Training The Leaders in the Mission Field, Church Planting Strategy, and many many more.

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WE’VE MOVED!
Isn’t it amazing that with email addresses, you never have to worry about from where the person is writing? Our family moved from Cincinnati to Louisville this past Saturday (and there are still stacks upon stacks of boxes everywhere! :-( ) but — with email, for the most part, you never have to worry about the physical locations of your senders! Give me email any day! (More Brigada Today next week, after the boxes get unpacked a bit more! :-))

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*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
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*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19970608 Brigada Today

Now with 5623 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FOLLOW UP TO “SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?”
* THE NEED FOR MARATHON RUNNERS, NOT JUST SPRINTERS
* FOR THOSE GETTING STARTED LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE
* PRACTICAL STUDIES ON HINDUISM
* FOR THOSE WITH GREAT MISSIONS DREAMS
* CONTACT INFO. FOR LEARNING TESL/ESL
* THE TRUTH ABOUT “=3D” CODES IN COMPUSERVE
* WHAT OTHER MOVIES CAN TEACH SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE ‘TASK’
* NOW YOU CAN STUDY CHINESE ON THE INTERNET
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
* PRAYER INFO. ON JAPAN
* TYPO FROM LAST WEEK IN “GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE”
* GET AUDIO HELP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
* FLOOD OF RESPONSES FROM LAST WEEK’S, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
* THE TRUTH ABOUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III
* A HAT TRICK & A CRACKED RIB: FAIR TRADE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FOLLOW UP TO “SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?”
Remember the 16 of May Brigada Today and its item, ” SO WHERE …”??? We’re still getting mail on that one. The question dealt with how to come up with enough workers to meet the needs of the least reached. One reader headed to Central/Eastern Europe pointed out this past week that maybe the problem isn’t so much with finding workers, but rather with finding the funds! For example, this reader knew of 6 willing workers, ready to depart, who didn’t have a clue where funds would originate! So maybe we need a simultaneous push to develop the sending base while we look for ‘goers’! As a matter of fact, that’s the conclusion we’ve come to in our own mission mobilization efforts (PACE and Team Expansion). We’re trying to facilitate the staging of these “Pit-Stops” to call forth churches who will adopt unreached peoples, then help them draw up solid plans as to how to pull off a major outreach among the unreached. (Next Pit-Stops are in Raleigh, Sept. 19-20, contact johnddotwilliamsatcplcdotcom for registration; then Tulsa, Oct. 10, contact wbirney11ataoldotcom for registration; we’re working on one for central IL for Oct. 17-18.)

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THE NEED FOR MARATHON RUNNERS, NOT JUST SPRINTERS
One of my best friends in all the world happens to be working right now to open up operations in a new field in Asia. He wrote this past week, “I feel so puny over here. The challenge is so HUGE! Less than 1% know the redemption story. I think, man, we need 1000 PACE projects here alone! This is a place where we can really be creative too. Everyone can have a part in one way or another.”

He continued, “I stayed all night with a man who though at a young age of 52, knows 10 languages, has been very instrumental in the translation of a Bible in his mother tongue for his people, and has together with his group of friends started 40 + churches in … [a ‘creative access’ country]. I couldn’t help but feel real puny going before the Lord that night!”

“What a passion! A shining light.”

He went on, “I met a lady today….who committed to mission service in 1951. Wow! The marathon runners are so few today…I am so thankful that I have been able to meet several before they pass on. Their works have been done in relative silence with little fan fare, and this lady will probably be here till the Lord comes back or till He takes her home — a medical clinic, a dormitory ministry so tribals can go to school, a “guest room”, leadership training center, outreach to rescue girls before they get into prostitution, ministry to the aids victims! Incredible. They say 200,000 will be orphaned in the next 5 years due to both parents dying of aids! If she were younger (76) she would start an orphanage. Who will God raise up??”

My buddy’s right about the marathon runner thing. There has been such an exciting emphasis on short-term missions (which is good) that we wonder where we’ll come up with those who can invest the 5 years it’ll take to learn some of these languages!!! (Internationals working side by side with mission senders, in at least a portion of the cases, we trust!) We’d all better pray that at least 1 in 5 short-termers decides to go back for the long haul — and I’m not just talking about 5 years! We need some 20+ year people!

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FOR THOSE GETTING STARTED LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE
And for those who want to become marathoners :-) Kerstin Hack (our German correspondent, you’ll recall :-)), recommends a www page offering all sorts of free or cheap electronic language learning programmes (anything from Arabic to Russian). http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~bear/Language-Page.html. Check it out!

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PRACTICAL STUDIES ON HINDUISM
The India Center for Mission (at the U.S. Center for World Mission) is sponsoring a shortened Hindu Studies Institute this summer, from July 5-11, 1997 (Weekend and weeknights). Topics include: Hinduism in India, Philosophical, Popular and Bhakti Hinduism, the New Age, Sikhism, Folk, Hinduism, etc. Approximately 24 hours of teaching. Dr. Vern Middleton, and Rev. Premkumar Dharmaraj will do the teaching. Exec. Director Greg Parsons invites all, “Come and get a week of practical knowledge on how to reach Hindus!” For more information, I’m sure Greg will be glad to forward your mail to the correct department… :-) gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg.

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FOR THOSE WITH GREAT MISSIONS DREAMS
Have great missions dreams? Find out how to help your church be effective in reaching those dreams at the ACMC Mid-Western National Conference, July 24-26 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Elmbrook Church is hosting this 3-day powerhouse full of practical “how to” workshops on how to do missions effectively in the local church. For a brochure e-mail David Mays, ACMC, 102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom or call 317-842-0348.

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CONTACT INFO. FOR LEARNING TESL/ESL
(/) Will you ever forgive me for not including contact information for the tesl course mentioned last week? :-) (“NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL”) Sorry! Edic4leiataoldotcom should do it! Thanks for those who took time to seek it out! Instead of TESL, I’d better brush up on my composition! :-)

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THE TRUTH ABOUT “=3D” CODES IN COMPUSERVE
I mean CIS. (Yikes, why’d they go and change their name to the name of a commonwealth that stretches halfway around the globe through 13 time zones!!!) Apparently =3D the reason we =3D see weird codes in Compuserve (I mean CIS) =3D these days has to =3D do with something called =3D “quoted printable.” If you’d like to take action, one reader suggested that you switch to a MIME compatible email client (which is supposed to decode these things; trouble is, if someone without a MIME client forwards an already mangled message to you, your MIME client is silent, which, by the way, is exactly what most real MIME clients should do anyway, right? :-)), or more simply, just ask people not to send text as quoted-printable (an option in all Internet browsers and email software). Otherwise, you can simply live with it (Now there’s a novel thought!). According to Wayne W. McDougall systematcodeworksdotgendotnz, “you can read it after a while, especially when you know why and what it is about.”

Yikes.
Maybe Wayne works for some kind of secret agent firm or something? :-)
=3D here, =3D there. Here a =3D, there a =3D everywhere a =3D.
Maybe we should just go back to straight ASCII. Who needs all those fancy fonts ANYWAY! :-)
Kind of like a hiccups. =3D Excuse me.

Also, if you’re a Cserver and would like to try switching back to the “oldmail” system, just to see if that helps, the go word is “NPX32” not “Mpx32” as previously mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Thanks David.

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WHAT OTHER MOVIES CAN TEACH SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE ‘TASK’
Bennett Sloan bdotsloanatjunodotcom liked the idea of using Preacher’s Wife WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”; in last week’s edition of Brigada Today). In fact, he’d like to start a little collection of movies that can teach something, then post the list here for everyone to see. If you have an idea, send it to Bennett with the title, source (unless you can rent it at the corner video store), and the way you’d suggest using it. For example, Bennett pointed to The God’s Must Be Crazy “which is about the adventures of a pygmy bushman trying to return a Coke bottle that drops out of the sky and disrupts their idyllic existence. People learn about another world view, that has much to commend it.” When you send the note, please use the Internet form of underlining the movie title (see examples above) if possible, to save some time reformatting! Thanks! Don’t forget about regular “teaching videos” or mobilization films too! Bennett, we’re counting down the weeks ’til you send us the compilation!

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NOW YOU CAN STUDY CHINESE ON THE INTERNET
… and without the =3D Chinese characters! :-) Well — sort of. Wheaton College Graduate School and the Institute for Chinese Studies have combined to put together “INTR 683: CHRISTIANITY & CHINA: ISSUES IN MISSIONS & CHURCH HISTORY.” It’ll happen starting this week, June 18 – August 14, 1997, with Brent Fulton as the primary instructor. Doug Milford dougdotmilfordatwheatondotedu wrote, “This is a two semester-hour credit, graduate level course combining the convenience of self-study with the benefits of ongoing interaction made possible through e-mail communication. Taped lectures and course materials will be mailed in advance. Then students will proceed through the material and interact with one another and with the instructors via e-mail.” Sounds great! For more info., contact gradextenatwheatondotedu but better do it today!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
Pierre Guelmbaye, leader of Gospel Recordings Chad, was robbed and injured as he traveled back from Nigeria by way of Cameroon. Although he was hospitalized for two weeks with head injuries, Pastor Pierre was already making plans for more distributions. His only concern about the mugging was apparently how he would pay for the medical treatment. Of the 160 people groups in Chad only 22 have gospel recordings and 120 are considered unreached.
(Source: Global Recordings Network e-mail info and prayer requests, 29 May 97 GloReNetatcompuservedotcom or http://users.aol.com/glorenet/, and IMB Status of World Evangelization Database, 1996.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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PRAYER INFO. ON JAPAN
The Japan Evangelical Missionary Association (JEMA) which represents over 1300 evangelical missionaries and 44 agencies working in Japan, has just published a daily prayer guide for Japan. Entitled OPERATION JAPAN, it is available in both Japanese and English. 152 pages. Apparently it is full of statistics, background facts and little known knowledge about Japan, prefecture by prefecture. The English version is $7.90 ($6.90 for ten or more copies) The Japanese version is $10.40 (I guess those characters are harder to draw??? :-)) For more info. contact jemsaacfataoldotcom.

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TYPO FROM LAST WEEK IN “GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE”
(/) If you’ve been trying to write the GCOWE rep. who told us about the great prayer response, better write Bennie Mostert and crew at nupsaatglobaldotcodotza. Sorry for any trouble that typo caused! Must have been something I ate… or something I failed to eat maybe! :-)

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GET AUDIO HELP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
Now you can get customized help for teaching English as a second language from Audio Scripture Ministries. Apparently you tell them what 2nd language you’re working with and they customize the package! They’ve got two-pocket albums for $5.95 postpaid. (10 or more are only $3.95 each postpaid.) The price is right. Includes a cassette entitled “The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived” in English (NIV) in the one pocket and this same cassette in the student’s language in the second pocket along with a printed booklet of the content on the English language tape. The cassette is an arrangement of selected passages from the Gospels which accurately and compellingly portray the main events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Sounds pretty cool!

For more information contact,
Audio Scripture Ministries
P. O. Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046-0634.
E-mail asm-caatxcdotorg
WWW: http://www.audioscriptures.org/asm.

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FLOOD OF RESPONSES FROM LAST WEEK’S, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
Yikes. I think we touched on a nerve! :-) We received a flood of responses from Brigada participants who could relate to last week’s item, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?” Testimonies ranged from those who said that they appreciated the “3-block” orientation (if you generally work morning and afternoon, you try to take off the evening; if you work in the evening, try to take off the morning; you get the picture) to those who said they had been trying for years to get a handle on that kind of thing. Many appreciated the Preacher’s Wife parable — and not a single reader took us to task for utilizing a secular movie to make a spiritual point! :-) One “home missionary” (who serves in an agency headquarters office) reported reality, however, when he shared the demands of his day. With children, homework, reading to the young ones that he loves, etc., we gathered that he almost feels he starts a second job when he gets home at night! He was open to input… but I’m not sure anything will ease the burden for parents with small children who need care. The bottom line is that we need to pray hard that God will enable us to “stay the course” during those times when others (like our kids) need us at those special times. And to be fair to our employers, we probably need to log 8 hours/day average for them… but we probably also need to learn to not feel guilty if we use remaining hours for family, friends, and our own personal/spiritual needs. Whew. Covey and Day-timer notwithstanding, that is not an easy task. If you’ve got a secret potion or even simple advice for this Brigada participant, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the Subject line reading
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

and we’ll see what’s out there. Thanks!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III
Last week, we wondered out loud, “WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?” Several responses came in and rather than try to report on the varied opinions, we just compiled them together for you to read for yourself. You can retrieve the 10k file by sending a message to with only the words,
get brigada ptw3lets

in the text of you email message.

Now here’s an imponderable. Why in the world do we use “aren’t” with the word “I”? I mean just say it out loud. I aren’t a bit impressed with the English language, are you? :-) Aren’t I supposed to use aren’t with “I”??? Yikes. No wonder we need special courses! :-)

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A HAT TRICK & A CRACKED RIB: FAIR TRADE
This past Wednesday night, I had a ball… literally! It was the final night for our adult soccer league here in Northern Kentucky. Throughout the evening, I’ll admit I felt a little extra “gusto” and probably played with a bit more energy, just because I knew it was the last game of the season. And believe it or not, for the first time in my life, I took home what soccer players call a “hat trick” — 3 goals scored by the same player in one game. (Keep in mind that part of the reason for my celebration is that I’ve really only been playing soccer for 3 seasons — so forgive my gushing please; I’m really on a U-12 level! :-)). First came a header to the far post off a serve from the left wing, then a quick turnaround shot to the inside, from 6 yards out, and then the most exciting goal of all, a full volley taken first touch out of the air, again from the left winger, with the outside of my right foot (I was facing the winger with my right side toward the goal). It snapped just inside the far post into the side of the net, like lightning. Call it luck or just being in the right place at the right time… either way, the keeper didn’t have a chance on that last one.

But the game didn’t come without cost. About halfway through the first half, when I was really getting jazzed by all the excitement, I took on their center forward and ended up in a head-on collision with him. He didn’t slow down a bit when he saw me coming up to try to steal the ball. Now perhaps that wouldn’t have been so bad except for the fact that this particular forward is 6’4″ and looks something like that “incredible hulk” guy that used to be on late-night syndicated TV. You know . . . the one with the rip in the back of his shirt? I bounced off his clinched fist, pinned against his rib cage, and in that one fleeting moment, saw my lungs pass before my eyes. Yikes. It was a nice effort, but a dumb idea. My stop at the family doctor the following day confirmed my worst fears — I have a nasty cracked rib as a souvenir of a really fun game. :-)

Later that day, I was emailing a friend about the game and I found myself saying, “Ya know, I’d play the whole game over again, fractured rib and all, because I’d never scored three goals before in one game.” For a moment, as those words left my fingers, I thought I must be crazy. And then I realized, we human beings are pretty strange. (Well — at least this one is. :-)) We’ll take calculated risks for something we love. We’ll endure critical shortages, extreme hardships, and outlandish pain — if we reckon that the payoff justifies the reward. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at that baby in the crib at night, as she is deep in sleep. Touch his leg and reach within your soul and I think you’ll agree — you’d probably jump out in front of any maddened assailant to save your little bundle’s life. Without hesitation. Why? You judge that it’s worth it. (Okay, I admit it. The baby analogy works better with some people than the soccer story, right? :-))

That’s why I’m sometimes a bit confused when I hear the “it-was-God’s-will-that-we-quit” theology. You know the line. “We looked for God to open a door, but we just couldn’t get into the country under present conditions, so we’ve scuttled our plans. Or try this one… “We tried to get that correspondence course printed, but with all the barriers we ran into, we finally concluded it just wasn’t God’s will.” Or imagine this one? “We tried to make a go of our marriage; but all the constant bickering proved to me that it just wasn’t God’s will that we stay together.”

I don’t think so.

You see, I learned Wednesday night, we can’t blame my broken rib on the game — or “Lou Ferigno” (the forward). :-) We place the blame exactly where it belongs: player inexperience. (Mine!) I didn’t have to collide. It was a choice I made — and probably a pretty bad one. But the funny part is, I still would have played the game, even if I knew the collision was coming!!! And the scores? The truth is, there were other players on my team tons more talented than I. But not all of them scored goals. In fact, few did. So what is it that results in goals? Why do some people manage to crack the ball in the net while others don’t? Well in my case, I tell you what — it wasn’t raw talent and grace. Believe me. ! I think it was more a matter of hustle. You know what I mean. You’ve just run all the way back to your own defensive third to help ward off a “numbers up” attack, when all of a sudden, your favorite winger gets the ball and everybody else is huffing and puffing (it’s basically an over-30 league! :-)) and you know that no one but the winger is running toward the attacking third. Well what do you do? You reach down deep within your body and summon up some kind of remaining breath and you race the winger to the goal so you’ll be there when the winger crosses the ball to the center. You’ve got to. Your winger is counting on someone to be there. Your team is counting on you. And besides, you love the game.

So see — it’s not that the game is too hard. It’s not that the other team is faster. It’s not that the weather was threatening. It all boils down to this: How bad to you want to be down there at the edge of the 6-yard box when that pass comes in from the side.

That’s what it boils down to: How bad do you want it.

So — cracked ribs and all — give me Wednesday night’s game. We won 7-6. But who really cares about the score. We had a blast. And that’s what made it fun.

And so what’s your challenge? A new country to enter? A translation to do? A marriage to salvage? Another day of language learning? How bad do you really want it to happen. And in spite of cracked ribs, or threatening weather, are you willing to huff, and puff, and summon up some breath from a piece of lung-real estate that you didn’t know you had? If not, you can blame it on “God’s will” if you want, but you’ll never be able to be sure, this side of that final goal line in the sky. :-) Only God knows. And He never tells. But if you persist (like the widow with the unjust judge — or like Moses when he pleaded for grace for the people of Israel) apparently, God isn’t always so “negative” after all!

Wow — a “hat trick.” Traded for a cracked rib. In my book, that’s a fair trade! :-) How bad do you want it?

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970601 Brigada Today

Now with 5597 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GET A LIST OF BRIGADA CONFERENCES
* QUICK AND EASY EMAIL BROCHURE ON BRIGADA
* LIBRARY TO GO IS READY TO GET
* LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A FAMOUS TENTMAKING AUTHOR
* ARE YOUR “MISSIONARY KIDS” READY FOR REENTRY?
* JUST WHEN I WAS EXCITED ABOUT CSERVE’S UPGRADE…
* FOLLOW-UP TO “TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”
* FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SHARE CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS, SEE YOU AT CIU!
* NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL
* WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?
* DONDE SE PUEDE ENCONTRAR “MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHIES” EN ESPANOL?
* ASIA FELLOWSHIP WANTS PRAYER HELPS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE THROUGH PERSECUTION
* GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE IN PREP. FOR GCOWE
* HOW DO YOU SPELL DISCIPLE??? HOW ‘BOUT STARTING WITH PRAYER?
* WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GET A LIST OF BRIGADA CONFERENCES
You can get an instant list of all Brigada conferences at any time, 24 hours/day, compiled “real-time”, by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
conferences brigada

in the text of the message. Then you could pick out the conferences you’d like to join! A one-liner description for each is provided for your info. And just think — every last one is free! :-)

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QUICK AND EASY EMAIL BROCHURE ON BRIGADA
At any time, you can also pick up a quick-and-easy email-able brochure on Brigada by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
info brigada

in the text of the message. An automated reply will come your way.

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LIBRARY TO GO IS READY TO GET
We think you’ll like the great start that Brigada participants have provided for on-site workers! To receive a file stocked full of electronic resources for cross-cultural church planters, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada library-to-go

in the text of the message. There are dozens of options. If you decide to add to the file, or suggest a change, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the words,
LIBRARY TO GO

in you subject line, please. We regret that we cannot process changes sent in other forms.

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LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A FAMOUS TENTMAKING AUTHOR
We asked last week for input on the tentmaking article (” WRITERS WANTED FOR PROPOSED FRONTIER MISSIONS ARTICLE”) and several responses have come in, but we could use some more! The deal is, a writer for a major journal is seeking an article from Brigada Today with the title, THE INTERNET: TENTMAKERS’ COFFEESHOP FOR THE NINETIES. There will be sections on “security, potential, and the future of the Internet and tentmaking.” Please send your ideas/paragraphs/quote to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line,
TENTMAKING ARTICLE

All input must be received no later than June 9. Give any personal examples of how the Internet has helped you prepare for, implement, or survive/thrive in tentmaking ministry. Talk about your fears for security on the Internet, give your favorite horror story :-) or even talk about what you see happening in the future. Thanks!

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ARE YOUR “MISSIONARY KIDS” READY FOR REENTRY?
Just found a brochure on my desk for “Are you Ready for Reentry?,” a seminar for sons and daughters of missionaries by http://www.barnabas.org/ Barnabas International and others. They’re doing one on the East Coast July 14-25, ’97 in PA, and one on the West Coast, July 29-Aug. 9 at Biola. For info, contact them at 75453dot2464atcompuservedotcom,
PO Box 11211
Rockford, IL 61126
phone 815-395-1335
fax 815-395-1385.

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JUST WHEN I WAS EXCITED ABOUT CSERVE’S UPGRADE…
I was all set to make sure you had noticed that CompuServe (now officially “CSI” — guess they have some sponsorship from the former Soviet Union??? :-)) had finally gotten with Internet standards. Users can upgrade at any time now by typing in “go newmail” while online and with the new mailbox that will be created, they can then receive attachments in the same manner as everybody else on the Internet. (Previously, if you “attached” a file to a message, then sent it to a Cserver, the file was stripped at Cserve’s Internet gateway.) Now just when I was about to be excited about that, DavidHousholderatxcdotorg wrote with news that somehow, when the user executes this new mail software, his messages sometimes fill with “=” and “3D.” I had noticed these strange symbols in some of my friends’ emails lately, but hadn’t caught the link to Cserve! Now the most recent news (and this is insider stuff — highly confidential — top secret — a Brigada Today exclusive! :-)) from David is that if users don’t trust the new mailbox software, they can use a little publicized backdoor that allows people who have changed to newmail to get back into oldmail. He said use the GO word “MPX-32.” As of last night, David was still unsure about the whole process — but the bottom line is that not everything Cservey is rosey at this point. If you’d rather switch than fight, check your yellow pages for a list of real Internet Service Providers. :-)

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FOLLOW-UP TO “TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”
In last week’s Brigada Today, we described a couple of programs that allow you to talk “live” with a friend on the Internet (” TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”). One reader (“Greg Fletcher” fletchatjms09dotjetondotordotjp wrote in to comment, “I had a look at those sites, but none seemed to compare to ICQ. Have a look at http://www.mirabilis.com . They have a great program that notifies users when friends/acquaintances (selected by the user) are online. It will also do “pager” messages that pop up when the addressee goes online next, launch chat, voice chat, game, and other external programs and link users together to use those programs. They also have a “White Pages” that to look up people who use the software.” Shew! What’ll they think of next!?

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FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SHARE CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS, SEE YOU AT CIU!
From June 2 through August 8, Muslim Studies courses are being offered at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam, Planting Churches in Resistant Areas and Islamic Theology are each two weeks long. They can be taken for credit or audit. If you have any questions, call Dr. Warren Larson, 1-800-777-2227, Extension 3483.

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NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL
Been wanting to brush up on your TESL skills? (Teaching English as a Second Language) Summer ESL Institutes will be held in Tulsa, OK – June 9-14; Philadelphia, PA. – June 23-28; San Diego, CA. – July 14-19 and Santa Rosa, CA (the Bay Area), July 28-Aug. 2. They will train participants in a new Bible-based ESL curriculum, “Passport to the World of English.” (I asked for details and they told me it was just completed last November!) The one-week course also includes: how to begin an ESL mission outreach in your community from your church; Coordination leadership of an ESL outreach; Finding resources for tutors; Pronunciation, Rhythm and Intonation and music; and lots of other goodies. Tuition & materials: $115, housing and meals extra according to the location attending. Supposedly, it was designed for volunteers to use, so it is very user friendly. With the audio tapes, which include music, students can practice alone between class sessions. Sounds like a great deal!!! Wish I could go!

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WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?
Is it just my imagination, or does it seem that we aren’t hearing as much about the October “Praying Through the Window III” campaign as we have in previous PTW thrusts? Now granted… maybe it’s just my imagination, but we hope this isn’t indicative of a loss of interest anywhere…. If you’ve got an opinion, send it to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with only the words
PTW3 in the subject line. Make sure you note if you’d rather remain anonymous — just in case you say something quote-worthy! :-) And by the way, if you’d like a list of the people groups to be featured in this October’s PTW campaign, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg that reads,
get brigada ptw3-peoples

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DONDE SE PUEDE ENCONTRAR “MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHIES” EN ESPANOL?
Jon would like to know. Where in the world are all the missionary biographies in Spanish? If you’ve got an inkling on this one, write him in Ecuador at ekbladatuiodotuiodotsatnetdotnet and he’ll send us a compiled list. He’s afraid it’ll be woefully short. :-(

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ASIA FELLOWSHIP WANTS PRAYER HELPS
This seems like a simple enough request. But what do we give him? Blake fmm_personnelatjunodotcom has an international consultation coming up in which he’ll need to lead prayer times each day on each major religious bloc (Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Animism, Nominal Christians). They are looking for some resources that could help guide their prayer time. He’s willing to send us a compiled list once he assembles it. Please drop him a line with your recommendations at fmm_personnelatjunodotcom.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE THROUGH PERSECUTION
God’s church is continuing to grow in the Middle East, despite complications and persecution. One of the Bible League’s teams recently delivered 60 tons of Scripture into the region, saying the hardships they endured in the process point to great things about to happen. The group has now received a request for 20-thousand Armenian Bibles and three times as many New Testaments for distribution in Syria, Lebanon, and Armenia. Also, PrayerWave Asia, based out of Singapore, kicks off July 1, calling for the Asian Church to unite in a chorus of prayer on behalf of the hundreds of unreached people groups who haven’t heard the Gospel message.
(Source: Mission Network News, Wednesday, June 4, 1997, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news/news.html )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna , Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA.

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GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE IN PREP. FOR GCOWE
Benny Mostert bennieatcisdotcodotza wrote us this past week to report that he had an excellent response from many parts of the world from those requesting the 44 day prayer guide (1 June – 14 July) for GCOWE ’97. People still wanting to be part of this and want to give the information to their church prayer networks or other prayer groups can contact us at nupsaatglocaldotcodotza. Benny reported, “Momentum is building for this very strategic conference. This may be the last of these type of conferences this century.” Benny added, “This conference is going to take place in the midst of a remarkable prayer awakening in many parts of South Africa. People are praying for revival as never before.”

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HOW DO YOU SPELL DISCIPLE??? HOW ‘BOUT STARTING WITH PRAYER?
How do you sustain long term effective prayer for unreached people groups? How will the thousands of churches which have agreed to pray for the Joshua Project 2000 list stay committed? How can you increase prayer for the 10/40 Window this October? Well according to the Raleigh office of the US Center for World Mission, the answer to all these questions is simple: “Disciple’s Prayer Life.” That’s a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life during this week of August 11-15, 1997 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM (see the add in the June issue of Mission Frontiers), it’s $75 (includes materials, refreshments and one lunch, but doesn’t include housing). Space is limited. For more information email bsuscwmseataoldotcom and put
PrayerLife-your city

in the subject line or call 919-787-3821, speak slowly while leaving name and address to receive brochure.

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WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
In ministry-oriented jobs, it seems there’s always something else demanding our attention. Penny (have I told you about my beautiful wife, Penny?) just rented a movie called Preacher’s Wife, starring Whitney Houston. Honestly, the movie almost seems to land somewhere between It’s a Wonderful Life, Touched by an Angel, a Promise-Keepers Sunday night video, and Ghost (but without the sultry love scenes :-)). Well, maybe I’m reading just a bit into it. But not much. The plot revolves around a preacher who has seemingly “lost his first love” in more ways than one. So this angel drops in (pretty much literally) and, well, gets a bit side-tracked at times with the pretty preacher’s wife. (Now that I write about it, it sounds pretty zany.) At the church, he is feeling like a failure, with faltering numbers and no visible opportunities for growth. And at home, his marriage is a wreck. His wife (Whitney — man can she sing!) is feeling pretty underwhelmed with their relationship. She isn’t looking to leave or anything… just weary with his 12-hour days and 7-day work weeks. He’s always missing appointments to meet her and their son at the park and he forgets about “dates” and trades them off for hospital calls.

As I thought about the fact that this movie was produced by media-types in Hollywood, it dawned on me that they, too, must sense a real “conflict of interest” for men and women in Christian service. The producers do a fairly good job of showing the preacher in a good light. He isn’t having an affair with the organist… and the choir director is his own wife! :-) In fact, during one of Houston’s songs in which she’s reflecting back on their earlier love, the scenes cut over to glimpses of the preacher doing really cool things like serving in a soup kitchen and praying for the sick in nursing homes — and those are pictured in a positive light! In fact, over all, the writers set him up in a pretty positive light throughout the whole movie.

But still, something’s unnerving about the fact that the world knows how hard of a time we have achieving balance. We’re supposed to be loving people, in love with our families, setting the pace on care for our children while we set the pace on care for the sick and the imprisoned. So — when is enough enough? How do we know when to say “uncle!”

As much as I hate to admit it (why do we men hate to admit that our wives know more than we do! :-)), it seems the answer can usually be found in the heart of the female. It almost seems that God has given them this magical barometer for a heart. They know when the magic in marriage is gone… and they know what it would take to get it back, if we’ll just listen. At first, it goes against our nature to hear their pleas for “more time” or “more help” at home. But, as one of our Team Expansion missionaries in Caracas told me a few years ago, once we see the “glory” returning to their faces, it’s well worth the energy and love we invest in rebuilding the relationship.

And how do we achieve balance without going too far (cheating “the company” by taking too much time off? :-)), strangely enough, it seems that once the wife is convinced that she’s first — before job, career, and everything else (second only to one’s personal relationship to God), then she willingly ‘shares’ her mate with the world! Pragmatically speaking, I won’t claim to have an answer, but some of our best missionaries tell me that they focus on tracking their time by looking at the day in 3 “blocks” (morning, afternoon, and evening). According to this model, if you’re spending two blocks per day, 5 or 6 days per week, you’re doing great. If you feel yourself hitting several “3-block” days in a row, better slow down, for everyone’s sake. (And by the way, if you feel you’re only doing 1-block days, or only hitting 4 days instead of 5 or 6, then consider having a heart-to-heart talk with your team leader about how you can build back up to “critical mass” for your ministry’s sake. But for some reason, that’s usually not the problem — for some reason, we’re more likely to cheat our spouses than the ministry. What does that say to our wives about where they stack up in the pecking order?)

So what’s the bottom line?? Balance. Finding that critical balance where we’re serving 2 “blocks” per day, 5 or 6 days per week and giving families the attention and investment they deserve and need, in order to be fruitful and effective for the long haul.

That’s all I’ve got to say about that. :-)

Epilogue: I won’t tell you how Preacher’s Wife ends. Who knows. Maybe you’ll rent it someday??? :-)

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

19970525 Brigada Today

As of May 22, there were 5618 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING ON TAPE
* LAST CHANCE FOR “LIBRARY TO GO”
* RESPONSES TO “HOW DO YOU FILE BRIGADA”
* WRITERS WANTED FOR PROPOSED FRONTIER MISSIONS ARTICLE
* PERUSE THE PUNJAB
* HOW TO ADVERTISE BRIGADA TODAY
* GREAT PRICE ON NEW MISSIONS BOOK – FREE!
* TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET
* SITE FOR MALAY EYES
* NEED A PRINTER? LOOK NO FURTHER
* DOWNLOAD AN EMAIL “BOMM” AND SEE MISSION MOBILIZATION EXPLODE
* DOES PGP RAISE YOUR PROFILE? “GET” THE ANSWER
* DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ALGERIA
* GOT GOOD DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS IN PORTUGUESE?
* HONEST I WAS ONLY KIDDING!
* CALLING ALL MISSION PROFESSORS
* CALLING ALL MISSION TRAINERS
* WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF GOOD SLEUTHING
* 700+ UNREACHED PEOPLES PROFILES NOW AVAILABLE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING ON TAPE
Over 40 participants came together this past weekend for training with Shane Bennett on the why, what, and how of prayer journeys and with PACE reps. for how to do a PACE Project among an unreached people group. What great reviews the prayer journey training received, as part of Pit-Stop Louisville! AND for no extra charge (the training cost $10!), Shane included some basics on doing research during the experience too! Thank goodness David Dunlap 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom was there to try to get the whole thing on tape! (David used to work for ABC and currently does freelancing with Jesus Film project and Good News Production.) Write him if you’d like a video copy. He’ll work something out, I hope. :-) Dave’ll give you a fair price on the cost of the tapes — and … maybe those requesting tapes can add in a $5 gift to Shane and Caleb Project. Dave’ll collect any gifts and send them on to Shane to help him keep doing traveling and training for future teams! Sound okay Dave?

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LAST CHANCE FOR “LIBRARY TO GO”
Those reference books on CD-ROM just keep on coming! This past week we received news on works by Clarke, Luther, Spurgeon, Nave, White, Bonds, Carradine, Fox, AND collections by Calvin, Finney, Moody, Owen, John Wesley, AND biographies on Bunyan, Clarke, Finney, Moody, Muller, Taylor & Wesley, AND final word on the entire Expositors Bible Commentary on CD-ROM as well! As a result, we’re taking one last week to ask for any more additions (so I don’t have to spend the next couple of weeks re-posting the file!!! :-)). But this time we’re serious — only one final week to respond! If you have a favorite CD-ROM resource that you figure some missionary could use in the field and you haven’t already submitted it, just email the title, order information, and a brief paragraph description to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line reading:
LIBRARY TO GO

(Only items with those exact words in the subject line will be included in a new source file in the Brigada file archive beginning next week!) Don’t forget to include price and source! This will [seriously] be the last week for collection — so rattle those keyboards and get your CD titles in today!

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RESPONSES TO “HOW DO YOU FILE BRIGADA”
Seems like the best solutions are simple solutions — and your answers on how you file previous Brigada Today issues were no exception. Some “select”, copy and paste the entire issue into a big WinWord text file. Whenever they want to find a particular kind of resource, they can then do a “find” in that archive (hundreds and hundreds of pages if you were to include each issue since Feb. 18, ’95). Others make each issue into a separate text file and place them all in the same subdirectory, then use a utility to search the contents of that subdirectory for a text string. Don’t forget you can also browse http://www.brigada.org where Bob Mayhew has designed and constructed (as a labor of love, I might add — he receives no pay) a lightning search engine for previous Brigada Today issues. Alternatively, you could use one of the new “web-bot” web downloaders to download the entire Brigada Today portion of the Brigada Today web site and take it with you on your next missions weekend, in case questions come up “on the road.” Finally, don’t forget that, quietly and patiently in the background, we’ve archived each and every Brigada Today for you as an archive file on the hub. To get previous issues, first send an email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
filelist brigada

You’ll receive a complete list of file names for past Brigada Today issues along with other files archived throughout the past couple of years.
To retrieve any past issue, you can always use the same approach:
Get brigada brigada-today.970530

Swap out the date code at the end with the date of the issue you’re wanting to retrieve — for example…
Get brigada brigada-today.950825

That line would get you the issue which introduced the original People Group Consultant database online… You get the idea. All those files will then come to you as emails and you can archive and sort to your heart’s content. Or use hard copies to wallpaper the den! Flies won’t land on past issues of Brigada Today. Try it! :-) Guaranteed or your money back! :-)

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WRITERS WANTED FOR PROPOSED FRONTIER MISSIONS ARTICLE
A writer for a major journal is seeking an article from Brigada Today with the title, THE INTERNET: TENTMAKERS’ COFFEESHOP FOR THE NINETIES. The description runs something like, “In the old days, friends used to gather at coffeeshop counters to talk about common struggles, interests, and discoveries. The practice hasn’t changed, but the venue has! The Internet is proving to be the most effective, efficient, and productive meeting grounds for the nineties.” The proposal is to look at sections on “security, potential, and the future of the Internet and tentmaking.” If you’d like to contribute a paragraph or section to the article, send your ideas/paragraphs/quote to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line,
TENTMAKING ARTICLE
and we’ll try to include something from your quote and try to credit you in the byline (unless you ask to remain anonymous). It just might be that this article could end up being the record-setting article for “most authors to any one journal article” — 5500+!!! :-) All input must be received no later than June 9. Give any personal examples of how the Internet has helped you prepare for, implement, or survive/thrive in tentmaking ministry. Talk about your fears for security on the Internet, give your favorite horror story :-) or even talk about what you see happening in the future. This will be a great experiment — and perhaps you’ll even be able to read the article in the journal in the tentmaking issue in which it will appear! So don’t delay! Send your ideas today!

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PERUSE THE PUNJAB
Here’s a new email conference ready to roar! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples-punjabi

You’ll be able to receive or send out PRAYER REQUESTS and REPORTS related to ministries, among the Punjabi speaking peoples, learn of new MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES among Punjabis, NETWORK with others engaged in ministries to the Punjabis, and share MINISTRY RESOURCES you have developed or locate a ministry resource you need. Great job Joel!

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HOW TO ADVERTISE BRIGADA TODAY
One Brigada participant wrote this past week to ask us for an email “brochure” about Brigada. Yikes. I know it needs updated badly, but one could at least get the idea by sending the following line to hubatxcdotorg
info brigada

Thanks for asking! You could then use that text to relay or copy to anyone. Please do!

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GREAT PRICE ON NEW MISSIONS BOOK – FREE!
The price is right! Keith Doss keithdossatjunodotcom wrote this past week to tell us about Revolution in World Missions. He wrote, “The most important book I have read, after the Bible. The best missions mobilizing tool I know of–by far. Written by a man from India.” According to Keith, “Luis Bush, of AD2000 & Beyond Movement is excited about the above ministries plans, and that they have what it takes, and that they are living it out, and that they are penetrating the 10/40 Window. The book can be ordered through the Internet: http://www.gfa.org. I think the above comments by Luis Bush can be seen at the above address–look for the March/April, 1997 issue of their newsletter. They will ship the book to you free (limited shipping area–you might be asked to pay for shipping if you do not live in certain countries). Might be able to order from e-mail if you do not have Internet access. E-mail: infoatgfadotorg. Can’t lose on that offer folks!

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TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET
Have you seen http://www.aol.com/buddylist/ ??? One reader (soon heading into the 10/40 Window, so wishes to remain anonymous) says AOL’s feature used to be for AOL only but now will work for anyone on the net. There are several utilities now available to do this… like http://www.ichat.com/ipage/index.html and http://pal.excite.com among several others. Problem is — your buddy has to be on at the same time. So — personally, I still prefer email. But several users are very excited about these capabilities so go have a look!

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SITE FOR MALAY EYES
Got a Malay friend? Send him/her to http://www.domini.org/spear/amalan.htm. The author told Brigada Today this past week, “…The Website in Muslimani Malay is now up on the Web. As of about ten minutes ago. The Malays are the world’s most unreached and restricted Muslim group of their size and yet have the most sophisticated Internet and computer industry in Asia. It is very simple and made up of 14 questions and answers about the beliefs and practices of Christians. … It was 26 years ago next month that I was put in prison for three months in Turkey for giving out a gospel tract. And now this.” Worth checking out.

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NEED A PRINTER? LOOK NO FURTHER
Looking for a printing and mailing resource for your newsletters and prayer letters? Consider Mission Services Association. They have done it for over 50 years. Do people actually still use snail mail? :-) Surprisingly, the answer is yes. The Exec. Director of MSA wrote this past week to Brigada Today, “That’s right, there is a whole generation of missions minded folks who ‘download’ everything from their mailbox [the one out by the road!].” :-) MSA can compose, print and mail whatever you need. With the use of their addressing and mailing software, they can get the lowest standard mailing rates for you. You can contact them by phone (800-655-8524), email Mission_Servicesatcompuservedotcom or snail mail: P.O. Box 2427, Knoxville, TN 37901. Nice people. By the way, another Brigada participant just recommended Howard’s Print Shop http://www.netusa1.net/~hpsprint/ for great prayer cards.

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DOWNLOAD AN EMAIL “BOMM” AND SEE MISSION MOBILIZATION EXPLODE
Nate Wilson has now made available the entire organized collection of all the Mission Mobilization Resources covered in the Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers (B.O.M.M.) email conference during the years 1995 and 1996. What a great sampler platter this is! Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line…
get brigada bomm

Finally, here’s your chance to download a bomm for Jesus!!! :-) Send it to all your friends in the name of the Lord! :-)

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DOES PGP RAISE YOUR PROFILE? “GET” THE ANSWER
Thanks to John Hanna who undertook the Brigada survey on the question, “Does using PGP raise your profile?” Get the answer by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
get brigada pgp-profile

PGP is a free email encryption program that allows you to “seal the envelope” on your email, so to speak, so no one along the way can read its contents. To learn about PGP, see http://www.iuc.org/NS062396.HTM (Scroll down till you see “PGP Jump Start”)

According to one reader who read John’s report, “The results of this survey indicate a flaw in the popular missions community perception (not the international business community who has been encrypting their email for many years) which states that encrypted email raises one’s profile in restricted access countries. On the contrary, we have no evidence to suggest that this is true in lands where encryption is not illegal.” Read the report for yourself and decide.

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DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION
…before you move… unsubscribe your Brigada-* subscriptions with your old email service please! :-) You can always subscribe your new service once you’ve got it up and running — and we hope you will! Compuserve’s alphabetical options are killers for Brigada-* conference moderators. Please unsubscribe before you register your new alpha address. Also, Brigada-* conference moderators dread name changes like the one effective June 18, when the “Foreign Mission Board” (FMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention will become the “International Mission Board” and all those former “mci” and other addresses will switch to “imb.org”. In many cases, they’ll go on to receive Brigada emails, but the first time they try a “get” or some other command from the hub, they’re powerless, because the hub “reads” their address as “imb” instead of the one under which they were originally subscribed. Bottom line: “Unsubscribe, switch, subscribe again.” Please.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ALGERIA
In Algeria fundamentalist Moslem groups still carry out brutal attacks even on women and children. Nevertheless, the Christian church is quietly growing. According to one of the country’s Christian leaders one group has grown from 1,600 to 2,000 members since November 1996. All of the new members are from Moslem backgrounds. According to eyewitnesses, this relatively quick growth is due to a clear outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
(Source: DAWN FridayFax, May 9, 1997. http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn .)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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GOT GOOD DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS IN PORTUGUESE?
Send references to budataxdotapcdotorg. We’ll ask him to file a copy with us in a couple of weeks for all to see.

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HONEST I WAS ONLY KIDDING!
:-) One Brigada participant complained a bit about my reference to reincarnation… HOW DO BUSINESS PEOPLE BECOME VITAL PARTICIPANTS IN MISSIONS?”, where I wrote, “When I grow up, or if I’m reincarnated as a different person, I want to be George Miley. :-)” Just to clarify, I’m not Hindu nor did I originally exist as a fly. :-) And when I use the :-) it usually means, “I wish you could see the smile on my face.” :-)

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CALLING ALL MISSION PROFESSORS
The annual meeting of the Association of Professors of Mission is set with the theme, “Looking to the Future, ” at Techny Towers, Techny, Illinois, from the afternoon of June 19 to the afternoon of June 20. (The American Society of Missiology meetings will follow – June 20-22) Topics include: Post-Modernism and implications for Teaching Mission (Alan Padgett, APU); Short Term Missions – A Post-Modern Phenomena (Willow Creek case study); A Broader Agenda for Mission in a Post-Modern World (Howard Snyder, Asbury); New Technology in Teaching Mission Studies (Scott Moreau, Wheaton). Bring your syllabi to share. For registration information, contact Doug McConnell (630) 752-5164. E-mail: CdotDdotMcConnellatWheatondotedu.

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CALLING ALL MISSION TRAINERS
At the annual meeting of the Association of Professors of Mission this year the Willow Creek church will be sharing one model of church-based training. Betty Sue Brewster wrote Brigada Today this past week, “We would like to invite other church-based mission trainers to come and interact with us.” The sessions will be at Techny Towers, Techny, Illinois, from the afternoon of June 19 to the afternoon of June 20. Theme: Looking to the Future. Besides the case study, other topics include: Teaching Mission to Post-Moderns, and New Technology in Teaching Mission Studies. For more information, contact Betty Sue Brewster (818) 584-5276 / (818) 398-8252. E-mail: brewsteratfullerdotedu.

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WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF GOOD SLEUTHING
I just saw a great example of good news-hounding from a participant in the brigada-albania-durres conference (to join, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
subscribe brigada-albania-durres ). To see the example, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the email:
get brigada albania-news

We list this resource for two reasons —

1. the strife in Albania currently, of interest to many world Christians, and
2. the great example this participant is setting in gathering really super info. from the Internet!

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700+ UNREACHED PEOPLES PROFILES NOW AVAILABLE
Did you hear the news from Baton Rouge??? Bethany is now able to offer the Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles at greatly reduced prices. According to Gabriela, “With a heartfelt desire to distribute the prayer information to as many as possible, Baker Printing is producing the profiles at cost.” Produced on glossy paper, the Unreached Peoples Profiles are high-quality, four page pamphlets of the most current information available on the 1739 peoples on the Joshua Project list. The Profile includes a map, up-to-date political & cultural data and a concise, well-researched write-up that explains who the people are, what their lives are like and how to pray for them. For mixed orders the price is 12 cents per profile and 10 cents for orders of 250 or more of the same profile. Order printed profiles or a catalogue by calling Bethany’s automated service at 504 774 2002, by e-mailing at upgatbethany-wpcdotorg, or by faxing at: 504 774 2001.

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(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970518 Brigada Today

Now with 5618 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* HEAR YE, YEAR YE! GET YOUR PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING THIS SATURDAY!
* ‘IT’S YOUR TURN’ FOR A STEAL OF A DEAL, LUCILLE
* “LIBRARY TO GO” IS GOING!
* ON-SITE WORKERS WILL COME FROM PRAYER
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
* BOARDING SCHOOL BLUES TURN TO BYTES AND BITS
* BRIGADA ADMINISTRADA, PROBLEMA NADA
* COME EDUCATE THE KIDS IN K’STAN, MAN!
* APOLOGIES TO TWILA PARIS
* SO HOW DO YOU FILE “BRIGADA”?
* CALLING ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WORKERS…
* PESKY COMPUSERVE NAMES
* DO YOU DO MEDS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION?
* HOW DO BUSINESS PEOPLE BECOME VITAL PARTICIPANTS IN MISSIONS?
* WHO YA GONNA’ CALL – VOLTAGE-BUSTERS!
* STAMP OUT STAMP-OUTS
* WANT THE LATEST PRAYER NEWS ON GCOWE ’97? YOU GOT IT!
* WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF “LINGUISTIC REAL ESTATE”?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HEAR YE, YEAR YE! GET YOUR PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING THIS SATURDAY!
If you’ve got a prayer journey coming up this summer . . . or this October, then run — don’t walk — to Louisville, KY this Saturday to catch a full day of training from the guy who wrote the book on Exploring the Land, Caleb Project’s standard text on doing research expeditions (which include daily prayer walks). (This book served as primary source material for Life-Changing Encounters, AD2000 & Beyond’s standard training issue for JP2000 trips.) Shane Bennett learned under Steve Hawthorne, author of Prayer Walking. Then he went on to lead prayer journeys to places like India and dozens of least reached cities throughout the world. And get this — mention that you heard about it on Brigada and you’ll receive the entire day’s training (Saturday 9AM – 2:40) for $10 (plus $6 for lunch with dozens of other prayer-journeyors). Shane will help you address questions like, “Why pray there, when God can hear here?”, “Who’s qualified for a prayer journey?” and “How do I maximize the long-term effectiveness of my prayer journey?” One church with a team of 10 prayer journeyors headed to N. Africa in July is sending their entire team. Another team of 7 is headed to an Islamic area for a research expedition — and they’re coming to take the training side by side. Yet another 4-person research team is headed to a Buddhist area and they’re using the weekend as part of their team-building experience.

Plus — get this! The former head of the Zwemmer Institute (Dr. Robert Douglass, now a grad. Prof. at the Chicago Center for Urban Studies and a leader at the Central Asia Study Center) is leading a parallel track on Islam and its strategic implications for church planting in today’s world. So send half your team with Shane, and the other half with Robert!

And bring along your church missions leaders, too! They’ll want to take part in the specialized training for senders, held in yet a third track! You won’t find training at a cheaper price anywhere in the world. And I dare say you probably won’t find any higher quality either. So if you want a top notch experience, write Lisa MiddletonLataoldotcom for more info. But you’d better act fast. Saturday’s comin’ soon! (Training co-sponsored by PACE “Pit-Stops,” Caleb Project, Northeast Christian Church, Chicago Center for Urban Studies, and Team Expansion.)

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‘IT’S YOUR TURN’ FOR A STEAL OF A DEAL, LUCILLE
I brought home a copy of It’s My Turn and, no doubt about it, it’s a powerful mobilization tool for GenXers and for others too!!! It challenges individuals to evaluate their involvement in world evangelization and introduces some of Christianity’s greatest mentors, such as Hudson Taylor and Amy Carmichael. Put that together with devotional questions and a journal response page and all of a sudden, you’ve got a blockbuster success like Steve Moore’s It’s My Turn. This Steve Moore guy is the one who wrote the script for the now well known “Amdo Video” (he also led the prayer journey). Get the book through Kingdom Building Ministries by calling toll free 1-800-873-8957 (if you’re in the USA or if you downloaded the free Net2Phone product we mentioned previously), or email LaborersatKBMdotorg fax 303-745-4196, or write 14140 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80014. And get this! Normal retail cost is $8.00 plus shipping, but the folks at KBM are actually avid Brigada Today readers! They said to tell you to just mention you saw It’s My Turn on Brigada and you’ll get it for $6.00, plus $3 shipping in the US, Mexico or Canada, $5 shipping elsewhere. They’ve also got a great little debriefing manual to help short-termers turn what could have been “gospel getaways” into “meaningful messages” from the Lord. I don’t know what they’ll charge . . . but maybe they’ll wrap up a packet of 5 of them for $5 or whatever. Better ask. :-) They’re great little guides… and you’ll need one per traveler. Also contains helps for preparing that slide program — You know the type, the “[Click]-Here’s-the-toilet-we had to use; [click] Here’s where we had to eat lunch. [Click]….” Won’t cut it anymore. And who should know better than the Amdo Video guy!?! :-)

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“LIBRARY TO GO” IS GOING!
We’ve been getting a great response to our request for CD-ROMs that on-site workers can take abroad (in place of barrels of books). Responses already in include dozens of works by Tozer, Calvin, Luther, Wesley, The Early Church Fathers, Adam Clarke, and many other writers. Reference works, Bibles, commentaries, inspirational, language learning helps… they’re building up one at a time. If you have a favorite CD-ROM resource that you figure some missionary could use in the field, just email the title, order information, and a brief paragraph description to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line reading:
LIBRARY TO GO

(Only items with those exact words in the subject line will be included in a new source file in the Brigada file archive beginning next week!) Let’s put together a list of top notch CD-ROM resources for on-site workers! Don’t forget to include price and source!

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ON-SITE WORKERS WILL COME FROM PRAYER
Maybe you read the item in last week’s Brigada Today, SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM? and thought, “Lucas is nuts! Why would he mention that one reader wrote in asking whether or not it was time to convince a few of the intercessors to become on-site workers? The intercessors are needed too!” One reader was brave enough to write and complain. (Except he didn’t say I was nuts. :-) ) I thanked him for speaking his mind. :-) Truth is, he’s probably right. If people are truly interceding for the least reached and if they’re truly asking God to raise up teams of evangelists and church planters to reach them, then their ministry is every bit as valuable as that of the on-site workers. Trouble is, those are the very people God ends up calling to the field anyway! :-) If you don’t believe me, just read the prayer Jesus told the disciples to pray at the end of Matt. 9, then see where it got them at the opening of chap. 10! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
More than 100 people came to Christ after seeing the hardships believers in Laohutai, China, endured to erect a building. Church members cleared the site by hauling more than 100 tons of garbage down a mountain in baskets, then hand-carried building materials back up… Also, North Korea has granted permission for cooperating mission agencies to start the first independent Christian church in the country — in an area where the three organizations are providing agriculture assistance to the famine-stricken nation.
(Source: Advance! April, 1997. Copyright © 1997, Kainos Press. To subscribe, send the following message to HUBatXCdotORG
subscribe Advance-newsletter
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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BOARDING SCHOOL BLUES TURN TO BYTES AND BITS
Hey – how ’bout that CyberHigh “boarding school via the Internet” stuff from last week ALTERNATIVE TO BOARDING SCHOOL — SEND YOUR MK TO SCHOOL ON THE NET. Those guys received over 30 immediate inquiries. What does that tell you about Moms and Dads overseas who don’t want to have to part with their kids!?! Write brettatcyberhighdotorg for more info.

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BRIGADA ADMINISTRADA, PROBLEMA NADA
!Que’ pensas’ vos! Dios es poderoso. Solamente mencione’ la idea de hacer una edicio’n de “Brigada Today” por espanol (la semana pasada), y !Pero ya! Respondieron 3 hermanos que van a hacerlo! Ahora estamos orando que todo este’ listo para la semana que viene. Y despue’s de esto, jama’s de los jamases, nunca tendra’n que leer Brigada Today por ingle’s! Vive Brigada Hoy!

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COME EDUCATE THE KIDS IN K’STAN, MAN!
Been looking for a great opportunity for the Almighty in Almaty? You got it. :-) The Tien Shan School in Almaty, Kazakstan is looking for teachers for the 1997-98 school year. The leadership there is especially desperate for a teacher for grade 3/4 and for high school science. The school serves the international community of Almaty and uses English as the medium of instruction. Teachers would need to be certified and would need to raise their own support. For more information please contact SGrandiatxcdotorg.

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APOLOGIES TO TWILA PARIS
Kathy Trocoli, Twila Paris, Amy Grant, . . . they all get mixed around in my head — and my ears. Can you tell I’m not a connoisseur of contemporary Christian music? :-) Anyway… “God is in Control” is by Twila, not Kathy. Thanks to all those who filled me in! :-) (See “GOD IS IN CONTROL” from last week’s edition.)

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SO HOW DO YOU FILE “BRIGADA”?
Susan wrote in to explain her approach on saving Brigada Todays. She basically deletes the items that aren’t relevant to her and places the rest in a word processing file. What do you do? Please send your favorite indexing/saving/filing procedures to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the Subject: line,
FILING BRIGADA
and we’ll make the idea file available to all.

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CALLING ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WORKERS…
The “International Student Worker and Volunteer Training Conference” is set-up for Jul 31-Aug 2, in Columbia, SC. Cosponsored by HIS International (Columbia), InterFACE Ministries (Atlanta), First Baptist Church Atlanta and the SE Center for World Missions, the conference features speakers Robertson McQuilken, past president of Columbia Intl Univ, Lisa Chinn, author of “Think Home,” Muslim Apologist Jay Smith, John Eaves and Sam Elisha. For more information or to register, contact David Cook 102227dot2626atcompuservedotcom.

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PESKY COMPUSERVE NAMES
It’s like an Internet virus! All of a sudden, 2 million people want to change their address from 11111,9999 to and when they do, they forget to unsubscribe the 11111dot9999atcompuservedotcom first. Moments later, they can resubscribe with . But if they forget to unsub’ first, then our noble conference administrator and Brigada Customer Relations Specialist (Revis Ann Massey) has a rough day. There’s nothing like waking up to 250 bouncing addresses and half of them want you to change their old address to new! Don’t get me wrong! She’s not complaining. In fact, she’s got a wonderful servant heart. I just want us to try to help keep it that way! So before you switch to letters, please unsubscribe first! Afterward, it’ll be too late! :-)

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DO YOU DO MEDS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION?
A bunch of people do. Help us find them. You see, Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center has gone out and gotten this big grant from the Christian Medical and Dental Society. And with it, they’re planning a “Consultation on Christian Medical, Dental, and Health Ministries in the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.” (Now that’s a mouthful!) It’s coming Nov. 7-8, ’97. Participants will learn about clearing customs with med. supplies, public health, relief, dental and church-based clinic ministries; published and on-line sources of info. of use in med. and health ministries. For more info., write Mark Elliott at medicaldotconferenceatwheatondotedu. Looks like $50 would do it. This is one to watch.

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HOW DO BUSINESS PEOPLE BECOME VITAL PARTICIPANTS IN MISSIONS?
One answer is when their church designs and carries out a strategic mission initiative. The 1997 Antioch Network Annual Gathering of Churches will again this year feature tracks or break out sessions focused on specific unreached peoples like the Kurds or the Turks or the Kazakhs or the Peoples of China (and others). But there will also be a track entitled “Mission Business Ventures and Church Planting Teams: The Moravians Ride Again” led by a businessman who has developed a multi-million dollar business. (There will also be a track dealing with issues concerning women on church planting teams among unreached peoples.)

There is no more strategic mission initiative than to plant churches among an unreached people, and church planting will be the theme of this year’s Gathering. Church planter par excellence Ralph Moore will be a featured speaker. Gregg Parris, senior pastor of Union Chapel in Muncie, IN, will update the group on his church’s church planting team in Central Asia. Sandy Mason, senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Baltimore will share of his church’s experience partnering with a mission agency. And Bill Thrall, founding pastor of Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix, will address the issue of developing leaders who are Godly in character. The Gathering will take place August 21-24 in Phoenix. For registration materials write:
Antioch Network
5060 North 19th Avenue, Suite 312,
Phoenix, AZ 85015
or phone 1-602-242-4414
or email 74552dot2423atcompuservedotcom. I attended the ’96 Gathering and it was great. George Miley and the entire Antioch Network crew are doing a super job with these meetings. When I grow up, or if I’m reincarnated as a different person, I want to be George Miley. :-)

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WHO YA GONNA’ CALL – VOLTAGE-BUSTERS!
Suppose you want to show the Jesus Film in a local North African Dialect of Arabic that has just been completed. Where ya gonna’ buy a multi speed TV/VCR units that run under 220 AC power with the option of connecting to a car battery? I mean, those things don’t exactly pop up in your local Radio Shack, do they. And then you’re gonna’ need a projector that’s small enough to not draw attention to itself. Then … well… you need to go show the thing. But joylmartataoldotcom can do that. As long as you supply him with the leads on the suppliers. And then, Joe, can you fill us in? I mean, . . . maybe we’ll have to buy something like that someday too! :-)

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STAMP OUT STAMP-OUTS
Remember those guys looking for missionary stamps? ( STAMP OUT MISSIONS from last week’s Brigada Today). Well turns out that they aren’t looking just for precious stamps but for just normal snail mail stamps from any country but the USA. They’ve dedicated themselves to using 100% of the money for missions.

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WANT THE LATEST PRAYER NEWS ON GCOWE ’97? YOU GOT IT!
The South Africa Prayer Track, headed by Bennie Mostert, has put together a 44-day prayer guide available for GCOWE ’97. It starts on 1 June and follows through to 14 June. According to Bennie, “This conference is of utmost and strategic importance and will probably the last of this kind of conference this century. In South Africa we have between 120,000 and 150,000 intercessors who will focus for the next 44 days on praying for GCOWE ’97.” Let’s join ’em! Just write nupsaatglobaldotcodotza and they’ll email it. They’re also willing to fax it (fax them at 27-12-8070164).

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WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF “LINGUISTIC REAL ESTATE”?
It just might be, at least according to Ken Warwick EFCM_I_Netatcompuservedotcom, of EFCM International Network. Ken says, “English is the world’s most valuable piece of linguistic real estate. A statement of cultural pride? No, just a statement of today’s global situation.” Ken believes that in almost every area of education, science, diplomacy and business, English has become the defacto universal language. “By recognizing the ever increasing demand for knowledge of the English language, missionaries and national churches have discovered a gold mine rich with mission opportunities. 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 materials have been developed through 5 years of actual cross-cultural use by short-term teams of non-professional ESL teachers, having been written up in a 1997 monograph from the Institute for Cross-cultural Training at Wheaton College. For more information or a sample of the material visit the EFCM web site at http://www.efcm.org .” Sounds very interesting.

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(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970511 Brigada Today

Now with 5592 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* “ONE LIBRARY TO GO, PLEASE”
* SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?
* NOW – A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHO WORK WITH INTERNATIONALS
* THE ADOPTION REPORT IS IN
* ALTERNATIVE TO BOARDING SCHOOL
* STAMP OUT MISSIONS
* NEED TO TYPE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
* PRESS RELEASES FROM AD2000
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE GLOBAL MARCH
* WEB WARP
* BRIGADA HOY ANYONE?
* DON’T FORGET GLOBAL LINK
* NEVER A GUARANTEE FOR SHIPPING TO UKRAINE
* OKAY – SO I WAS OFF A BIT
* GET READY FOR “CITY-TALK”
* CAN’T PUT YOUR FINGERS ON KURDISH-BAHDINI SCRIPTURE CASSETTES?
* “GOD IS IN CONTROL”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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“ONE LIBRARY TO GO, PLEASE”
Gone are the days of shipping barrels and barrels of books to the field for your favorite missionary! I just got my copy of Sky Media’s new Bible study CD (JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER FIND A 180-LESSON SURVEY OF THE BIBLE). What a hoot! 12 hours of audio, thousands of lesson graphics, and lots more! And guess what! No barrel! All you need is one of those little CD pouches! :-) And by the way, write dhpatrbcdotorg for more info, not as we mentioned last week. They received dozens of responses within 2 days of last week’s mailing, so they’ve now set up full email marketing! Also check out http://www.dhp.org for their web page, or just call them at 800-653-8333 if you’re in the USA (or if you’ve downloaded “Net2Phone” described earlier in Brigada Today; then you can call that toll-free number from anywhere in the world!). And if you’re into old-fashioned 1900s technology :-) write them at
Discovery House Publishers
PO Box 3566
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-3566.

Do you have other favorite CDs that you would recommend for your new missionary’s “library to go?” If so, email the title, order information, and a brief paragraph description to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line reading:
LIBRARY TO GO
(Only items with those exact words in the subject line will be included in a new source file in the Brigada file archive. Let’s put together a list of top notch CD-ROM resources for on-site workers! Don’t forget to include price and source!

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SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?
We’re just now starting to see the mobilizers come forward. That’s good. But one reader wrote this past week to ask where the on-site workers will come from. His suggestion? Maybe consider asking a few of the intercessors to become on-site workers. That’s something akin to sending some of our national guard troops to pad the ranks of the enlisted soldiers at the front lines (something that actually happened here in the USA during the Gulf War). So intercessors… are you willing to pray about you going if God wants that too?

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NOW – A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHO WORK WITH INTERNATIONALS
The Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals seeks to encourage, strengthen, and network with Christians ministering to internationals temporarily residing in North America. Now you can take in their annual training conference June 6-9 at Wheaton College. For more information, contact ACMIatJUNOdotCOM.

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THE ADOPTION REPORT IS IN
Months ago, “Starr” asked Brigada-Peoples participants for help with ideas for a church service where our church would formally adopt an unreached people group. Many responded. Now get the written follow-up report and share the ideas one church used for leading up to the adoption, the service itself, and ideas for follow-up within the church. To grab it, send an email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada adoption

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ALTERNATIVE TO BOARDING SCHOOL – SEND YOUR MK TO SCHOOL ON THE NET
Just when you thought your kids were destined to head out to boarding school, along comes CyberHigh! Based in Edmonton, Canada, this Christian on-line school currently offers grades 7-9 and yearns to expand! Write brettatcyberhighdotorg and plug your student into the net for schooling!

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STAMP OUT MISSIONS
Now I’ve heard everything. Here’s a group of retired missionaries who reportedly collect precious stamps, sell them, then give 100% of the income to support missionaries! To get started, contact Derek Porter, 1127 Ghana St., Sebring FL 33872. Apparently, stamps should be trimmed with no less than 1/8th of an inch of envelope around the stamp. The US Director of SIM can reportedly vouch for the fact that this is a legitimate program. It’s headed by Derek and Marguerite Porter, who served for more than 40 years with the Yorubas in Nigeria. Give it a whirl and let us know how it works!

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NEED TO TYPE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
Try Gamma Unitype. It lets you type hundreds of different languages in Windows apps. Check out the language list at http://www.gammapro.com. But then, instead of requesting it from Gamma, order it from karenatlogosdotcom if you’re outside the USA and salesatlogosdotcom if within the USA. This gives you a 57% discount! You can also call 800-875-6467 or 360-679-6575 or FAX 360-675-8169.

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PRESS RELEASES FROM AD2000
If you want the full dispensation of press releases from AD2000 & Beyond, send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this phrase in the text:
Subscribe ad2-announce

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE GLOBAL MARCH
Yesterday, May 17th, marked this year’s annual Global March for Jesus. Last year on May 25th up to 12 million people from 170 nations marched in a massive series of coordinated street marches over that 24 hour period. An estimated 17,000 Christians marched in London alone, taking part in what could be the world’s biggest-ever street event. Over 100 nations had plans for praise marching or prayerwalking, with significant growth in the Americas and Asia. The African country, Chad, expected 10,000 marchers in 5 towns, followed by a seminar for young adults underlining the importance of mission among unreached peoples.

For further information and news items:
March for Jesus
PO Box 39, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 6PP
TEL +44 01932 789681
FAX +44 01932 789691
E-MAIL 100572dot323atcompuservedotcom

Visit one of the web pages below or consult with your local Christian bookstore for local march times and locations.

Global March for Jesus Homepage: www.newns.com/gmfj
List of Other MFJ sites: www.newns.com/gmfj/mfj_other.html
US March for Jesus Homepage: www.mfj.org
Australia: busker.trumpet.com.au/ad2000/global/mfj.html
South Africa: www.geocities.com/Broadway/1744/mfj.html
Canada: www.march-for-jesus.org/

Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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WEB WARP
Lost Caleb Project’s web site? Find them again at http://www.calebproject.org. Don’t forget to update your links & bookmarks!

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BRIGADA HOY ANYONE?
Anybody out there want to partner with us to create a Brigada Today in Spanish? This past week we received this inquiry… “Querido hermano: Con la alegria que implica encontrarnos por este medio, desearía preguntarte si existe la posibilidad de recibir Brigada en español. Dios te bendiga en tan precioso ministerio para la extension de su reino. Con aprecio en Cristo, Juan”

I guess the Spanish version would be distributed on a totally different “channel,” with a few days delay built in. Someone with a big heart for the Spanish-speaking world would need to translate the items into Spanish and perhaps add a couple of items exclusively for Latins. Commitment could be for one year at a time. An xc.org address would be required ($52/year, if the individual didn’t already have it). The salary isn’t the greatest but the benefit are out of this world! :-) Any takers?

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DON’T FORGET GLOBAL LINK
No doubt about it… I believe Global Link (NEW VIDEO PROMISES TO CHARGE UP YOUR MISSIONS PROGRAM) fills a critical niche by providing accurate information about the world in a manner appropriate for today’s youth and younger adult (ages 13-30+). It approaches the world according to two different matrix models. In one approach, you can see each major world religion, one at a time (in fact, one could break the 45-minute video up into smaller segments, if one needed to present it in smaller bites). But at the same time, this hi-tech, contemporary video presents major ideas and major blocks one at a time too. And in a much-needed global view, it also examines missions opportunities in areas like the Americas, which have lost some attention in the past few years’ mobilization toward other locations on the globe. The over all riding theme is that we have an incredible worldwide need and an incredible global opportunity… and we are the link from the Lord to the lost.

Finally, I believe viewers will find Global Link a refreshing change! Too many 45-minute missions videos have been “talking heads” and Global Link is anything but that! Filmed in the “generation X mode” (hand-held camera that doesn’t mind hand-held movement, extreme close-ups even when it cuts off part of the subject, lots of special effects (add emphasis on the word “lots” :-)) including the effect that skips frames but keeps audio in sync with the speaker’s original words, etc., etc., etc.), this film will hold the attention of just about any group.

My only fear is that, at first glance, Americans will think they’re watching a Pepsi commercial! :-) For more info., contact WorldChristian News & Books, who is marketing the video for Proclamedia – wcnatxcdotorg. A bulk discount is available for those who would like to distribute the video themselves.

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NEVER A GUARANTEE FOR SHIPPING TO UKRAINE
One reader wrote to inform us that there never is a guarantee for shipping to / from Ukraine (SHIPPING TO UKRAINE). Apparently he was not having a good experience with LVIV Express Services, Inc. So… like anything in life… let the buyer beware. :-)

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OKAY – SO I WAS OFF A BIT
:-) At least one buyer (from Czech Republic) found music prices in “For Missionaries Only” slightly higher than that quoted in COOL TOOLS two weeks ago. But still… cassettes at $4.75 and CD’s at about $8.75 are still good deals. I guess if anyone is going to check up on our info. and send in corrections, it should be a reader from the official Czech Republic. :-)

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GET READY FOR “CITY-TALK”
“CityTalk:the language of urban ministry” http://www.simeon.org/citytalk.html will be the focus of the Simeon Institute’s project roundtable at Westminster College, Cambridge, England, August 10-15, 1997. Michael Mata will be the key resource person for a team producing a glossary of urban ministry terms. To join the on-line conference send
subscribe city-talk
to hubatxcdotorg .

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CAN’T PUT YOUR FINGERS ON KURDISH-BAHDINI SCRIPTURE CASSETTES?
Look no farther. asm-caatxcdotorg can send you Matthew, John, or Acts for $7.50 each (2 cassette sets). And mention Brigada and they’ll arrange a healthy discount for bulk orders. :-) If you’re into using up the Amazon rain forest, send paper mail to
Audio Scripture Ministries
PO Box 460634.
Escondido CA 92046-0634

or — if you like to talk — call (760) 745-8105. You can also fax them at (760) 745-8150. Nice labels. Nice insert cards, too. You can even get Luke in Kurdish-Sorani, if you please. The story of how this recording came to completion is quite a tale of God being in control (see below for another example). How was Harvey Hoekstra to know that Bob Blinco and his family would move into the “house next door” — and the project was born. Way to go, guys!!! Way to go God!

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“GOD IS IN CONTROL”
Who sings that song, anyway? You know. The one making the contemporary Christian music circuits? Kathy Tracoli? Anyway, whoever it is that’s singing, He [God] really is. She [the singer] was right. I should have listened to her all along. Last Friday, my wife, Penny, (have I told you how much I love my wife. Penny?) headed to Louisville for a Mother-Daughter Banquet at her home church. Around mid-day, I received a call from a friend up in Indiana who had gotten hold of 3 Promise-Keeper tickets (valued at $60 each!) and basically, he wanted to see them put to good use! We arranged to meet him at the stadium that night. The boys were excited to try out Promise-Keepers for the first time! (I would probably never have been able to afford to take them under normal circumstances — and I figured that if I ditched my annual “watch-the-kids-during-the-banquet” thing, I wouldn’t have been a very good husband/dad anyway. :-))

But when we arrived at the stadium, the friend from Indiana didn’t show — delayed in traffic, we presumed. After waiting nearly an hour with some pretty disappointed boys, we asked a fellow selling “leftover” tickets out on the plaza, “So… I’m sure we couldn’t ever afford tickets, . . . but how much are they?” “$20,” came the response. Yikes. $60 still seemed pretty much out of reach. We thanked the gentleman, then turned to keep brainstorming. As we did, he called us back and said he hated to see us wander around like that. It was starting to sprinkle, and I think he felt sorry for the boys. (45,000 men were trying to crowd through that plaza!) He took three tickets out of his bag and said, “Here, take these.”

I couldn’t believe it. I asked him where to send a ‘thank you’ and he told me not to worry about it, but proceeded to ask where we were from. We told him about working with a mission organization called Team Expansion and he replied, “Well then — you would know our church — the Northeast Christian Church of Louisville!” Team Expansion opened up a PACE Project in Albania last year — and Ron, the church’s Administrator, had been the one to show us the kindness! Out of 45,000 men, God had matched us up with a representative from a partner church we hadn’t met yet! It was the first time we had met… but he knew all about his church’s project, of course.

Later that chilly evening, as the boys and I huddled under a sleeping bag in Cynergy Stadium, listening to a speaker from India, Christopher leaned over and said, “Dad, this really is great. Thanks for bringing us.” I replied, “God wanted us here, boys!” Caleb said later, “God just thinks in His head, and it happens!” Amen. Join us as we give thanks to God for the way He watches over each of our families, working out our futures while we step through the present!

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(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970504 Brigada Today

Now with 5515 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW – FOR INFO. ON PIT-STOP LOUISVILLE
* WANT THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE ADOPTED ‘YOUR PEOPLE GROUP’
* YOUR SOURCE FOR INTRO. INFO. ON PGP ENCRYPTION
* LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT? HOW ‘BOUT A MAP?
* MISSED MOTHER’S DAY? WHY NOT PLAN FOR A MAP FOR FATHER’S DAY!
* PLAN NOW TO ATTEND MISSION 2000 III
* JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER FIND A 180-LESSON SURVEY OF THE BIBLE
* 30 DAY HINDU PRAYER FOCUS IS COMING YOUR WAY!
* USA MAILERS, NOW YOU CAN DO BULK MAIL WITHOUT THE GRIMMACE
* ARE YOU GETTING ‘ALERTS’ ABOUT CRYPTO LAW HR695?
* DO YOU USE CIS/COMPUSERVE?
* INDONESIAN RESOURCE ROUND-UP
* NEW VIDEO PROMISES TO CHARGE UP YOUR MISSIONS PROGRAM
* FIND FABULOUS FAITH-PROMISES FOR FURTHERING FAR FLUNG FOCUSES
* BANDWIDTH BUSTER OF THE WEEK: ABORTION POLL
* BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS A MIXED BAG
* PERFECT IMAGE HAD IMPERFECT URL
* SHIPPING TO UKRAINE???
* STUDENTS STUDYING ISLAM
* TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

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WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW – FOR INFO. ON PIT-STOP LOUISVILLE
If you want to take home a diskette chalked full of info. on how to adopt an unreached people group, and you’re wanting a simple step-by-step approach to promote the project in your congregation, come to Pit-Stop Louisville, May 30-31, and learn all about PACE — the simple, effective approach to pulling off a church/agency partnership for unreached peoples! For a free brochure, write Bill Reynolds at: 76152dot2375atcompuservedotcom or see http://www.brigada.org/pace and keep checking back as more sites are added later this year for Minnesota, North Carolina, and Tulsa.

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WANT THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE ADOPTED ‘YOUR PEOPLE GROUP’
So do zillions of other folks. Let’s start praying that we’ll all figure out a way to make that happen. For example, John Rogers BCCYanadiatxcdotorg wrote this past week to ask for a list of other congregations and individuals (worldwide, presumably) that had adopted the Yanadi. Okay — so do we go to Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse, or AD2000, or the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC? Search me. After two years of campaigning, the best answer I’ve been able to find it to write brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg (you might have to join first by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg with
subscribe brigada-peoples
in the text) and asking for leads. Once you find even one contact person, you’re likely to stumble onto dozens of others in the same network. Real scientific, eh? :-) However, one of the rubs is security. Nobody wants to expose on-field workers to risk. Fine. So let’s don’t. Now what else is holding us up? Well, there’s also the ticklish situation of people getting a barrage of “please send money for such-and-such” appeals. I mentioned this to a buddy in Colorado two weeks ago and his answer was, “I don’t buy it. People can always just say no. You know what I say when people ask me for money and I can’t give? I say, “No.” So I don’t buy it.” (Way to go Steve Moore! :-) ) So what else is holding up a true clearinghouse of mobilizers for the same people group? I’m not sure. It’s surely not technology. Goodness knows we have plenty of that floating around a group of 5500 Internet types and missionaries. And certainly it’s not passion. My goodness no. So…. my only conclusion is that everybody’s business becomes nobody’s business. We’ve talked and planned and prayed and brainstormed and plotted and … where are we today??? Only a hair farther along than we were in January ’95 when we first asked the very same question!!! So… I’m recommending we shut down the whole Brigada family of networks. It’ll save me a ton of time and probably you too! :-) What’s that? You’ll miss the great humor? Yeah right. :-) Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy for the friendships and all that stuff. :-) But in the end, how do we form networks? Here’s my suggestion. (Okay — so I was kidding about shutting down Brigada. :-) ) Let’s make a commitment now to have this whole thing finalized by the time we do BriagdaFest ’98, Dec. 26-31, ’98. By then, with just two years left in the whole AD2000 & Beyond push “a church for every people by Dec. 31, 2000,” we’d better have a way to actually measure whether or not that’s happening! :-) So — for now, best bet I know of is to contact AD2000 & Beyond Lauriatad2000dotorg or call (719) 576-2000 and ask them. If you can prove who you are (so you’re not a security risk) they’re likely to give you some kind of lead. And thanks to AD2000 & Beyond for filling this incredibly helpful role for now. Yikes. What would we have done without you!!!

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YOUR SOURCE FOR INTRO. INFO. ON PGP ENCRYPTION
Now Brigada participants have a totem pole to file FAQS (and their answers, we trust) about PGP encryption. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the text:
get brigada pgp-help

You’ll soon receive an emailed reply with pointers to web pages and generally helpful pgp shell applications, tips, and tricks, as well as cautions about false senses of security. If you get the file and want to improve on it, send your suggestions/contributions to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line
PGP HELP

— note that messages which do not include this phrase in the subject line will not be added to the file. (I’m awash in email and I’ve got to work smart. :-) This method automates the process.)

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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT? HOW ‘BOUT A MAP?
:-) Well, maybe it’s too late to actually get the map by lunch today, but you could get her a card and tell her what you’re ordering for her! “To my darling mother: I’ve ordered a map from the US Center for World Mission, from my good friend Gerry gerrydotdueckatwciudotedu there. This is the now world-famous map of the least reached peoples around the world, beautiful full color… and might I add that by waiting ’til this Mother’s Day (and not buying last year), I was able to get this map for just $1.95 each (in quantities of 3 or more)! So I’ve ordered you 3 of them, one for your kitchen, your car, and the basement laundry room, so you can study unreached peoples while you fold clothes for me!!!!” By the way, if your mother is from the city, maybe you’d like the also pick up an extra map of the 100 Gateway Cities, from the 1995 prayer thrust??? Well Gerry’s ready for you there, too! $3.95 in quantities of 3 or more! So contact Gerry for all the details… and … good luck with your Mother’s Day shopping! :-)

Oh! Almost forgot, if you’ve got a really BIG mother, maybe you’ll want to order the really big map from IMB Customer Services, 1-800-866-3621 in the USA or CustomerdotServicesatIMBdotOrg from wherever, . . . 36″x64″ for $4.95!!! Now there’s a steal of a deal for a really large mama… [or for the vestibule of you church, too!]. They’ve also got the 24″x36″ size for $2.95, in a mailer tube or folded, postage paid to USA addresses (please specify which version you’d like). As for those outside the USA, well… do other countries celebrate Mother’s Day? Maybe you can order a map for yourself??? :-)

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MISSED MOTHER’S DAY? WHY NOT PLAN FOR A MAP FOR FATHER’S DAY!
To help mobilize prayer for the least evangelized peoples of the world, and in cooperation with the Praying Through the Window Committee, GMI has designed a special “Praying Through the Window III” map. Now they’re offering a pre-publication discount bulk rate for quantities of 100 or more maps. But they need to know by May 23rd how many to print for you. Three designs will be available: Personal: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Place-Mat: 11″ x 17″ Poster: 22″ x 34.” I get it. In preparation for your missions banquet this fall, you could set up the table with the place-mat size, use the poster size to promote the banquet, then give each attendee a personal size! Now there’s a father’s day gift that would make Mark Patterson (from Global Mapping) happy! :-) So… order now… for your banquet, . . . or for your 100 fathers! Write PTTWatgmidotorg and don’t delay… your Dad might never forgive you!

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND MISSION 2000 III
We’ll have to work extra hard not to confuse Mission 2000 III with Mission 2003! :-) Because Mission 2000 III is this fall, September 4 – 7 1997 in Bispingen, Germany. This conference is all about practical ways to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation, about the initiatives “adopt an unreached people group” and “Praying Through the Window III.” Great speaker lineup… John Robb, George Otis jr., Betsy Neuenschwander, Bill and Amy Stearns, Jan Schlegel, and Kerstin Hack. Contact 100330dot2724atCompuservedotcom or 100711dot2622atCompuservedotcom for more details.

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER FIND A 180-LESSON SURVEY OF THE BIBLE
… Just then, when you were desperate, Sky Media swoops in and provides you with their new CD that contains over 12 hours of audio, thousands of lesson graphics, and lots more. Write SKYMEDIAataoldotcom for more info… and take these 180 lessons to the field with you!

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30 DAY HINDU PRAYER FOCUS IS COMING YOUR WAY!
Now, also by E-mail! Yes, you saw it here in Brigada-Today first. Beginning May 18 – June 16, daily prayer guides will be sent in English and German. Join a massive movement of prayer for the Hindu world simply by sending an email message to hubatxcdotorg with the body of the message reading:
subscribe hindu-30days

If you’d like the German version, just make that
subscribe hindu-30days-de

It isn’t too late to order the hard-copy guide too. Check out the information on http://www.ywam.org/prayer

For specific questions on the English or German E-mail versions, write to RonKernahanatXCdotOrg. Thanks Ron!

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USA MAILERS, NOW YOU CAN DO BULK MAIL WITHOUT THE GRIMMACE
Looking for a way to send flyers to all the moms you’ve loved before? Now you can!!! … with help from the folks at Helps Int’l!!! Write RogerJatxcdotorg for info. on how Helps can help you! They can do bar codes, in case you’ve forgotten your mothers’ favorite happy hour sites! (Wait a minute… that’s not the kind of bar codes they mean!!!) Or sort the zips for all the mothers you were hoping to write but previously just couldn’t manage to address — and add all the “zip+4” extensions for all your moms’ addresses. Yes folks, now it can be different. Seriously — contact Helps for all your mailing helps today!!! They’ll even send you a program to do your label-tracking, and/or receive your mailing list in data format and process it to agree with nationally recognized USA addresses!

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ARE YOU GETTING ‘ALERTS’ ABOUT CRYPTO LAW HR695?
That’s a bill before the US House of Representatives that would change the way we think about encryption technology. If you’d like more info, see http://www.crpto.com/safe_bill/ or http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c105:H.R.695:. If you’re a USA citizen, you can also “adopt” your legislator at http://www.crypto.com/adopt/. Now there’s an oxymoron — “adopt your legislator!.” :-) Thanks to those who have emailed alerts . . . and to Jonathan for interpreting the possible scenarios. Basically, it’s an attempt to deal with the use of crypto in drug trafficking etc, but it might backfire. See http://www.crypto.com/safe_bill/safe_letter.shtml for one interpretation. And by the way, if you’re interested in seeing a summary of international encryption law, check out http://cwis.kub.nl/~frw/people/koops/lawsurvy.htm (Thanks Rod!).

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DO YOU USE CIS/COMPUSERVE?
Then check out Email Assist for CSi3 version 2.11, available from RhinoBytes, either on the WINUTILA forum on CompuServe or at http://www.rhinobytes.com. DavidHousholderatxcdotorg says the new version works great! Spell check on the fly, strip out Internet headers (or rather, hide them), use WinWord-like “autotext” substitution, and more.

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INDONESIAN RESOURCE ROUND-UP
Yulia dan Marc SABDAatxcdotorg is doing a round up of all Indonesian ministry resources and is willing to supply us with a copy of the summary here for others to “get”, later. Send Yulia dan Marc your ideas!

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NEW VIDEO PROMISES TO CHARGE UP YOUR MISSIONS PROGRAM
Procla-Media (part of the YWAM International Communications team in Colorado Springs) team has done it again! This time they have produced an MTV-style, high-tech and fast-paced video adventure journey into the world of modern missions. Who says missions is boring?! “Global Link” is the name of this 45 minute video; it can be watched in sections. After seeing it, your missions rally won’t think of missions as boring!! :-) Retail price is U.S. $14.95, but by mentioning this note in Brigada, you can get it from them for $11.95 plus postage (they can invoice you, and they also accept visa and MasterCard). Order it by sending an email to wcnatxcdotorg but don’t send your credit card number through unencrypted email. Either get their fax, or ask them to begin accepting PGP-encrypted messages. Also, if you have not yet gotten info about the Hindu World Prayer Focus starting on Pentecost Sunday, you can ask Paul at wcnatxcdotorg, or check out http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html.

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FIND FABULOUS FAITH-PROMISES FOR FURTHERING FAR FLUNG FOCUSES
Now you can find out what other Faith-Promise programs are doing worldwide. Write a short two-paragraph synopsis of your church’s faith-promise experience and send it to Kevin Paszalek pkpatmindspringdotcom. In a couple of weeks, he’ll knit together a compilation and make it available to us here on Brigada!

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BANDWIDTH BUSTER OF THE WEEK: ABORTION POLL
It’s gotta be this week’s major story in “forwarded messages.” The li site was probably among the Internet’s most misunderstood homepages this past week. The messages that everyone is forwarding to the whole world mislead us into thinking that the page is somehow sponsored by President Clinton, as if to get our input. (Ha! If Clinton wanted our input, he’d ask us on a page like whitehouse.com or something, not abortion.com.) In reality, the author of this abortion.com page is sending the results to Clinton, but does not purport to represent Clinton. As to whether or not Clinton will even see the poll, I doubt it. First of all, the page isn’t a true poll. I sat there and voted for the “pro-life” side of things about five times in a row, using my “back” and “forward” button to get a new start on the page. Now be honest. … didn’t you do that too??? A more interesting or helpful survey might have at least required us to submit our email address and street address, so we couldn’t be counted more than once. So… the page is an interesting idea… but in my opinion, poorly implemented and pointless. It only goes to prove how much bandwidth we wasted trying to prove that our side was the best! Still, if you want to look at it for the fun of it, it’s an interesting contest now — who can waste the most Internet bandwidth to show that their side is the most popular! As we went to press with Brigada Today this morning, the score was 5377 to 511, with pro-lifers ten-folding the pro-choicers. Course, my five votes helped make that possible. :-)

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BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS A MIXED BAG
We still get messages from those who have tried Brigada-travel-bids and used it effectively to save money. Just email your travel request to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg (no need to join this one; only travel agents need apply) and odds are, you’ll receive a quote or two… or several! In fact, if you don’t receive any mail, you’re entitled to a complete refund!! Everything you had to pay to try the system will be refunded back to you! . . . zero! :-) But the 55 member travel agents who are trying to answer the requests ask that you please make sure to include “where you are traveling from, where you are going to, what date you will depart, what date you will return, and how many people will be traveling.” That’ll help them streamline their responses — and they’re getting daily requests for quotes on the system… so please be courteous. Lots of people are using it… and only one travel agent “gets the bid,” so it must be frustrating for some of them (if they lose everytime! :-) ). Course, the ones that do get the bid are the ones with the lowest price . . . and if that’s what you’re after, then try it! You might like it! :-)

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PERFECT IMAGE HAD IMPERFECT URL
Third time’s charm for Linda O’Flynn’s Perfect Image PC Service. She has twice supplied us with URL’s which were apparently incorrect. This time I went and checked before giving you http://www.inworks.net/perfectimage and at least, for now, it’s the right one! :-) So… if you’ve been banking on finding her on the web, maybe now you can? Sorry for the inconvenience. Someone said, “Let’s hope her scans are better than her URLs!” :-) Ouch! :-(

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SHIPPING TO UKRAINE???
Our sources say to try “LVIV Express Services, Inc,” an organization which offers person to person shipping to Ukraine for 99 cents per pound – taking only 6-9 weeks. This applies for humanitarian aide items (duty free) and other items that are to be used for the purpose of humanitarian aide. In the USA (or via the new Net2Phone service mentioned last week in Brigada Today! :-) ), call 1-800-965-7262 or check them out at http://www.imall.com/stores/lviv. They also hand deliver American currency in a most confidential way. Thanks to Paul, Andy and Chris for this great tip!

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STUDENTS STUDYING ISLAM
The National Student Conference on Islam is set for May 27-31 in Minneapolis, MN. The Conference is a special academic offering of the Islamics Studies Program at Luther Seminary. It is designed to:

1. provide information and understanding about Muslim religion and culture,
2. help a student share their faith with honesty and integrity, an important aspect of living in a multi-cultural world.

For information, contact gmiatluthersemdotedu by e-mail or tel (612) 641-3487 or visit http://www.luthersem.edu/highlights/islammay97.htm.
[I love this guy because when he sent this paragraph, he already had all the little “<" braces around the email address and the URL! Thanks Mark! -------------------------------------- TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED
If you’re interested in learning more about a new “Partnership for Missions Training” put together at a planning conference this past Apr. 21-22, call (704)-287-8996, ext. 231 or write to 71035dot704atcompuservedotcom. Twenty-five leaders representing fifteen mission agencies, churches, and training institutions came together to explore opportunities for uniting efforts to better prepare cross-cultural missionaries. Sounds exciting! We’ll look forward to hearing more from them!

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following message:
subscribe brigada

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

At http://www.brigada.org on the web, you can see tons more.

(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970427 Brigada Today

Now with 5476 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio

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In this issue….

* PIT-STOP DENVER SETS THE PACE FOR LOUISVILLE!
* NOW YOU CAN “INTERNET PHONE” A NON-INTERNET USER!
* BRIGADA MISSIONARY FAMILY SAYS THANKS!
* BIBLE DISTRIBUTION IN CHINA NOT KEEPING UP WITH CHURCH GROWTH
* COOL TOOLS
* ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
* NEW CONFERENCES LAUNCH!
* REMEMBER THE OVERSEAS READERS
* FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU “PRAYED THROUGH THE WINDOW”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* DOES PGP REALLY RAISE YOUR PROFILE?
* ON THE HUNT FOR LINDA O’FLYNN
* WATCH THOSE ATTACHMENTS
* GOT ANY VIETNAMESE BOOKS?
* HOW ‘BOUT AN INTEREST IN EVANGELISM THROUGH LITERACY/ELEM. ED?
* BRIGADAFEST ’98 – PRAY THAT LOCATION WILL BE APPROVED
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PIT-STOP DENVER SETS THE PACE FOR LOUISVILLE!
What a weekend! Folks came from points in Canada, Florida, Texas, Kansas, Minnesota… seemingly from all over! Many had heard about Pit-Stop Denver through Brigada, . . . others through brochures, others by word of mouth. Each of the 10 congregations met in general sessions and in small groups to focus on developing their own strategic plans to launch a love affair with an unreached people. Greg Fritz (Caleb Project), Steve Moore (Kingdom Building Ministries), Eric Derry and Doug Lucas (Team Expansion), and others shared ideas, planning approaches, and case studies on reaching the unreached with the PACE approach. Everyone present received a notebook full of tools and a diskette stuffed with templates and info. If you missed Pit-Stop Denver, never fear!!! PACE Pit-Stops are coming to Louisville, May 30-31! For more information, write Bill Reynolds at: 76152dot2375atcompuservedotcom or see http://www.brigada.org/pace. Join those who are making a difference. And . . . yes . . . the rumor is true… one group (headed by Bill Lewis of “Into all the World” ministry, Ontario) is even planning a “prayer safari” to the Afari! :-)

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NOW YOU CAN “INTERNET PHONE” A NON-INTERNET USER!
I remember when Penny and I (have I told you about my beautiful wife Penny??? See her picture by clicking at http://www.teamexpansion.org/mhty.htm used to try to call back to the USA via ham radio from Montevideo, Uruguay. (I’m KB9ZAW now; at that time I was N4HHU in case any of my old 1982 buddies are listening.) If you’ve used ham radio, you’ll no doubt identify with the fact that, though those phone patches sounded like “Donald Duck voices” at times, they were very comforting and reassuring. I talked with my Dad in the hospital in Indianapolis, IN nightly during his hospitalization with a heart attack in 1983. When it came to personally touching base . . . or hearing someone’s voice. . . there was nothing like ham radios and phone patches…. until now, that is.

Now – enter Net2Phone. Using Net2Phone, you initiate a phone call by logging onto the Internet, then calling up the free Net2Phone application, entering your phone number (as if dialing it from within the USA), then hitting the “enter” key! It’s easy! Through the magic of the Internet, Net2Phone’s connection with a long distance service (that they own) starts automatically dialing and connecting to your desired number… anywhere in the world! So the person on the other end of the line no longer needs a computer to talk to you!!! Hello grandma!

It was Wayne Penner wpenneratnutecnetdotcomdotbr writing from Cuiabá, Brazil, who first brought it to our attention. Wayne stated up front, “The connection is not 100%, but the price compensates the lack of quality for overseas users.” The price is unbelievable. 1am-7pm (EST) – .15, 7pm-1am (EST) – .10, and 800 numbers – Free! (Do you realize that overseas users would never again have to chide me for not giving an alternative to toll-free numbers??? :-) Because from now on, with Net2Phone, they could call them direct for free from anywhere in the world????) Sound too good to be true? It did to me too. So I decided to check it out. I went to http://www.net2phone.com like Wayne suggested (he doesn’t work for them by the way! :-)) and downloaded the software. Actually it isn’t a big download by today’s standards. Within a few minutes, it was installed and with a few clicks on some help screens (provided) I pretty much figured it out. A few clicks later, I had dialed the toll-free number of our mission office and was talking through the laptop from the Internet to our secretary’s voice! (Actually, it was her recorded voice on voice mail; But Susy still sounds happy with the love of the Lord even on voice mail!!! :-)) Bottom line? If you’re overseas and you’d like to make free toll-free calls, give this software a try.

You can also use your credit card to pay $25 at a time to buy what Net2Phone calls “Debit Cards” to call anywhere in the world. Naturally, if you’re calling from a foreign location to within the USA, it’s much cheaper — probably 10 cents/min. or so normally. If you’re calling from Algeria to Afghanistan, it’s still cheaper than trying to use normal long distance… probably $1.20/min. or something like that.

The caveat: You must have a multi-media computer with a modem/mic set-up. In other words, you must be able to speak to your laptop and hear through the speakers. But just about anything you buy from the current market will let you do that.

So… happy phone-patching. From Uruguay, Penny and I never had it so good! :-)

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BRIGADA MISSIONARY FAMILY SAYS THANKS!
Remember the family that wanted to hear back from us as to a location that they should target to find the “least reached people on earth?” Their request spawned the “final frontier” file that is now posted in the Brigada archive. The guy wrote this past week, “Dear Doug and Brigada Family, I downloaded the Brigada file “finalfrontier” like it was a Christmas gift and I was five years old. Inside was info better than my favorite GI Joe. Thanks for doing this labor of love and thanks to the 33 people who took the time to share their wisdom. From your list my wife and I have narrowed it down to two peoples you suggested. Now it will be somewhat up to the mission agency we will be going with, but they have shown great interest in sending us to the “final frontier.” I was encouraged to read the passion with which the 33 respondents advocated their people groups. I will keep you posted on our progress. We have to sell our house and stuff and hope to be on the field by the end of the year. (Don’t worry we have much experience moving and have lived overseas on four occasions so we think we can meet that deadline.) Our support is all in. Praise the Lord. Blessings, John Missionary Doe” Wow. Exciting. So … your “finalfrontier” file is making a difference at least in this one family’s life. They read it, took it to the bank, and are pursuing your recommendations. Thanks Brigada family! And thanks John Missionary Doe! We’ll count on hearing from you again! You’re like… our “living link missionaries!” :-)

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BIBLE DISTRIBUTION IN CHINA NOT KEEPING UP WITH CHURCH GROWTH
Thanks to Justin Long for updating us on Bibles and church growth in China. This past week, he wrote, “…Many evangelicals estimate the Christian population to be 40 to 60 million; yet at a maximum only 20 million Chinese believers presently own a Bible of their own. So despite the successes, the reality is that more than 20 to 40 million Chinese believers still do not own a Bible and have little access to one. Millions more spiritually interested seekers who want Bibles have even less access. Worse, current Bible distribution is not even keeping up with the growth rate of the church: according to the World Christian Encyclopedia (David B. Barrett, ed.), 2.5 million new adherents are being added to the Chinese church yearly (over 1.8 million through conversion alone). At this rate, Dr. Barrett estimates the Christian church in China will have more than 90 million members by the year 2000 (and perhaps sooner). Without a massive increase in current distribution rates, only 33 million believers will have access to a Bible: 57 million will go without. The largest house church group in China is a case in point. With 5 million adherents, 8,000 itinerating evangelists, and 200 missionaries in training, this movement adds more than 500,000 converts each year, and needs 630,000 Bibles annually…. Without Bibles, cults and false teachings will continue to be major problems. Many inquirers feel unable to make decisions for Christ. This highlights the urgent need for continuing supplies of Bibles from all sources….
(15 April 1997, Contact: Justin Long, Global Evangelization Movement/World Christian Encyclopedia,
Phone: (804) 355-1646, Fax: (804) 355-2016, Email: GEMatxcdotorg, Web: http://www.gem-werc.org

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COOL TOOLS
Ever heard of “For Missionaries Only?” They do tapes and books for missionaries (and others concerned for world ministry). Call them at 800-272-2442 or fax them at 509-548-6585. They seem to have it all! Acappella, Maranatha, Hosana/Integrity, Steve Green, GT & the Halo Express, Christmas music, . . . the works! Most CDs are $4.75, and Cassettes are $2.75, videos $8 average. Great prices. Great titles.

Or… headed to the mission field and you’d like to take you entire library in a CD-ROM pouch??? Contact Logos Software for a catalogue. Just write newswireatlogosdotcom or check out http://www.logos.com. Or call them at 800-87-logos or fax 360-675-8169. They’ve got zillions of electronic books, commentaries, etc., Bible handbooks… and on-line Bibles. Fast. Handy. Small. Lose the 4-inch thick books and put dozens of them on one CD!

And Jerry jerrykatbfdotorg has finished the list of sources for ordering Bibles! (Thanks for following through, Jerry!) Thanks to the whole Brigada family for joining in on responses. To get Jerry’s new list of places you can order all kinds of Bibles, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada bible-sources

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ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
Get the May Advance today by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text:
get brigada advance.9705

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NEW CONFERENCES LAUNCH!
In a flurry, several new unreached peoples conferences have launched in the wake of the People Cluster Conference in Pasadena and the Brigada family here listening to appeals for help! For example, brigada-peoples-punjabi just came on line for the Punjabis on the Brigada network. The Joshua Project 2000 lists 15 unreached peoples under the Punjabi Gateway Cluster. These total to more than a 108 million people worldwide with most of them living in South Asia! The brigada-peoples-punjabi conference will help interested individuals, churches and agencies send out or receive reports, prayer requests and learn of new ministry opportunities related to the Punjabi peoples and to network with others engaged in ministries to the Punjabis. To join this conference send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with the following line in the *body* of the message (subject ignored):
subscribe brigada-peoples-punjabi

Thanks to Joel and all other willing workers for helping with these “billboards” for prayer and mobilization! Some secure conferences have also been launched — but are private, unadvertised and “by invitation only.”

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REMEMBER THE OVERSEAS READERS
This past week, a Brigada Today participant from the Philippines wrote to remind us to remember those who are working/reading these updates overseas. When we describe conferences (she referred to the “Mentors Conference for Church Planters”) or programs, we need to always try to factor in contingencies for an international audience. It starts by providing more than just an 800 number… but it finishes by making sure that we think through the fact that we’re now a global community in this mission enterprise thing! Thanks to all for your patience as we struggle to learn how to do that!

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FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU “PRAYED THROUGH THE WINDOW”
CIN now has available WindoWatchman II! This is the book with reports from prayer journeyers who participated in the Praying Through the Window II initiative in October of 1995. Get your copy of WindoWatchman II for $14.99 plus Shipping and Handling ($4.50 in U.S.). Just send a check to the
Christian Information Network
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All orders must be pre-paid by check or credit card. You can telephone in your order on our toll free number 1-888-PRAY-104, place your order on our fax machine (719)548-9000 or e-mail them at 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom. Remember not to ever send your credit card number across unencrypted internet email. To learn more about encrypting messages, see http://www.pgp.com.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Mansour Hussein was killed by a shot in the head in a Christian book shop in Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. He was discovered by a co-worker on his arrival in the book shop. Mansour was an evangelical believer, a Kurd from a Muslim background. He was bold and fearless in the witness of his faith. Fellow Christians in Arbil say that there is little doubt that he died as a martyr testifying to the truth that is in Jesus. Mr. Hussein leaves a wife and an 18 month old son.
(Source: Elam Ministries, UK, April 22, 1997)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by wonderful and wild John Hanna, Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 W Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA; 303-730-4170, fax 303-730-4177, http://www.goshen.net/calebproject , jhannaatxcdotorg.

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DOES PGP REALLY RAISE YOUR PROFILE?
We’re taking a survey. Are there any documented real specific cases where we known that using PGP raised someone’s profile overseas? If so, send them to jhannaatxcdotorg. Maybe we just suspect that it would raise? He’ll report back to us. Confidential contributions accepted.

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ON THE HUNT FOR LINDA O’FLYNN
Those still trying to find Linda O’Flynn’s Perfect Image PC Service perfect-imageatjunodotcom would do better using, http://www.inworks.net/comm/image/image.htm as the URL. Linda tells us she inadvertently gave us the wrong URL the first time around.

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WATCH THOSE ATTACHMENTS
By now you’ve received 69 warnings about AOL4Free.com, so you don’t need me to tell you about it again. Just remember to ‘watch those file attachments.’ This executable gives you more for your money… or should we say, less. Execute it and apparently it starts its dirty work of erasing files (if it can find “deltree.exe”). :-) Nasty little Trojan horse. For more info. see http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html. Thanks to John Rogers BCCYanadiatxcdotorg and everyone else for forwarding the warnings… Bottom line – don’t ever click on any executables you didn’t request from a reliable source. Opening up text messages is still harmless .. and if you have Office ’97, you could also open up WinWord “.doc” files without fear. Those still using previous versions of Word should beware that Word macro viruses are blossoming this spring. :-) Take heed… or hide!

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GOT ANY VIETNAMESE BOOKS?
Inquiring minds want to know. Or at least Mike does. He’s looking for commentaries and other theological books in Vietnamese. If you know of any good sources please contact him at vnbooksatfcmrdotcom.

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… OR HOW ‘BOUT AN INTEREST IN EVANGELISM THROUGH LITERACY/ELEM. ED?
In that case, David Curtis DCurtisatmaildotlewistondotk12dotiddotus would be the next email address you’ll need. He’s got a passion for evangelism through literacy and Christian education training to elementary-aged children, beginning in Africa and beyond. Wants to facilitate the writing and production of good books for that use… and sounds very passionate about the whole thing.

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BRIGADAFEST ’98 – PRAY THAT LOCATION WILL BE APPROVED
Tomorrow the dates/location go before a committee in Louisville, KY, for consideration for BrigadaFest ’98 (see last week’s Brigada Today, HOW ‘BOUT A BRIGADA FAMILY REUNION????). Pray that the local church there in Louisville will approve the proposal so we can start making solid plans!

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In this issue….

* DUST SETTLES FROM THE GATWAY PEOPLE CLUSTER CONSULTATION
* FINAL FRONTIER – THE ANSWER
* DIVERSITY MAGNIFIES GOD?
* HOW DO WE LIFT UP LIBYA?
* WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MENTOR CHURCH PLANTERS?
* SOUTH AFRICA FARES A TAD HIGH?
* WANT TO REALLY NETWORK? INT’L CONFERENCE ON COMPUTING & MISSIONS
* FREE GRAPHICS FOR YOUR CHURCH/MISSION NEWSLETTER!
* INTERESTED IN ONE OF THOSE TELEPHONE “CALL-BACK” PLANS?
* NEED CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY?
* PATHS TO A STRONG CITY NATIVE CHURCH
* CALLING ALL TRANSLATORS OF REDEMPTION ACCOMPLISHED AND APPLIED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* YOU’VE READ THE JAPANESE BOOK; NOW GET THE JAPANESE MOVIE!
* CHAT SPLAT – IRC FOR THEE?
* CORRECTION ON ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CLEARINGHOUSE
* AN HTML EDITOR TO GO!
* PATTERSON “OBEDIENCE ORIENTED EDUCATION AND EVANGELISM BY EXTENSION”
* NEW CONFERENCES READY FOR ACTION!
* GOT RESOURCES? GET NETWORKING!
* TO DOUG: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DUST SETTLES FROM THE GATWAY PEOPLE CLUSTER CONSULTATION
Well, the dust is now settling from the Gateway People Cluster Consultation, held this past weekend at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. I wish I could give you a full report but two or three issues are “in the way.” First, we all signed a security release stating that we’d be very careful about what we publicized. It would be a whole lot better for you to read the official press releases by subscribing to the consultation news conferences and retrieving the files that organizers have posted there. (To retrieve those files, create a message to hubatxcdotorg with these lines as the content:
subscribe gpcc-announce
filelist

Look the file list over when it comes to your inbox and use the “get” command to download the press releases you’d like to see.

But there’s a second reason it’s tough to give a full report. The truth is, we don’t know for sure what will come out of the conference. So much of the consultation was designed to be a kick-off of a process – the process of

1. recruiting and training more “resource advocates” (those who champion the cause of some unreached people group)
2. recruiting and training more “strategic partnership facilitators” (those who work mostly in the field to create more networking between field workers
3. creating training opportunities for both the preceding roles
4. launching additional consultations and networking opportunities to help breed more interaction between those who have a love for a common unreached group, and
5. refining a new kind of categorizing of the full JP2000 list of 1739 peoples into around 140 or so “cluster” groupings.

I can tell you that consultation delegates worked hard, very hard, at addressing all five of those goals, as well as hitting security and several other issues at the same time. Pages and pages of feedback were collected. They’ll now be collated and feedback will be given to conference delegates. This is an ongoing process. It’s a marathon not a spring. So let’s have patience . . . and see where this takes us. I believe we’re definitely moving forward.

And at least one other clarion call came out of the meeting: YACC. “Yet Another Call for a Clearinghouse.” Nearly every working group seemed to be asking for a source for information about people group mobilization tools, adoption cross-matching, and security training. Brigada-peoples can help in the meantime to pick up some of that . . . but I believe other tools will also rise to the surface in the months to come. So let the games begin . . . and let’s hope that this YACC results in a real option that works for all of us!

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FINAL FRONTIER – THE ANSWER
We received responses from some 33 different individuals to the recent request for recommending a “final frontier” least reached group for the “Brigada missionary couple.” Remember that this particular couple had volunteered to go anywhere in the world that God would send them . . . but their quest was to go to the most desperately unreached group. Well, . . . I know we can’t claim to have “the answer” . . . because the answer is that there are desperate needs in so many places. But what I can promise you is that the representative sampling you’ll receive in our compilation is a group of some of the most desperately unreached peoples in the world. To get the 15-page compilation, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this phrase in the text of the message:
get brigada finalfrontier

We’ll keep you up to date occasionally as this particular couple discerns God’s will for their lives!

(Note to those viewing this document on the web: This particular file won’t be placed the web because of its sensitivity. To retrieve it, use the “get” command above.)

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DIVERSITY MAGNIFIES GOD?
As I write this, I’m sitting here at the Gateway People Cluster Consultation (at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA), listening to John Bendor-Samuel, President of Wycliffe. The key issue of his devotional this Friday morning is that “diversity magnifies God.” It never occurred to me before that God would be glorified through what I took as disunity. His thread of thought took us through the Babylonian captivity and the way it dealt with idolatry and through the development of synagogues. In a sense, as Dr. Bendor-Samuel pointed out, God used the judgment that resulted from Babel to glorify Him. Each language has its own beauty, its own power. It lifts up God in unique ways . . . that perhaps would never have been possible in one monolingual world. Of course, the final question he asked is the most interesting: What’s going to be the language of Heaven? Bendor-Samuel said we’d be multi-lingual. God actually said in Rev. 21 that they “would be my peoples” [plural]. We won’t have any problem understanding one another — ’cause the Bible says that in Heaven there’ll be no tears there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

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HOW DO WE LIFT UP LIBYA?
Well now there’s an easy way to get started. You’ll recall last week’s reference to one denomination’s emphasis on Libya PRAYER REQUEST FOR LIBYA. Well now a Libya network is enlarging that all the more to a worldwide thrust . . . and you can start by requesting a file that we’ve logged here at Brigada. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text:
get brigada libya-pray

Included is info on how to get a new video on prayer for Libya for just $5 (how can they produce the video, package it, and mail it to you for that price?????), and how to unite in a global plan to pray for Libya for one 24-hour period (6pm May 16 to 6pm 17). Sharp little packet for mobilizing prayer at you church or agency. Grab the “libya-pray” file for free!

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WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MENTOR CHURCH PLANTERS?
Then DCPI has a deal for you! You can call 800-255-0431 or write BeckerDCPIataoldotcom and ask for a brochure about the upcoming Mentors Conference will be in Indianapolis from April 30-May 2, 97.

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SOUTH AFRICA FARES A TAD HIGH?
Having trouble finding a good fare to South Africa to attend GCOWE97? Try sending a note to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg with info. about your travel needs. You’ll probably receive 5+ responses or “bids” from which you can choose… and some of them will be bottom dollar but top value. Also, by the way, we had previously published news about a travel agent in Canada who had worked out special fares to South Africa but apparently, she can always get half-off fares on SAA schaubeckatbaxterdotnet. You can also contact Celia Klare, the official GCOWE travel agent, at 800-847-4640 in the USA, 315-422-2612 for our non-USA participants, fax: 315-422-5932.

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WANT TO REALLY NETWORK? INT’L CONFERENCE ON COMPUTING & MISSIONS
Check out http://www.iccm.org (or write infoaticcmdotorg, the web site for the International Conference on Computing and Missions (ICCM). Scheduled for June 6-10, 1997 in Abilene, TX, the conference hopes to provide a unique experience of spiritual fellowship, information-sharing and vision renewal by providing a forum for missions-related people to meet personally and to share ideas, information and expertise in order to perform their jobs more effectively. If your missions job is at all computer-related, then this is the place to be!

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FREE GRAPHICS FOR YOUR CHURCH/MISSION NEWSLETTER!
Check out http://members.aol.com/charismaco. There, the Charisma Design Company is offering free clip-art collections for your publishing needs! Church representatives without internet access can receive the disk version for a $4.00 (more outside of the USA or Germany). Thanks Charisma! (You can also call +1-303-617-7342 (North America), or +49-7153-75617 (Europe), e-mail: charismacoataoldotcom.

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INTERESTED IN ONE OF THOSE TELEPHONE “CALL-BACK” PLANS?
Check with PacificStar Telecom Service pacificsatsainetdotordotjp. They’ve got that and more!

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NEED CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY?
Cross Cultural Youth Ministry would like to know! Write ccymatltsdotnet for more info. Their strategy is to place trained youth ministers in partnerships with missionaries or solid national churches throughout the world. They would also like to serve as a clearinghouse for missions agencies or organizations that are searching for youth workers.

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PATHS TO A STRONG CITY NATIVE CHURCH
The path begins at the 3rd Annual Native Urban Church-Planting Symposium, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 28 – May 1. Write 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom or call 204-586-1137 for more info.

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CALLING ALL TRANSLATORS OF REDEMPTION ACCOMPLISHED AND APPLIED
If you’re translating (or have translated) Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied into Russian, dbsmithatpacodotnet would like to know.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
This week mission leaders from across the 10/40 Window will be meeting to discuss how to further cooperation in reaching many of the world’s least-reached people groups. Possibly one of the most strategic meetings this year, discussions will revolve around how best to help link in churches which have adopted people groups and startup mission agencies as they begin to focus on specific unreached people groups. This is often a challenge because of the sensitive nature of ministry in most places in the 10/40 Window. Conference planners expect a great breakthrough in the areas of cooperation, partnership, and communication.
(Source: Caleb Project field report, 4/14/97.) John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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YOU’VE READ THE JAPANESE BOOK; NOW GET THE JAPANESE MOVIE!
You heard that Praying through the Window III Prayer Calendar was done in Japanese. Now the movie is done! For 1500 yen you can get a copy of To the Ends of the Earth in Japanese!!! Write japminatibmdotnet for more info.

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CHAT SPLAT – IRC FOR THEE?
Anybody know of any IRCs for missionaries? (An IRC is an “internet relay chat” or something like that; using special software, several people can “talk” [via the keyboard] to each other live; differs from email in that the communication is real time; all parties have to be on the Net at once.) If you do, email Jerry Witt at HALUSAatWITTYdotCOM. Jerry, please send us a list if you find some, okay?

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CORRECTION ON ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CLEARINGHOUSE
My bad on the reference to the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned that I didn’t believe it had ever been their purpose to “register” adoptions (by a church or individual) or report them upon request by inquirers. I got back a note from the AAPC staff person (I think there’s currently just one or two) saying that indeed that always had been one of their priority purposes. I’ve asked them to drop us a couple of paragraphs on how they receive and/or distribute this info. I’m clueless, even though our mission organization is a supporting member! My bad.

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AN HTML EDITOR TO GO!
Need an HTML editor for your mission newsletter (that’s someone who prepares your written newsletter for the web)? Linda (see her web site at: http://www.inworks.net/comm/image/image.htm ) wants to help. Check out her services . . . e.g., $15 to prepare the bulletin for the web, $25 to post it on the site. She’d like to provide a central place for mission news.

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PATTERSON “OBEDIENCE ORIENTED EDUCATION AND EVANGELISM BY EXTENSION”
You can now get a complete sample set of the 62 booklets including the Church Planting Guide, and the Pastoral Trainer’s Manual for US$95 plus US$25 seamail or US$50 airmail postage. To order, please send two checks to the Missionary Training Service (address below) in US dollars (one for US$72.50 and the other for the remaining amount – this is because they apparently can’t process checks above US$72.50 at the moment without incurring large charges).
The Missionary Training Service
18 Aston Way
Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2XY, United Kingdom
E-mail: coordmtsatxcdotorg

I’ve got to save up my pennies and get a set of these! They’re sharp and have apparently been very effective in each location where they’ve been used.

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NEW CONFERENCES READY FOR ACTION!
Wow – a whole flurry of new conferences has emerged these past couple of weeks. One is BRIGADA-PEOPLES-QASHQAI, moderated by Justin Long of David Barrett’s office in Virginia, promises to wave the flag for the Qashai. According to the welcome message by Justin, “Only a miniscule number have ever met a Christian. There are some Christians in the cities, but not many have ventured out to the rural areas where they live. There is not even one church in the world that worships in their language, nor do they have any Christian radio broadcasts. The Bible hasn’t been translated into their language. There are nearly a million of them — but at most maybe 50,000 have heard the Gospel in their lives.” Join it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this sentence in your email:
subscribe brigada-peoples-qashqai

There will probably be only one or two failings per week.

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GOT RESOURCES? GET NETWORKING!
This just in from Mary Ann Stone of the AD2000 & Beyond International Office. Let’s load her up with all the resources we can find!!! “It is a delight to watch the growing response to Joshua Project 2000 goals of adoption networking and church planting for unreached peoples. The Lord is indeed placing the vision “a church for every people” on the hearts of individuals and organizations around the world. However, with such interest comes an increasing plea for resources which are both informative and motivational. Prayer teams and groups, researchers and church planters are hungry for a better understanding of the peoples to whom they have made a commitment.

To assist those concerns, AD2000 and Beyond, is seeking to compile a resource list of available videos and films which feature any of the Joshua Project 2000 unreached peoples. (List is available on the World Wide Web http://www.ad2000.org ) We plan to gather informative resources whether Christian or secular in nature. If you or your organization has produced or distributed such a video or film or know of others who may have done so, please contact Barb Bills at AD2000 barbatad2000dotorg with the following information as soon as possible:

* Name of the People targeted in the video or film.
* Country where the filming took place.
* Publisher name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail.
* Retail price for the video or film.
* Versions and formats for the resources.
* Languages in which available.
* Additional Contacts: Name, Organization, Address, Phone, Fax, Email.

These resources will eventually appear in a new column on the AD2000 Joshua Project 2000 peoples list and on our Web site at http://www.ad2000.org

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TO DOUG: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!
This past week, I heard from a Brigada participant who made a good point. He said I had commented more than once on the way that international use of encryption (encoded) messages would always look suspect until it was utilized by the masses. So he asked courteously why I never used PGP or any other encryption software. “Hmmmm,” I said. “Because I routinely don’t have anything private to say in my typical notes,” I thought to myself. But you see, that’s exactly what 99% of all Internet users are saying . . . which makes the other 1% feel a bit anxious (and look suspicious) when they do choose to use PGP! So . . . starting this week, my signature (at the bottom) carries a reference to my PGP “public key” and I’ve pledged to start using PGP more as each week goes by. Yikes. The price we pay for progress! :-) But you know, he was right. If we really wanted to help secure email to be birthed on the net, we’d all go out and get PGP public keys (there’s no cost involved) and start using this stuff… or utilizing the new S/Mime (or is it S/Myme) built-in security in other emailers.

So how ’bout it, Brigada family. Can we start looking at this PGP stuff or what?

To learn more about PGP security, do a search on the net for it this week. Then send in your best PGP tutor file/URL to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with
PGP HELP
in the subject line. We’ll make the results available to everybody next week and maybe we can help the whole world be more secure! :-)

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

19970406 Brigada Today

Now with 5271 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* PRAYER SCOREBOARD
* FINAL REQUEST FOR FINAL FRONTIER
* EPISCOPALIANS HAVE A HOME IN CYBERSPACE
* CATCH AN EYE AND A HEART WITH THIS NEW GRAPHIC ARTS FIRM
* GET PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF BRIGADA TODAY FOR FREE!
* THE SECURTY DEBATE CONTINUES
* SO WHERE DO YOU GET GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
* TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: GIVE US YOUR BEST MISSIONS FILM
* WEB WATCH
* WANT A LIST OF AGENCIES WILLING TO WORK WITH TENTMAKERS?
* GET READY FOR PTWIII WITH HINDU WORLD PRAYER FOCUS
* PLEASE FOLLOW THE “PROTOCOL”
* IMAGINE THIS DEAL FOR IMAGE-MAKERS
* SO HOW DO YOU SPELL YOUR MISSION PROJECT?
* WOULD YOU HELP ME WRITE THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION DECLARATION?
* GREAT SOURCE FOR PRAYER CARDS
* NOW YOU CAN REACH YOUR AMDO TIBETAN NEIGHBORS!
* TRAVEL CONFERENCE ALIVE AND WELL!
* PRAYER REQUEST FOR LIBYA
* YOU’RE INVITED TO TEE-TIME
* ONE MORE RESOURCE FOR CHURCH-PLANTERS!
* HINDU CONFERENCE COMING THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT!
* HERE’S A GREAT STORY FOR THIS WEEK’S SERMON

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PRAYER SCOREBOARD
As of yesterday, the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC had logged 14,300+ churches committed to pray for least reached peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list! Prayer-tracker Dick Gaffney wrote, “What a blessing to hear from people all over this globe who want to pray for the unreached people groups. These are exciting times!” If your church hasn’t registered, send a note to Dick at RGaff13817ataoldotcom. If you’ve already registered at Envision ’96 or with AD2000, you’ve already been recorded. Thanks for your work, Dick!

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FINAL REQUEST FOR FINAL FRONTIER
This is your last chance to participate in the Brigada study on which people group(s) would be most desperately unreached. Send your nominee to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg but please make the subject line read:
final frontier

We’ve gotten some great responses that will be reported on next week. I think you’ll be surprised at some of the results!

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EPISCOPALIANS HAVE A HOME IN CYBERSPACE
Apparently, Episcopalians can write to MissionsmobilizeratEpiscopaliandotorg to join a discussion group about mobilizing missions among their group. And guess what! They’re evidently very active in Brigada groups too! A few years ago, you might have concluded they were dying out. Guess it wasn’t only Mark Twain’s death that was greatly exaggerated! :-)

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CATCH AN EYE AND A HEART WITH THIS NEW GRAPHIC ARTS FIRM
We’re told that this new missionary prayer letter service designs prayer letters with eye-catching graphics and a professional layout to motivate readers. “Trevco Designs” is owned and operated by Brenda Branson, of The Evangelical Alliance Mission. There are evidently two options: design letter only and forward camera-ready copy to designated mailing service (2-day turnaround) or design letter and provide complete mailing service (1-week turnaround). For further information, references, or to request a brochure, contact Brenda bbransonatteamworlddotorg. Whew! What a relief this will be for some tired layout fingers! :-)

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GET PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF BRIGADA TODAY FOR FREE!
There are two ways to access previous editions of Brigada Today. The easiest, of course, is via the web at http://www.brigada.org where there’s even a search engine that will find that illusive text string you’re searching for (like… “Where do I write to get information on “Praying Through the Window III”?). But if you don’t have access to the web, you’re still in luck. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
filelist brigada

in the text of the message. In a few moments, you’ll receive an emailed message containing a list of all the files stored in the top level of the Brigada file archive. Just pick out the edition you want, by date, then send another message that contains something like this:
get brigada brigada-today.970411

Or whatever date you want! It’ll be automatically emailed to you immediately. Kind of like a nifty fax-back service . . . except no long distance bill! And it works from anywhere in the world!

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THE SECURTY DEBATE CONTINUES
In a recent Brigada Today, we mentioned “back-masking” (where, using special software tools, you can bury your message in the noise of a background to a graphic that you email to a buddy overseas; http://www.iquest.net/~mrmil/stego.html or http://www.enter.net/~chronos/cryptolog1.html#Stego ). A friend (thanks Art!) reminded us that . . . if your buddy’s email is being watched closely by sophisticated monitors . . . and he or she starts sending out pictures to the same people… and they’re not all that interesting anyway… :-) and maybe the same picture is going out with different binary signatures… suffice it to say that back-masking isn’t a panacea either. :-( So . . . once again, treat email as if it’s sending a post card… and watch what you say!

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SO WHERE DO YOU GET GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
Karen Lafferty 100340dot3723atCompuServedotCOM would like to know! And guess what… she’s willing to compile a list for us!!! So, personnel guys, please get out that list and send her your best sources for good coverage, at home and abroad. She’ll compile the list and we’ll make it available here on Brigada. We’re especially interested in

1. policies that work for those living overseas
2. reasonable policies for missionaries that live and work in the USA
3. policies covering those who aren’t USA citizens

Thanks Karen!!! (Insurance sales people are welcome to respond too! :-)) Please send a three-line summary at the top of your page of info…. and . . . please limit your response to a page max. Give a couple of examples of premium costs please. Thanks!

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TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: GIVE US YOUR BEST MISSIONS FILM
Steve Cox firstevanatcompuservedotcom wants to assemble a great list of missions videos, movies, and other AV/media resources and their sources. Please send him brief summaries and he’ll make the final list available to us in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

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WEB WATCH
Here’s a new prayer calendar at http://www.churches.com/world/Missions/worldpray and the author, Roger E. Doriot doriotreatticnetdotcom is even willing to email copies to those without web access! On the same page is the calendar for world leaders. Also, have you visited http://www.hotmail.com lately? They’re doing a great business with on-the-web email . . . and they can now also let you check your regular email box. It’s all free. (Thanks for the reminder from CMDNet, Bob!) Check it out! By the way, Bob’s got a great site himself at http://www.cmd.org.nz/books.html.

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WANT A LIST OF AGENCIES WILLING TO WORK WITH TENTMAKERS?
Chris did. He received email responses from Brigada Today participants and prepared a summary sheet of agencies and their addresses. So now, if you’re headed out as a tentmaker with the UN or whatever, you can link up with other tentmakers for service and support. Get Chris’ list by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the email message:
get brigada un-tentmakers

As you guessed, the “un” stands for United Nations . . . not for “un” like uncola! :-) And . . . isn’t it nice to read Brigada Today on the web . . . so you don’t have to mail out for all these “get” files? Bob Mayhew fixes it so we just point, click, and read . . . and the files instantly appear like magic! Thanks Bob!!!

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GET READY FOR PTWIII WITH HINDU WORLD PRAYER FOCUS
In this 50th year of India’s independence, Christians are being called to humbly learn about, pray for and reach out to the world’s Hindu peoples. Beginning May 18 (Pentecost Sunday), Hindu ministry leaders are calling for a week of prayer focus on the Hindu peoples. For more info, news release, cover illustration, price and order information, etc., check out: http://www.ywam.org/prayer.hindu.html In addition, the 12 minute Video “Gods of India” is done, booklets will go to print any day now. And $2 Posters are done too. And by the way, those without web access can get the same info by writing YWAM’s International Communications Network at wcnatxcdotorg. Thanks Paul!!!

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PLEASE FOLLOW THE “PROTOCOL”
The welcome screen to this top level Brigada conference is going through some revision. One change is that new conference participants are being asked to email hubatxcdotorg with this message:
get brigada help-detailed
get brigada protocol

The second line (new to the welcome message) is a set of protocols to follow on Brigada conferences. Please get it when you have a chance and follow it at all times. Thanks! (This “protocol” file builds on and adds to earlier protocol files that were dated in their extensions [like protocols.960929 or whatever]. The latter will soon be erased to conserve resources.) (By the way, if you want to see the current welcome message, send a message to hub@xcorg with this line:
info brigada

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IMAGINE THIS DEAL FOR IMAGE-MAKERS
If you’re a photographer and haven’t checked out Seattle Filmworks in awhile, maybe you should give them a second look . . . especially if you’re now using digital images (for the web or for your desktop publisher). Brigada participant Chris wrote, “They have a deal where they will develop a roll of film, make a print of each image, make a slide of each image, digitize each image, print a thumbnail summary of each roll, and give you a new roll of film all for about $20. I haven’t tried them yet, but I will. Look for them at http://www.filmworks.com or call 1-800-filmworks or email at csatfilmworksdotcom. Thanks!

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SO HOW DO YOU SPELL YOUR MISSION PROJECT?
Chris Bushnell is a Personnel Coordinator for a mission agency in the midwestern USA (notice that I say it that way when I don’t want you to find out he works for Team Expansion! :-)). He wrote recently about how difficult it sometimes is for new missionaries or interns to state the full details of their project in a concise enough fashion. As a result, he’s now recommending that new workers consider using this outline . . . or anything like it . . . as a guideline:

Who:
tell about yourself, your family, your experience, your hopes and dreams.
When:
tell about your hopeful time-frame for your new work, including time spent in language and culture learning.
Where:
tell about the people and the place God has burned into your heart.
What:
tell about your mission organization and it’s distinctives.
Why:
ell about your passion to obey the Great Commission and share His love.
How:
tell your potential supporters that you need their prayers, encouragement and financial partnership to fulfill your God-given passion.

I’d say maybe he’s onto something! (By the way — please pray for Chris; he’s just learned that he’ll have to undergo knee surgery for a torn ACL. Maybe skiing and missions don’t mix after all! Better stick to golf, Chris! :-))

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WOULD YOU HELP ME WRITE THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION DECLARATION?
If you have an electronic copy of a past conference/consultation “declaration” that you could send my way, I’d greatly appreciate it. I’ve been asked to chair the effort to put together the declaration for the Gateway People Consultation at the US Center next week . . . and I’d love to get a look at your favorite manifesto! Just mail to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line “declaration” and I’ll greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

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GREAT SOURCE FOR PRAYER CARDS
One Brigada participant found a super supply source for those prayer cards that everybody puts on their fridge. :-) You scan your color photo, place it into a Pagemaker document and send the disk to Copy Craft Printers. They do the rest. For full color business card prayer cards, it’s reportedly under $115 for 1000 inc shipping!!!!!!! Email rollieatcopycraftdotcom for a catalogue. Sounds like a good value to me!

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NOW YOU CAN REACH YOUR AMDO TIBETAN NEIGHBORS!
Take them a copy of the cassette entitled, “God’s Powerful Savior” in the Amdo-Tibetan language with beautiful Tibetan Flute playing for bridging and background. What?! No Amdos next door? Well you can also get a brief testimony from a Tibetan believer accompanied by Tibetan music and singing. Then join the growing network of believers who are praying for an Amdo Tibetan church! :-) Order from
Audio Scripture Ministries
P. O. Box 46063
Escondido, CA 92046
Fax 619 745 8150

Or write asm-caatxcdotorg. WWW site: http://www.AudioScriptures.org/asm

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TRAVEL CONFERENCE ALIVE AND WELL!
Those who had tried the brigada-travel-bids conference recently might have been discouraged by few quotes in your inbox. Apparently, there was some kind of mishap in the configuration of the conference, making it impossible for the dozens of travel agents there to see your request for a quote. Late last night that was all resolved, so they’re back on line!!! Plus (and maybe most importantly), I have secured the commitment of at least one travel agent who says he will focus his full time efforts on the conference, meaning that you will get quotes back for every request! This guy can buy wholesale fares from several sources . . . and there are over 50 other travel agents subscribed, waiting to see how they can save you and your ministry big bucks. So try it today! Just email brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg and explain your reqest for a bid. No need to subscribe… your message goes to the conference “as is” and they write you back directly with proposals.

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PRAYER REQUEST FOR LIBYA
Thanks to Bob and CMDNet for this note on Libya… “Each year the Southern Baptists, in conjunction with other groups, focus prayer for a day on an area of the world in need of mission attention. This year (May 16-17) the focus will be the Arabs of Libya. Only a few Libyans living inside the country or abroad are known to be Christians. A resource kit to support the prayer emphasis is available from the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. The kit consists of a video on Libya, news coverage on Libya and a prayer guide. To order, call (800) 866- 3621 or write Customer Services, Foreign Mission Board, PO Box 6767, Richmond, Virginia, VA 23230-0767, USA.”

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YOU’RE INVITED TO TEE-TIME
Chris cajelatiquestdotnet wants to know all about TEE . . . well maybe more specifically, he’d like to learn what kind of TEE programs have been successful, what accessed via the internet, video, cassette, etc., are there GED programs by video or net specifically for urban areas, . . . etc. Don’t forget to include programs designed for the USA in your answer, too! He’ll compile a list and we’ll make it available here in a couple of weeks.

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ONE MORE RESOURCE FOR CHURCH-PLANTERS!
Don’t forget that you can send mail to majordomoatgenesisdotacudotedu with only the following command in the body of your email message:
subscribe churchplanters

[Note that this is not a Brigada group. In Brigada conferences, you would never add your email address on the end of a subscribe command. It causes the subscribe command to bounce to the owner of the conference.]

They reportedly discuss everything from vision to questions, specific problems, experiences, testimonies, and practical suggestions!

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HINDU CONFERENCE COMING THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT!
Here’s a conference that looks top notch! “Christian Witness in the Hindu World,” billed as “An Exciting two-weekend seminary in Los Angeles with Dr. Roger E. Hedlund, South Asian expert and Christian Scholar. Sponsored by CenSas (the Center for South Asian Studies) will be held at
Church on Brady
717 So. Brady Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: 213 728-4850
E-mail: bradyjobntataoldotcom

April 17, 18 & 19 1997 (Module 1)
and
April 24, 25 & 26 1997 (Module 2).

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HERE’S A GREAT STORY FOR THIS WEEK’S SERMON
Need a little “closing illustration” for commitment to missions and mobilization? Here’s a real live story from an Adult Bible Fellowship in a congregation in Louisville, KY. I was helping a missions team there plan their “next steps” for reaching a Muslim group in N. Africa through one of those PACE Projects I’ve been telling you about (quick commercial — http://www.brigada.org/pace :-)). They’ve been trying all kinds of innovative approaches to make sure the church-planting effort gets promoted in the home and throughout the church. One project they have is placing collection cans for loose change and all in every home of their Couples for Christ Adult Bible Fellowship (the primary advocate group behind this project). So from what I understand, just about every family has these cans sitting around their house now! Pretty cool idea! Anyway, one of the Moms (whose real name is “Tina”) was sharing about the effect on Ryan, her 5-year-old! Apparently, he had lost a tooth that previous week and gotten a whoppin’ $5 from the tooth fairy. (I know . . . it was only a quarter when you were growing up! But hey! It’s the nineties! Inflation!) Anyway . . . Tina (the mom) was pretty shocked when Ryan walked to the Tina tried to explain to Ryan, “Now you understand that you can’t get this back?” He said, “I know, Mom. I want Jesus to have that to help people learn about God.” They say, “Out of the mouth of babes….” . . . but it seems to me Ryan is onto something. If we could just arrange our priorities to give some of our uttermost energies, our uttermost prayers, our uttermost offerings . . . to the uttermost unreached people . . . we would accomplish the uttermost results ever imagined! So . . . grab those cans and pray for your little ones to lose their teeth!!! :-)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970330 Brigada Today

Now with 5198 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Visit Brigada’s new domain on the WorldWide Web: http://www.brigada.org
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* STOP IN AT PIT-STOP DENVER
* AT LEAST 12,100 ARE PRAYING!
* WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR BIBLES?
* HERE’S A BUNCH OF FREE DENTAL SUPPLIES TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO!
* SEND YOUR INTERPRETER TO SCHOOL!
* HOW MANY URBANA-ITES WILL HEAD OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER?
* WE GET MAIL
* GOT SKILLS? UNCLE PETE WANTS YOU
* YOUR ADVANCE ON ADVANCE
* WINDOWATCHMAN II IS READY FOR YOUR READING!
* HEADED TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR GCOWE’97? CHECK OUT THIS TRAVEL AGENT!
* PHONE HOME… VIA THE SKY
* CHURCH PLANTER RESOURCES BRIGADA STYLE…
* WORK THE WEB WITHOUT THE WEB
* WORLDCHRISTIAN NEWS OFFERS STEAL OF A DEAL TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS
* RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
* O-HI-O – GET YOUR PRAYER CALENDARS IN JAPANESE OR AFRIKAANS NOW!
* GREAT IDEA FORMING UP FOR REACHING MUSLIMS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE BEHIND THE BAMBOO CURTAIN
* USE YOUR BCC LINE!
* HUNGARY HUNGRY FOR DISCIPLES
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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STOP IN AT PIT-STOP DENVER
If you want to help your church or cell group to truly make an impact cross-culturally, consider attending Pit-Stop Denver, April 25-26, at Littleton Christian Church (suburban Denver) – jointly sponsored by Caleb Project, Kingdom Building Ministries, Team Expansion, PACE, “Pit-Stops”, and Brigada. For more information, see http://www.brigada.org/pace. Entire weekend, including the notebook, materials, program, diskette, most meals, and the fellowship – just $45. For more information, write Robert or Noelle today – rpetersonatccudotedu or call (303) 761-6187 or send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada pit-stop-denver

in the text of the message.

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AT LEAST 12,100 ARE PRAYING!
Dick Gaffney at Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC RGaff13817ataoldotcom reports 12,100 registrations to pray for the various people groups on the JP2000 list. If you haven’t registered your intent to pray, write him today! Note that if you’ve already registered at AD2000 & Beyond or Envision ’96, your intentions have already been added to their database. Their goal is to find 10 people/churches for each of the 1739 groups. Just under 5000 to go [assuming these 12,100 are fairly evenly distributed!]! Thanks to the volunteers at Manna!

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WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR BIBLES?
Jerry Kingery jerrykatbfdotorg would like to know. He’s willing to compile a list of Bible sources – good prices, great selection, lots of different languages, etc. Maybe SIL or somebody already has a great web site or a giant search engine to give Jerry the answer??? Send your best guess to Jerry and he’ll compile a report for us to post here in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

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HERE’S A BUNCH OF FREE DENTAL SUPPLIES TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO!
Several wrote asking for info. on the free dental supplies note….. It’s available from Outreach Latin America 74724dot1506atcompuservedotcom – about a semi truck load.

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SEND YOUR INTERPRETER TO SCHOOL!
Write servngodatjharperdotminskdotby to find out more about a special course for interpreters… to be held in July in Kharkov, Ukraine and then in Kradnoyarsk, Russia in August.

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HOW MANY URBANA-ITES WILL HEAD OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER?
According to convention news releases, perhaps as many as 2,753! To see other cool stats from the conference, send email to hubatxcdotorg with the words…
get brigada urbana96

as the only text of the message. It’s a short file… maybe 1/2 page…. but it’s stocked with great stats!

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WE GET MAIL
Thanks to those who send in notes of encouragement! You are God’s anointed. Apologies that we can’t answer every piece of mail. For example, this week we heard from Brazil…. “Hey, my name is ….. I’m a missionary in the Brazilian Amazon Basin, rather remote. I e-mailed friends to get me the $79 Britannica, and a month later they brought it with them when they came to visit. No problem. THANKS A TON!!!!!! With our love, …” [he named his whole family, kids included…; I’m a sucker for the kids! :-) ] If Brigada can ever help you or yours, we’ll give praise to God!

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GOT SKILLS? UNCLE PETE WANTS YOU
Have you got special computer or communication skills? Pete Holzmann, Coordinator of the AD2000 & Beyond Interactive Task Force, is putting together a resource catalogue for those who are making inroads into unreached peoples. He’s looking for folks willing to create web pages, host email conferences, write, edit, etc. If you’re interested, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada itf-resource

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YOUR ADVANCE ON ADVANCE
Mark Kelly’s Advance has been posted for your retrieval! Here’s a summary:
ADVANCE! April 1997

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE – Food crisis in North Korea deepens; Israel bill could outlaw personal evangelism; saving babies’ lives in India’s Kondh Hills; 20 million in spiritual captivity in Nepal; lost Libyan hearts

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH – New believer murdered in southern Asia; three Chinese believers jailed in USA; Indonesia blocking church building permits; Italian missionary worker murdered in northeastern Peru

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS – Five children killed at Rwandan mission school; Christian villagers riot in Indonesia; dark forces of Goth subculture; IBM harasses Christian employees

REJOICE! – 100,000 people in Bogota cell groups; Chinese believers endure hardship to erect building; 134 Thai families turn to Christ after cloudburst; North Korea charters first independent Christian church; missionary released from Iran; 10,000 Ugandan young people signed sexual purity pledges; Australian lawmakers strike down euthanasia law

NETWORKING – Libya highlighted on Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelization; weekly electronic mailing covers India; ACMC helps congregations mobilize world evangelization; International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; e-mail conference dedicated to practical application of technology in the global missions; Brigada Web site; Reasons To Believe Web site; “Human Rights Watch World Report 1997;” new book documents systematic persecution of Christians worldwide

FRONT LINES – Our battlefields

To get your copy of the complete text, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada advance.9704

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WINDOWATCHMAN II IS READY FOR YOUR READING!
CIN announced this past week that the long-awaited WindoWatchman II is ready for order! According to CIN, “This book contains exciting reports from prayer journeyers who participated in the Praying Through the Window II initiative in October of 1995. This work provides great insight as to prayer points for the nations of the 10/40 Window. In its 432 pages it includes praise reports, country history, pictures, and a full-color pull-out map which indicates the 100 Gateway Cities, at the back of the book. Get your copy of WindoWatchman II for $14.99 plus Shipping and Handling ($4.50 in U.S.), along with a complimentary copy of WindoWatchman I from the 1993 prayer initiative. Please make note that after April 30th, 1997 the WindoWatchman II will be offered for $14.99 and the WindoWatchman I for $10.00 plus Shipping and Handling.” CIN says that to purchase, you may send a check to the Christian Information Network at 11025 State Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 All orders must be pre-paid by check or credit card. In the USA, call toll-free to 1-888-PRAY-104. Worldwide, fax them at (719)548-9000. Email 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom.

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HEADED TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR GCOWE’97? CHECK OUT THIS TRAVEL AGENT!
AD2000 & Beyond leadership advised us this past week of a special deal they’ve worked out with a travel agent in Canada . . . schaubeckatbaxterdotnet. According to Debbie Wood, you can perhaps save hundreds by using her since she’s selling South African Airways flights at wholesale costs directly to GCOWE participants. Check her out!

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PHONE HOME… VIA THE SKY
Remember the satphone we mentioned last week? MAF has agreed to discount it for those purchasing during the remainder of April. Just tell them you heard about it on Brigada Today. One user wrote… “What a blessing it has been during the past month to have the capability of communicating with our missionaries. Without it we would not have known the situation … during some very tense times. But with the phones we were able to activate our prayer chain across the country within minutes after getting a call. On several occasions the phone call came as a very dangerous situation was arising and the call was to the point – “The city is being bombed – I’m frightened. I need your prayers.” To order a Planet I satphone, write
Paul Lay Planet1atmafdotorg
or phone: (909)794-1151
or fax: (909)794-3016.

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CHURCH PLANTER RESOURCES Brigada STYLE…
Thanks to Wayne Penner for compiling the church planting resources throughout the month of March! His 5-page catalogue is a virtual storehouse of potential for your ministry or church-planting conference! Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only one line in the text of the message:
get brigada church-planting-resources

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WORK THE WEB WITHOUT THE WEB
MAFxc technology guru Bob Sutterfield shared a tip with us this past week . . . somehow allowing you to access the web without even having the web! If all you have is email capability and you need a special page downloaded, this approach could be “just what the doctor ordered” for you! To learn more, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words
get brigada access-via-email

in the text of the message.
Thanks Bob!

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WORLDCHRISTIAN NEWS OFFERS STEAL OF A DEAL TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS
Thanks to Paul and the gang at WorldChristian News! They’re offering Brigada participants a special deal on their new booklets and posters about the Hindu world. Instead of $3 for single booklet orders, and $2 for the two-color illustrated poster on the Hindu world, Brigada readers can now purchase these items at U.S. $1 for the booklet, and U.S. $1 for the poster. [First Class / Airmail postage & handling (same cost for either or both items): $1.50 (within the USA), $2.50 (within the Americas), $3.50 (rest of the world).] Paul qualified… “Sorry, no bulk-orders accepted for this special offer (only single copies per address). For bulk orders (and additional information) browse http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html or send us your address and request a flyer.” Please mention “Special Brigada Offer,” and send your paid order (payable to WorldChristian News) to:
30 Days Hindu Focus
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs, CO 80936, USA

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RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
Remember Jim Sutherland sutherlandjatutcdotcampusdotmcidotnet? He’s the guy researching African American cross-cultural missionaries. His questionnaire is done and he’s making one last stab at gathering participants for the study. He wrote this week, “My method is to give a questionnaire to African American missionaries who are serving those who are NOT African American, in this country or abroad, who have been on the field at least one year, currently or in the past. I’d appreciate the names and addresses of such missionaries, or whatever information your readers might have, including mission names. Also I’d appreciate suggestions for contacting others on the Internet with whom I might network regarding this problem. Thanks again. Sincerely, Jim Sutherland.” Please contact Jim directly at the address above. Jim is apparently doing his work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Il., under Dr. Crawford Loritts, of Campus Crusade. Sounds very interesting. He’ll make a summary report available to us as he closes out his research.

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O-HI-O – GET YOUR PRAYER CALENDARS IN JAPANESE OR AFRIKAANS NOW!
Yup. Now you can get Praying Through the Window III calendars in Japanese by writing japminatibmdotnet. Share them with your Japanese cell groups, ministries, churches, etc. They also make great conversation pieces for the coffee table. (Everyone will be convinced you’re so “cross-cultural”! :-) ) You can also get the Afrikaans version by writing nupsaatglobaldotcodotza. Thanks Brenda!

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GREAT IDEA FORMING UP FOR REACHING MUSLIMS
Here’s a guy in Ukraine who is eager to reach Muslims. Truth is . . . the mission church where he’s been doing leadership training has already sent two missionary families to a Muslim group nearby! Great success story in and of itself. Anyway… he’s been hearing stories of Muslims who are willing to watch videos . . . even though they have some . . . shall we say… Christian leaning. So-o-o-o-o-o-o-o . . . he’s curious as to what type of videos exist that specifically address themes like The life of Muhammad, The development of the Qur’an, Comparisons between the Qur’an and the Bible, Major points of conflict between Islam and Christianity… (like Are Christians Polygamists?, What Christians mean by saying that Jesus being the Son of God?, Is the Bible reliable?, Did Jesus really die on the Cross?), Testimonies by Muslim converts to Christianity [as he wrote, “(obviously – slightly more biased on this one :-)”]. So . . .what can we send him??? Chris is at ma. So . . . Chris . . . if you hear from anyone, we’ll count on a summary listing (with sources) here, okay? Thanks! Great idea, by the way.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE BEHIND THE BAMBOO CURTAIN
Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader who recently died at the age of 92, was “an instrument of revival”, according to Chinese house-church leaders. They say “he was God’s unwilling instrument to help bring revival to China. He gave us the freedom to evangelize by not using the devices to punish us when we did exactly that.” A house-church leader in Guangdong said “Deng replaced Maoist ideology with a materialistic philosophy: get rich quick. This started many people on a spiritual quest, asking if they are only there to buy a larger television or a better fridge.” Although house churches continue to grow rapidly in China, some of the most visible house-church leaders have reportedly been recently imprisoned again.
(Source: Compass Direct, PO Box 27250, Santa Ana 92799, USA. Fax 714-531-2681, e-mail compassdratCompuservedotcom, via DAWN Friday Fax)
Global Glimpse is garnered greatly by good guy John Hanna, Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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USE YOUR BCC LINE!
Geoff “from down under” (Australia) reminded us this week that we could reduce Internet bandwidth 10 or 20% immediately just by using the “BCC:” box (instead of the “CC:” line) for that long list of addresses to which we’re copying some message. In each case, that would cut down the length of the message significantly! Great idea Geoff!

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HUNGARY HUNGRY FOR DISCIPLES
Got an appetite to train disciples to be disciplers of other disciples? (Now that’s a mouthful! :-) ) So does Brad, a church planter in Hungary who is looking for resources: (books, tapes, studies, etc.). Chris Bushnell ChrisBushnellatXCdotorg is willing to compile the resource list. Send in your vote… and the answers will be made available here in a couple of weeks! I can’t think of a more important question – if our goal is to create multiplying church movements!

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In this issue….

* PICK A FIELD FOR A “BRIGADA MISSION COUPLE”
* PIT-STOP DENVER TO FEATURE 3 PROJECTS YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT
* SO WHERE DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
* PRAY FOR ONE UNJUSTLY JAILED
* WHAT ABOUT THIS “PrayUSA!” THING?
* MRS WINTER’S SITUATION COULD BE IMPROVING
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION.. OR HELP??
* IF YOU CAN SEE THE SKY, YOU CAN CALL THE WORLD WITH “PLANET 1”
* PATRICK JOHNSTONE LANDS AN ASSISTANT VIA BRIGADA
* CHINA ’97 – IT’S NOT TOO LATE
* ON-LINE SEMINARY PROGRAMS, LEND US YOUR EAR… OR EMAIL
* BRIGADA-CITIES INVOLVED IN COOL CITIES PRAYER REQUESTS
* WHERE TO GET INFO. ON YOUR FAVORITE “UNVIRUS”
* WANT A GREAT DEAL ON MISSIONARY PRAYER CARDS?
* GREAT RESPONSE ON REGISTERING PRAYING CHURCHES/PEOPLE
* MEANWHILE THIS REPORT FROM AD2000 & BEYOND
* WE GET MAIL
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PICK A FIELD FOR A “BRIGADA MISSION COUPLE”
Here’s the deal. We’ve got this missionary couple willing to basically go anywhere – where no man has gone before. If you were to pick the most desperately needy people group in the world . . . and a whoppin’ giant one… to which group would you send them??? Don’t worry about money, don’t worry about visas, and don’t worry about on-site expertise. Instead, just focus on pure need. Make sure the group is big enough to be strategic… and has no church movement in its midst . . . and send your proposals into DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line “final frontier” (please do put that in the subject line). These proposals could be as simple as, “Send ’em to the ____ people group of Indonesia; there are 5 million in that group and not a single fellowship of believers” . . . or they could be a 3-page summary of your two years of research on the group. If it’s possible to provide a contact person that you’d recommend, please supply that – but don’t list names and addresses of people living in sensitive areas of the world. We’ll study the proposals with the couple, then report their conclusions. And yes, I’m not kidding, they’re really going to try to go to the most desperate situation they can find. We’ll try to follow their progress over the coming years to see what God does among the group…. as much as security allows. So – – – let’s get those cards and letters coming! :-)

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PIT-STOP DENVER TO FEATURE 3 PROJECTS YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT
You’ve heard about the “Amdo video,” one of the sharpest prayer tools to break out of the editing rooms lately?? Meet the guy who wrote the script and hear about how to put together a prayer journey straight from his own words. And have you heard about the Evergreen project in China, where local government officials have invited Evergreen representatives to even help train city police officials??? Listen to the principles and approaches they’re using, hear the answered prayer, then lift up the needs of that giant nation side by side with others who share your passion for the unreached. Oh – and did I mention you’ll be able to learn about how God is raising up an entire network to reach the Pashtun? Hear straight from the guy who helped launch a movement within his local church (and he’s not even the Sr. Pastor!) that is now engulfing many others with a passion to reach the Pashtun. And on top of these three successful studies, hear mini-reports from dozens of other projects, each shared with a view toward what you can transfer back to your church, agency, or mission field. Find out how to introduce concerts of prayer for your adopted people. Brainstorm through a “pert chart” that shows your deadlines, goal-owners, and mileposts for the next 18 months as related to over 100 important measuring sticks. Delve into a whole notebook full of guidelines and pick up a diskette crammed full of the latest information. And join Caleb Project’s CEO as he leads us to the throne room of God to pray this stuff into reality! It’s all available at Pit-Stop Denver, Apr. 25-26, at Littleton Christian Church (suburban Denver) – jointly sponsored by Caleb Project, Kingdom Building Ministries, Team Expansion, PACE, “Pit-Stops,” and Brigada. For more information, see http://www.brigada.org/pace. Entire weekend, including the notebook, materials, program, diskette, most meals, and the fellowship – just $45. For more information, write Robert or Noelle today – rpetersonatccudotedu or call (303) 761-6187 or send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada pit-stop-denver

in the text of the message.

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SO WHERE DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
“bree-GAH-dah” is both Russian and Spanish for a “brigade.” You know – the kind that used to pass buckets of water person to person, so that a whole house fire could be doused. While helping with a refugee resettlement project in the former Soviet Union among Muslim Crimean Tatars, we watched first hand over a period of months the way they would get together to build a house in a resettlement project, sometimes all in one day. Neighbors would pitch in, relatives, even friends from across the village – because time was short and conditions were desperate. The whole thing (in Russian) was called a “bree-GAH-dah” – a house brigade. Well today, conditions are no less desperate. In fact, we believe the situation calls for us all to stand shoulder to shoulder to “pass the bucket” from one project to another – the bucket of encouragement, case studies of experience, prayers and petitions for the saints in needy situations. That’s what Brigada is all about. Under the Brigada umbrella are some 70 email activated “conferences,” all of which are trying in one way or another to mobilize an army of nations to show concern and love for the lost. That’s the dream of Brigada!

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PRAY FOR ONE UNJUSTLY JAILED
Have you heard the story of the missionary in Guatemala, unjustly jailed for trying to help settle a town kidnapping? Grab the whole story by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada jailed

in the text of the message. This note keeps coming into my inbox. For some reason, it’s really making the rounds as people try to lift up the destiny of this falsely accused interloper who apparently was only trying to help but could now face imprisonment for “murder” or worse. Find out the details and lift up this need in prayer, please. And by the way… this is no hoax. These notes come from people we know . . . who know this guy. So it’s for real!

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WHAT ABOUT THIS “PrayUSA!” THING?
This is one successful prayer mobilization strategy! If you’re from the USA, it could really give balance to your prayer thrust – and help those in your church to realize that you’re not only concerned about prayer for the nations. PrayUSA! is 30-days of prayer and fasting April 1-30, 1997, sponsored by Mission America (the USA national initiative of AD2000 & Beyond). It now involves dozens of denominations, hundreds of prayer ministries, thousands of churches, and millions of intercessors! Its purpose is to mobilize people to fast and pray for revival in the United States (our “Jerusalem”) using a 30-day reproducible prayer calendar, a 20-piece kit, a 14-minute video, and lots of mobilizers. It could serve as a pattern for prayer throughout other lands… and part of the thrust in PrayUSA! is to pray for the nations anyway! :-) As part of the thrust George Otis (Sentinel) has identified 30 “trouble spots,” so that one-a-day, prayer-warriors can walk the world. For info, call toll-free from the USA 1-800-569-4825. Join 22 denominations, Participants in all 50 states, hundreds of prayer ministries in partnership, and commitments to mobilize 14,482,780 people worldwide including… 200,000 in Dominican Republic, 55,000 in Solomon Islands, and 3,000 in India! These guys are serious. I just got the packet yesterday and it is well put together, very clear, and very well-funded. Write prayusaatjunodotcom or fax 281-855-6540 or see http://www.usprayertrack.org. We can all learn from this one. Only thing is… I wish we had more time to prepare for it! :-)

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MRS WINTER’S SITUATION COULD BE IMPROVING
The latest news is both good and bad, but the bottom line is that there are a lot of positive signs indicating that Dr. Ralph Winter’s wife is improving from the cancer for which she has been receiving treatment for months. Please pray that she would be totally healed so that this saintly couple could continue to mobilize at the US Center for World Mission and throughout the globe.

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION.. OR HELP??
You can, without even leaving you home. Consultation organizers have created three conferences for these last three weeks’ preparation. You can join and jump into the discussion today. “gpcc-delineation” is a technical discussion for those who want to discuss which upgs should be in which clusters. “gpcc-discuss” is a general discussion relating to the goals of the GPCC: linking the resource base (and adoptive churches) with the field. “gpcc-announce” is for those who plan to attend or who would attend if they could. You know how to join… send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe gpcc-announce
or whichever conferences you want to join.

Three weeks to go before this landmark event draws attention and planning for clusters of the least reached people groups and the networks forming to reach them. The world’s researchers, mobilizers, and missionaries are coming together at the US Center to figure out answers… and now you can join them even if you can’t travel to Pasadena! Take part in discussions with Patrick Johnstone, John Hanna, Luis Bush, and many others. Finish the task!

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IF YOU CAN SEE THE SKY, YOU CAN CALL THE WORLD WITH “PLANET 1”
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Are you tired and frustrated with your current communications systems? Consider Planet 1 as solution to this need. Planet 1, the world’s first portable, global, personal satellite communications system, will allow you to go beyond today’s cellular/wireless boundaries with seamless digital voice, fax, data and the portability you need.

Planet 1 satellite phone provides:

* Digital Voice
* FAX – Plug in your fax machine to the Planet 1
* Data – Send Email (2400 Baud but soon to be 4800 Baud)

Benefits:

* Size – Size of a laptop computer, weighs less than 6 lbs.(2.4 Kg)
* Portability – Operates on rechargeable battery (12v)
* Easy to use – Point the lid at the satellite, dial your number
* Global coverage – Call from anywhere on the Globe
* “Mission critical” communications is assured
* Tool for “people care” – Isolated staff can “talk” to family, children in college can stay in touch with mom and dad in the field

You’ll recall that these babies used to cost $40,000 (say in ’91) and cost $8/minute . . . .but times have changed and MAF is passing along the savings! Cost:

* Phone – $2,975
* SIM (Smart Card) – $50
* Service – $50 Initial activation, $25 per month + $3.00 per minute.

MAF is an authorized agent for the Planet 1 satellite phone and has stock available for immediate delivery. For further information contact:
Paul Lay
Email: Planet1atmafdotorg
Phone: (909)794-1151
Fax: (909)794-3016

Cool! Who would have thought that we missionary-types could take part in so many activities and gizmos that would allow our latent “James Bond” inner selves to be so well expressed!!!! :-) Course, . . . now we just need three grand to buy one of the things! :-) I wonder if anyone rents these little guys! :-) I have a hunch the insurance wouldn’t be cheap. The drug runners must love them! :-)

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PATRICK JOHNSTONE LANDS AN ASSISTANT VIA BRIGADA
Remember our appeal for staffing for Patrick Johnstone, hard at work preparing the next Operation World? Well, it appears that he’s found someone via the Brigada responses [see “OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME”, from 21 of Feb., ’97 issue]. Thanks for working together, Brigada family! You’re making a world of difference . . . at least it seems likely that you did for Patrick Johnstone!

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CHINA ’97 – IT’S NOT TOO LATE
ISI is continuing to receive registrations for its “China ’97…at the Crossroads” conference, scheduled for June 20-27, 1997 in San Diego, California. Conference information is now available on-line. Check out ISI’s web site at http://www.isionline.org and click on the China ’97 link to learn.

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ON-LINE SEMINARY PROGRAMS, LEND US YOUR EAR… OR EMAIL
Here’s a guy asking where he can get on-line seminary education. Okay colleges and seminaries… let’s send our responses to RonLawlerataoldotcom. He’ll compile them and send in a report in two weeks. We’ll post it here for all the world’s missionaries to see. . . and study! Please mention in particular any missions or cross-cultural studies program that might appeal to a broad audience of workers from around the world.

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BRIGADA-CITIES INVOLVED IN COOL CITIES PRAYER REQUESTS
I like what Aubrey is doing on Brigada-cities these days. She’s kicking off each week with an intro. to a particular key city (like this week it’s Tirana, Albania), then inviting members of brigada-cities (currently well over 200) to respond with specific prayer requests and case studies on that city. If you’re into the urban scene… or you have a moment to pray… send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe brigada-cities

in the text of the message. You’ll be glad you did. And Aubrey, Viv, and all the rest, great ministry you’ve got going there! For a look at just one of the projects that Viv, Matthew, Jonathan, and the rest of the ‘-cities’ crew has launched, see http://www.xc.org/brigada/adcities. Quite an accomplishment for a bunch of volunteers! :-)

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WHERE TO GET INFO. ON YOUR FAVORITE “UNVIRUS”
Want to find out whether the “Jessica Mydek cancer patient” email is actually a hoax? Look at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html and you’ll be able to read all about “Good Times”, “Irina”, and many others. Email viruses consist of the bandwidth they needlessly use up – and it’s up to all of us to stay on top of them… or they’ll be on top of us! So what about the mystery of “Jessica Mydek?” :-) It’s a hoax too. See http://www.cancer.org/chain.html to read the whole story. As far as the American Cancer Society can determine, it was a big hoax from the very beginning. :-( Sad… but true. But ACS has a great closing paragraph that helps people really focus on the needs of cancer victims and the good intentions of those who are participating in furthering the “jessica” hoax (by relaying the email to 10 zillion of their friends). Worth a read. So, Jason from Brazil . . . your suspicions were correct!

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WANT A GREAT DEAL ON MISSIONARY PRAYER CARDS?
“Les” says to head for The Howard Print Shop, hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet, Fax: (765)453-0054, Phone: (765)453-6161. Apparently they came in at 1/3 the price of Les’ last prayer cards – from another vendor – and the quality was excellent. Make sure you tell “Howard” you heard about it on Brigada! Hey – they’re full color! :-)

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GREAT RESPONSE ON REGISTERING PRAYING CHURCHES/PEOPLE
Remember the church out east that is registering those who have agreed to pray for specific people groups on the Joshua Project list? They report a great response . . . “from all over, and it really blesses us to hear about what many others are doing.” They’ll keep us informed about the number of congregations/individuals who have signed up to pray for specific groups. Keep in mind that praying for a group is the first step, but it’s only a step. To really get involved in planting a church there, someone will probably have to go there. For that, why not come to Pit-Stop Denver or some other kind of mobilization/planning event. Also, one Brigada participant wrote in to ask us why a local church would be registering these numbers. Why wouldn’t AD2000 & Beyond be doing it, for instance? Well – this church is precisely the registering arm of the Prayer Track of AD2000 & Beyond. Also, someone else asked why Adopt-a-people Clearing House wouldn’t be doing it. Keep in mind that the Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse tells us that it has never considered this mission to be its purpose. Rather, it has tried to gather research (profiles) and distribute them . . . but has not majored in tracking adoptions. The truth is, until AD2000 & Beyond came along, nobody was trying to. So I say, . . . if these folks are willing to tackle it, let’s use their services! They’re in touch with AD2000 & Beyond’s office in Colorado and will be sharing/receiving all cross-registrations. Again, to register your interest, write to Dick Gaffney at Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC RGaff13817ataoldotcom. Also, Dick clarifies that we probably shouldn’t be using the term “adoption” for this purpose… but rather, networking, mobilizing, . . . or maybe registering your interest to pray.

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MEANWHILE THIS REPORT FROM AD2000 & BEYOND
The International Office of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement issued a press release this past week citing the results of their 10-month survey on what’s happening among the 1739 Joshua Project 2000 list of Unreached Peoples. Pretty encouraging data. By their definitions, AD2000 & Beyond calculates that there is now a church-planting movement among at least 897 of those people groups. By AD2000 definitions, then, I guess that means we’re halfway to our goal of “a church for every people”??? At least 757 groups have been targeted for prayer, while 1157 have agencies already on-site, intending to plant churches. The full report is available by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada jp2000-progress

This is very recent data. The report is dated March 26th, ’97. Thanks to Dan Scribner, Lauri Dennis, and Luis Bush, along with all those who participated in the entire survey!

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WE GET MAIL
Thanks for the very encouraging notes and “birthday cards” for Brigada. We’re in your debt for the encouragement! Only one snippet of an example, since space is fleeting… This note came from David in Fort Worth, TX: “Praise God for Brigada Today. My only regret is that I missed two years before I learned of your existence. Your “Global Glimpse …” is awesome – in the best spiritual sense of the word! … For the last two months we have been putting together a small net of missionaries and rope holding prayer warriors who are/have been associated with the University Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas. … Your work is blessing us. Please keep it up. And remember, God can do a lot with garlic! Much of your garlic, it seems to me, is work-in-process! In our Lord Christ, David Gray.” Thanks David and all!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
As a young man, Silas grew up learning witchcraft. After he was kicked out of school he joined a gang, rising quickly due to his power to ruin people’s lives. Running from the law, he visited an old friend and found a change. “I found out that he had been born again,” he said. “He shared the Gospel with me and encouraged me to give up my evil ways.” Silas joyfully received Christ as his Lord and Savior that night. He began attending church with his friend and was publicly baptized. But Silas’ family didn’t share his joy. His father, a well-reputed witch doctor, kicked his son out of the home. Silas returned to his friend’s house and continued to study the Bible. Finally he heard God calling him to full-time ministry. After a year of intensive training at one of Gospel for Asia’s native missionary training centers, Silas now shares the Gospel among the unreached villages. Instead of destroying lives, he now leads people to new birth in Christ.
(Source: (Read the full story and many others!) Gospel for Asia, Report for March 21, ’97, http://www.gfa.org/reports/973/9732101.htm)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by my buddy and pal, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970316 Brigada Today

Now with 5104 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.brigada.org (Note the new domain! Please be sure to edit your bookmarks file in your browser!)
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIGADA!!!
* GARLIC AND GARDENIAS FOR BRIGADA
* THIS IS THE EVENT TO FOCUS ON HOW TO FINISH AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT
* YOU WAITED FOR THEM FOR YEARS!!
* LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO INSURE YOUR MISSIONARY OVERSEAS?
* SO HOW DO YOU SPELL CHURCH-PLANTING?
* 11,000 AND COUNTING . . . AND PRAYING!
* WEB-WATCH
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ADDIS ABABA
* BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS TO PICK FIELD FOR MISSION COUPLE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIGADA!!!
Join us as we celebrate 2 years of focus on mobilization for the final frontiers! The first “edition” of Brigada Today was 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 manages the technical end of CrossConnect and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about 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.” Wow. When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-) ” [end of quote]

And now, with well over 5000 people involved, we’re halfway to Jonathan’s goal… but we’ve got a long way to go to really make a dent in the task. Most recently, we’ve been coming to grips with the fact that there’s not as much intentional networking for specific people groups as we originally hoped to spawn. But even that might be changing.

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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 security for “open” conferences and the ongoing “wait” for everyone to start using PGP (until it’s built into the email client that we use [like it is in Pegasus], it’s unlikely that we’ll take it seriously)

* Gardenias to the volunteerism we see that makes the Brigada concept possible! (E.g., to Revis Ann Massey, who faithfully handles questions and problems for a 5000+ mailing list [some magazines have 10 people to handle that same work load and Rev’ does it as a labor of love while participating on a cross-cultural church planting team in Miamia]! … and to Bob Mayhew for amazingly consistent web-mastery, transferring everything to HTML on a weekly basis, again as a labor of love! And join us as we celebrate our two-year anniversary with a new brigada domain… 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 ship) for believing in electronic communication enough to make the investment and buy CrossConnect 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 become full reality, like the full implementation of the People Group Consultant and brigada-travel-bids (which has too many customers asking for business and not enough travel agents on board to handle all the requests!).

* 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 2-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, or Lord, would be exalted through our every word, our every step, our every keystroke. That’s our prayer. That’s the purpose of Brigada.

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THIS IS THE EVENT TO FOCUS ON HOW TO IMPLEMENT AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT
And it’s coming up fast! April 25-26 in Littleton, Colorado (Greater Denver). The combined forces of Caleb Project, Kingdom Building Ministries, Team Expansion, PACE, Pit-Stops, and real live local church people (who are actually out there doing it!) are coming together to help advance the “edge of the envelope” on fulfillment of adopting a people group. The price is right (you get a full 3-ring notebook, set of diskettes, complete program, food, and great fellowship/training/inspiration for $45!!! Check it out at http://www.brigada.org/pace to get full details. Featured speakers include Greg Fritz, Director of Caleb Project; Steve Moore, who wrote the script and helped master mind that hot new Amdo prayer video; Doug Lucas (I promise to have tons of fun PC graphics on the data projector); Eric Derry, Missions Minister at Beavercreek Christian Church in greater Dayton, Ohio, who helped bring you Envision ’96; plus representatives from projects in China, Pashtun, and more! So don’t delay! Check out the web site or send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada pit-stop-denver

Send a note to Noelle or Robert at rpetersonatccudotedu or call (303) 761-6187.

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YOU WAITED FOR THEM FOR YEARS!!
You were frustrated not to be able to give the body of Christ up to date information on unreached peoples! Your intercession times lacked depth because you just didn’t know enough to pray effectively! You searched the world over for profiles, but came up empty!

Well, your search is over. The PRAYER PROFILES are FINALLY HERE!!! For the past 15 months, Bethany World Prayer Center has been producing Prayer Profiles for each of the 1,739 groups on the current Joshua Project list. These profiles are now coming off the press at a steady pace. For only $0.20 each, you can get the latest information on the unreached, presented in a glossy, easy-to-look format. You won’t find a better or cheaper profile anywhere in the world. And they are available NOW!

If you would like to order a catalog of the currently produced profiles please e-mail us at: upgatbethany-wpcdotorg or you can write us at: 13855 Plank Rd., Baker, La. 70714 Ph:504-774-2002 Fax:504-774-2001. Also, check them out on the web at http://www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html. We owe these folks a big round of applause . . . and more for the ton of work they’re doing on behalf of the Kingdom! Thanks Rick, Gabriela, and all at Bethany!

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LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO INSURE YOUR MISSIONARY OVERSEAS?
Try Jeff Gulleson at goodnboratjunodotcom. He can handle your overseas worker even if he or she can’t come home for a physical! He advertises low rates… Available for both short- and long-term trips!

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SO HOW DO YOU SPELL CHURCH-PLANTING?
Let’s say you’re successful in mobilizing a team of cross-cultural workers . . . and you field your team . . . and you’re over there ready to go. . . . so… Now what?! How do you plant a new church? If you’ve got a favorite resource or guidebook (we all assume that the Bible is our primary guide, of course), send a note to Wayne Penner wpenneratnutecnetdotcomdotbr. The results will be compiled and made available on Brigada. These could include books, videos, training program, email lists, etc.

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11,000 AND COUNTING . . . AND PRAYING!
As reported last week, the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC has taken up the task of recruiting prayer “adopters” for all 1739 unreached peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list. Join them in celebrating the crossing of the 11,000 mark – i.e., 11,000 churches recruited to pray specifically for unreached people. Dick Gaffney, from the office there, writes “If you’d like to report an adoption in your church or group, include a mailing address (US post office) so that we can mail immediately mail out an info packet, explaining the project. A reply by mail postcard is included in that packet which will allow them to request an unreached people group if and when they make the decision to sign on. Due to the large number of responses we have and/or expect, we just will just not have sufficient time to respond to each inquiry on an individual basis.” Dick and his team will keep us informed as time goes on. So watch for continuing adoptions! Send your people group to Dick RGaff13817ataoldotcom along with mailing instructions for the USA if possible.

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WEB-WATCH
Have you seen the collection of links at http://www.iinet.net.au/~createit/ResearchLinks.html Wow – a real cross-section of possibilities for research unreached people groups! And don’t forget to see what an absolute amateur can do with a couple of good, inexpensive tools and a few quick hours at http://www.teamexpansion.org. I can say amateur because I’m talking about myself! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ADDIS ABABA
Andrew Meekens, an elder in the International Christian Church in Addis Ababa, was one of the victims of the tragic plane crash last November, when the aircraft ran out of fuel after being hijacked. One of the members of the cabin crew recently reported that following the pilot’s announcement of his intention to attempt an emergency landing, Meekens stood up and spoke to calm the passengers. He explained the gospel of Jesus and invited the people to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The surviving steward reported that 20 people responded, including one of his colleagues who was killed in the crash.
(Source: Church around the World, PO Box 464, Mt. Morris, IL 61054, USA, via DAWN Friday Fax 97/10)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HERE’S YOUR CHANCE: BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS TO PICK FIELD FOR MISSION COUPLE
Now here’s an interesting twist. Next week, we’ll begin the story of how one mission couple has decided to ask the people of Brigada where they should go as cross-cultural workers! Watch closely for next week’s announcement about how it’ll unfold. Exciting to see God at work!

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following message:
subscribe brigada

(Sure you can quote from Brigada Today! But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe – see above.)

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970309 Brigada Today

Now with 5075 participants!!! Next week: our 2-year-old birthday!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GREAT RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK’S “UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCES” PLAN
* REGISTER YOUR INTENT TO PRAY!
* IN THE MARKET FOR A LAPTOP? SHOP THE NEW BRIGADA LAPTOP LIST!
* OR MAYBE YOU NEED TO SHIP SOMETHING?
* YOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD & I’LL TAKE THE LOW ROAD – TO CHINA OR CROATIA!
* WEB-WATCH
* SEE THE CD FROM GALCOM!
* DID YOUR CONGREGATION ADOPT A PEOPLE GROUP?
* REMEMBER THE TROPICAL MEDICINE INQUIRY?
* GOT A COMPUSERVE QUESTION???
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MASKING YOUR PGP-SECURED EMAIL?
* GCOWE ’97 REQUESTS YOUR PRAYERS!
* ANYBODY KNOW OF A CANADIAN BULK MAILER?
* FROM THE HOME OFFICE . . . THE WEEKLY “DID YOU KNOW”???
* NEW PEOPLE CLUSTER MAPS READY FOR YOUR WALL!
* THIS WEEK, PRAY FOR PARSIS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GREAT RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK’S “UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCES” PLAN
Several began the process of obtaining an XC.org address… and others sent encouraging words. “Doug, I am impressed,” wrote Justin Long, from David Barrett’s office out East. “Very. Extremely. Gratified. Thrilled beyond words. Beyond measure. That is the sort of visionary commitment to the least evangelized that we need. And you CAN use my name.” Thanks for the encouragement, Justin and others.

Some of the most helpful input came from John Hanna and Jonathan Marsden, who suggested we begin by setting up place-marker conferences for the gateway people clusters (larger clusters of JP2000 people groups, originally proposed by Patrick Johnstone). So then John Hanna was willing to go to work and parse out email addresses in AD2000 & Beyond files, Envision ’96 records, and his own files. We currently have proposals in the hands of several key people group “critical thinkers” to make sure we’re setting up the right list (of some 126 or so new email conferences). Watch for more info next week!

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REGISTER YOUR INTENT TO PRAY!
At the request of the AD 2000 & Beyond “United Prayer Track – Praying Through the Window Committee,” the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC has assumed responsibility to recruit 17,390 churches worldwide to pray, prayerwalk, and plant an indigenous church within each of the 1,739 unreached people groups by December 31, 2000. [No small order task!] The short term goal is to assign and network 10 churches each to pray for each of the 1,739 people groups, hence the figure 17,390. The long term goal is to obey Matthew 24:14 which states, “…this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

In order to accomplish this long term goal, the Prayer Network Office has been created and is actively recruiting churches of all persuasions to become active participants in this prayer initiative. Individual churches and/or church leaders may obtain more information by contacting Lynn Morrow the Network Center at (910) 864-8882, fax (910) 864-8998, or e-mail 102575dot1436atcompuservedotcom. [This is a great opportunity to reach and touch ‘to Morrow’! :-) ] (If you’ve already registered your interest with AD2000 & Beyond at the Int’l Office or at Envision ’96 at the Adoption Center, you need not re-register. They’re going to merge everything together.) This is a great sign. Local churches getting involved in enlisting the help of other local churches! GREAT stuff! By the way, the folks at this center have agreed to give Brigada Today weekly updates as to how many of the groups have been adopted! Yahoooo!

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IN THE MARKET FOR A LAPTOP? SHOP THE NEW BRIGADA LAPTOP LIST!
A dozen top notch vendors and shoppers participated in listing options for Brigada readers. Retrieve the file for free by send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada laptops

in the text of the message. Thanks to all those who got the word out and to those vendors willing to offer special pricing to missionaries in general and Brigada readers in particular.

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OR MAYBE YOU NEED TO SHIP SOMETHING?
Check out the new shipping info. that came in to Loren (from a previous Brigada Today request for info.). You’ll have a quiver full of companies for requesting bids for your next int’l shipment! Just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada shipping

in the text of the message. It’ll come to your inbox in a few minutes!

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YOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD & I’LL TAKE THE LOW ROAD – TO CHINA OR CROATIA!
According to Brigada participant Larry, ELIC is looking for 75 more people to participate in one of the most exciting and effective summer short-term opportunities in Asia. They’ll accept teams or individnals. Those involved will participate in a conversational English teaching program with Asian university students. They will also he involved in friendship evangelism among young people who have never heard the gospel before. It’s a seven-week program from June24 to August 19. The only qualifications necessary are: at least one year of college, a love for people, a good grasp of the gospel, and the ability to work on a team. All training and teaching materials are provided. They even offer substantial financial help to make the journey possible. But act fast. The deadline is upon us. Contact Bob Edgar elicattstonrampdotcom.

Or maybe you’d prefer a spot in Croatia??? Try Terry Ware terrydotwareatusadotnet.

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WEB-WATCH
Check out http://www.expatforum.com/ which provides info. on electricity and appliances, time zones, currencies, best ways to get from 100 airports into town, etc. (Thanks Marti and Caleb Project!) Also, if you’ve been having trouble getting enough responses from brigada-travel-bids, check out http://www.travelocity.com (thanks Chris) or http://travelweb.com (that’s the one that I’ve used a time or two). And then there’s always Microsoft Expedia… but I haven’t had much luck with it . .. something like http://expedia.msn.com/home.

Also, don’t miss CSI’s The Edge at http://www.cyberhighway.net/~buddyr. Find “helpful hints for working among the least evangelized peoples on the face of the earth . . .” like CSI’s Ten Principles, updates on the Tuja of China and Muslims of North India, as well as links back to other Great Commision Christian resources. Thanks CSI!

You might also want to stop by the new Christian Bulletin Board service at http://www.cybercore.net/taholo/htdocs/faith/.

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SEE THE CD FROM GALCOM!
OApparently, the folks at Galcom International had an overwhelming response to the item on their Missions Data Base CD that was posted in the Feb. 2nd Brigada Today (” BEST DEAL IN THE GALAXY-COM!”) with hundreds of requests for information and orders for the base CD. For those of you that received one, Galcom would like feedback on how to improve it and make it more useful/helpful to “tip of the sword” missionaries and prayer warriors. For those who did not get one, there are still some available. Since the Feb. 2nd item, we’ve rec’d several requests to repeat the information. Once again, as a reminder, these guys have developed a CD missions data base as an aid for informed prayer for the unreached peoples groups and as a reference tool for missions. The current demonstration issue contains the PIN peoples group data base of unreached peoples groups, 22,000 screens of text, 250 pictures, drawings and videos and 50 voice files. It profiles many missionaries and ministers working among unreached people groups. It also has a separate file of people groups designated as “least evangelized”, answers to questions on adopting a people group, current disease outbreak information, information on most known terrorist groups, and address of many world mission ministries. It will run on any IBM compatible 386 or higher and is an excellent reference aid and also a tool for churches and prayer groups who participate in “pray through the window”. The CD sells for $15. To order send request with postal address to: GalcomUSAataoldotcom. Thanks to the gang at Galcom!

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DID YOUR CONGREGATION ADOPT A PEOPLE GROUP?
Have you got a case study to share about how it energized your church missions committee or missions outreach? If so, Verlin would like to know! Write him at verlinandeataoldotcom and I bet we’ll be able to talk him into compiling the results for us and sending them to us for a later issue? He’s headed to an unreached people group and not everyone believes he’s on the right track to start a project there. He’s specifically looking for the impact on the local church back home… and/or the final accomplished impact on the unreached people group – from adopt-a-people projects in particular.

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REMEMBER THE TROPICAL MEDICINE INQUIRY?
Well it’s baaaaa-aaaaack… “LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?” invited readers to contact Elizabeth Sharplin 75222dot402atCompuServedotCOM to send her a tip if on any top notch courses in tropical medicine. She came through!!! And so did you! Her thorough listing can be retrieved by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada tropical

and . . . if you’re headed to a tropical area, you just might be glad you did! :-)

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GOT A COMPUSERVE QUESTION???
Like… how do we change to a new “personal address” without falling out of sync with MAFxc conferences (short answer: unsubscribe from all MAFxc conferences before you make the change effective!), or do we really have to convert the commas to periods when giving our address to someone who is going to write us over the Internet, … or how to conquer your latest version transition, . . . just write “the Compuserve lady” . . . Sharon Hindle 71712dot3534atCompuServedotCOM. Thanks for your volunteer help, Sharon!

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MASKING YOUR PGP-SECURED EMAIL?
See http://www.iquest.net/~mrmil/stego.html or http://www.enter.net/~chronos/cryptolog1.html#Stego. That way you can mask your PGP encryption within an image file and send it without fear! Thanks Joshua.

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GCOWE ’97 REQUESTS YOUR PRAYERS!
The AD2000 & Beyond folks are asking us to pray for the upcoming Global Consultation on World Evangelization in South Africa this July. “We need international prayer support for GCOWE ’97,” writes Bennie Mostert, a prayer rep. for the conference. “Intercessory networks globally are encouraged to join in praying for GCOWE ’97. 189 Strategic Intercessors are needed for the conference that will be held in Pretoria, South Africa. There will be 9 consultations with 21 strategic intercessors praying at each consultation during the 5 days of the consultation. International intercessors are welcome and needed. All intercessors have to register and will have to pay the full conference fee. People like Kjell Sjoberg, Cindy Jacobs and Roger Mitchell will lead the groups of strategic intercessors. For more info on registration as strategic intercessor, contact Bennie Mostert at nupsaatglobaldotcodotza or fax to +27-12-3332169. Registrations must be in before end of April 1997. Prayer networks that want to join in prayer for GCOWE ’97, can send an e-mail or fax number and you will be regularly updated.

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ANYBODY KNOW OF A CANADIAN BULK MAILER?
Larry Mori 104457dot1527atcompuservedotcom would like to know, for sending out mission news to Canadians the old fashioned “hard copy” way. Note that USA bulk mailers need not respond.

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FROM THE HOME OFFICE . . . THE WEEKLY “DID YOU KNOW”???
OThis week’s imponderable . . . Did you know that a ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second? Gives new meaning to telling someone you’ll be back “in a jiffy.” Whoosh. :-)

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NEW PEOPLE CLUSTER MAPS READY FOR YOUR WALL!
You’ve seen the PEOPLE group maps, those brightly colored wall-sized maps showing the task before us. Well now Christian Information Network has 1,000 wall maps specifically designed for “Praying Through the Window III,” featuring the 132 Unreached People Clusters in full color for $6.00 each. This 20″ x 30″ map will help you and your church display and pray for the least reached peoples in the world. To order contact: Laurie 73422dot3471atCompuservedotcom or call CIN at 719-522-1040. These will be excellent to visually see the new Brigada-cluster-* groups that will be launched starting next week.

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THIS WEEK, PRAY FOR PARSIS
One contributor wrote that this week, the world over, Parsees will be gathering from early morning to sunset “in rituals at their fire temples, at rivers and seas, and at places of nature.” These special rituals end on March 20th . . . so this Brigada participant asked us to pray for Parsees. To get the whole story, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada parsees

in the text of the email message.

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following message:
subscribe brigada

(Sure you can quote from Brigada Today! But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe – see above.)

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970302 Brigada Today

Now with 5006 participants!!! We hit 5000 with two weeks to spare! (before our 2-year-old birthday)!!!!!!!!!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* HALFWAY TO VICTORY!
* OR ARE WE HALFWAY AFTER ALL?
* WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
* HOW DO WE PAY FOR ALL THESE CONFERENCES?
* HELP WANTED: MODERATORS NEEDED TODAY!
* HOW DO YOU GET STARTED WITH THE VISION?
* THANKS TO THOSE WHO GAVE COMIBAM INFO
* PRAY FOR ALBANIA!
* NEED FREE EMAIL?
* HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA?
* WANT FREE FAXING???
* NAMES NOT INCLUDED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* FUN FACTS . . . TO KNOW AND TELL
* WORLD BOOK GETS INTO THE ACT
* MORE MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
* … AND PEOPLE GROUP PROFILES
* ARE YOU WILLING TO SELL NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS?
* WEB-WATCH
* WE NEED TRAVEL AGENTS!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HALFWAY TO VICTORY!
It was the 25th of August, 1995. Brigada Today and the whole Brigada family of networks was still a toddler, having launched formally on March 21st about 5 months earlier. The item was titled, “FROM THE ‘LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION’ DEPARTMENT.” The text went like this: “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 manages the technical end of CrossConnect and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about 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.’ Wow. When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-)”

Jonathan still works hand-in-hand with us, making sure Brigada email conferences have the very best chances of succeeding technically. His wish came one step closer to fulfillment this past week, when participation in Brigada’s “top level” conference (the one that sent you this edition of Brigada Today) soared above the 5000-mark.

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OR ARE WE HALFWAY AFTER ALL?
So while in the middle of all this gushing :-) and remembering . . . the question rose in my mind . . . “How has the original dream changed, if at all?” Well the original concept was to try to organize a kind of “totem pole” around which those with a love for lost peoples and common interests in reaching them could gather. Today we have roughly 70 conferences . . . 11 of which center on some unreached people group or family of groups. Brother. We’ve been in business for two years now . . . and, . . . sure we have lots of people involved (5000, thank you Lord!) But to have only 11 conferences on least reached peoples… (along with lots of others about other things) . . . well, . . . I’m not sure we’re accomplishing our vision together. Brigada was designed to allow a researcher to enter an imaginary “entryway” or “front door/foyer” area and then quickly ascertain what level of interest or commitment already existed toward those concerned about reaching out to a particular group. The fact that we have only addressed 11 of several hundred or even thousand groups is, frankly, rather humiliating. It’s great that we have 5000 people… but what about the TASK!?

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
So… where do we go from here? I wish we could recover some of that initial vision. Here’s one way to make it happen. I could go ahead and spawn all 1739 conferences for the Joshua Project 2000 List of Unreached Peoples. [Pick yourself up off the floor, Jonathan. :-) ] Once someone became interested in managing a conference for a particular group, he or she would send a message to that conference saying, “I’ll volunteer as moderator for the conference on such-and-such-a-people.”

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HOW DO WE PAY FOR ALL THESE CONFERENCES?
Minor glitch: That person would need to acquire an xc.org address to get the authority to moderate . . . something that now costs about $52/year. (Hey — MAFxc has to pay for this equipment and the staffing to run it some way! I don’t work for them . . . but they sure earn their keep with the Brigada conferences that we already have!) Secondly, that person would need to commit to sending at least one message per week for a minimum of one year. That one message would give some kind of prayer pointer, request, reminder, or update on that particular unreached people. (receiving Brigada Today could be the reminder) Finally, that moderator would need a bit of time. Time to handle subscriber questions, and an occasional problem with a subscriber who has changed email addresses without unsubscribing first. (We’ll call those people, “Bounce-a-grammers”, since they end up causing the notorious “bounce-a-grams” back to a conference moderator . . . “this guy no longer exists” type messages.) And all these 1739 conferences would be created as “open” to subscribers (so individual subscribers wouldn’t have to be screened) but “modified” as to messages (meaning that individual messages sent to the conference would bounce to the moderator, rather than go to the conference; that’s the only way the conference could be ‘secure’ in “creative access” countries).

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HELP WANTED: MODERATORS NEEDED TODAY!
Anyway – here’s the deal. Will we be able to find 1739 conference moderators who will chunk down $52/year each and “stand in the gap” as a volunteer to moderate a conference? I’m not sure anyone knows the answer to that question right now. But we’re about to find out. These people should probably not be on-site workers (because they are often in sensitive situations in restricted access . . . or creative access . . . countries), nor should they be people who find it hard to answer the email they already receive. (They need to either have the time . . . or be able to manage their time well!) These 1739 moderators won’t be paid (at least on this planet), nor will they probably become very famous. (But they probably will be in the center of what’s known about outreach to a particular people group.) What they will get a chance to see is the formation of a virtual network, a “task force,” for finishing the task among a particular group.

Should these moderators be experts on that group? Not necessarily. They do need to possess a vision for reaching them though.

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HOW DO YOU GET STARTED WITH THE VISION?
What do you do if you’re willing to be one of those moderators… or if you know one??? Send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the message text:
get brigada moderator-application

You’ll receive information on how to proceed. It will arrive in your in-box in moments. Full information will be contained in that message. You need not write any person until you’ve read that file. And thanks for your partnership!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THANKS TO THOSE WHO GAVE COMIBAM INFO
What a great bunch of readers! Tons of people sent Comibam information. To get the official press release, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada comibam97

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PRAY FOR ALBANIA!
Just when we thought Albania was open to the gospel, all this unrest kicks up all kinds of dust . . . and now all kinds of missionaries are leaving! The Southern Baptist Prayer Line is accessible in the USA at 1-800-395-pray and it, along with tons of other sources, asks that we pray fervently that this conflict will cease. Please bow your heads and join in…. “Lord, we don’t understand the economic difficulties being experienced now by tens of thousands of people who have lost so much. But please help them to resolve their difficulties in a non-violent manner so your messengers there can resume their work. Their families have been jerked out of school and life as they know it… and the unrest is hurting Albanians and expatriates alike. Please bring peace… and Peace that passes all understanding to Albania. Thank you Lord. Amen.”

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NEED FREE EMAIL?
Don’t forget about Juno! ONLY FOR THE USA, send your mailing address to signupatjunodotcom to get more info. Or check out their web site at http://www.juno.com/. You can also call 1-800-799-JUNO (tell them “Extension F” and when they ask for your “personal response code”, tell them this was a referral). Warning: No web browsing capability provided.

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HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA?
Here’s an urgent need for a traveler from the ‘States, preferably from the Colorado Springs area, to carry air tickets to “Bishkek or AA.” I have a hunch that if you could even get these tickets to anywhere in Kyrgystan or Kazakstan you’d be loved for the rest of your life. If you can help, write 76171dot1463atCompuServedotcom and copy Debbieatad2000dotorg at the AD2000 & Beyond Int’l Office. Thanks!

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WANT FREE FAXING???
Then you need to send a message to tpccoveratinfodottpcdotint and look at the list of places where you can pull it off. I guess contents of the message are ignored. Also write to tpcfaqatinfodottpcdotint for the frequently asked question file. Looks like quite a successful experiment. Not always successful, apparently, but hey… how can you complain if it’s free!?! :-) This would work from anywhere in the world to anywhere else in the world (so long as there’s coverage in that area). Cool.

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NAMES NOT INCLUDED
So… by popular request . . . we’ll probably start trying to get in the habit of not including names for those who make contributions to Brigada Today. Too many folks wanting to anonymous out there. :-) So… for those who occasionally send in reports or requests… make sure you tell us if you’d like your name to be included! :-) And thanks, _____ ______, for bringing that to our attention! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
God has cared for the Saluan people in Indonesia from the ancient days. One ancient Saluan story recounts how the One-Who-Formed-Our-Fingers had made a beautiful place and told the man and the woman that they must not eat the fruit of one tree. A snake came and enticed the man to try the fruit. When The One-Who-Formed-Our-Fingers returned, he knew right away what had happened. He chased the man away from the beautiful place and said, “From now on … the sweat will drip off your jaw… because you will have to work to get food.” Another ancient Saluan story told of a flood that covered the mountains. These stories provided an excellent starting point for evangelism.
(Source: Cecilia Brown, and Feb. 1997 Impact, Institute for Creation Research, P.O. Box 2667, El Cajon, CA 92021 (via Brigada-Orgs-MissionMobilizers))
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by the multi-talented John Hanna, of Caleb Project, in Littleton, CO.

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FUN FACTS . . . TO KNOW AND TELL
What a disappointment this week… when I learned that Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Woe is me. :-)

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WORLD BOOK GETS INTO THE ACT
Wouldn’t you know it! Right when I make a mistake and refer to World Book when I meant to say Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book jumps in with their offer!!! :-)In the USA, call 1-800-426-7235, ext.5209, or from anywhere in the world, look at http://www.pc.ibm.com/multimedia. Two CD-ROMS for $59.95. Actually, that’s not a bad price!!! Plus, they’re giving a $20 rebate to anyone who already owns a competitor’s multimedia encyclopedia . . . or, I presume, encyclopaedia! :-)This deluxe edition has all of the text from the 22 volume print version, plus a complete atlas and 225,000 word dictionary, and a 30 day money-back guarantee. Thanks for the tip, ____ ___ ! :-)

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MORE MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
This just came in from Hope For Europe Online. “Thanks to Kerstin Hack (AIMS), Jeff Fountain (YWAM) and others we have listings of several mission opportunities beginning now throughout 1997. It’s called “An A-Z of Short-Term Mission Trips”. Because of its size, we have broken it down into 3 separate files. It is sorted by country, alphabetically, so
file 1 = Albania to England
file 2 = France to Romania
file 3 = Russia to Vietnam.

To receive these, just send an email to HUBatXCdotOrg and in your message body, write only the following:
get hfe-online goye1.txt
get hfe-online goye2.txt
get hfe-online goye3.txt
end

The HUB computer will send these (approx. 5 A4 pages each) right to your in-basket. There are over 75 countries listed and several missions organizations to get you or people in your church started …

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… AND PEOPLE GROUP PROFILES
Another thanks to Kerstin Hack (AIMS, Germany) who has compiled many people profiles. There are long, comprehensive profiles in either English, German, French or Dutch as well as shorter (one or two page) condensed profiles. As this was also a huge file, we have broken it into two on HUBatXCdotOrg; the first is a list of the long profiles, the second is the list of short profiles available from the AIMS office in Berlin [for a very inexpensive price – probably barely covers the costs of copying]. Anyone regardless if they are “subscribed” or not can “get” these lists of profiles, just write to HUBatXCdotorg with the message body reading:
get german-mission-mobilisers profile1.txt
get german-mission-mobilisers profile2.txt
end

profile1.txt is 16 A4 pages or about 35 kilobytes, profile2.txt is half that, representing groups from all Continents. Thanks much, Ron!!!

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ARE YOU WILLING TO SELL NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS?
We’re searching for vendors who will list their notebook computers at value prices for Brigada subscribers. Don’t cheat yourselves… (we want you to stay in business! :-)) but please do give Brigada participants the very best bargains you can. Please send a summary of your price list (Brand names and models/primary specs only) to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line “LAPTOPS”. (Your list won’t be processed correctly unless it says LAPTOPS in the subject line.) Help us get the word out. Send this message to a computer-dealer friend! Thanks! The list will be made available to all next week . . . so please respond by next Thurs. An acknowledgement of receipt will be returned automatically – but not a very personalized one. :-)

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WEB-WATCH
Check out http://www.vocc.com if you’re into gizmos. This site tells you how to have one toll-free 800/888 number that is your: home, office, fax, pager, cell phone, & it is also your E-mail notification. Guess this is good only in the USA. Also, Patrick Johnstone [did you hear how it got silent all of a sudden??? ! :-) ] saw our recent note about finding world political readers (yes . . . he does read Brigada Today, thank you Patrick!) . . . and urged us to look at the CIA List of Govt. leaders http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/95fact/index.html, as well as http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/chiefs-toc-vi w.html> and also http://www.geocities.com/athens/1058/rulers.html and even http://www.lg.ehu.es/~ziaorarr/00index.htm. Now we know what Patrick does in his spare time! :-)

Check out http://smiley.logos.cy.net/bdecie/ for a list of all kinds of holidays around the world. Thanks ___! :-)

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WE NEED TRAVEL AGENTS!
That Brigada-travel-bids thing has gone bizerk! Yikes! We could easily use 100 more travel agents there. It’s been the busiest Brigada conference on line for the past 8 weeks running!!!! Help! If you know of any travel agents . . . especially those willing to write tickets for Europe or from Europe, please please have them send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this text in the message:
Subscribe brigada-travel-bids

This is an idea that has really caught on… but it’s understaffed at the moment. If you sent a request and didn’t get a response, call your favorite travel agent and ask him or her to get online.

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following message:
subscribe brigada

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

And visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada
[Note: this URL is soon to become http://www.brigada.org.]

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970223 Brigada Today

Now with 4962 participants – Incredible!!!! What are you all doing out there!!! Can we hit 5000 by March 21st (our 2-year-old birthday)???? Duh!!! You all grew by 110 in one week!

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

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In this issue….

* YOU GUYS NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME
* [DRUM ROLL PLEASE] – FEATURING THE LATEST/GREATEST DATA PROJECTORS
* FROM THE “GET WITH THE PROGRAM, DOUG” DEPARTMENT
* YES VIRGINIA – THERE IS AN EMAIL-TO-MAIL SERVICE!!!
* LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?
* CALLING ALL SHIPPERS
* ACMC & TEAM EXPANSION ON THE MOVE
* DO WE ANSWER EVERY LETTER?
* IF YOU GET A COPY OF AN FCC PETITION P.M. 2493
* CONFERENCE-WATCH
* HUB-CAPS
* IN THE WORKS FOR NEXT WEEK…
* PRAY FOR INDONESIA
* ON THE HUNT FOR COMIBAM
* SUPPOSE A UN WORKER WANTS TO BE NETWORKED WITH OTHER TENTMAKERS…
* SPEAK WITH YOUR HANDS (ASL) OR WISH YOU DID???
* AND NOW FROM THE HOME OFFICE, THIS WEEK’S ‘DID YOU KNOW?’
* WEB-WATCH
* ADVANCE! IS ADVANCED
* CHURCH ADOPTIONS – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

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YOU GUYS NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME
Thanks to everyone, one and all, that has shared a Brigada Today with a friend. We are within 38 addresses of hitting the 5000 mark in time for our March 21st “two-year birthday.” One reader wrote, ” Thanks for running the article about the missions data base CD in Brigada Today a few weeks ago. The response was absolutely overwhelming. The first day I got about 90 Email inquiries, and they are still coming in, now about two a day. I have shipped about 125 CDs to countries all over the world, probably over 50 different countries, Brigada has an impressively wide distribution. Responses that I’m getting back now are that are that people that got the CDs are using them, enjoying them, and in particular are thanking us for providing this tool to bless the world missions effort at such a reasonable price.” And remember the appeal for helpers for Patrick Johnstone? The contact person wrote back this week to say that he had received email messages from “a number of VERY good prospects” in response to the appeal.

Thanks for the power of working together as a family that’s concerned about the welfare of the nations!

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[DRUM ROLL PLEASE] – FEATURING THE LATEST/GREATEST DATA PROJECTORS
It’s there for your “getting”. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the line
get brigada data-projection

in the text of the message. I think you’ll be helped by these key resources… and if, after reading, you’d like to add others, just send away! Thanks again for taking time to contribute, everyone!

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FROM THE “GET WITH THE PROGRAM, DOUG” DEPARTMENT
Again, sorry I was snoozing last issue – when you use “get” commands, don’t forget to preface the desired file name with the name of the conference in whose archive the file is stored. Thus, my errors “Get german-insurance” & “get hussein.970222” should have been:
get brigada german-insurance
get brigada hussein.970222

Don’t forget to send these to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg (i.e., don’t just send those commands as a reply to this message). If you do that, you get the “Wrath of Revis Ann!” :-)

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YES VIRGINIA – THERE IS AN EMAIL-TO-MAIL SERVICE!!!
Last week we mentioned Wayne, the Brigada participant who wished for a more cost-effective way to perform email-to-mail conversions (see Feb. 21 issue, #6) “TIME TO RE-VISIT EMAIL TO MAIL CONVERSION PROGRAMS”). Well Wayne, to my absolute surprise (and in praise to the Lord!), there is an answer! … It’s Mission Prayer and Praise Publishing and the operative guy – the main man – is Bill Behrmann mpppubatconnectidotcom. Bill asks for a one-time fee of 25 cents up front to type the name into a program he’s got and from then on (can you believe this guy?), he asks that you only cover the cost of the stamp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) (Get this. He even apologized that he asked for the cost of the stamp! “I have only my SS and what I earn at a part time job. Therefore we cannot also cover the postage as we would like.”) So what you’d have to do is send the guy a check, so he’s got some money on deposit, and then, “Have at it!” As you use up your money on deposit, you’d just have to keep replenishing it as you go. This is an incredible ministry for international folks who would like to do small informative mailings to targeted individuals here in the USA. And Bill even said that if you provide the names on diskette, he would consider dropping the cost of the one-time 25 cent charge (I’d suggest you avoid taking him up on that! :-)). What a guy. Thanks Bill!!!

There were a few other replies . . . but none that matched Mr. Bill’s ministry. If Bill gets overworked, kyleharrisatxcdotorg would do it… but couldn’t afford to do it at Bill’s price! Lewis Hudson lhudsonatbellatlanticdotnet would also fall into that situation.

But the “Treasure Hunter’s Award” actually goes to Les Tilka clfcebuatcebudotweblinqdotcom, who went out on the web and searched for 90 minutes to find us a more, shall we say, automated approach…. at http://www.mgl.ca/~estern/snailmail.html. This sounds like the way to go if you want something really organized and long-lasting. Charge is $1.20 for a one page letter by using a First Virtual Account or $.90 if you prepay your account. Cool. Thanks Les!

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LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?
So is Elizabeth B. Sharplin 75222dot402atCompuServedotCOM. Send her a tip if you know of a top notch course somewhere and, Elizabeth, in a couple of weeks, please send us a summary listing, okay? Thanks!

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CALLING ALL SHIPPERS
And Loren Tucker ROSCOE777ataoldotcom is moving overseas and would like a list of shippers who will give great value and low price. Please email Loren directly and, Loren, please let us have a peak at the list and we’ll post it here for all to see!

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ACMC & TEAM EXPANSION ON THE MOVE
ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) is moving its headquarters office from Wheaton IL to Atlanta GA. David Meade wrote, “We exist to help Christian congregations mobilize their resources for effective involvement in world evangelism. The strategic move to Atlanta aims to dramatically improve service to those churches, agencies, and individuals in ACMC’s membership. Our vision is to build a network of missions-active churches large enough to actually influence the entire Protestant church in America toward global outreach. As we move to Atlanta, we’re going to need prayer, key office personnel, and some technology to gear up. We’d be happy for anyone interested in helping fulfill this vision to contact us at: ACMC Transition Team / P.O. Box 3406 / Peachtree City, GA 30269; or just e-mail me at 763771dot2066atcompuservedotcom for David Meade, Transition Team Leader. Tel 770-631-9900.

At the same time, Team Expansion is on the move from Cincinnati to Louisville this summer. Team Expansion http://www.teamexpansion.org exists “to partner with local churches to send and sustain teams of interdependent missionaries to plant indigenous churches among the unreached.” If you can help them fulfill the vision of prayer, key office personnel or technology in the Louisville area, contact Personnel Coordinator Chris Bushnell ChrisBushnellatxcdotorg. Fax 513-244-8430. Thanks!

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DO WE ANSWER EVERY LETTER?
We used to. But not any more. Literally hundreds of emails come in weekly to or . If you don’t receive an answer, it’s not because we don’t love you. :-) It’s because we’re trying to survive with a family, an on-the-side soccer passion , and a paying job with a mission organization. :-)

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IF YOU GET A COPY OF AN FCC PETITION P.M. 2493
… or anything related to it, just burn it. It’s old news…. just push that little button that’s shaped like a garbage can and watch the thing smolder. So … whatever happened to Madalyn Murry O’Hair anyway? And… in general, you can also always check http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html before warning people of viruses and hoaxes like this. If you’d like to see this documented, order up a copy of our “help file” on this petition by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada 2493-hoax

in the text of the message.

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CONFERENCE-WATCH
Interested in an April 3-5 conference on Evangelizing Muslims at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX? Write wmcatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu for more info. Looks like quite a speakers’ slate at a very affordable price!

Or how ’bout the “CRIMEAN CONFERENCE/SYMPOSIUM (MAY 21-24) AND MEDICAL UNIVERSITY LECTURES (MAY 19-21)” in Simferopol, Ukraine. Apparently, some top Russian philosophers from Moscow and St Petersburg have agreed to come. One is Christian, two are prominent atheists. For more information, contact Georges Carillet carilletatwildwinddotcom.

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HUB-CAPS
This past week, MAFxc upgraded their server, good ‘ole “Hubatxcdotorg”. The outcome? Tons more effective service and the possibility for all the more service and features in the future. Thanks Jonathan, Rex and Bob!!!! I still find it hard to believe we can operate Brigada Today for $52/year and inform nearly 5000 people each week of some of the best pieces of missions mobilization news and resources in the world [that we can find :-) ]. If you’ve been thinking about getting an email forwarding service (so that no matter how many changes you make to your email carrier, your address will always be the same… like… YourNameatxcdotorg), may I suggest that you support the home team and pay up the $52/year to MAF. Then you can open up these email conferences and send out updates for your mission organization, your soccer team :-) your basketball club, your bridge party, your… [list goes on]. For more information or a free brochure, write helpdeskatxcdotorg. Seek ’em Rex. By the way… I don’t work for MAF. But they sure make Brigada possible.

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IN THE WORKS FOR NEXT WEEK…
Guess what! Brigada’s finally getting its own domain! The name will change, but the service will just keep getting better. http://www.xc.org/brigada will change [probably next week] to http://www.brigada.org. We’ll alert you when it happens so you can change your bookmarks. You do set bookmarks for Brigada’s web site, right? :-) (By the way, the site is still going to be carried by MAFxc. They’re just registering the domain for us with Internic… another service by your friendly folks at MAFxc. For more information… write Rex at HelpDeskatxcdotorg. Start your own web site! It’s about $100 set-up and $160 per year afterward. Probably one of the best prices you’ll find in the entire country.) (Now – I can’t wait ’til they add Microsoft’s free Front Page ’97 server extensions so our feedback forms and hit counter and search mechanisms will work! :-))

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PRAY FOR INDONESIA
Will you bow for a moment now and pray for the nation of Indonesia? Some say they are being targeted by Muslim extremists now more than ever before, with some radical approaches. Pray that God’s light would be seen.

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ON THE HUNT FOR COMIBAM
So… who can tell us when the next Comibam event is scheduled to be held… maybe in Mexico??? David wants to know. Send to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

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SUPPOSE A UN WORKER WANTS TO BE NETWORKED WITH OTHER TENTMAKERS…
Where would he/she turn – so they’re not out there as “lone rangers”? That’s the question Chris Ford CHRISatWORNETdotMHSdotCompuServedotCOM asks. If you’ve got a tentmaking consortium or network that these guys can join, write Chris directly… and Chris, how ’bout sending us a summary list in a couple of weeks???

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SPEAK WITH YOUR HANDS (ASL) OR WISH YOU DID??? You could probably use HyperSign, a program with more than 2000 full motion videos of American Sign Language. Contact Inreach Ministries inreachatlrdotnet for more info.

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AND NOW FROM THE HOME OFFICE, THIS WEEK’S ‘DID YOU KNOW?’
From our ever faithful contact in Ukraine comes this tidbit….. I suppose you knew that in the movie, Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam” ??? Yikes. Shaking my philosophical foundations of life.

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WEB-WATCH
Catch the Italian Evangelical Alliance at http://www.ipsnet.it/netpages/room386.

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ADVANCE! IS ADVANCED
The February/March 1997 Advance has been posted for your viewing pleasure. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
Get brigada advance.970203

Here’s a summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — India’s 52 unreached people groups with populations of more than 1 million; hundreds of West African people groups with little or no access to the gospel; 1.6 million “Jesus” videos; third largest Muslim country in the world torn by strife; China at critical crossroads.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Believer imprisoned in Iran; Christian center near Cairo attacked; believer in Vietnam arrested; the Karen of Myanmar; Israel bill would affect believers.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Fetal cell transplants; Sudan working to eliminate female circumcision; bombing of lesbian nightclub; milestones in genetic research; marketing RU 486 in United States; unwanted pregnancy as “intrusion.”

REJOICE! — Churches in Madhya Pradesh than double; India evangelist invited into mosque; 500 students commit lives to Christ; record 3.3 million Scriptures printed in China; 15,000 decisions for Christ in Honduras.

NETWORKING — Assistance for the family of murdered Iranian pastor; profiles of minority groups in China, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar; children’s materials for Praying Through the Window III; Operation Mobilization missions ship to visit four ports in the western United States; China ’97 … At the Crossroads; “God’s Simple Plan for His Church;” Eastern Europe and CIS video and film directory.

FRONT LINES — Our enemy.

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CHURCH ADOPTIONS – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Wow – this past weekend was great. We met in Dayton, Ohio, with a group of dedicated church leaders representing differing parts of the Body of Christ who are taking seriously the challenge to adopt a “piece of the least reached world!” At “Pit-Stop Dayton”, we presented new case studies in the constantly evolving PACE model. There was Cary Christian Church of Cary, NC, which has decided to adopt the Taimani, a church in North Carolina adopting a group in Mongolia, and a church from Louisville adopting a people group in Morocco and others who are so new, they haven’t even picked a group! This new surge of interest in local churches is an answered prayer for folks like Luis Bush, who has been leading in a vision to see “A church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000.” While all the “nay-sayers” and arm-chair strategists sit around and debate whether or not that dream could ever be possible, churches like Kenwood Heights Christian Church in Louisville, KY, are setting about to make progress. They aren’t worrying about whether or not they themselves can reach the whole world – they’re just picking a piece of the world and they’re doing their part!!! I decided to motor on down to Louisville Saturday night, after the conference finished up, just so I could sit in the pews at Kenwood Heights and listen in on their spirit, and. . . . I wasn’t disappointed. They introduced their contingent (whom they had sent to the Pit-Stop with a mandate of finding out “next steps”) to the whole congregation, featured them in prayer, and the Sr. Minister even gave up his private column to them in this week’s church newsletter just to report on the event. Do you think the church is going to doubt his commitment to this project??? Not a chance. Are they rich? Nope. Are they huge? Nope (around 250, I’d guess). But are the committed??? You bet. And guess what. I note that they subscribed to Brigada within a few hours of arriving home from the conference! :-) Welcome Kenwood Heights! :-) [Churches and church leaders wanting to take part in the next Pit-Stop, set to occur in Littleton (Denver), Colorado, Apr. 25-26, may contact Robert Peterson rpetersonatccudotedu to be added to the list of prospective delegates and receive more information.]

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