20000709 Brigada Today

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PAYPAL IS A BIG HIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CALLING ALL MISSIONARIES FROM THE UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louise (from Scotland) 101657dot2346atcompuservedotcom  (101657dot2346atcompuservedotcom)   would love to hear about your favorite language acquisition trainer for a resource list she’s preparing. Please include name, contact info, experience, availability, and any fees they normally charge.
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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20000702 Brigada Today

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WILL LAST WEEK’S ISSUE BECOME A COLLECTOR’S ITEM?

Brigada Logo :-) I doubt it. But if you were sharp, maybe you noticed it was dated June 29 which is a Thursday! Brigada Today issues have been dated with Friday dates (regardless of when they’re actually mailed :-) ) for … like… years. (Ever since one reader complained about the way the initial issue dates kept jumping around from one day to another!). So… with last week’s mistake, we wonder if the “2000/06/29” issue will become… a collector’s item??? :-) Maybe it’ll even double in price! :-)
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JUICY REPORT FROM AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK

ad2ksm Whoa. Patrick Johnstone and John Robb must have sharpened their pencils prior to pulling together a candid (and sometimes stinging) assessment of the AD2000 & Beyond “Unreached Peoples Resource Network.” As they looked in the mirror of the past decade, they milked some pretty sacred cows. Read on if you’re interested.
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK

Some of the accomplishments they listed included…

  1. Hundreds of new networks focused on specific people groups
  2. Many of those people groups were adopted by Western churches
  3. New videos like “The Challenge of the Unfinished Task” were produced and distributed
  4. The Joshua Project 2000 list was created and distributed
  5. “The profile of URPs immeasurably raised to be the touch-stone of the unfinished task – what a change to 25 years ago.”
  6. A “large increase in national and regional research into the least reached in many, but sadly not all, countries.”

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ROBB & JOHNSTONE: “LESSONS LEARNED”

They also listed several “lessons learned”. (I’ve noticed that we use that term — “lessons learned” — when we sometimes mean “dropped balls.” :-) ) Here are a few summary excerpts…

  1. Difficulty finding the right leadership
  2. Difficulty coordinating across “tracks”
  3. “Brilliant and exhilarating leadership by the international office for the first 6-7 years of the movement, including encouraging annual progress meetings, gave way to a more uncertain (perhaps exhausted) stance as the year 2000 deadline neared and its commitment to go out of business loomed.”
  4. “On the research side, we had to go for a selected list to compile the JPL [Joshua Project List] which brought us into significant problems”
  5. Simplistic definitions of peoples and artificial divisions of the world into the 10/40 Window and non-10/40 Window countries led to over- response and seeming exclusion of vital countries
  6. “The Adopt-a-People program has not really taken off to the extent we hoped. Were we too optimistic about the enthusiasm we would find?”
  7. “The 10,000 population and 5% / 2% Christian / Evangelical helped us to make the JPL viable and was right for the resources and info then available, but it did create too much argument and dismay!”

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JOHNSTONE & ROBB: “RECOMMENDATIONS” FOR NEXT TIME

Finally, they offered several “recommendations for a new movement.” Here’s where, in parts, it gets rather “juicy.”

  1. Next time go with a more “complete list of peoples”
  2. Focus on the holistic mission rather than only church planting
  3. “The last 20 years has been a race to find the URPs and start ministry among them. The next 20 years will change the task from quantifying the task, to quality of ministry in the task.”
  4. Any future movement should be closely tied with Lausanne, WEF and the new Great Commission Roundtable, not an independent, autonomous effort which duplicates efforts and damages relationships among leaders as happened with the birth of the AD2000 Movement.”

I think it’s commendable that Brothers Johnstone and Robb were able to be so . . . frank. Perhaps it’s even more commendable that the report has been released directly by the AD2000 International Office — a tribute to the office’s willingness to subject itself to objective assessment. See the flashback below.

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FLASHBACK TO GCOWE ’95

gcowe95 There were times that I thought that AD2000 & Beyond would help us shape a global strategy. Now that we have the ability to look back, I guess I’d have to say that the skeleton was indeed there . . . but there were too many bones. :-) In other words, the task was, perhaps, just too overwhelming for any human staff, even if it’s headed by a Luis Bush!

I took a walk back memory lane and glanced at an item I wrote in the “26 of May, 1995” issue of Brigada Today. It was titled, “GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY.” The item went like this: “They came together from all over the world — 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization — and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose — to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won’t be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered???

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DOUG’S SUMMARY OF GCOWE ’95

Back in May ’95, I wrote… “Among the themes remembered will be …

  1. Reconciliation — Japanese with Koreans, Arabs with Jews, Russian Orthodox with evangelicals, denominations with other denominations.
  2. 10/40 Window — From the sermons and presentations to the planning and even the singing… we won’t forget the imaginary rectangle stretching from ten to forty degrees North of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia, where the greatest concentration of unevangelized people reside.
  3. Int’l participation — Not only were two-thirds of the participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia, but the majority of the consultation’s funding came from those nations as well. Western missionaries took notes as African, Asian and Latin American leaders presented their successful methodology. They had become full partners in the task.
  4. Prayer — At the great evangelical consultations (Lausanne I, Lausanne II in Manila, etc.), prayer has always been an ingredient. But some — even the “old-timers” — said they couldn’t remember a time when prayer permeated every component so thoroughly. Who can forget the Cities Track closing, where Viv Grigg organized separate, targeted prayer for each region being reported on? Who will ever forget the Concert of Prayer during the plenary? Prayer in the hallways, prayer in the national meetings, prayer here, prayer there…… prayer as a major weapon or tool in our confrontation with the enemy. It was clear that prayer had finally “arrived” — and was seen as a superior “weapon” in the international worker’s tool box, along with less powerful tactical strategies or scientific church growth approaches.
  5. Networking — Some said that the most valuable times came not during a main plenary session, or even the tracks, but rather in the hallways, over the dining tables, and on the buses, where international workers from around the world met up with mutually helpful contributors from continents around the globe.
  6. Promise — From all the media accounts and reports from the International Office, you’d think this would be the consultation to end all consultations! Well it just might be! As strategies are completed and partnerships gel, God just might raise up international forces that would reach parts of our world that have never been reached before.”

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THE PART WE LEFT OUT

I continued in that May ’95 item… “In the end, however, what was GCOWE 95 not about? From all appearances, it was not about a global plan. Perhaps it was never meant to be. At one point in the conference, I wrote, “Today, I’ve been sensing a special burden for the fact that there are only four days left of this conference. I’m only one participant — but as for this participant, I was very concerned about the fact that to me, it seemed we hadn’t been told exactly what part we were all supposed to play in this giant tapestry that is supposed to be called, the AD2000 & Beyond movement. In other words, how will we honestly pull it off…. the goal of “A Church for Every People, and the Gospel for Every Person by the year 2000.” I was feeling that there was no “global master plan.” I was feeling as if it was being left to chance. I was asking myself, “Can it be done by Dec. 31, 2000?” I was answering, “Unless someone spells out a strategy in the next four days, I’m not sure there would be any earthly means. It would be totally in God’s hands.” Then it occurred to me, maybe that’s exactly what the leaders of this conference want us to realize. They’re hoping we’ll take this goal and apply it to our own network, be it country-wide, region-wide, or wider. They’re hoping we’ll carry it to our ‘track’ — be it “Saturation Evangelism”, “Denominational Leaders”, or whatever. As a result, it feels…. less “organized.” (OM Director George Verwer says “Where two or three are gathered together, there you have a mess!”) It feels kind of as if we’re leaving something to chance. On the other hand, the AD2000 & Beyond movement’s leaders are probably asking themselves, “How can we presume to forge a global plan among so many varying participants?” And you know what? They’re probably right. Even if they tried… it probably would never work. Maybe the world is too complex to divide up into a mosaic of people groups and expect various parts to “claim” various segments of the tapestry. Maybe it won’t feel as tidy — but maybe it’s for the best. ……… And, after all is said and done, maybe they’re thinking that we toss out the bold goal that would be impossible through man’s efforts — then we all go to our knees knowing that it all depends on God. If God accomplishes it, we will celebrate. But even if He doesn’t, we will still have formed a church that looks more like his prayer in John 17. And maybe that, in and of itself, is worth all the energy invested!”
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WAS AD2000 WORTH THE EFFORT?

I doubt that anyone would answer “Naaahhhhh.” :-) Too many good things have come out of it. If you don’t believe that, look at the latest copy of Mission Frontiers. (It’s on the web at http://www.missionfrontiers.org. Click on the “read latest issue” button and check out the “free charts and maps” link near the bottom. You’ll be amazed at what you can see in PDF format!) But Robb and Johnstone certainly help us see the past decade in perspective. I’m afraid some will say, “We told you so.” Me? I guess I tend to side with those who would say, “I like AD2000’s way of doing world evangelism better than others’ way of not doing it!” :-) Because however it all shakes out, lots of Great Commission Christians prayed for and met lots of previously untold people. As for me . . . I like that. :-)
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITE?

WebWatch Patrick Johnstone is at this time working diligently on the 6th edition of Operation World. Michael Jaffarian, a missionary researcher with CBInternational (formerly Cons. Baptist For. Miss. Soc.), is helping him with a few things. One of them is a new feature for this edition: an appendix of websites that Operation World readers might find useful as they seek to learn about, pray for, and evangelize, the nations and peoples of the world. So what websites should be included? Please send any and all ideas to Michael MichaelDawnaatcompuservedotcom  (MichaelDawnaatcompuservedotcom)  . He is interested in secular, religious, Christian, and missions sites, in informational, denominational, and organizational sites, and especially in websites that are specific to individual countries – he hopes to list helpful sites for nearly every country in the world. Send they his way and we’ll try to get the final list here at Brigada Today so you can “click and go” instead of having to type them all in from the book. What do you say, Michael? :-)
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NEED TO EXCHANGE MONEY? TRY PAYPAL

Paypal logo My son recently wanted to purchase some soccer “collectors’ cards” (like the baseball cards of old) and in the process, I learned about PayPal. You can sign up for free, send money for free, request money and even receive money from other PayPal clients — all for free! I registered and paid the guy — and it worked like a charm. You can even do electronic funds transfers to your bank account… and withdrawals . . . all for free. I’m thinking… this would be a terrific way to arrange a “low-tech” electronic payment setup for missions support. Businesses are supposed to pay a 1.9% commission, but I’m presuming that non-profits would be considered “non-business” customers… and I know individuals are okay — for free. Your account is insured up to $100,000 and you even get a $5 sign up and referral bonus, if you convince others to join. There’s email-based customer service — and they even answer! :-) So like they say, you could use PayPal.com to settle restaurant tabs with colleagues, pay friends for movie tickets, or buy a baseball card at an online auction – all with the click of a mouse! PayPal charges the money to an existing credit card or bank account. It’s faster, safer and easier than mailing a personal check. As soon as you sign up, register your credit card and verify a bank account (small fee), PayPal will automatically send you $5! Signing up is quick, easy and you can download the money to your bank account at any time. No strings attached. So if you need a quick and easy electronic payment approach, try it — you just might like it. And if you’re going to try it anyway, why not click on the link below to sign up and see for yourself. Yup — it’s supposed to credit our Brigada account with $5 … but would you believe I would have recommended it anyway? (Okay — so I’ll admit — the $5 would be nice. :-) But I’m serious — it’s a great service for free.)

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

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

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

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

20000625 Brigada Today

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TEACH TESL FROM YOUR HOME COMPUTER

WebWatch Sojourners Ministries wishes to announce its new opportunity for the English-speaking Church to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) from the security of their home computer. Sojourners is now seeking Institutions (churches, colleges or community groups) who desire to make their faith real and practical. Please visit http://www.cyberesl.org for more details. The password “general” (without the quote marks of course) will provide access to the Professors’ Menu. There are 10 levels of instructions for students and teachers, ranging from the very beginner to the advanced. ESL curriculum, training and support will be provided. Now the Church can touch the world for Jesus by using their home computer as a ministry center! Contact the director by email at directoratcyberesldotorg  (directoratcyberesldotorg)  .
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MISSION FRONTIERS HAS GREAT MAPS/CHARTS FOR FREE!

10/40 windowIf you haven’t stopped by http://www.missionfrontiers.org lately, now’s the time. Click on the “read latest issue” button and check out the “free charts and maps” link near the bottom. You’ll be amazed at what you can read in PDF format! Great stuff. Thanks Mission Frontiers!
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URBANA 2000 STUDENT MISSION CONVENTION

calendar Thousands of college students and recent alumni will worship, pray, and explore one of the world’s largest missions fairs. Urbana 2000, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s nineteenth triennial student mission convention, is December 27-31, 2000 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visit their online hub for students exploring missions at http://www.urbana.org or email them at Urbana2000ativcfdotorg  (Urbana2000ativcfdotorg)   or call 608-274-9001. Register by July 31, 2000 and save $20US!
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ANOTHER EMAIL HOAX

OPC logo If you receive an email from a “North Carolina State Bar”, just delete it. It’s a hoax. To get the BrigadaOPC Protocol” to help prevent the spreading of these ever-growing trojans, send a note to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)   and receive the 3K reply file as a free return in your inbox.
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THE REENTRY TEAM: CARING FOR YOUR RETURNING MISSIONARIES

book It will soon be here! This book by Neal Pirolo (author of Serving as Senders) addresses this much neglected, yet greatly needed area of missionary care. This new book available through Emmaus Road International gives us a thoughtful study on how to care for returning missionaries. Included in the book are Biblical foundations for reentry care, 70 stories from returning missionaries, a “For Further Action” section after each story to help care for missionaries you might know, and a resource section for further information. The release date for the book is early August 2000. For substantial savings on pre-publication-pre- paid orders for this much anticipated resource, please go to http://www.eri.org/new.htm#3 or email ERI at emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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INFO. ON MISSIONARY TRAINING FOR LATINOS

The findings of a forum on Missionary Training for Latinos is now available. This forum was designed to identify the most effective way to provide missionary training for Latinos in a contextualized setting that meets their needs, style of learning and cultural particulars. The topics addressed are: General Training Ideas, The Target Group, The Local Church, Character Development, Curriculum, Practical Training, and Resources. Please visit the web site for the summaries of the research as well as all the individual articles at http://www.egroups.com/files/missionary_forum/. For more info, write Patty PLTolandatjunodotcom  (PLTolandatjunodotcom)  .
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TRAIN IN TESOL

graduation cap A TESOL workshop (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held in Jerusalem this September! If you’re interested in being trained as an English teacher you’ll need this one- month training course to give you the tools you need for the job, no matter where in the world you’re heading. Exact schedule is for September 4th – 29th, 2000 at :Jerusalem, Israel. For more information please contact Porter at: tesolatgalacticommdotorg  (tesolatgalacticommdotorg)  .
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DESTINATION 2000 IN KALAMAZOO HITS ROADBLOCK

not symbol The “Destination 2000” seminar for Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 13-14 has been temporarily cancelled. It will probably be rescheduled. For details see http://www.CalvaryBibleChurch.org.
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MISSIONS HUB FOR STUDENTS: URBANA.ORG

WebWatch Sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, http://www.urbana.org is a place where students and others can grapple with mission and God’s will, meet others, talk to missionaries, discover guidance resources and avenues of training as well as be challenged by global needs. Also, get information on the Urbana 2000 Student Mission Convention, December 27-31, 2000 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, Email them at Urbana2000ativcfdotorg  (Urbana2000ativcfdotorg)   or call 608-274-9001. Register by July 31, 2000 and save $20US!
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PREPARE TO TEACH THE BIBLE FROM YOUR HOME

Bible Grace Notes is now distributing Segment One of the EQUIP series of Bible study training materials. There are 27 lesson files, and these will be distributed to subscribers by email, two lessons per week. To subscribe (free), write to Warren Doug wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  . If you prefer, Warren can send the complete course to you in a single file, either Microsoft Word 6.0 or Adobe Acrobat (PDF). The file will be sent to you as an e-mail attachment. If you would like that, specify in your e-mail message the type of file you want. EQUIP studies are published by Village Ministries International (VMI), the organization which sponsors Grace Notes. EQUIP is a study program developed by VMI that is designed to assist the new student of the Word of God not only to understand the significance and depth of God’s Word but also to aid in the development of the spiritual life. There’s more info at the Grace Notes web site: http://www.realtime.net/~wdoud/
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“EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB”

corn on the cob That’s what we say about the Internet. Just because you read something in Brigada Today, it doesn’t mean it’s law! Maybe we didn’t even have time to verify the link! (We don’t have any full-time staff!) I had a teacher who always told me, “Eat the corn and leave the cob.” The rough translation is — if you can use any of this stuff, have at it. If you can’t, ask for your money back. :-)
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MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST

syringe Mark your calendars now! November 17-18, 2000 – a full two-day medical mission conference to be held for the fifth time in Louisville, Kentucky, at Southeast Christian Church. This conference is designed to introduce you to the field of medical missions if you have never before participated; yet strengthen you, encourage you, and deepen your medical and spiritual knowledge if you have participated as either a short-term participant or as a career missionary. How? By offering 37 workshops for missionaries, physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, students, and spouses with families interested in participating on the mission field through one of eleven tracks offered at the conference. GO to the website now: www.medicalmissions.com and get the details for the conference. Register online and give your opinion regarding future conferences through the questionnaire on the website. They look forward to seeing you in November.
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FREE HOUSING VIA HOSPITALITY UNITS

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

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

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

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

20000618 Brigada Today

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A FREE PLACE TO STAY, AND AN EXCELLENT FUND-RAISING SYSTEM

mobilehome Christian Host Home International is a Christian-owned membership organization designed to provide a network of Christians who desire to both practice and utilize Christian hospitality. You may never have to pay for lodging again. Once a member, a person is able to request free lodging at another member’s home, anywhere in the world. The first- year’s membership is $50, with a $30 annual renewal charge. The system is also a fundraiser. Members who refer others to join receive $10 for each referral, or their charity of choice will receive $20 for each referral. For details, click to http://www.christianhosthome.com. Thanks for the tip, Art pulisatrmidotnet  (pulisatrmidotnet)  !
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BRIGADA – A GREAT WAY TO LEARN JAPANESE

Brigada Logo :-) Okay… so maybe not. Several Brigada participants asked why in the world they had to load Japanese language support to read last week’s Brigada Today. The honest answer is . . . no one knows for sure. EGroups has taken responsibility, for the most part, and they’ve assured us it was a one- time glitch. So maybe this week you’ll be able to load Hungarian? :-) Either way, sorry for the inconvenience . . . but honest . . . it wasn’t my idea! :-)
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FROM THE “JANET RENO DIDN’T SAY IT” DEPT.

OPC logo In case anyone forwards you the email accusing Janet Reno of referring to Christians as “cultists”, just send them to http://urbanlegends.about.com/science/urbanlegends/library Tack on these letters to the end of the URL above: /blreno.htm?once=true& and you’ll find the page that squelches that rumor. It’s just a rumor.
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ANOTHER STEP TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PC FROM TROJANS

virus Want to safeguard your PC all the more from Trojan “worms” (such as the “I love you” ‘virus’)? See http://www.pc-help.org/security/scrap.htm for the full discussion. The long and the short of it is that you need to make a couple of extensions visible that, by default, aren’t! You have to remove the NeverShowExt values from these keys:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ShellScrap
HKEY_LOCAL_ACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\DocShortcut

As an additional step, if you have a virus scanner (you do have a virus scanner don’t you?), add the .SHS and .SHB extensions to its list of program files. This way your scanner is more likely to spot them as they surface. McAfee and several others have a means to do this. If you’re really paranoid, you can disable scrap objects by one or both of these means: Alter or remove both file types in the File Types dialog. (Open an Explorer window, and select View… Options… and the File Types tab. Look for Shell Scrap Object and Shortcut to Document.) To disable scrap files very thoroughly (this is the way I did it), remove or rename the shscrap.dll file in your System folder. Search your hard drive(s) and see if you have any scrap object files hanging about. Who knows what might turn up? (Thanks to the folks at PC-Magazine for this tip!) If you’re really paranoid, you can always get BlackICE Defender ( http://www.netice.com ) or ZoneAlarm ( http://www.zonelabs.com ) to help you watch your Internet back. :-)

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ONLINE TRANSLATOR

If you speak English as a second language and need help with English language sites – or if you need help with sites in other languages – check the online translation interface: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/translator.html
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LOOKING FOR MISSIONARY CARE / DEBRIEF CENTERS IN U.S.A.

Sharen is looking for info about places that help returning missionary’s process through their experiences and make the transition from field-living to home-country living, or just get counseling from experienced counselors in the U.S.A. She’s willing to collect this info and make the list available to the Brigada family in the future. Please send your information to her at sjedenatpoboxdotcom  (sjedenatpoboxdotcom)  . Thanks!
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GET INFO ON INSURANCE… FAST

Brigada autoresponder Need info. on insurance programs in the USA? Just write to insuranceatbrigadadotorg  (insuranceatbrigadadotorg)   and the 14K file will be sent your way for free! Thanks Ken!
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MOTIVATING LANGUAGE STUDENTS

The French dept of a satellite education center is seeking to motivate American high-school students in language study. What better emphasis than that of communicating for Christ in missions? Please email Joy jemc1129athotmaildotcom  (jemc1129athotmaildotcom)   with any info relevant to francophone/other missions (cross-cultural life, language-learning stories, photos, tips for preparing now). Perhaps missionary kids could respond on topics such as multi-cultural households, local schooling, unusual/funny experiences, favorite pastimes.
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WORLD CHRISTIAN IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS

pencil writing on paperHighlight the needs of unreached people groups or get on your soapbox about a missions/evangelism topic. Submit profiles of unreached people groups (400-500 words) and commentary pieces (700-800 words) for upcoming issues. If selected, your submission can earn you $55 and will be read by 30,000 readers. Please e-mail Phillip huberphilataoldotcom  (huberphilataoldotcom)   for details on submitting and deadlines.
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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2000611 Brigada Today

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FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE ON THE NET” DEPT.

Brigada autoresponder Long distance calls, faxes, the works! Find out what’s free online by sending an email to free-onlineatbrigadadotorg  (free-onlineatbrigadadotorg)  . You’ll be sent an 18K email message detailing everything from DialPad to ZipLip.com. Find out more about online email services (webmail), voicemail, faxes-over-the- web, personal toll free numbers, online encryption, Phonefree, Dialpad, Mr. Wakeup, and more. There’s no charge for this free Brigada service.
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RATE YOUR WEB PAGES FOR “SAFE VIEWING”

Thanks to Nate, who pointed us to the site at http://www.icra.org. It’s home of the Internet Content Rating Association, an independent, non-profit organization whose aim is to protect children from potentially harmful material while protecting the free speech rights of content providers. By rating your site, you can help those who have enabled content rating with Internet Explorer. (Thanks for the tip Nate!) In fact, until you rate your pages, those with content rating enabled won’t be able to view them, in spite of how friendly or innocent the information might be.
rats face (Rats. Now I have to make time to go register the Brigada web pages. :-) )
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“JUST SAY NO” TO ATTACHMENTS

virus Thanks to Joel, who pointed out that disabling the preview pane in Outlook won’t stop so-called harmful Trojan horse virus attacks on your PC. Once again, the only way to stop the spread of this madness is to “just say no” to attachments that you didn’t solicit. So… bottom line… avoid opening attachments… period. Even if they come from a person you know, they could still be harmful. Yes, it’s true that if you make sure Microsoft Office’s macro anti-virus checking is enabled, you should be able to open attached Word documents, but the bigger problem is that some people are sending attachments when they could have written the original message within the text of the email anyway. Sometimes people send us proposed items for Brigada Today as attachments — even though they’re only 10 lines long!!! You can imagine how quickly those items become one of our favorites here!!! :-)
trash can To the trash can they go, without even a read. So .. again, let’s can the attachments folks. Someone has to end the madness.
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GOT INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONALS?

Sheri lizplowmanathotmaildotcom  (lizplowmanathotmaildotcom)   wants to know. She’s got an international student staying with her for a while who needs insurance here in the USA. If you’ve got a source (or if you are a source), please let her know. Sheri, we’ll count on a summary report of your findings, okay? We’ll announce it here as soon as you send it — and we’ll make it into one of those autoresponders.
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WEB-WATCH: MISSION PASTORS NOW HAVE A HOME ONLINE

WebWatch Want to find out if mission pastors from your area are already meeting together? Now there’s a place to go! To see a listing of such local groups, or to register your own group of locally meeting mission pastors so to be found via the Web by other mission leaders who want to join your group, go to the Local Area Mission Pastors Network website. To visit this web-based networking tool called LAMPnet, connect to http://www.missionpastors.net. This network functions exclusively via the web — so those preferring email-only are out of luck, apparently. Those who register can expect probable visits by ACMC reps (or other similar consultants), since the author explains information will be shared with ACMC and other similar groups.
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DO YOU SPEAK FULA?

If you are (or know) a Fula speaker (2nd- language or native speaker) and would be able to offer spare time advice to a potential evangelistic literature project in Fula, please email Jane bientotdotofficeatvirgindotnet  (bientotdotofficeatvirgindotnet)  .
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CHURCH-PLANTING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES

graduation cap Emmaus Road International told us yesterday of a modification to its Autumn, 2000 ACTS 29 Training Course schedule. They will conduct only one course this Fall, a four-week Mini-Acts version. The dates will be August 31 – September 29, 2000. For further information about this prefield training, visit http://www.eri.org or write emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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GAIN A DIPLOMA IN CHURCH-PLANTING

graduation cap This fall, Canadian Theological Seminary (Regina, SK) will begin offering a new program at its Toronto extension. The new diploma will focus exclusively on those serving Muslims, as well as those working in urban contexts. This program is committed to holistic learning – integrating academic studies, ongoing ministry and personal, spiritual development. Toronto, designated by the UN as the most multi-cultural city in the world, provides diverse opportunities for the mentored field experience. Classes will be modular. Imagine being part of a team that experiences personal mentoring, cross-cultural ministries and academic course work all at the same time! For more info, write Miriam miriamcharteratcompuservedotcom  (miriamcharteratcompuservedotcom)   or Floyd/Joyce grunauatcmacandotorg  (grunauatcmacandotorg)  .
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PUBLICIZE YOUR MISSIONS CONFERENCE FOR FREE!

man with a megaphone Want to get the word out about your upcoming missions conference? Contact Bridget bburrittatinhisimagedotorg  (bburrittatinhisimagedotorg)  . She’ll make the information available to several online networks, such as the search engine at http://www.globalmission.org/calendar.htm as well as to printed directories. The service is absolutely free. Thanks Bridget!
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THE BACKPAGE: NET RESULTS

Yesterday I found myself reflecting on some of the new relationships I’ve established over the Net. The more I thought about it, the more sentimental I became. (Not gushy, mind you, but nevertheless thankful. :-) ) Over the past five or six years, I’ve got to admit, the Internet has revolutionized the way we “do missions.” Here’s an example I probably mention a lot: new fields. Prior to 1995, if our mission wanted to get started in a new land, it was “catch as catch can.” Total serendipity. I mean… maybe we knew someone and maybe we didn’t. At best, we sent snail mail to everyone listed in MARC’s Mission Handbook for a particular country, hoping against hope that two weeks or two months later, someone might write us back a quick reply. But even if they did, let’s face it . . . they were seldom going to give out sensitive contact information — and rightfully so.

Nowadays, thank God, things are different. Last month I had to visit an area of the world where I previously knew nobody. I’m talking . . . I barely knew how to spell the names of the cities I had to visit. I went to brigada-peoples by sending a message to brigada-peoplesategroupsdotcom (if you aren’t a member, you should probably join first by sending a message to brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom). I simply said, “Hey… does anybody know anyone working among the ___ people?” I reminded them to reply to me directly (rather than to the conference as a whole — which would not be a wise idea :-) ) and, within 24 hours, I had three leads. Granted, I had to establish my identity with those new contacts… so it took a phone interview or two.. but 3 weeks later, I was learning and getting our mission started among those onfield workers!

I’m not going to say it would have been impossible before… but I’m telling you . . . it sure is easier nowadays via the Net. Just about everything is — if it requires looking up contacts, contacting them, and communicating with them.

I’m also not pretending there aren’t bad influences out there. Some of the statistics I see are staggering. Like… did you know that some researchers believe that 50-60% of all pornographic web pages are being viewed between 9-5 over business web connections? (There goes your company’s productivity out the window!) It’s a problem, no doubt about it. So I’m not saying the Web is totally innocent — by a longshot. But like just about everything else in life, it all depends on how you use it. I mean… you can do some pretty severe damage with a table saw… or you can create a marvelous birdhouse. :-) birdhouse

So for all you folks out there who have helped an inquiring mind like mine sometime over the past five years, I tip my hat to you. I just hope someday I’ll be able to do my part to help one of you. We’re kind of all in this together . . . so when we help someone, I’d like to think we’re maybe even advancing the Kingdom just a tad. There’s a whole lot of helping going on these days… and that’s a good thing, I’d say.

As for me, I’m thinking . . . I could start liking this Internet thing. :-)

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

2000604 Brigada Today

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IF YOU NEED FILTERS/SUPPLIES, TEALBROOK IS THERE

Thanks to sponsors like TealBrook, Brigada can move forward with no charge to participants! At ‘TealBrook Supplies’ Mike & Deb have been working with mission agencies and individual missionaries for ten years providing resources to make living and traveling internationally safer and easier. Specializing in safe drinking water by means of the PentaPure line of water purifiers, they also offer first aid kits from Adventure Medical Kits, water bottles by Platypus along with many other useful items. Check out their online catalog at http://www.tealbrook.com or email them at infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)  . They’ll be glad to help! Their address is 1095 Kirkwood Dr, Eagan, MN 55123, or use Net2Phone by dialing 800-222-6614 [ or call 615-365-7714], or write infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)  . Thanks Mike and Deb for their partnership!
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INTERNET SERVICE AND $40 IN YOUR POCKET

modem If you’re thinking about switching Internet service providers anyway, try Earthlink. They’re now one of the “big 3” Internet Service Providers and they have zillions of dial-up nodes in cities throughout the USA PLUS they also have a 1- 800- dial-up. In the USA or via Net2Phone, just call 800-EARTHLINK between now and June 30, 2000, and sign-up for a new EarthLink account. Tell them you’re calling because of the $40 referral promotion and if you like, give them our Earthlink referring email address: <dklucasatixdotnetcomdotcom>. If you prepay the first month’s service with a credit card, you’ll then get $40 credit, $10/month beginning the following month and following ’til you’ve been given $40 in free cash!
(Disclaimer — :-) Just so you know, you get a $40 credit for signing up . . . and our Brigada account gets $40 credit too! But hey… we’ve been a paying Netcom customer since 1995, long before they offered $40 cash for it! :-) )
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TRENDS IN ADVOCACY MEDIA RESEARCH REPORT

10/40 window newWway.org is a surprisingly simple free resource for communication strategy planning in media saturated environments. Recently, newWway.org conducted Internet research that has revealed some important trends in advocacy media among missionary teams. Log on to their site at http://www.newWway.org and save the “Internet Research Survey” to share with your team. This month you’ll also find an article about the “New Communication Environment” of media saturated fields and an interesting article by Professional Trend Tracker Cassidy Dale on the “Postmodern Mindset”. MediaNet has posted a new article “Media Accelerating Church Planting Movements.” You can also learn how to adopt the “Strategic Communicator’s Mentality”.
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MISSION PREP IN TORONTO

calendar There are still some openings for Summer training programs in Toronto. You can take in the Language Acquisition Workshop, scheduled for 18-30 June. Not only will you learn effective Language techniques — but you’ll also get hands on experience with nationals from your designated culture and your kids will have a full missions program too! You can also catch Cross-Cultural Training for effective ministry overseas, 4-19 July. This course is designed specifically for missionaries going overseas for more than one year. For more information and detailed curriculum overview check out the MissionPrep Web page, http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep or call Robert in Toronto at 416-284-5645 micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)  .
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SAFE COMPUTING TIP

virus Last week we discussed ways to disable the preview pane in Outlook. But if you’d like to take it one step farther, George recommends disabling Windows Scripting Host (WSH), which he says isn’t needed by most individual computer enthusiasts. Just open My Computer, then open Control Panel, then open Add/Remove Programs. Then click on the “Windows Setup” tab. This gets you to Windows features that you can either add or remove. Highlight “Accessories”, then click on the Details button. Scroll down the list of features, uncheck “Windows Scripting Host” Click OK to save changes, and close out each dialogue window. With Windows Scripting Host uninstalled, those silly “Trojan horse virus programs” won’t be able to run Visual Basic Scripts. Thanks George!
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FREE BIBLE SOFTWARE

cd-rom and book Don’t forget about the Ephesians 4 group, on the web at http://www.freebiblesoftware.com/. We highlighted them last Dec. 31st, but they deserve mentioning again. Tons of free works, along with at least one version of the Bible and Logos viewing software — all for free! Thanks for the reminder, Sharon!
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FREE FLASH CARD & QUIZ SOFTWARE

blue question mark There’s no catch. Check it out at http://www.pcmag.com/utilities. Search for “FlashQuiz” and you’ll be glad you did. It’s a simple program that does one thing well — give multiple-choice tests or drill users in a format similar to a “flash card” style learning games. You can set overall time limits for the quiz, as well as time limits for individual questions. You can even decrease the score for a question if the individual takes longer to answer! Each quiz can contain up to 512 questions and questions can be presented in random order. The files and answers are encrypted — just to keep everyone honest. :-) So if you’re in the market for simple testing software, you won’t beat this price! :-)
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APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS

cd-rom Imagine having access to all the information needed to build a solar food dryer, start a fish farm, build a bamboo printing press, dig a well, harness biogass for energy, build a fuel efficient stove or do thousands of other projects. The AT Library gives you that access! Already in use in over 130 countries, the AT Library consists of 1050 of the most useful and relevant books on village-level do-it-yourself technologies–all on CD- ROM or Microfiche. In the space it takes to store a single book you can have an entire library. Subjects covered by the AT Library include: agriculture tools and techniques, health care, water supply systems, workshop tools and equipment, solar/wind/water/biogas power, small industry and management, forestry, disaster relief, transportation… classics like… Where There is no Doctor, the Foxfire series, and the entire Better Farming Series. The cost of the entire CD-ROM library with its 1050 books is $495 (less than 50 cents a book). For more information on the AT Library contact Village Earth at http://www.villageearth.org/ATLibrary/ or csvbdatvillageearthdotorg  (csvbdatvillageearthdotorg)   or in the USA or via Net2Phone call toll free 800-648-8043 or dial 970-491-5754.
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“PETER’S WIFE” IS BACK AND IS EVEN BETTER

WebWatch From a newsletter sent once a month by “snail mail” to a weekly email and web site, encouragement and help for missionary wives is still the focus, on the web at http://www.peterswife.homestead.com. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: pw-subscribeattopicadotcom  (pw-subscribeattopicadotcom)   Each week a new topic will be announced. Members send their responses which become part of the article written for the next week. Responses are then archived on the web site for everyone to read at their leisure.
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CALLING ALL YOUNG LEADERS

calendar Are you passionate in your pursuit of God above all else? Are you humbled by the fact that God is using you in a special way as a young leader? Do you have a vision for the next century that consumes all that you are? Young leaders from around the globe will be converging on Jerusalem at Celebrate Messiah 2000 – December 27, 2000 – January 2, 2001. The Celebrate Messiah Young Leaders gathering will give you the opportunity to connect with the new generation of Christian leaders in the land of your Biblical ancestors. Be a part of the Global Internet Dialog beginning this month and play a part in helping to shape the Young Leaders Manifesto that will be presented to the 3000 conferees and mission leaders that will be present in Jerusalem. For more information contact JHeaverneatisionlinedotorg  (JHeaverneatisionlinedotorg)  
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TRANSFORMATIONS VIDEO VIA YWAM

movie camera If you’re looking to purchase one of those “Transformation” videos (mentioned in the June 4th edition), you might want it in English. Check out http://www.ywam.org/books/vid_transf.html for the English copy at a substantial discount! Remember, I haven’t seen this, so you’ll have to evaluate it for yourself. Frankly, some readers thought it was monumental while others found it somewhat sensational. Be sure to preview it.
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INTRO TO BUDDHISM

calendar The Cross & Lotus: An Introduction to Buddhism and the Christian Mission will be offered from July 15-July 21 at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. This one-week intensive will expose you to the historic lessons drawn from Nestorian, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, and contemporary mission efforts as they are interwoven with an excellent overview of Buddhism as it is practiced throughout the world. Lectures, audiovisual presentations and actual visits to Buddhist temples and museums will give you a well-rounded educational experience. For more info. check out http://sonrise.faithweb.com or write JSNarniaataoldotcom  (JSNarniaataoldotcom)  .
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WEB-WATCH: BUDDHIST CENTER

WebWatch Sonrise Center for Buddhist Studies welcomes you to its new website at http://sonrise.faithweb.com which puts valuable training tools & resources for ministry to Buddhists at your fingertips. Access to vital maps, charts, testimonies, and short vignettes on historic missionaries to the Buddhist world are just the beginning of a virtual library of vital helps for you to reach out to your Buddhist neighbor with the Gospel.
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FREE SOFTWARE FOR TRACKING MINISTRY PARTNERS

computer New software helps missionaries keep track of financial and prayer partners. The best part is…it’s free! All names and addresses entered can be linked to a word processor for mail merges. The software is called RDMA (Resource Development Ministry Application) and will only work on Windows 95 or 98 systems. Point your web browser to http://www.angelfire.com/wi2/missions/ to download it. Any questions, send email to AldotSchaueratNetzerodotNet  (AldotSchaueratNetzerodotNet)  . Thanks Al!
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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

2000528 Brigada Today

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GET YOUR FREE COPY OF THE JP 2000 LIST TODAY

If you’ve got Adobe Acrobat Reader (free on the web), click to http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/jpllist.pdf for a free copy of the JP 2000 list. It’s the most up-to-date version available, straight from Dan the Man at AD2000 & Beyond in Colorado. Also, here’s the May update on our progress in seeing a church for every people…

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1592
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1110
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 525
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 253

Again, I won’t try to hide the fact that I’m disturbed… Disturbed that with only six months to go, we still have 1/3 of the list with no reported church-planting team on site and 20% of the list still “unclaimed!” If you’re interested in tackling a people group on the JP2000 list, click to http://www.ad2000.org and see how you can help today.

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A VIDEO TO TRY

movie camera Hey… if you’re searching for a new video to try, check out “Transformation, Prayer is Changing Cities,” written up at http://www.down-to-earth.de. Highly recommended by one reader, Mary Kay. I haven’t seen it yet, but judging from the praise in her note, relayed to us by Eric, it’s got to be a great one!
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FOR THOSE PLANTING CHURCHES AMONG JAPANESE

calendar The JEMA Church Planting Institute, established in 1994, has grown from 27 attenders at the national conference to 260 last year. CPI is an network of 60 or more agencies and denominations seeking church planting movements among Japanese. To date over 420 missionaries and Japanese nationals have been trained.

This year’s Japan 2000 CPI Conference will be held October 10-13, 2000 at the YMCA International Conference Center in Gotemba. There will be three training tracks (some with simultaneous translation into Japanese), electives, great worship, times of prayer, childcare, a resource center and much more. Get info by writing jemaatjemadotorg  (jemaatjemadotorg)   or JMehnatCompuservedotcom  (JMehnatCompuservedotcom)   or click on http://www.jcpi.net/.

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VIRUS HELP FOR OUTLOOK USERS

virus Hey… do you use Outlook or Outlook Express? Avoid Trojans all together. Turn off the preview pane. Open Outlook or Outlook Express and click on the “View” menu, then unclick “Preview Pane” as an option in Outlook. Outlook Express users will need to go through the extra step of clicking on the “Layout” menu first, then unchecking “Use Preview Pane.” Trust me… the folks in your address book will be glad you did. :-) Thanks Sharon!
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GET A GREAT VIDEO AT A GREAT PRICE

movie camera Reader Paul recommends asking for a missionary discount at Gaither Music. They might just volunteer to send free videos instead! Paul wrote, “I asked if it was OK to tell other missionaries about this. Julie Etchison replied, ‘We would be happy for you to tell your missionary friends about our complimentary products. Please be sure to tell them that if they need PAL format, they should specify that information at the time of request.'” Can’t beat that! You can find a listing of their products at http://www.gaithermusic.com. To request a video, write: Julie Etchison jetchisonatgaithermusicdotcom  (jetchisonatgaithermusicdotcom)  . Thanks much Paul!
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A WEB OF ONLINE DICTIONARIES

WebWatch Check out a new online dictionary, in 100s of languages, at http://www.yourdictionary.com. Thanks Tony!
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THE BACKPAGE: PLAYING WITH FIRE

[Today’s “Backpage” editorial is guest-written, in a way, by my good friend and colleague at Team Expansion, Chris Bushnell. Chris is our VP of Personnel and he just returned from a trip out of town. He sent me the note below just prior to boarding his return flight. I asked and received permission to share the email with you, but I’ve changed the names because it’s the principle I’d like you to hear about . . . not the person]

“Hi Doug. John and I had a powerful time today. I took him out for Mexican (his favorite), and we started talking. We talked during lunch and all throughout the 18-hole golf round. We kept talking … Actually he did almost all the talking – and I did the listening.

“It is so sad. He knows that his choices ruined his 18-year marriage – and the 20-year marriage of Louise, “the other woman.” He knows his kids will carry scars for life, as will Louise’s kids. He knows his decision four years ago has hurt many people. Four years ago, that is when he and Louise met and found in each other a spark that had been missing in their marriages. For four years they continued to feed that flame instead of fanning the flame in their own marriages. They kept it a secret. He says he just couldn’t bring himself to confide in me – but wishes he had. Those times he and I talked – and I asked how he and Jackie were doing with their marriage. He knows that just maybe he could have prevented the heartbreak if he had said “help.” He chose otherwise. And now, it’s too late.

“Today, he cried on the 10th hole when he thought about the way Jackie’s father hung the phone up on him, when he thought about the way his brother said, “I use to admire you,” how some dear friends wrote him and said, “Never call or write us again, you are scum.” How he will only see his kids a few times a year – and he missed all their soccer games this Spring. He knows he deserves it.

“We talked about grace, about sin, about learning from our mistakes, we talked about the need to keep the romance alive in our marriages, we talked about the endless capacity for selfishness and sin of the human heart and our need for accountability in our lives. We prayed together.

“John is paying the price for his mistake. Meanwhile the Evil One has laid claim on two more marriages. That scares, angers and saddens me. Tomorrow morning I am boarding a plane for Louisville. I am flying home to my sweet and beautiful wife. I can’t get there fast enough. Chris”

Hey… this is serious stuff. We’re playing with fire. Let’s realize that the people we meet are God’s children. I need to pray about it… and ask for courage. You do too. It’s too easy to forget that Satan wants to sift us as wheat. He’s a roaring lion. No one is exempt from his grasp. Let’s pray that we can reach a point at which we treat married women with respect and single women with the dignity and nobility they deserve… as God’s children. If we truly love them… truly… then we’ll want to love them in a truly right way… even if that means laying what feels good aside, and going through the motions of obedience, even if some of the feeling is gone at times. If “John” would have done that (in Chris’ note above), maybe he wouldn’t have helped rip apart two marriages. And another thing… remember that it’s not too late to start trying to do what’s right, even if you’ve made mistakes. Thank goodness we have a God who forgives. Pray for your mate… pray for anyone you’ve wronged… and pray for strength if and when you ever have the kinds of feelings that “John” had for “Louise.”

gulp Yikes. Be careful. It’s a jungle out there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20000521 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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FREE RANCH OVERNIGHT HOUSING FOR MISSIONARIES!

Can you believe it??? Starting June 1st, you can stay for free at Serendipity Mountain in the Cascades!!?!!! Jason, thanks loads for the great tip! This might turn out to be one of the coolest benefits of Brigada yet! To learn more about Jason’s “find”, just go to www.serendipitymountain.org/ministers.htm or write Dick dickatserendipitymountaindotorg  (dickatserendipitymountaindotorg)   — beginning June 1st. So, to review, that’s room, lodging, year-round activities, and seminars all for the same price…$ 00.00! I’d love to hear back once someone stays there! Thanks again Jason!
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A CORNER ON MISSIONARY TRAINING

graduation cap Check out CORNERSTONE Centre for Intercultural Studies’ new site — http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com (or email 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  . There’s still time to sign up for the English For Missions course that takes place from 17 July – 11 August 2000 and you can apply online.
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EAST COAST (USA) PILAT

graduation cap Program in Language Acquisition Techniques will offer a special summer east coast training session August 21-30 in Union Mills, NC. PILAT provides a wide variety of language learning techniques, trains the ear to hear, and prepares the mouth to reproduce sounds of other languages. Learn to become pro-active in language learning and acquire a Language Learning Kit filled with resources to help master language learning. Fills early so register soon. The instructors are Dwight and Barbara Gradin of MTI. Contact the Center for Intercultural Training at 800-887-1786 or 104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom  (104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom)   for more info or hit the web at http://www.citi.org.
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“MUST-HAVE” MISSIONARY BOOK-LIST

books John M. O’Malley’s ‘must-have’ book list (originally mentioned in ‘MUST READ’ BOOK LIST” in the 12 May 1999 edition of Brigada Today) has moved to http://ourworld.cs.com/mrjohnomalley. There are tons of great books listed there. . . For honesty’s sake . . . one should note that John’s ministry gets a “share” of the sales off the site . . . but hey… he’s entitled to something for compiling all those links to Amazon.com! :-)
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THE KUI OF THAILAND

People Teams An unreached people group in Thailand’s Northeast region (Isaan), the over 500,000 Kui do not know Christ. They are most known for their elephant hunting abilities. Less than 10 villages have Christians, leaving hundreds more with no witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Kui are animistic in religion and culture, yet Thailand’s national religion, Buddhism, is instrumental in keeping the Kui blind from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, pray for victory in the spiritual battle where the Kui are engulfed with animistic beliefs and the entrapment of Buddhism. Please pray for the production of a Jesus Film in the Kui language. Remember Kui Christians and pray that they would fervently share their faith, despite criticism. For more information email Edward at kuiadvocateatasiadotcom  (kuiadvocateatasiadotcom)   or visit http://www.peopleteams.org/kuiadvocate.
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IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING THE FREE CD…

cd-rom If Free CD For Third World Pastors” threw you for a looper last week, try this URL instead: http://www.schoolofministry.org/. We apologize for any inconvenience. The item was provided to us with a typo (“htto” instead of http).
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FREE CHURCH WEB SITE HOSTING

WebWatch Want a free website for your church or mission? Check out www.homestead.com. It’s probably the best free service.
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LANGUAGE LEXICONS FOR PALM OS

Beiks Software is the producer of BDicty, a muiltilanguage dictionary program for devices that use the Palm Operating System (Palm, Handspring, TRG Pro, IBM Workpad). A large variety of language lexicons are available, including Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. The public version of BDicty is free, as are demonstration versions of the language lexicons. The commercial version of BDicty is available for $10, and the lexicons range in price from $8 to $15. The best deal is to purchase the entire language library for only $69. All items, whether free or for purchase, are available for download at the Beiks website. For more information visit http://www.beiks.com or write supportatbeiksdotcom  (supportatbeiksdotcom)  . Thanks Larry!
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THE BACKPAGE: A CHRISTIAN LEADER FOR THE LORD

I’ve told you about how I’m just back from a Muslim nation in Africa. While there, I came across a young believe we’ll call Isaac [not his real name]. The story of how he came to know Christ is awesome. It all started when a gal from Sweden began serving at an orphanage some 20 years ago in his homeland. After years of laboring there, she was forced to evacuate when tensions arose in her town. It tore at her heart though! Who would take care of the children? Not knowing what else to do, she spent her last 4 days training one of the more mature young men, a 19-year-old, to become the director. She had taught him from age 12. For over 7 years, she had invested in prayer, Bible story-telling, and love. Now, only time would tell if he could pull off this challenge. With some 85% of the city destroyed, she had to escape.

Years later, she came back to the orphanage. The young man was much wiser, much more experienced, and . . . a very successful children’s home director. That young man was Isaac. Through her simple gospel testimony, many prayers, and years of witness, he accepted Christ. Now he’s 30 years old and his testimony is a powerful witness to other Muslims in his land. He’s taken part in special training programs and, through God’s power, about 20 other Muslims have become believers! So his group just might represent the world’s largest worshipping body of his people group — in the whole world! (Of course, there are probably only 4 or 5 “churches” from his people group anywhere in the world, as far as our research shows so far.) That makes this a Muslim “mega- church” for his group! :-) Praise the Lord for the faithfulness of that worker from Sweden!

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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THE WORLD OF ISLAM CD-ROM

cd-rom Whoa. This is big. GMI is about to release a strategic new missions resource for understanding Muslims and ministering in the Islamic context. This CD-ROM contains the full text of over 50 of the best books on Islam, seminary courses, an extensive bibliography, as well as photographs, maps and Web links. The result of a three-year cooperative project by Lausanne, ISIC, Fuller Seminary and GMI, the CD will be available in July 2000. Bulk-quantity discount prices (under $40) are available via a pre-publication offer from GMI through May 31, 2000. More information is available on the Web at http://www.gmi.org/products/islamcd.htm or contact Karen infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 or fax: 719-548-7459. As an alternative, since this is such a key resource, we’ve set up a Brigada autoresponder as well. To get a 6K email with more details about this resource, send a normal blank email to world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg  (world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg)  . Trust me — this is one you’ll want. So — you’ve got about one week to order at the discount price. Run (don’t walk) to your telephone or fax. :-)
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RETRIEVE THE NEW MONGO LISTS OF CHRISTIAN VIDEOS

Brigada autoresponder You can get them for free, in fact. If you’d like the list of Christian videos in English, just send a blank email to videos-englishatbrigadadotorg  (videos-englishatbrigadadotorg)  . A 145 K email message will zip your way. If, on the other hand, you’d like a list of Christian videos in Spanish, just write videos-spanishatbrigadadotorg  (videos-spanishatbrigadadotorg)   (61 K). To see a list of all our auto-responders, send a message to brigada-infoatbrigadadotorg  (infoatbrigadadotorg)   and catch the 4K file that sums up the listing.
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‘WINDOWS OF BOSNIA’ VIDEO AVAILABLE

movie camera This video is created from stirring still photographs. Sounds as if it’ll have a major impact on any crowd that views it. $20 US funds for NTSC, $28 US funds for PAL (European). Write kvakarenataoldotcom  (kvakarenataoldotcom)   to request a copy and work out payment.
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LEARN THE QUESTIONS OF CULTURE

question mark You may know the answer, but what’s the question? Learn how to discover the questions of culture and how to apply it in cross-cultural ministry anywhere in the world. “Applied Anthropology for Strategic Ministries” taught by Dr. Richard Lewis at the Center for Intercultural Training July 31 – August 14. Information and registration through CIT website http://www.citi.org or calling 800-887-1786.
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FREE CD FOR THIRD WORLD PASTORS

cd-rom Pastor Richard Lee in UK teaches the interdenominational School of Ministry. This is a 2-year-long part- time course on Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History and many other related topics. Subjects on which Christians may have different views are treated sensitively without dogmatism. Much of the material is online at: http://scm.schoolofministry.org. Most of the course lectures (plus many other relevant documents) are available on a CD. Richard would like to offer it free to Third World pastors and missionaries who have access to a computer with CDRom drive, but only have limited, expensive, or non-existent access to the Internet. Over 60 copies of the CD have already been sent out to many countries. To apply, email Richard at Richardatschoolofministrydotorg  (Richardatschoolofministrydotorg)  . Remember, if you have good Internet access, then please make use of the resource via the website instead. The offer of the CD is only for those who really really need it – please don’t abuse the offer. This part-time School of Ministry has limited resources.
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GET A PORTRAIT OF JESUS

cassette Audio Scriptures International (ASI) located in Escondido, California is urging people and ministries to incorporate using ASI’s Portrait of Jesus cassette or its “God’s Powerful Savior” cassette in their overseas planning You can check out these special arrangements from the Gospels in RealAudio on ASI’s WEBSITE, http://www.audioscriptures.org They’re up there in 85 different languages. Leaving behind a cassette in Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic or whatever, is a great way to seize an opportunity which may otherwise be lost! These cassette tapes are to the audio what the JESUS film is to the visual and they are very inexpensive! This is a marvelous opportunity that can easily be missed! What a wonderful way to enhance all types of social service ministries with Word content in whatever language communicates best! Check out their WEBSITE for more information.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE: TWO BANDITS FOUND JESUS

world globe “On the return journey after a seminar two and a half hours from Jayapura, we were held up by a number of young men demanding money. They told us that they would destroy our vehicles if we did not pay. We opened the window and gave them some money. One woman in the car asked one of the men ‘Do you go to church?’ ‘Where are you from?’ was his astonished reply. ‘From a seminar about the Kingdom of God,’ she told him. He replied, ‘Why don’t you hold the seminar here. Then we can be freed from our drinking.’ As he said that, I got out of the car, called him to me and asked ‘Do you want to be freed from drinking?’ ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘Do you know that you are a sinner?’ ‘Yes’. ‘That you need forgiveness?’ ‘Yes’. I then told him about what happened on the cross, and asked ‘Do you accept that for yourself? Do you want to be freed? Then let’s pray!’ He knelt of his own accord in the middle of the road. I knelt with him and started to pray. He gave his life to Jesus. His deliverance was visible; his body relaxed noticeably. We stood up together. He was a little ashamed of what he had done in the middle of the road, but bowed his head and hugged me. When we were done, one of the others was waiting to pray with me too. We left the bush with joy – two bandits had found Jesus!
(Source: Evangelist and Bible teacher William Lerrick, March, 2000, fax (+49)-7745-5739 via FRIDAYFAX Issue 19, 12 May, 2000 http://www.egroups.com/groups/FridayFax)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WEB-WATCH: INFO ON AIDS

WebWatch Have you seen the new and redesigned website from ACET (AIDS Care Education & Training). As well as information about ACET’s own work, the site offers free information of use to anyone working in or interested in the HIV/AIDS field:

  • AIDS News page updated daily.
  • HIV & AIDS Update – information summaries including UK and worldwide HIV & AIDS statistics – backdated to Feb 1996.
  • Feature articles profiling AIDS care projects from several countries around the world.
  • Links to other HIV/AIDS and general reference sites.
  • Basic facts about HIV & AIDS.
  • Downloadable publications and PowerPoint presentations.

Check it out at http://www.acetuk.org (Thanks Tony!!!)

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MAF-US TO OFFER AUCTIONS

MAF logo The first is online at http://www.spiritofla.org and the second, hosted by two well-known radio personalities, will take place over the radio on May 31, 2000, from 3-7:00 PM. The radio auction will be broadcasted from the Museum of Flying located at the Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, California, USA. Special admission discount to the museum, just mention MAF. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of auction items has been donated by Christian business, national and international ministries, lawmakers, and individuals throughout the USA. For more information on the auction please visit http://www.spiritofla.org or contact MAF-US, Redlands, CA, USA, Marianne Pielin at 909-794-1151, ext. 253 or email mpielinatmafdotorg  (mpielinatmafdotorg)  .
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CONNECT WITH A MINISTRY TO CHILDREN OF MISSIONARIES

Have you seen http://www.mkministries.com? It’s a service to Missionary children of all ages on the field — a place for them to be encouraged, write and receive letters, learn about other MK’s and where they are serving among other bits and pieces. Their mission statement is: “MK Ministries is an interdenominational Christian ministry for children of all ages who are on the mission field with their families. Its vision is to encourage, support and connect missionary children around the world through Internet, email and mail.” Check it out!!
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LEARN HINDUISM AND ISLAM

graduation cap Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon is offering a special intercultural training this summer: June 2 & 3, “The Challenge of Hinduism in Asia and North America.” Topics will include an overview of the Hindu world, Hinduism’s relationship to Christianity, Hinduism’s Westernization and its relationship to the New Age Movement, and contextually sensitive strategies for evangelism in the Hindu world and the West. In addition, June 5-9 will feature “An Introduction to Islam,” an introduction to standard Islam, including and overview of the life of Muhammad, the Qu’ran, the doctrines of Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, folk Islam, the main sects of Islam and the main approaches of reaching out to Muslims. Finally, June 19-23 will feature “Ministry to Children at Risk,” with the biblical mandate for ministry to children at risk, the course will address the needs of street children, those affected by AIDS, children in conflict situations, child laborers, and sexually exploited children. Ministry skills such as prevention, intervention, re-integration, and advocacy will be introduced, as well as how to “care for the care-givers.” To register or for more information, contact Jay Hadley disatwesternseminarydotedu  (disatwesternseminarydotedu)   or tel. 800-547-4546 in the USA or via Net2Phone.
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IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING GRACE…

lighting the way If you had trouble finding Grace’s website, try: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew instead. The one featured in a previous Brigada Today had been provided to us with an extra “/” in the URL and we failed to catch it in the proofing. Sorry!
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GET THE FINAL ANALYSIS

book Now you can read Final Analysis over and over! Get Final Analysis: A Decade of Commentary on the Church and World Missions, by Jim Reapsome, a 240-page hardbound volume with Jim’s top 100 “Final Analysis” columns from Pulse. To get yours, send a check for $14.95 for each copy to EMIS, P.O. Box 794, Wheaton, IL 60189 or fax your credit card orders to 630-752-7155 in the USA. (Provide your name as it appears on the card, account number, expiration date, and whether using Visa or Mastercard.)
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THE BACK PAGE: OPC PROTOCOL CAN WORK FOR YOU TOO

OPC logo Thanks for the great mail we get from time to time here at Brigada Today. In today’s “Back page” editorial, we’ll feature a note from a guy who is using Brigada’s “OPC Protocol.” (To get your own copy, write to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy will be sent to you automatically.)

“Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate someone at Brigada drawing up the OPC Protocol. I have been using it and forwarding it to those from whom I used to get streams of unsolicited forwards of forwards — some as many as 5 or 6 headers.

“When I get those I send the person from whom I have received the e- mail the entire page of the protocol. I received the an urgent prayer request from a missionary in South America concerning a missionary in Africa URGING me to send it on to my address book. I did not, and two days later he send another e-mail titled ‘Well, shut my mouth’ and included all the corrections to the rumor that had started circulating that had been sent him from the board of the man in Africa. Several weeks later I received the same original message from someone in Wisconsin. I sent them both the protocol and the man in Wisconsin the correction.

“Just this week I received the e-mail from someone in our church about a girl in PA that had cancer and was not expected to live. Before sending it on I checked with the first sender of that multiple forward and found that the matter was 18 months old, and God had indeed answered prayer for the girl. If you are interested in the story check their web page www.sunlink.net/~stefo/. That web page has had 84,920 hits since 05/06/98.

“Everyone that I have sent the protocol to seem to appreciate a mechanism to help them out too. I hope that is OK.”

Joseph — from Newark, Ohio [end]

That’s very okay, Joseph! Thanks for using the OPC protocol!!!

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

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

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THE COUNT: JP LIST UPDATE FROM AD2000

Joshua Project 2000 logo Here’s the count… Let’s start praying in earnest about how we can find folks to lay claim to the last 254 people groups that no one has adopted for the purpose of church planting. (Thanks to Dan for this update!) And once again… may I say that I find this list very disconcerting… since so many of us prayed for “a church for every people” (and we were asked to define that as a church of 100 people) on the Joshua Project list . . . and it appears that approximately 2/3 of the task has not been completed. Rats. rats face :-( I guess we need to set our sites on the future… Who will help us focus on finishing the task!

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1592
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1116
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 526
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 254

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GRACE’S COLLECTION

WebWatch You’ve probably seen her lists of resources, web links, and pointers. She sends them now and then via Brigada. But now you can get them in their very latest form, right off the web. Grace’s collection is now up and running at http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew.
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CHECK OUT CULTUREGRAMS

The free sample is worth the read each month, in and of itself. http://www.culturegrams.com
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FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR

graduation cap NorthStar Academy, an online school for TCK’s and homeschoolers, offers students in grades 7-12 a full academic programs based on a USA curriculum. We have students from 26 countries attending our classes via the internet, and students whose parents are with SIL/Wycliffe and New Tribes Mission receive special scholarships. Please contact Brett at brettatnorthstar-academydotorg  (brettatnorthstar-academydotorg)   for more information.
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CONFERENCE FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN

calendar Women of the Harvest, a magazine especially for women serving Christ cross-culturally, is holding a conference for missionary women in Quito, Ecuador. The conference will run from the evening of 27 October until noon on 29 October. Liz Curtis Higgs will be the speaker, Dr. Gerald Nelson will be the Bible teacher, and counseling will be available! The cost is $15 (your travel and accommodations are additional.) Email harvestmagataoldotcom  (harvestmagataoldotcom)   for registration information.
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SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS FOR MISSIONARIES

If your mission would like to sponsor a five-day SYIS workshop for your staff, or as an intermission project, contact Ken at kenatrelationshipskillsdotcom  (kenatrelationshipskillsdotcom)  . This ministry is sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators. Over 100 facilitators from 29 organizations have been trained to provide these workshops. Twenty-five workshops have already been scheduled for this year, in twelve countries. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for more details.
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RADIO BROADCAST RECOMMENDATIONS

The quarterly easy-English evangelistic paper SOON ( circ. 800,000) has a worldwide readership. They have started to give frequency details of Christian stations in the paper each time, and try to cover one geographical area of the world each time – there would not be space to do the whole world! For future issues, they would like recommendations for broadcasts in W Africa and E Europe. Please send any information to tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . SOON is available free to anyone who can use it, with similar papers in French, Swahili, Portuguese and German for learners: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/olympic.html
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PRAY FOR THE JULA OF MALI SCREEN SAVER

computer Have you heard about Hesed Interactive? They’re releasing Unreached People Group Screen Savers. The first highlights the Jula of Mali. The screen saver can be downloaded from Hesed Interactive’s web site at http://www.hesed.com/jula.htm. The screen savers in the project combine vivid photographs and beautiful music with prayer points for specific unreached people groups and are provided free of charge by Hesed Interactive as a service to the body of Christ. The screen savers are also updateable so that users can periodically install new content with timely prayer requests.
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SHORT-TERM CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING

graduation cap Over 30 Short-Term missionaries completed the 3 day Missionprep training in Toronto. Participants experienced a language learning component in Toronto’s down town ‘China town’. Now it’s time to register for the language acquisition seminar, 18-30 June. They also have a culture & language seminar 4-19 July in Toronto. All sessions are in Toronto. These sessions are really designed for missionaries going cross-culturally for one year or more. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or check out http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep.
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CHURCH PLANTING MODELS INTENSIVE

graduation cap Get your church planters ahead of the curve. A great tool for helping you understand which, if any, model is appropriate for your situation! This short one-week module in August will survey and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various church planting models used around the world. Identifies key factors which the church planter can implement in a context-specific, phase-out oriented church planting strategy. Trainer is Dr. Tom Steffen of Biola University and the workshop is offered August 21-25, 2000 in Union Mills. NC. Contact the Center for Intercultural Training at 800-887-1786 for more info. or look at http://www.citi.org. Other targeted training modules are also available.
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GOT SPANISH?

graduation cap Now you can get it! Try the Centro de Idioma Espanol (CIE). CIE offers programs for various levels, from one month to one year long for short-termers and for career long-term missionaries. Located in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the center is just five minutes from the border of El Paso, Texas. They use native profs so you’ll get the real thing. Write Ike cmfmexicoatcompuservedotcom  (cmfmexicoatcompuservedotcom)   or see http://www.cmfmexico.org. Or write P.O. Box 26998, El Paso, TX 79926. Tel. (in Mexico) 52-16-13-00-35.
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WEBWATCH: TAKE AN ONLINE LOOK AT THE 1040 WINDOW

WebWatch Have you checked out the 10/40 Window site at http://www.1040window.org? It’s a very effective page, with great “ambience”. (Make sure your speaker is turned on for the full effect.) Thanks to Tim for the tip!
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THE BACKPAGE: “YOUR HELL IS BETTER THIS HEAVEN”

I’m “out of Africa” now, having just arrived back in Louisville last night. It was great to see the wife and kids again. They’re great friends… and some of the people I met on this trip are now super friends too. Some I just can’t get out of my mind. I was there trying to help our organization link with others to help refugees in an area that is war-torn and ravaged by famine, conflict, and human tragedy. There was one young man whom we’ll call Mohammed. He said, “I saw all the bad things my people had done to each other. Yet, they all considered themselves good Muslims. Then I saw — even during the very civil war itself — Christian people from the USA and other Christian lands, trying to help us. All the warlords and Muslim religious leaders were telling us what bad people the Christians were, and that we shouldn’t listen to them if they try to tell us about Jesus. The Muslim clerics told us all these Christians were going to Hell and that only Muslims were going to Heaven. Then I’d hear gunfire in the night, outside my bedroom window.” Then he turned to me and swallowed hard. “I finally decided that if I had to make a choice, it looked like your “Hell” was better than the “Heaven” to which I was headed.” Today, Mohammed is helping write radio messages for the only Christian radio program being beamed into that Muslim region. Please pray for him and for all those who will hear the messages he’s helping to prepare. Thanks!
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VISIT THE LANGUAGE COURSE FINDER

graduation cap Thanks to Tony for the tip for those who need to learn another language! Just visit the Language Course Finder http://www.language-learning.net/. It lists more than 6000 institutions teaching 70 different languages from Arabic to Zulu in 81 countries. It’s free and can be accessed in 22 languages! Great idea… great way to put the web to work! Thanks again, Tony!
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VIDEO CD – A VERSATILE MEDIUM

cd-rom Looking for a new way to package your latest video outreach tool? Check out Video CD (VCD). VCD technology uses an ordinary CD but with an hour of video rather than just music. It is not at all widespread in US or Europe, but the format has apparently exploded across Asia during the last two years. The film ‘Titanic’ was reportedly available on VCD in Cambodia only five days after being premiered in US. Unfortunately, this spells big-time trouble for video publishing companies, since it’s so easy to “pirate” copies. But for those wishing to pass along a message of hope, it just might make a lot more sense than using traditional VHS! Check it out!
Thanks to Tony for the idea.
(Source: Web Evangelism Bulletin, May: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webevangelismbulletin.html )
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CONFERENCE FOR MISSIONARIES ONLY

calendar Living Word Missions is inviting all cross-cultural missionaries working full-time on the foreign field to its 4th annual ‘For Missionaries Only’ Conference, July 18-22, 2000 In Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference is free to those who pre-register. This is not a “missions conference” but a “missionary’s conference” – a gathering of full-time, foreign-field missionaries for five days of fellowship, training, resource sharing, and equipping. Free Doctor, Dentist and Chiropractor examinations are available. The conference will address such topics as Strategies for Reaching Unreached People Groups, Leadership Principles, Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings, and many other missionary-related topics. To register or for Info, please email imcatmissionarydotnet  (imcatmissionarydotnet)  .
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WEB-WATCH: EMMAUS ROAD SITE GETS A MAKEOVER!

WebWatch The site, http://www.eri.org, has taken on a new look, having transitioned from an informational to a resource site. Purchase resources in a shopping cart! Click on pictures for audio/video clips; follow the seminar schedule; read short term mission trip reports; download and distribute missions articles. ERI is an educational resource for cross-cultural ministry that can help you!
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IT’S FINALLY HERE! (DOCTORAL PROGRAMME)

graduation cap It just might be the Doctoral programme [sic British spelling :-) ] you have been waiting for. BSM’s new doctoral programme called Doctor of Intercultural Studies (D.I.S), is now being offered in Singapore. All of the Professors are learned people, have earned Doctorates and are well experienced in the Asian/African cultural context. The entire programme is done under the supervision of a Guidance committee. You can be sure that it is designed with the busy Christian leader in mind. Accreditation is through the International Council of Higher Education (Zurich) and the Acts Academy of Higher Education (Bangalore). Residence is required only for the first doctoral seminar which includes orientation for the entire programme. The first Seminar/orientation (one week) is planned for late November 2000. Interested? Apply to jdjlatmaildotcom  (jdjlatmaildotcom)   or bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg  (bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg)   ASAP!!
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“TOP FIVE TIPS” FOR AVOIDING EMAIL VIRUSES

virus Did you see the “I love you” virus? A ton of people did — and lived to regret it. Have you ever seen so much instant press over anything in your life? Here are the “Top Five Tips” for avoiding “Trojan horse” type “worms” or quasi-viruses:

  1. Don’t open attachments unless you simply have to. If someone sends you a newsletter via attachment, write the individual back and let him or her know that if they’d like for you to read it, to please insert the text in the normal email text. (Hence — we never accept Brigada Today items when sent by attachment.) Remember: “Just hit delete.” It’s kind of a fun feeling if you think about it. Ka-Boom! :-)
  2. Keep your “data files” updated on your virus checker (you are running a virus-checker, aren’t you? :-) ). Once every 14 days is probably a good rule of thumb.
  3. Examine your software settings to see if there are extra safeguards you can switch “on”. For example, in Microsoft Word 2000, go to “Tools|Macros|security” and make sure it’s set to “High”.
  4. If you have an alternative to Microsoft Outlook and you can use it, then consider using it! Our entire office has switched away from Outlook. So none of the Trojans that depend on the Microsoft Office hooks will work with our software.
  5. Back up your files. Back up your files. Back up your files. :-)

By the way, Dr. Jim at CBC&S recommended another free virus checker, if you haven’t already settled on one. Check out: http://support.cai.com/Download/virussig.html#ilavwin95a

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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH!

graduation cap Check out the Adventures in English materials the EFCM International Network has put together. Each of the 12 multi-level lessons (beginning, intermediate, advanced) follows a daily life theme and contains a vocabulary section, idioms, grammar, discussion topics and numerous related activities. New for 2000 are a completely revised entry-level curriculum and a second volume of NEW multi-level material called Exploring English. For more information or a sample of the 2000 materials, contact Don Erickson at 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)   or click to http://www.efcm.org/r3/adventures.html. Adventures in English and Exploring English teaching materials can also be purchased with a credit card at NextStep Resources 800-444-BOOK or http://www.nsresources.com by clicking on the EFCA Publications button.
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HAS ANYONE SEEN A NEW WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA?

book Around the end of March, several of us ordered a copy of the new World Christian Encyclopedia from Oxford Press (and others). I believe it was supposed to be released in early April. But, having heard nothing, I’m stumped. Is it done, or is it not? Anyone have any info? Among those who would love a copy ASAP: Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World and researcher Michael Jaffarian. Hey… I figure these kinds of guys need all the breaks they can get. Can anyone lend a hand and fill us in?
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THE BACK PAGE: SOMETIMES NOT “WHOM YOU KNOW” AFTER ALL

This week I’m in an African city (let’s leave it unidentified), trying to collect research for a long overdue Ph.D. dissertation, while soaking in info regarding opportunities and challenges for the sending agency with which I work. Today I listened to a testimony that reminded me somewhat of the old adage, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” But today I was struck by a slightly different truth: Sometimes it’s not whom you know; it’s how long you can keep on knowing him!

The testimony I heard brought tears to my eyes. Here’s a gal from Sweden who began serving at an orphanage some 20 years ago in a 10/40 Window nation (also best left unidentified). After years of laboring there, she was forced to evacuate when unfriendly forces began shelling her town. It tore at her heart though! Who would take care of the children? Not knowing what else to do, she spent her last 4 days training one of the more mature young men, a 19-year-old, to become the director. She had taught him from age 12. For over 7 years, she had invested in prayer, story-telling, and love. Now, only time would tell if he could pull off this challenge. With some 85% of the city destroyed, she had to escape.

Years later, she came back to the orphanage. The 19-year-old was much wiser, much more experienced, and . . . a very successful children’s home director. Since then, he’s taken part in a YWAM Discipleship Training School, along with two or three other YWAM programs, and now he’s helping raise up a group of believers among refugees from his homeland. The 20 or so believers in his group just might represent the world’s largest worshipping body from his unreached group. Whoa. He’s 30 now. But when he shares his testimony, I’m tellin’ ya, your heart can’t help but weep for his people… and your mind can’t help but think back to those long years that the Swedish gal invested in him. During all those years, I’m not sure she ever really saw any measurable fruit from her labor. I don’t know what she told all her supporters. But the time came when God’s plan became known to all. And now, years later, her determination is showing through.

Someone told me once that after you plant a seed for a bamboo tree, absolutely nothing happens the first year, or the second. In fact, for six years, it looks like you were just wasting your time. Then, one night in about the sixth or seventh year, a little green sprout pops it’s sleepy head up through the soil. For day after day, thereafter, I’m told that the bamboo tree can grow up to six inches per night!!! Think about that!

Oh… and guess what happened to that Sweedish gal. I bet you nearly forgot about her, didn’t you. :-) Well she didn’t forget. She never “grew weary in well-doing.” In fact, she’s laboring side-by-side with the boy she raised in the orphanage. Her determination, . . . her steadfastness, . . . her unstoppable energy . . . has made all the difference. Sometimes it’s not who you know; it’s how long you can keep on knowing him!

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

20000423 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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READ 240 WEB-BASED NEWSLETTERS AT ONCE!

WebWatch Want to see annotated links to editorials/articles about mission issues in 240+ web-based newsletters, magazines, and papers? Now you can. Recent articles include the first Islamic Internet Bank (formed to enable Muslims to invest more than $100 billion in companies that comply with Islamic law); drought in Afghanistan; an editorial by Jerry Rankin on partnership with local churches; and the wiring of every district in Maharashtra, India with Internet access. Check it all out at http://www.missionreview.com.
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THE JOY OF COMMUNICATING THE GOOD NEWS!

Just what you’ve been waiting for: communication planning made easier! Take a look at the whimsical and different communication strategy planning website for missionaries newWway.org. This month newWway has added some helpful articles from communication professionals, including several never before seen on the Internet from Global Media services MediaNet. The articles include production planning tips for advocacy brochures, newsletters, videos, and more. Learn some basics of communication planning, how to network for results, do surveys, etc. You can also get ready for stateside assignment with an article about “Mission Fair Savoir Faire.” Everything you liked from the last issues of newWway.org is still there and they have a new look too. As always everything on the site is free and fun! http://www.newWway.org
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ORDER DIRECTLY FROM AUDIO SCRIPTURES

cassette Audio Scriptures International is praising God for copyright permission given recently by Zondervan Publishing House for all ASI recordings using the NIV text. ASI’s narration of the entire New Testament was done in Singapore for a target audience whose first language is other than English. It is a beautiful narration, read at slightly slower speed with a careful interpretation as to the meaning of the text. It is listed on ASI’s catalog on their website, http://www.audioscriptures.org A beautiful album of this special reading of the New Testament is yours for a suggested donation of $20.00. Mailing address is: Audio Scriptures International, P. O. Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046 or make your request via the internet.
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NEWS WITH A RIGHT-SIDE-UP WORLD VIEW

letter and ligntening bolt If you’re interested in news from a Christian perspective, Charisma Newsservice can send a daily e- mail update (M-F, no holidays). Each day includes 3 short news stories and a “Persecution Watch”, relating a situation in a country where it is difficult to be a Believer. The news stories often relate to a unique outreach of a church, a celebrity (ie Payne Stewart), or a public policy story. For a free subscription, go to http://www.charismanews.com, enter your e-mail address in the “subscribe” area and then click on “subscribe”. (You can unsubscribe the same way).
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CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN EASTERN EUROPE/CIS

comic bearThe ROX35 COMIX trainings in Romania and Ukraine will be held on Saturday 10 June 2000 in Oradea and Tuesday 13 June 2000 in Kiev. For registration information for Romania contact: Lorri Compton at EEMTI 101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom  (101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom)   and for Ukraine please contact: Igor Agapov institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua  (institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua)  . These will be the only ROX35 trainings in this area in 2000, so all interested ministries and individuals in Europe, CIS, or the Middle East should plan to register now for one of these events. The ROX35 web site is located at http://www.rox35.org or send email to ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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2001PRAY – PRAY ‘ROUND AFRICA YES!

praying hands Some believers have felt led to organize a multi-denominational prayer commitment called 2001 PRAY. It is the desire of those to whom God has given this vision to sensitize the world to the great spiritual and physical needs on the continent of Africa, enabling them to become effective intercessors. All denominations and agencies are asked to seek God’s leadership in developing their individual plans for involvement in the joy and privilege of praying for Africa. Some suggestions which have been made are: One day of prayer for the continent of Africa on the 3rd of August, 2001; an emphasis upon prayerwalking in Africa, June – August of 2001 – a time when both young and old may be able to participate. God will surely bless the prayers of His people as they intercede on behalf of the unreached peoples of Africa. For more information see the website: http://www.2001Pray.org.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM NORTH AFRICA

world globe Most of North Africa’s Berber people are strong Muslims and oppose the gospel. One Berber woman has secretly helped translate the whole New Testament, the Jesus Film and children’s videos. She believes that God’s timing for her people has clearly arrived, and reports that many underground churches have started. Some time ago, she underwent surgery. The doctors accidentally gave her too much anesthetic, and she slept for 7 hours after the operation. When she woke up, the hospital staff told her that she had worshipped Jesus for hours – in her sleep! If Muslim fundamentalists had heard it, her life would have been in danger. Instead, the two Muslim nurses who had looked after her asked her how they could accept Jesus into their lives!
(Source: Partners International, http://www.partnersintl.org via FRIDAYFAX Issue 17, 28 April, 2000.)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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WAP THE GOSPEL

WAP device WAP is the new kid on the block. The latest generation of cellphones can access parts of the Internet by the WAP ‘Wireless Application Protocol’ technology.

Only sites written for WAP phones can be accessed – not ‘ordinary’ web- pages. The requirements for WAP pages are very different.

This new technology offers a fresh way of using the Internet to share the Gospel. Some believe that Christians should be in at the beginning of this latest communications revolution. The online Web Evangelism Guide has launched a growing section to explaining how Christians can use WAP http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/wap.html. Soon, evangelistic web-sites and church pages will be able to offer messages, news, and even audio/video direct to cellphone users. The future is here, and it is exciting!

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FREE VIRUS-CHECKERS

virus Yikes. gulp I’ve received 3 virus (“actually trojan horse worms”) programs via email in the past 2 weeks! Now there’s a new software available on the Net from which one can detect a lot of virus programs from emails one receives. If you’d like to “protect yourself”, download the software at http://www.grisoft.com and follow instructions. F-Prot is another antivirus program and F-Prot is totally free. Find it at http://www.complex.is/f-prot/.
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FREE COPIES OF THE 2000 EDITIONS OF INTO ALL THE WORLD

book That’s right! The “annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook,” and/or SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TODAY are still available for your use this spring and summer. Contact Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)  . Please request at least 10 total copies (between the two magazines). A modest invoice for the out-of-pocket S&H costs will be included. But, if you don’t have the budget but still need the magazines, just let Bill know that in your e-mail and the copies you request will be shipped.
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ISFM CONFERENCE: NOTE THESE DATES!

calendar The International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM) has announced its Fall 2000 Conference. All are invited and encouraged to attend. The dates immediately precede the EFMA Conference and will be at the same location. This will take place at the Simpsonwood Conference Center near Atlanta, GA and will begin Sunday, Sept 17 through Monday Sept 18 (The EFMA Conference begins Monday evening, Sept 18). More details will follow. For a brochure and registration form, contact Dave DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg  (DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg)   or call 626-398-2336.
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CATCH AN EXTRA “Z”

lighting the way Oops! Last week’s “WHO WANTS TO BE A KNOW-IT-ALL?” failed to include the two necessary “z” letters in abuzz.com . Once again, that site for questions and answers is http://www.abuzz.com. Please forgive any inconvenience!
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STRATEGIC NETWORK IS SUCCESS

WebWatch Don’t forget to check out http://www.strategicnetwork.org. They have the capacity for you to post prayer items, web links, newsletters, documents, host discussion groups, and much more. If you would be interested in moderating a web site for a particular people group, please contact Justin JustinLongatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (JustinLongatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  , or write his capable assistant, KristinReegatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (KristinReegatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  . (this goes ditto for anyone else wanting to host an area). We can set up a quick reference like http://kui.strategicnetwork.org too.
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THE BACKPAGE: MANY HANDS MAKE FOR LESS WORK

open hand open hand open hand open hand open hand open hand

Recently six of our International Services staff at Team Expansion teamed up to carry a giant log out of our office’s back yard. None of us could have possibly lifted it individually, but with 6 of us heaving together, it actually didn’t seem all that heavy for any of us.

Life is like that too, you know. The old phrase, “Many hands make for less work,” rings true time and time again. Just think about it. . . we still have hundreds of millions of people who haven’t even heard about Jesus for the first time. For any one church or mission to tackle the whole globe — well it would be outlandish! But with God as our helper, standing shoulder to shoulder, one people group at a time, we’re seeing progress! Some researchers believe world evangelism really hit stride during the 90s . . . and that as far as making a difference among the unreached, the last 10 years have been among the most effective in recent history.

How ’bout your church or mission? Are you “sold out” to making a difference among some unreached group(s)? If not, why not? Many hands make for less work. Just ask Nehemiah . . . who attempted a seemingly impossible task. Nehemiah chapter 3 is a kind of “hall of fame” of all the folks that joined hands to complete the task.

Let’s dedicate ourselves anew to the awesome task of finishing the Great Commission. If we lift the load together, many hands will truly make for less work!

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For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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

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

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

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

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CHRIST IS RISEN – HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!

May Resurrection Sunday be a blessed day in the lives of you and those you love! While serving in what used to be called the Soviet Union back in 1991, my family and I were struck by the greeting our friends used on Easter Sunday. “Christ is risen,” someone would say. The “official” answer was “He is risen indeed!” On this Easter weekend, 2000, we pray for peace on earth… and that all those on this earth would finally have access to the peace that can come through knowing Jesus Christ as savior and redeemer.
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JUST FOR FUN: EASTER EGGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD

Brigada autoresponder Okay… so what do mission-types do in their spare time on Easter weekend? Well, at least one (in Northeastern Ohio, USA) collects surprises for us! :-) Walle wrote this weekend to provide us with a whole basket full of what are commonly called “Easter eggs” — special features in the programs you’ve been using all along, “features” you didn’t know you had! :-) You’ve got to see these to believe them. What do they communicate? One thing for sure. Some conclude that these programmers have a sense of humor. Others say they have too much time on their hands. :-) Still others say it just contributes to the “code bloat” that we already complain about when we see software coming on 4 CDs! No matter how the eggs crack though, I guess these programmer guys and gals type on their keyboards way into the night, coding the zillions of lines of programming… so when they’re nearly done, they want to leave a kind of “secret passageway” into a trademark or a special picture or special credits or whatever. It’s like finding a “trap door” in your computer! Walle’s collected a whole batch — and links to still others. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, get his 4K list of items in Windows 98, Excel, Internet Explorer, Netscape, and more, just send a note to easter-eggsatBrigadadotorg  (easter-eggsatBrigadadotorg)  . Okay, okay . . . I know… it’s kind of silly. But hey… being a missionary-type isn’t all work and no play! :-) Thanks Walle!
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REGISTER FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION CONNECTION

Become a part of a worldwide movement of The Holy Spirit, in a fast track fulfillment of the Great Commission, co-laboring with Southern Baptist International Mission Board, Campus Crusade for Christ and others. Send your name, church, people group, para-church ministry, or individual registration. Receive from Sharing Christ Ministries, the Great Commission Package, Contact Sharing Christ Ministries at flasecretaryataoldotcom  (flasecretaryataoldotcom)  , at 904-615-1411 or visit the website at http://www.sharechrist.org.
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LAY PERSONS AND MISSIONS PERSONNEL

lighting the way Campus Crusade for Christ is continuing to ask for assistance with a leadership research project. They need a large number of people to fill out an anonymous on-line survey to help test the questionnaire items. You need not be a missionary — laypersons are welcome to participate. The web address in last week’s Brigada did not work for all e-mail clients, so please use http://home.ccci.org/cccsurvey/index.html. The more people who fill it out, the better, so pass the word! The survey will be available until May 5. Those who participate will be able to see some of the results online.
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WEB-WATCH: TRACTS IN SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES

WebWatch Ever notice the way the web has “leveled the playing field” for start-up ministries, right along side the “heavy hitters” in a particular industry? For example, visit http://www.multilingual-southasian.com if you need tracts and booklets in Tamil or some other South Asian language. How would we have ever heard about these folks without the web? But do they have to be a big shop to have an online catalogue for global marketing? Not any more. The Internet has opened their shop for global business!
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NEW LAW PROTECTING KIDS ON THE WEB

WebWatch Interested in learning more about the new law that went into effect April 21, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)? Sharon shindleatptddotnet  (shindleatptddotnet)   pointed out that we can click on http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm for more information. Thanks Sharon!
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FOR THOSE SEEKING INFORMATION ON ISLAM

Keith wrote this past week to recommend “Call of Hope” and its two associated ministries. They carry materials in the largest twenty Muslim languages, with hopes of providing Muslims (and those sharing with them) more information about the person of Jesus and His hope for mankind. He spoke very highly of Call of Hope, Germany infoatcall-of-hopedotcom  (infoatcall-of-hopedotcom)  , http://www.call-of-hope.com; and The Good Way, Switzerland, infoatthe-good-waydotcom  (infoatthe-good-waydotcom)  , http://www.the.good.way.com, and Light of Life, Austria, responseatlight-of-lifedotcom  (responseatlight-of-lifedotcom)  , http://www.light-of-life.com.
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NEW PRAYER NETWORK

praying hands Netprayers is the new Christian prayer network at http://www.netprayers.org (English) and http://www.netprayers.de (German). Netprayers wants to encourage Christians to pray more and pray with more joy — and with the pace of their site’s development, I’d say they stand a good chance! Lots of resources there… and more coming all the time. The goal is to “strengthen the body of believers to the glory of God.” Netprayers wants to “provide a pool of resources for the praying Christian.” You will find news, tips and hints, resources and articles on prayer on our website — and it’s all done very attractively, too, I might add. A country almanac will start soon. They also support different prayer sites on the web, such as the lighthouse movement, NPPN, etc. For more information, contact Achim blacksteinatnetprayersdotde  (blacksteinatnetprayersdotde)  . This site must originate in Germany. Great work Achim!
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TRY A MOTORHOME ON YOUR NEXT HOME SERVICE!

Brigada autoresponder Okay… so now you’ve heard everything, right? :-) But I’m serious. I received a note this past week from Marco marcodotdefeliceattindotit  (marcodotdefeliceattindotit)  . He’s a strong believer in missionaries using motor homes during their furloughs (or, as some say these days, “home service”). He wrote up his views and we’ve put them into an autoresponder. Just write motorhome-serviceatbrigadadotorg  (motorhome-serviceatbrigadadotorg)   if you’re interested in getting his 6K document. I realize that this way of thinking will fit in best in a Western setting . . . but we figure over half our readers are from the West anyway… so we offer this item without apology, in case others find motorhome-service as fulfilling as Marco. Interested? Send the email & get the article.
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NOT TO LATE [BUT ALMOST!] TO LEARN ABOUT HINDU PEOPLES

The Institute of Hindu Studies and the India Center for Mission will be conducting a 10 hour Hindu Awareness Seminar on April 28 from 6 – 9 p.m. and 29th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. If interested, call (626)398-2314 or email ihsatuscwmdotorg  (ihsatuscwmdotorg)   for more details.
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CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COMES TO EASTERN EUROPE/CIS

comic bearThe ROX35 COMIX training schedule for 2000 includes 1 day seminars in both Romania and Ukraine. These introductory courses will cover Writing & Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. (It is not a drawing course.) Christian writers, artists, and publishing executives will benefit from these seminars. The trainer will be Nate Butler, a 20+ year veteran of the cartooning and comics industry (Archie, Marvel, DC, Muppets, etc.). For registration information on the Romania seminar please contact: Lorri Compton at EEMTI 101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom  (101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom)  . For the program in Ukraine please contact: Igor Agapov institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua  (institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua)  . These will be the only ROX35 trainings in this area in 2000, so all interested ministries and individuals in Europe, CIS, or the Middle East should plan to register now for one of these events. The ROX35 web site is located at http://www.rox35.org or send email to ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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WHO WANTS TO BE A KNOW-IT-ALL?

These days, you can find out a lot if you know where to pose the question. The web has opened up a world full of information. Check out http://www.abuzz.com, where you can pose questions to a circle of users. The answers are sent via email. Then there’s http://www.askme.com, where you ask “experts”, who answer you directly. These seem better than http://www.knowpost.com, where some answers can seem pretty useless.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW CAN WE USE THE WORDS “ETHNIC CLEANSING?”

The more I see of so-called “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia & Kosova, the more ridiculous I view the concept. How in the world can any one man or ethnic group be so presumptuous as to think that another man or ethnic group deserves to be wiped off the face of the planet merely because of heritage or language. In about 10 days, I’m scheduled to leave for a country in East Africa where literally hundreds of thousands of tribal people have been murdered in the name of clan in-fighting. I’m reading everything I can get my hands on . . . but again, I’m stymied. What is it about the parts of humanity who claim to have the corner on which other parts of humanity to eliminate? I mean… there certainly are folks with whom I would disagree… but it never occurs to me to burn their house down in hopes they’ll move to a different country!!!

So then I got to thinking… How much more acceptable is it for me to sit back and let those kinds of injustices go on in our world today! Is it any wonder that various national leaders have recently been rising to the task of sending in troops to put a stop to ethnic-based rape or torture? I’m afraid we as church leaders have, for too long, left these questions up to political leaders. We’ve somehow divorced ourselves from the core of the conflict. We’ve remained ignorant at best… or apathetic at worst… to “big-picture” problems involving such national movements.

So when I land in this East African nation, I’m going to be asking… what piece can I play… what [even small] part could I contribute… How could the organization with which I serve be involved in healing even one small community rift… if God would allow.

Somehow it seems that if all of us asked those questions, in all the different parts of the globe in which we live, the world would somehow be a better place.

I won’t be happy until the term “ethnic cleansing” is relegated to the history books, rather than being prime-time on the evening news.

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

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

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GREAT NEW SITE TEACHES FOREIGN LANGUAGES ONLINE!

WebWatch What’s the sum of two guys who each speak five languages, attended Harvard Business School, and worked as McKinsey consultants? Parlo. http://www.parlo.com that is. The new Web company they started is trying to be a “Berlitz of the Internet,” offering foreign-language courses to students worldwide. It hopes to attract students by offering ways to study language and culture using audio and graphics technology, and to create Web communities through chat rooms and email. “It’s a lot more than classic textbooks and CD-ROM,” says Varun Bedi. Thanks to Neil for the tip. I enrolled in the Spanish class, just to see how far I could go . . . and it was great fun!!! Check it out!!!
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NEW ROSETTA STONE LANGUAGES AVAILABLE ON CD ROM

cd-rom Okay – so say you don’t want to study language only on the web – you want a real CD that you can pop into your computer. Never fear… Rosetta stone is here. Hindi, Arabic, and Turkish Language CD’s are some of the new languages that are available from The Rosetta Stone Language Library. They are available exclusively for missionaries through Mission Training International at a low discount price of $99. plus shipping. This brings the total to 24 languages that are available. To place an order, call 800-896-3710 (if you live in North Am.) or 719-594-0687, or email MInternataoldotcom   (MInternataoldotcom)  . For more information concerning Mission Training International, go to http://www.mti.org.
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CAPITAL FOR YOUR VENTURE?

dollar sign A “Kingdom” venture capital group is raising funds to be invested solely in enterprises of exceptional merit which are operating or preparing to operate in or in support of the 10/40 window. The group is now searching for top grade businesses which will meet standard venture capital expectations — e.g., a promise a likelihood of return on investment and a clear vision with an executable ministry function, preferably to include church planting, evangelism, or discipleship. The group’s involvement will include both management and ministry guidance; it will not be a “loan,” but an investment. Minimum investment will be $100,000. If you or any colleagues know of opportunities to investigate, contact vcatoperatorservicesdotcom  (vcatoperatorservicesdotcom)  .
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HELP WITH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP RESEARCH

Campus Crusade for Christ is developing a leadership assessment tool, for which they need some assistance. It’s in a research phase, and they need a large number of people to fill out an anonymous on-line survey to help test the questionnaire items. You need not be a missionary — lay persons are welcome to participate. The web address is http://home.ccci.org/cccsurvey/index.html. The more people who fill it out, the better, so pass the word! The survey will be available until May 5. Those who participate will be able to see some of the results online.
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IJFM MAKES SPECIAL OFFER TO BRIGADA FAMILY

book The International Journal of Frontier Missions (IJFM) is publishing two (possibly three) Special Editions on Muslim Contextualization this year. They’re inviting Muslim focused mission agencies and workers to submit articles (get guidelines by writing 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  ). To celebrate, they’re giving away three Special Editions on Islam free of charge (if you become a regular subscriber of the IJFM). To qualify, you have to take out a new three year subscription worth $40.00US. Just ask for the 3 free issues and you’re in business! (If you’re in a sensitive area, write the CServe address above and they’ll work out an encrypted email to you.)

While you’re at it, they’re promoting some special training for cross-cultural workers, too. So if you’re interested in that kind of thing, ask away — 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  . Thanks IJFM!

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FINAL ANALYSIS: GREAT BOOK!

book If you’ve been a fan of Jim Reapsome’s editorial column in Pulse newsletters, you’ll love the book by the same name, Final Analysis. It’s a 240-page hardcover compilation of tons of his Pulse write-ups. Lots of thought went into those pieces… and the book brings them all together. It’s $14.95 from EMIS emisatwheatondotedu  (emisatwheatondotedu)  , fax 630-752-7155.
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WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA: PAY THE PIPER

lighting the way Evidently, there’s no free lunch. Stan contacted us this past week to let us know that the discounted site we had mentioned a couple of weeks ago (was it “Bigbooks.com?”) wasn’t able to get a discount on Barrett’s World Christian Encyclopedia after all. But fortunately, Oxford has renewed their special offer to Brigada customers. Again, mention that you saw it in Brigada and ask for the special introductory offer until the end of April ($70 off the US$395 price). Apparently that’s the best we can do. In the USA, call toll-free 800-451-7556; in Canada, dial 800-387-8020. Elsewhere, use 212-726-6453 or write intlsalesatoup-usadotorg  (intlsalesatoup-usadotorg)   or browse http://www.oup.com.
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HOW DO MISSIONARIES GET LOANS FOR HOUSING?

Jason’s a missionary CCIBrasilatxcdotorg  (CCIBrasilatxcdotorg)   and he needs to buy a house. But nobody in his host country will loan to him because he’s a foreigner there. Got any ideas for him? (Jason, email us a report if you get some tips, okay? Best of luck. We’ll publish the tips here later for all to see.)
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MISSIONARIES FEEL GUILTY TALKING ABOUT VACATIONS

Several readers wrote, asking why in the world I (Doug) felt guilty talking about my family taking a vacation. (Remember I felt the need to clarify that we paid for the airfare with frequent flyer miles.) I guess there’s the kind of fear that present or potential supporters will think, “Hey… if the guy can vacation in a rainforest, near a volcano, why should we support him or his mission?” :-) So the readers wrote to say not to sweat it. They wanted it to be a normal thing to talk about real family vacations. They’re probably right . . . but I still feel guilty. :-) Still, I’ll try to lighten up. :-) And the truth is, we could have never afforded the trip if we were to have had to pay for it with real money. Oops — there I go again. :-)
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SHARING GOD’S LOVE WITH A CANADIAN

graduation cap Ivan wrote this past week to invite those who live in the Greater Toronto Area to a set of Saturday classes regarding the beliefs of Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. Those participating will broaden their understanding and appreciation of these world religions with the hopes of being better friends and neighbors. Some graduates of the course might also learn to share their own views of God in more appropriate ways. The deadline for applications is May 1. Better contact Marty today at 800-295- 4158 or imdotmartydotfriskatsympaticodotca  (imdotmartydotfriskatsympaticodotca)  .
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GO TO THE NETHERLANDS TO BRUSH UP YOUR ENGLISH

graduation cap Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies in the Netherlands is offering the course English For Missions at intermediate level, for future missionaries, other missionaries who need to brush up their English, those interested in missions or heading for bible college, and even parents of missionaries who plan to visit their kids. Dates are 17 July – 11 August 2000. Their asking 800 Dutch Guilders (ask for info on special prices for students/missios) everything included. It includes up to 3 hrs of classes and 3 hrs of practical work a day in an English speaking environment. For more info on the college or course go to http://www.WEC-int.org/cnrstone or write 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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THE BACK PAGE: “DISABLE WINS RESOLUTION”

I couldn’t believe it. I had just picked up a brand new Dell 3800 laptop. It was a great little machine… and fast too. But … it just wouldn’t download my email. I tried everything. I mean . . . I probably stayed up for 3 nights in a row, ’til like 2 or 3 in the morning, trying to reinstall this or reconfigure that. I called my Internet Service Provider (good ‘ole Netcom) and, with all due respect, the first two reps. with which I talked were pretty clueless. They tried basic stuff… but it was obvious they were blaming it on my install of Windows or on the modem or whatever. That was when I met Sherry. She was the third Netcom tech I had called. I was getting desperate. Email was bound to be piling up. But this nasty error 501 kept showing up. She did some checking, then came back and directed me to the properties of my Network Neighborhood. (“Great,” I thought. “Like 20 other people haven’t already checked there.”) This time, she told me to click on the properties for my TCP/IP connection… then to click on the “Wins Configuration” tab. (I’m sure this must be standard stuff you check every time you have this problem, right? :-) ) Then she popped the question: [don’t worry; my wife didn’t mind a bit!] “Is your Wins Resolution disabled?” Well honestly, no one had ever asked me that before! Not my buddies Eric or Chris… not our I.T. guy Todd, not my wife Penny, nor either of my sons Chris or Caleb… In fact, nobody had ever questioned my Wins Configuration! (Imagine!) Well, you can already guess what happened. Sure enough, I disabled it (whatever Wins Configuration is!), causing my laptop to whir and churn a bit… then restarted. Lo and behold… for the first time in days, I got email!

So I asked Sherry — how was it that she knew how to help me yet her other two compadres had come up empty-handed? She replied, with a seeming shrug of her shoulders, “I’ve helped someone else with it before!” :-)

I got to thinking, later, as I was writing a thank-you note to Netcom for Sherry’s wisdom, isn’t it like that in life? Sometimes the answers are out there. Just the right language program. Just the right orientation. The correct strategy. The exact person we need for the job. The trouble is . . . finding them.

People tell me that a big company in Detroit once hired Henry Ford to come fix their big motor that powered their entire factory assembly line there in Michigan. Henry Ford was there about 5 minutes, listening to the motor. He shut it down… made one adjustment, then fired it up again and it worked like a charm. Apparently the owner was amazed. However, when he got Henry Ford’s bill for $10,000, his amazement quickly soured. $10,000!!!??? He called Henry and asked why so much. After all, it only took him 10 minutes to solve the problem. Henry replied that the answers needed to fix the engine had taken a lifetime to learn. Would the owner have paid him $10,000 if it had taken a month to repair? The owner replied “Probably.” Then Ford responded, “Then the bill remains. $10,000.”

I tell this story not to run up your next consulting fees. :-) (Though, by the way, my sending elders just voted me a 7% raise! :-) ) Rather, I’m trying to make this point: Experience is certainly worth its due payment. As mission agencies and churches, for too long, we’ve underpaid our missionaries and helpers. As a result, they’ve had to rely on the charity of others to survive during sickness, retirement, and in the special challenges of life. I was shocked recently to learn that the average salary in the business world for someone with a Masters Degree was $60,000+. I know tons of missionaries with MA degrees who are very contented with $30,000/year. (Needless to say, I’m nowhere near the $60,000 mark and I’m nearly done with my Ph.D. :-) )

So if the Lord blesses your church, why not contact your missionary or missions agency today and suggest a raise for your favorite worker. Then, as you help them up off the floor, tell them you’ll help pay for the increased financial burden, if God so blesses you — and . . . maybe watch the tears form in their eyes… tears of joy. If they’re churning the grain, don’t muzzle the ox. That is . . . if they are the type to remember to have you check your “wins configuration.” :-) That is the kind of person to make sure you treat with special consideration!!! :-)

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For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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

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

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

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

20000402 Brigada Today

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LAST WEEK’S EDITION MISDATED

Brigada Logo I guess it’s better to be early than late… but last week’s edition of Brigada Today took things just a little too far! :-) Our apologies! (The issue date should have been March 31st . . . but it went out with a date of April 7th.) We dated this issue April “7b” because now there’s no way to correct last week’s snafu. Actually, I was several thousand miles away from home on a family vacation while composing, sleep-keyboarding and sending the text. I’m surprised I remembered my name! :-) Again, we apologize for any confusion.
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LATEST FROM THE JOSHUA PROJECT

Joshua Project 2000 logo Faithful Dan… If anybody ever wanted a consistent data manager, this guy would be the guy. From the AD2000 & Beyond International Office in Colorado Springs, Dan Scribner has released the current status of the Joshua Project list as of this month:

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1591
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1115
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 528
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 255

You’ll recall that this listing focuses on ethnolinguistic people groups of 10,000 or more with fewer than 5% Christian and 2% evangelicals.

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THE BASICS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING OVERSEAS

graduation cap Columbia International University will be offering a course on the basics of English language teaching overseas from June 5th to the 14th, 2000. This course is an introduction for volunteers teaching English overseas. It is designed for the native-English speaker and includes info on principles, course and lesson planning, and the four macro- skills of language – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also discussed is the role culture plays in language learning and the importance of cross-cultural sensitivity in ELT ministry. For more information, please contact Joe JLeTexieratciudotedu  (JLeTexieratciudotedu)   or call 800-777-2227, or visit their website at http://www.ciu.edu/.
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TONS OF IDEAS FOR MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISING

Brigada autoresponder Kevin held up his end of the bargain (Thanks Kevin!). Now you can benefit. To read Kevin’s great summary of resources and approaches for funding short-term mission trips, just send an email to fundraisingatbrigadadotorg  (fundraisingatbrigadadotorg)   and our the autoresponder service will zip a copy of the 28K file forthwith to your inbox. Way to go Kevin! We’re anticipating that this will be one of our most popular autoresponders ever.
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SURVEYING THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES

Tentmaking Quarterly Research is conducting a survey to gain a clearer understanding of what is happening among the unreached — and especially in the 10/40 Window. Organizers say that the information is secure. More information and the survey itself may be found at: http://tmq.antioch.com.sg. The great part is . . . you don’t have to give your name nor the country in which you live. But as always, please give only the information you’re comfortable providing.
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… AND SURVEYING THOSE WHO ARE ADVOCATES

More and more media are being used by teams to raise various types of support. In order to take a look at the state of the communication process a missions researcher is conducting a survey project. The web-based survey only has 14 questions, mostly checking boxes. You can access the survey by clicking the link below, or pasting it into your browser address window. The website results are on a secure server that can only be accessed by password. You will not need to give your name. The author is pleading for participants for the survey which ends in May. Act fast and click the link below! http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?EP741GKA08LJJSHHVL4Q9HCF
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NEW RESOURCE FOR PASTORS & INTERCESSORS!

Authors Eddie & Alice Smith are offering a new resource for pastors and intercessors interested in developing meaningful ministry partnerships. For more information, send a “blank” email message to: partnershipbookatusprayertrackdotorg  (partnershipbookatusprayertrackdotorg)  .
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REACH IMMIGRANTS BY RADIO IN THE U.S.

According to friends at Global Radio Outreach, the FCC has a new radio service called “Low Power FM” allowing for small, cheap FM stations in gaps between regular ones. It’s a community radio service, but would permit stations in cities, where huge concentrations of immigrants live. Missionary broadcasters already produce programs in their languages for use overseas, but could now re-use them to reach multiplied millions of immigrants! However, there’s a bill in the House to kill LPFM before it starts. It seems sure to pass unless we act. Pray that the bill fails! And call your congressman and ask him/her to kill Rep. Oxley’s bill against LPFM! Talk to an aide if you can. For info contact Mike Bond, Global Radio Outreach, 906-226-2129 gloradoutataoldotcom  (gloradoutataoldotcom)   or see the FCC’s website at http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/.
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WORLD LANGUAGE MATERIALS

Multi-Language Media sells a large assortment of Christian materials for evangelism, discipling, and personal devotion in dozens of languages both common and obscure. Their 2000 catalog is 48 well organized pages loaded with scriptures, videos, books, tracts, Bible studies, music recordings and other Christian materials in about 100 languages all at attractive prices. They’re on the web at http://www.multilanguage.com or email them via mlminfoatmultilanguagedotcom  (mlminfoatmultilanguagedotcom)   or write Multi-Language Media, PO Box 301, Ephrata PA 17522, 717-738-0582.
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BRIGADA-OPPORTUNITIES CAN OPEN DOORS

Brigada Logo Looking for something to do this summer? Check out Brigada-Opportunities! There you’ll find, for example, opportunities in China and in St. Petersburg, Russia (for those with some teaching experience). They need ESL teachers for teaching English to High School Students and Teachers of English beginning July 2. Contact infoatmfestdotbcdotca  (infoatmfestdotbcdotca)  . Or other options in South Africa, Venezuela, Bolivia, Varanassi (India).
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COMMUNICATION PLANNING IDEAS

WebWatch A new website for missionaries in media-saturated environments is underway. http://www.newWway.org is building a helpful resource for communication planning. This free web- based educational ministry gets tips from professional marketers, advertisers, researchers, public relations professionals, and more to help teams in communication planning. Missionaries will learn design basics, strategic planning and other communication tips all taylor-made to fit with the missionary’s planning process. You’ll enjoy the article by former Madison Avenue advertiser Ginger Sinsabaugh tells, “How to Advertise Your Faith”. Check it out!
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CROSS-CULTURAL PREP. IN TORONTO

graduation cap Are you preparing to go overseas as a Short Term or career missionary? MissionPrep in Toronto, Canada has cross-cultural training to meet your needs. Consider their 3-day Orientation 4-6 May or their Language training 18-30 June. A generic cross-cultural training seminar 4-19 July will help develop your skills to face many of the adaptation issues most missionaries face. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or browse http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep.
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THE BACK PAGE: OUR FAMILY, TRIED BY THE VOLCANO

I had always heard of those chilling tales about how a whole village would throw someone’s firstborn into a volcano to appease a god or goddess . . . but I never thought I’d become one!!! This past week, we visited a live volcano on a family vacation. [Before you jump to conclusions, let me hasten to add that we paid for it almost entirely with frequent flyer miles! :-) ] Although nobody said a word about human sacrifice, at one point, things grew pretty tense.

We arrived about sundown at what we had been told was the scene of the lava flow. However, all we could see was a faint red glow in the shimmering sky, just over the hill off in the distance. We immediately took off walking across the brittle lava formations. They crackled under our feet and, at times, we had to edge our way around steep cliffs or leap over gaping fissures. It was strange knowing that we were walking on earth that was less than a year old.

Caleb, our youngest, wasn’t too sure about the wisdom of our hike. We had come here primarily because of his interest in the fiery infernos, but now that it was dark . . . and what with that red glow in the sky looking pretty ominous, I think he would have just as soon taken home a postcard.

But the ridge looked so close… I estimated it was only a mile or so away. We soon reached a boulder-sized formation, still cracklin’-fresh with crunchy black glass-like deposits throughout. We climbed to the top and stood in awe of God’s power. After a few moments of sobering silence, I asked if anyone thought we should walk on, toward the ridge. By now it was pitch black. We each had a flashlight with us, but no one knew for sure how long the batteries would last . . . nor for sure how far away the ridge was. Was it safe to try to cross a rough lava field in the middle of the night, just to see the molten stuff forming new earth?

We agreed to walk on, though Caleb did so under duress. A few minutes later, he was tired, thirsty, and feeling light-challenged. He began rather softly, “I think it’s too dangerous.” Within a matter of minutes, however, his stress level had risen to its boiling point. It didn’t help matters that it seemed at that point that we were the only humans within miles. And when my wife, Penny, slipped on a ledge and landed hard on her knees, he pretty much crashed. “This is crazy. We could die! We could slip down one of these fissures and break our legs!” Although we doubted his death scenario, we all knew he was right about the potential for a broken bone. It was too rough, too black, and too windy. At the same time, all of us were kind of wishing we could see that lava flow. And it did look “just over the next ridge.”

I finally called a “family meeting.” We pulled together into a tight circle and prayed, asking God for wisdom. I prayed that God would help Caleb just put one foot in front of the next and think about the process rather than the outcome. I asked for endurance. We prayed for determination.

But still, within a minute or so, it was pretty obvious. Caleb was miserable. Who were we fooling. I quoted some Star Trek episode about how sometimes ‘the needs of the one sometime outweigh the needs of the many’ and said ‘enough was enough.’ Taking one last glance at the ever- brighter red glow, we turned back. Caleb insisted on holding my hand… and he kept asking me to tell him stories about how I had gone through stressful times and survived. Once, when he stumbled, his older brother came over to help him up. His mom shined her flashlight into his path so he could see every stone. Truly, we rallied around him the whole hike back to the Blazer we had rented (with frequent flyer miles, by the way! :-) )

Were we dismal failures? Not by a long shot. For the next 45 minutes, we debriefed as we drove back through the rain forest. Caleb repeated over and over again how much he appreciated everyone listening to him. And his older brother said what we were all feeling — that the whole experience had brought us closer as a family.

Which brings me to the point of it all — sometimes life’s greatest lessons come only through fiery cauldrons that bring our blood to a near boil. Sometimes the deepest meanings in life flow in the midst of the toughest quests imaginable. We could have been at home, in air- conditioned comfort, watching the NCAA final basketball game (many probably were). But would we have learned how an entire team sometimes has to rally around the needs of one or two members? Would we have come to appreciate each other the way we did that night? I don’t think so. Nope. The best things in life probably come at a price . . . and at times, that price is our own comfort.

So next time you feel pushed out of your comfort zone… just remember that steel doesn’t reach tempered strength until it passes through the fire. And they tell me that gold isn’t worth much until it’s melted and purified. So next time we face the red glow of our own trials, let’s open our eyes to see what God is teaching us. Maybe… just maybe… the greatest lessons will be crinkling right under our feet!

Doug

PS. (By the way, in case you were wondering, I asked Caleb’s permission to share this story. :-) He’s a great little buddy.)

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

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

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Most of us have heard about Interdev’s partnership development seminars intended for missionaries and people group advocates on the “sent side.” But now they have a new partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders interested in a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships — for those on the “sender side.” The first “Kingdom Connections: Transforming Your Ministry Through Partnership,” will be held in both in England and the US. The North American “Kingdom Connections” will be held in Atlanta, June 6- 9, 2000. For more info, contact Interdev-USatxcdotorg  (Interdev-USatxcdotorg)  . The dates for the UK are 30 May – 2 June 2000; write Interdev-UKatxcdotorg  (Interdev-UKatxcdotorg)   for info. Space is limited.
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WHERE DO YOU FIND BIBLES OR JESUS FILMS?

Brigada autoresponder That’s a great question. In fact, it came up again this past week in a Brigada-peoples inquiry. Randall reminded us that Bibles can be located at http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/; check the bottom of the page for “complete listing of what’s available.” In addition, Ken has compiled a complete list of sources for scriptures, many of which sell Bibles in various languages. If you’re one of those, write biblesatbrigadadotorg  (biblesatbrigadadotorg)   to get a full list of contributors.

Randall also reminded us that the Jesus film can be found at http://www.jesusfilm.org/updates/languages.html and, again, ordering info is at the bottom of the page.

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SOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN CLIP-ART

Brigada autoresponder Remember the “old days” (like early 80s) in which you had to use paper copies of Christian clip art, manually pasting them next to odd-sized computer-generated stories? Now we’re into the “next generation” for Christian clip art, where you can download and place computer images instead. And now, “Ken” has made it all the easier for you! You see, Ken has just completed a full study of Christian clip-art sources. For more information, write imagesatbrigadadotorg  (imagesatbrigadadotorg)  .
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YOUR LATEST MISSIONS SKIT SCRIPT?

theater masksThat’s what Roger would like to gather. Send your script to RBusPs67ataoldotcom  (RBusPs67ataoldotcom)  . He’ll compile them into a single file and log it with us here . . . so others will have access to it too. So . . . in a couple of weeks, count on hearing back from Roger regarding options (okay Roger? :-) ). Again, Roger’s looking for some kind of play, drama, or skit that could help a local church become more convicted, aware and/or informed about world missions.
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VOLUNTEER INSURANCE

Don’t let your short-term volunteers go overseas without considering that most major medical insurance plans do not provide adequate or complete coverage for overseas travel. Adams & Associates International has developed a Travel Insurance program specifically for Volunteers serving on short-term mission trips. This plan includes $100,000 for Accidental Death & Dismemberment, $1,000 per month (for 100 months) for accident Permanent Total Disability, $25,000 Emergency Medical Evacuation, $2,500 Medical Reimbursement, $5,000 Repatriation of Mortal Remains, $2,500 Personal Property and Travel Assistance. The cost for this coverage is $2.00 per person, per day. Those with differing needs can also be accommodated. Adams & Associates International has exclusively served those around world since 1980. Please visit their new web-site at http://www.aaintl.com or e-mail to aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  .
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MISSIONS ENCOURAGEMENT VIA EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Each week the prayer and poem list is sent out with 3 to 5 missions prayer requests and a recent poem written by the list moderator, Mert. If you would like people on a non- secure list to pray for an unreached people group or your cross- cultural ministry or would like to pray for such concerns, you are invited to send a blank email to prayer-poem-subscribeateverybodydotorg  (prayer-poem-subscribeateverybodydotorg)  . One reader said, “In terms of poetry and missions, Mert is the best I’ve run across!” For a number of sampler email files with missions related poems, send a “Request for Missions Poems” to Mert at mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)  .
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CROSS-COMMISSIONING

Bible The sister Cross and Commission list consists of a 4-7K reflection on a Biblical passage related to the apostolic themes of Luke 24:44-49. Beginning in June, these reflections will begin a chronological trek from Genesis to Revelation. If you would like to apply more of the Biblical wisdom to your part in God’s global mission, you are invited to subscribe by sending a blank email to cross-commission-subscribeateverybodydotorg  (cross-commission-subscribeateverybodydotorg)  . All services are totally free of charge.
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REDEMPTIVE ANALOGIES

The staff members at SOON Gospel Literature have put together a set of links on redemptive analogies as part of their Web Evangelism Guide. If you have other good links to suggest, they are interested! Click to http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/redemptive.html or to: tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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SONGS TO THE CREATOR

musical notes The folks at Wiconi International are again excited to announce the release of another anointed and edifying music/worship tape featuring traditional style — First Nations music that honors Jesus Christ. This new recording project is titled, “Songs to the Creator — First Nations Songs of Praise and Worship.”

This CD is a mixture of original traditional style songs of the Coastal People of the Pacific Northwest, Plains First Nations Flute, and blended contemporary/First Nations music. The prayer of the producers, Songs to the Creator Indigenous Music Program, A Division of NAIM Ministries, is that the music will touch the heart of the listener and draw them closer to the Creator God. It’s a very enjoyable sound of worship.

Like Jonathon Maracle’s recent release, Rise Up Mighty Warrior, this is a wonderful example of how lovers of Jesus can use the traditional sounds and styles of First Nations people to create beautiful songs of praise and worship to Jesus Christ. You can order your copy of Songs to the Creator from Wiconi International by emailing wanbliataoldotcom  (wanbliataoldotcom)  .

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ADVOCACY IS LEARNING, LINKING AND LOVING

graduation cap Has God given you a passion for an unreached people group that you want to share with your church and others? If so, come to Caleb Project’s “Advocate Training Seminar” April 27-29. Discover how to focus on a people group and help others do so, too. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of ministry partnerships and discover that you’re not alone. Strategize with like- minded advocates and share your stories. The three-day training session will be held in Denver, CO. For more information contact John or Marti at Caleb Project jshannahatcprojectdotcom  (jshannahatcprojectdotcom)   or 303-730-4181; or visit http://www.calebproject.org.
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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME JUST MIGHT BE ENCRYPTED!

So how do you communicate with your Christian colleagues in the most sensitive spots in the world? Send your best ideas to blacklightresponsiveathotmaildotcom  (blacklightresponsiveathotmaildotcom)  .
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OPERATION CHINA IS COMING!

That’s the name of the first in-depth treatment on the peoples of China with a focus on the minorities. With a page per group, color photos and charts locating the people in country, this book has been years in the making. It will be about 700- page, 7″x10″ full color inside and out and will be released in the Fall. The retail price will be around $35, but if you or your organization would like to get in on a special pre-publication purchase of these books in LARGE quantity (100 or more prices starting at $13 each), contact: Greg gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg  (gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg)   at the U.S. Center for World Mission and William Carey Library.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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