19981227 Brigada Today

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GREETING CARDS WITH A MISSION MESSAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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INTENT’S ANNUAL GATHERING FOR TENTMAKERS

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

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

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

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FROM SENDEE TO SENDER: HELLO LATIN AMERICA!

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

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

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

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

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

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INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES, 1999

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

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

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

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

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19981220 Brigada Today

Now with 8606 weekly participants!
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WHOA! BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS JUMP TO 8600+

Brigada LogoMaybe one of you did a “membership drive” for the Christmas holidays??? … or put some kind of “free coupon” in your company’s stockings??? :-) Musta’ been some company. We normally grow by 1, 2, or 10 subscribers per day… and we’re thankful for that! But on the fateful and memorable day of Dec. 23, our number of Brigada participants (subscribers to Brigada Today) jumped by 661 individuals! Over 8600 people are now involved on a weekly basis! Thanks to whomever played Santa! :-) (I don’t know — maybe MAFxc just reindexed the counting mechanism! :-) )
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FIVE CENTS PER MINUTE WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE

telephoneSort of. I’m not sure I understand it yet. Apparently, if you happen to live in the USA, you could start using 10 10 629 today. Reportedly, for a limited time, you’d be able to dial long distance for just 5 cents/minute… not only to other cities in the USA but also to several other points throughout the globe, including Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Apparently during the first use, you have to put in a “project code,” which is 200615. The service doesn’t require a credit card and it doesn’t make you change long distance carriers. Supposedly, all you have to do is dial 10 10 629 then dial 1 (or, if dialing overseas, 011 + the country code) + the Area Code and the Phone Number. One hitch… and only one as far as I can determine… you are billed $4.50 for any month that you use the service. But if you knew you were going to be calling the UK several times in January, it would be worth it! Thanks for the tip! If you need to know more, you might be able to find out more by writing zhafambaatcjadotinextdotro  (zhafambaatcjadotinextdotro)   or cupcake1002atchorlodotcpeldotubadotar  (cupcake1002atchorlodotcpeldotubadotar)  .
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FREE COPIES OF THE JESUS FILM!

movie cameraWould you like to use the Jesus Film on your next mission trip? Got a missionary to whom you’d like to mail a few hundred copies??? Now you can! Brigada has a friend in Canada who has connections! :-) For a limited time, email Keith Keithkatidmaildotcom  (Keithkatidmaildotcom)   and ask away!
noteNOTE: There are several small hitches. First only about 400 languages are being offered… and they’re only from Asia, Africa, Greek and New World Indian languages. Second, if you’re ordering from outside Canada, you have to pay shipping. Ask for more info. on this. Third, not every request can be granted… since funds for this project come directly from a foundation grant, which is limited. But there are great options. In fact, you might even be able to purchase “master copies” with rights to copy the film at your site! Again, write Keith for more info. Fourth, and finally, we think you should have to agree to send Keith a great story from your use of the films. (Maybe Keith won’t require it, but we think it’s the least you could do! :-) ) Thanks loads, Keith! Canada comes through again!
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LOOKING FOR THAT HARD-TO-LABEL LANGUAGE?

Go to the web! Browse http://www.sil.org/ethnologue/countries/xxxx.html where xxxx represents the first four letters of the country you’re interested in (=indo). This is from the brand new edition. Thanks again Keith!
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AUDIO TAPES TO GO

cassette Maybe your target people group doesn’t have access to VCRs or projectors, so the Jesus Film couldn’t be passed around en masse. But maybe you could distribute a few audio cassette players??? If so, write Audio Scriptures at asint1atxcdotorg  (asint1atxcdotorg)  . Keith (again!) says they have a great catalogue with about 70 languages, mostly Gospel portions.
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A FUN WAY TO PRACTICE LANGUAGE…

Tim (from Cincinnati) writes, “If you have a TV set-top or PC-based DVD drive, and can buy or rent movies on DVD, you’ll notice that many of the disks give you the option of listening to the movie in several languages, with closed captioning in any of those languages. You can often listen to a movie in, say, Spanish, and watch the subtitles in English. You can often even print out all the subtitles, or even the entire script, in several languages. AND, you can repeat sections at will so that you can use the DVD as a language dialog tape. So instead of that Pablo Goes to the Market tape you’ve been slaving over, you can check out Lost in Space!” Great idea, Tim . . . especially for those folks buying those new laptops, wondering what they’ll do with that fancy new DVD drive! :-)
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AUDIO MISSIONS PROGRAMS (IN SPANISH) TO GO

cassette In August of 1997, C.E.T., International and the Bible Society of Bolivia began a joint venture in producing professional audio missions programs in Spanish, called (NMM) EL NOTICIERO MISIONERO MUNDIAL (The World Missionary News). The program objective is to inform, challenge, and motivate the Latin Church to missions action. The program format is 3-minutes of the following: unreached people group profiles, with their folkloric music in background; statistics; interviews with Latin missionaries in World A; persecuted church information; legislation that will affect missions, upcoming missions events; bi-vocational opportunities; various other missions news. There are 14 programs produced per month, and to date, 183 programs have been produced and are available. These programs are being used in 8 Latin American countries on over 50 radio stations. COMIBAM, International joins with CET, International and Bible Society in 1999 to begin expanding this ministry to the continent. Another goal of the NMM for 1999 is to put images to the 3-minute missions programs for TV use. CET and Bible Society subsidize the program so Spanish broadcasts can obtain these monthly cassettes of 14 programs at mailing cost only. Contact CET for details by email: cetintlatpinodotcbbdotentelnetdotbo  (cetintlatpinodotcbbdotentelnetdotbo)   or by snail mail at Casilla 5588, Cochabamba, Bolivia or by fax: 011-591-4-245523. Address correspondence to Paul Confer, Vice-Director CET, International.
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WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE CLOSED?

Evangelical Baptist Missions is involved in developing a specialized ministry that focuses on ministering in limited access countries. One of their missionaries, Doug Boisvert, is looking at the closing of the African countries and would like to compile a list of the recent restrictions and evacuations of African countries especially in the last ten years. He desires to research the possible patterns in anticipation of future creative means of reaching in these countries through neighboring nationals that are not as limited. Do you have any links that list the history of countries closing to Western Missionaries in Africa? Maybe you could report on your own evacuation experience and/or current (or future) anticipated restrictions in an African Country. Anything that might help in this research can be sent to Doug Boisvert trimboisatCompuservedotcom  (trimboisatCompuservedotcom)  .
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METHODIST MISSIONS CONFERENCE

The first Malaysian Methodist Missions Conference will be held in Penang April 15-17. This conference will bring together key people in missions from all 5 conferences on Malaysian Methodism. The purpose for this event, according to Eric Cheah, “is to promote networking relationships and strategic partnerships and in getting people into the field. We want people to know what becoming a missionary would require in the modern context and that crteative access is imperative.” “The Malaysian Connection” is planned to be held at Genting Highlands, May 9-12. This is a Joshua Project Consultation where some 40 UPG’s in Asia will be promoted. John Robb will be one of the key speakers. Three key mission leaders from each of 100 or more Malaysian churches will attend. A unique feature will be the presence of 10 facilitators to help nurture continual linkage between home supporter and field work. For more info, write Loh Hoe Peng Peacehpatpacificdotnetdotsg  (Peace%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Ehpatpacificdotnetdotsg)  .
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NET2PHONE LOWERS RATES ON THE 1ST

IDT’s Net2Phone recently announced that it will reduce the rates on its PC-to-phone service for U.S. callers to 4.9 cents a minute. The cut goes into effect Jan. 1. Previously costs within the U.S. were 10 to 15 cents per minute for domestic users. “Users will save up to 75 percent on their domestic phone bill,” said Net2Phone chief operating officer David Greenblatt, “but our international rates are also incredibly low, with rates to most of Europe at 10 cents per minute.” Users can download Net2Phone free at http://www.net2phone.com.
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WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE WINDOW

A “Women’s Summit on the Window” is coming February 6-8, 1999 to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Organizers are billing it as “an international prayer and mobilization conference focusing on the needs of women and children in the 10/40 Window and strategizing to meet those needs.” Note that there is a special price for attending both the Women’s Summit on the Window and the Praying With Power conference (see next item). The sponsor is Christian Information Network. For registration information contact Glory of Zion Planternataoldotcom  (Planternataoldotcom)   or browse their site at http://www.christian-info.com .
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PRAYING WITH POWER

praying hands CIN is hosting a “Praying With Power Conference, February 9-13, 1999 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The theme is “Empowering Ordinary people for Extraordinary Exploits in the 10/40 Window.” This conference on intercessory prayer for the nations will show how to bring down strongholds and mobilize Christians to network together in prayer. Speakers will be internationally known field workers experienced in overcoming the principalities and powers of darkness. It’s sponsored by Christian Information Network. For registration information contact Glory of Zion Planternataoldotcom  (Planternataoldotcom)   or see their site at http://www.christian-info.com .
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SPANISH 30 DAYS OF PRAYER

praying hands “30 Dias De Oracion por los Musulmanes” (30 days of Prayer for Muslims) is being offered in a special way for Brigada participants in the Muslim world. You get one Spanish Prayer Guide booklet, one full color Poster (English), plus the “El Mundo del Islam” video, for the discounted price of $11 (regular price: $20.45), US Postage included (add $4 for shipments outside the USA; specify video format if other than in NTSC). Additional booklets: $1.50 (includes postage). They can invoice North American customers; others need to prepay with US$ checks or visa or mastercard. Contact: WorldChristian News, PO Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936. Tel: (719) 380-0507, Fax: (719) 380-0936, Email wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  .
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MAKE IT A SLAVIC SUMMER

The Indiana University Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL) recently announced summer courses for the study of AZERI (first year), KAZAK (first year), TURKMEN (first year) and UZBEK (first and second year). The summer workshop will be held at Indiana University (Bloomington) on June 18-August 13, 1999. Tuition for each course is $917.40 for both in-state and out-of-state students. FELLOWSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. The deadline for fellowship applications is APRIL 1, 1999; thereafter applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. Each eight-week, six-credit course entails approximately twenty-five hours of classroom and lab instruction each week. In addition, students can take advantage of many educational and cultural activities related to the language they are studying. For applications and additional information, write to swseelatindianadotedu  (swseelatindianadotedu)   or check it out on the web at URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.html . Thanks for the tip, Kerry!
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NEW BOOK TO HELP US UNDERSTAND AFRICA

bookBlack Samson is a book by veteran missionary, Levi O. Keidel. It’s reported to be “A deeply-moving, true story of the emergence of a black man from the jungles of Zaire to a position of prestige and influence. Maweja was a marked man – a known “lifer” feared by all for his violent temper and great strength. The miracle of his release from prison is as strange and exciting as the unfolding of this astonishing story of a black man’s discovery of himself and a new power greater than he had ever possessed before. Excellent resource to help missionaries understand cross-cultural differences.” You can get a free subscription to a weekly, consecutive chapter will be sent to online subscribers each Saturday of the month, beginning February 1, 1999. To subscribe, send an email to blacksam-subscribeatonelistdotcom  (blacksam-subscribeatonelistdotcom)  . Or, alternatively, each chapter can be printed out from the Black Samson web page at: http://misslink.org/blacksam.html
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TEN KEYS TO KEEP YOUR EMAIL FRIENDS

letter and ligntening boltLately I’ve been seeing more and more articles about how emailed junk mail is such a terrible problem. In fact, one writer (Paul Tinnirello in PC Week) recently called email, “The Silent Killer of Productivity.” What I can’t understand is … Why is emailed junkmail any worse than the snailmail variety? And why should it take us any longer to deal with it? When our mail comes at our mission office, I look at each letter and can already tell by the wrapper what most of the envelopes are about. If it’s a “bulk mail” stamp, I already suspect that I’ll toss it. I glance at the headlines of a church newsletter, scan the major topic sentences of the first couple of paragraphs of a notice from Symantec about a coming upgrade of WinFax, then read a report from one of our missionaries in Taiwan. Those are choices I have to make based on the amount of paper coming across my desktop. I don’t see why email is any different. I get maybe 100 emails daily. Many… many are bulk mailed. If I see 35 addresses in the header, I already suspect that I’ll only glance at it. I scan the subject line, then look at the first 2 or 3 sentences. By then, I’m already guessing whether or not it’s spam, junkmail, one of those notorious emailed jokes (that I never read), an email virus (“If 15,000 of us write to Disneyworld, the boy with cancer at the office of the FCC can finally get a new copy of AOL Gold!”), etc. I discipline myself to decide in the first 5 seconds whether or not I’ll actually open the email. (At this point, I’m just looking at it in the preview pane of my reader.) So… why is email any worse than written mail. Even if someone sends me an attached file without asking permission (a real no-no in email protocol), I still don’t have to download it if I don’t want to. (I almost never download unsolicited files.) So… if you ask me, it’s all a bunch of hype. I figure if someone really wants my attention, they’ll email me direct… (rather than copy me and 150 other people on a 5-page thesis). And… to be honest… I figure if they want me bad enough, they’ll come up with a good enough subject line and first 3 sentences to let me know what they’re expecting. Does this mean I don’t care about them? Not at all! All it means is that I’m trying to take steps to stay sane! :-) So… as the email glut continues to grow, here are:

Doug’s “Ten Keys To Keep Your Email Friends”:

  1. Create a short, effective subject line that clearly identifies your email…
  2. Say “Hi” in the first line (we’ve got to do something to keep email from becoming totally sterile and cold)
  3. Try to keep your message only one screen in length! The longer it grows, the less effective it’ll be come.
  4. If you inquote (include text from a previous or forwarded message), use an identifier (like xx or yy) at the beginning of each inquoted line.
  5. Include only as much inquoted information as is absolutely necessary.
  6. Don’t sign others up for your mailing lists without asking their permission… unless you positively know they would want to get it.
  7. Don’t ask so many questions in one email that it’s overwhelming.
  8. Remember that some people get lots of mail. Don’t take it personally if they are brief in their reply, or if they don’t even answer at all. Send the same message back to them again and, if they don’t answer after two or three attempts, try emailing a friend in the same town to check on the status of your friend’s account.
  9. Make it really clear what you’re expecting in return. Instead of saying, “I’d sure like to hear back from you…” say, “Could I ask you to give me a green or red light on this by Friday?”
  10. Finally, remember some people (granted… only a few) just aren’t making the leap to email. You might have to use the dreaded telephone with them… or even go see them personally!!! :-)

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

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

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

19981213 Brigada Today

Now with 7930 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT ISSUES

Brigada LogoRemember this past July, when we published a kind of history of Brigada??? Remember back at the very beginning of Brigada? We wrote…

  • January, 1995 – Doug opens an MAFxc account and begins a rapid ramp-up on email conferencing. There are probably some “lost editions” of Brigada Today that will never be recovered from this period. :-(
  • February 18, 1995 – The earliest copy of Brigada Today that we have on hand . . . but already there are 38 participants. In addition, there are dozens of conference participants in 10-20 other email conferences already taking hold.”

It was always a sad memory… knowing that the history was somehow mysteriously incomplete. All of a sudden, Brigada shows up with 30-some participants… but what happened before that? We had no record. Until today. Somehow I feel like Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life. (‘Course, it might have something to do with the fact that our whole family is crowded around the fireplace, watching “George” and “Clarence” in It’s a Wonderful Life tonight! :-) ) Anyway, last night I received word from Bob Sutterfield (an Information specialists at MAF) that he had posted some old files to the Brigada archive… some old files he had discovered on an old hub. Come to find out, among them are the very first bits of communication in the Brigada family!!! Even the very first issue! History has changed! We have a beginning!

This will sum up those 6 weeks of activity prior to the Feb 18th issue that we’ve always had to consider the first! Now, all of a sudden, it’s the 4th issue! Yahoo! Yahoo It’s a wonderful life! (Clarence just got his wings! :-) ) “The richest man is a man with many friends!” :-) And we all have scads of ’em here in the Brigada family!

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WOULD-BE TENTMAKER WANTS TO LEARN THE ROPES

Okay… let’s pull out all the stops. Tim’s a would-be recruiter of tentmakers for a missions agency that wants to kick off a greater emphasis on recruiting and training tentmakers in 10/40 Window countries. But . . . how does he get started? Is there a course on tentmaking? Are there courses via the Internet that would help a tentmaker get started? I know it’s not exactly rocket science, but there’s got to be some training somewhere that can at least help him get started! If you’ve got any tips for him, send them to Tim tp50atjunodotcom  (tp50atjunodotcom)   and he’ll compile a summary for us here on Brigada.
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CORRECTION ON CHINA CALENDARS

lighting the wayApologies for any inconvenience caused by the bad URL for the China Prayer Calendars (PRAYER CALENDARS FOR CHINA from last week). Dave wrote this week, “Sorry, Doug…I left a “c” out…it should be http://www.ccci.org/china . [But] the website is just a place to view the calendars. To order them they need to call Integrated Resources at 800-729-4351 (if in the USA or via Net-2-phone) or write Dave at eastasiaattelebytedotnet  (eastasiaattelebytedotnet)   and ask for item 7707e.
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“30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS” SPECIAL DISCOUNT

praying hands Now there’s a special Discount Package for Brigada readers only! Package #1: Full-color poster, 2 booklets (choose from adult or kids’ editions), both booklets have full color covers, for the discounted price of $4.50 (regular price: $10). Package #2: Poster, both booklets plus either the “World of Islam” video for children or adults, for the discounted price of $12 (regular price: $22). Package #3: Poster, both booklets, both videos, for the discounted price of $21 (regular price: $34). US postage is included; for shipments outside the USA, add $4 (specify video format if other than NTSC). No up-front payment needed, we can invoice you!! Don’t delay!! Contact: WorldChristian News, PO Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936. Tel: (719) 380-0507, Fax: (719) 380-0936, Email: wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  .
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THE GREAT COVER-UP OF NETZERO

netzero logo This past week, we received several notes from users of NetZero, the free Internet service. Over the past couple of weeks, users have told us of various ways to cover up the ads, using special utilities and even Windows help screens. But other users have now informed us that NetZero actually has a clause in the user agreement stating that the ads have to remain uncovered. Our apologies to NetZero… and to anyone led astray by our having published the options. Not a cool thing to do. If you use their free service, really, you shouldn’t break the agreement. For more information about their free Internet connectivity in the USA, browse http://www.NetZero.net or write speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet  (speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet)  .
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WANT GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST ONLINE?

Write to this address: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg  (subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg)   That’s it! No need to put anything in the text. It’s that simple. Note the missing “t” at the end of digest, due to limitations on the length of Lyris addressing. Global Prayer Digest Online is free. If you previously were subscribed but no longer receive it, just subscribe again. Lyris software (that runs the Brigada lists) won’t let you subscribe twice.
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CALLING ALL CALLBACK

So what’s the best callback service? Larry verlanderatinamedotcom  (verlanderatinamedotcom)  , a worker for the Lord in Togo, West Africa, wants to know. Drop him a line if you have an opinion. He’ll report his findings back to us here in a couple of weeks.
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WEB-WATCH: GOLDMINE AT SOUTHWESTERN SEMINARY’S RESEARCH SITE

WebWatch The URL is http://www.swbts.edu/wmc . The place is Southwestern. Click on the research and resources button and get your bookmarker ready! The links are set to do demographic research on people groups and cultural orientation on different overseas locations. There are links to Islamic studies programs and to Missions research and prayer support links. This is one you’ll want to mark, gang! Great job, Bob!
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GRAD SCHOOL FOR YOU?

graduation cap Considering seminary or Christian graduate school? Then stop by Christian Graduate http://www.christiangraduate.com to prepare for your academic future. Christian Graduate is the most comprehensive graduate school planning site on the Internet. Search the Campus Snapshots and Index of Graduate Studies to find the best school and program for you. Subscribe to the Christian Graduate e-mail newsletter and request a FREE copy of their annual planning guide, Tomorrow’s Christian Graduate. If you don’t have web access, you can try writing WINPress7ataoldotcom  (WINPress7ataoldotcom)   to make your case. :-)
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WORLD CHRISTIAN EVENT LISTING

Got an event you’d like listed in an upcoming edition of World Christian Magazine? The listings are FREE and organizers say they’ll reach 30,000+ world Christians! Send your event information to Phil Huber WINPress7ataoldotcom  (WINPress7ataoldotcom)  . Please provide the following information:

  1. Event
  2. Date
  3. Location
  4. Theme
  5. Description (include speakers, purpose) maximum 25 words
  6. Cost
  7. Expected attendance
  8. Host or sponsoring organization
  9. Phone
  10. Fax
  11. E-mail
  12. Web site
  13. Contact name and title
  14. Issue(s) in which you would like your event listed (March, June, Sept. or Dec.).

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GOT AN INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENT PLAN?

soccer ballFile it at Sports Forum, located at http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/ss/outreach/message/, allows you to post your organization’s ministry plans, ideas, and needs around a major sports event. Other forum participants can comment and provide input on your posting. Check it out! Looks great!
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NEED A DRAFT TRANSLATOR?

We hear that Globalink has gotten better with version 6.4. Check it out at http://www.lhs.com . Great deal for $149.95… if you need a draft translator, that is. No web access? Call them at 781-203-5000 in Burlington, MA. They currently offer English to French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish… but more are on the way – Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Arabic!
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TRYING TO CONNECT YOUR SMALL OFFICE TO THE INTERNET?

Can’t afford ISDN yet? Try 3Com’s “OfficeConnect 56K Lan Modem ($280 street). You can get semi-speedy Internet access for up to ten users on your LAN, using a single dial-up ISP account and a standard “Plain Old Telephone Service” line (POTS). Included in the package is the four-port 10Base-T hub, making it a great starter-kit for multi-PC home and small office users. For more information, see a nearby computer warehouse or outlet or contact 3Com at http://www.3com.com or, in the USA, call 800-638-3266.
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WHERE DO YOU GO FOR BRIEFS ON WORLD RELIGIONS?

Where’s the best spot for 1-2 page briefs that provide the very latest on Islam, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, Judaism, Roman Catholicism/ Eastern Orthodox & Protestantism? John jgmaloneaterolsdotcom  (jgmaloneaterolsdotcom)   would like to know! He begins teaching a missions course on Jan. 31 at Immanuel Bible Church/World Missions. Would you drop him a line if you know of a spot? He’ll report his best findings back to us here at Brigada to share with the whole clan!
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TESL FOR LATIN AMERICA

The first V.E.V., Virtual English Village (a TESL program for Latin American Missionaries), will open its “gate” on February 8th, 1999 in Cordoba, Argentina. This pilot program will run until Feb 26th, 3 weeks, 2 weekends. Depending on the number and language levels of the participants there will be 4.5 hours of language instruction daily at beginning, elementary and intermediate levels, and 1.5 hours of scheduled lab and homework time. The out of class time will revolve around various planned activities led by native speakers of English. World Languages is committed to running the program with a minimum of 10 students and is requesting registration in the program no later than January 8th. For more information contact World Languages worldatonenetdotcomdotar  (worldatonenetdotcomdotar)  .
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CCMT TRAINING COURSES

CCMT, in Cordoba, Argentina, is offering the following courses for those of you interested in an Argentine stint. They will be having their first CAMPAMENTO de ENTRENAMIENTO CRISTIANO January 16 – 31 in nearby Villa Carlos Paz. Also the “curso avanzado del CENTRO de CAPACITACION MISIONERA TRANSCULTURAL” begins on March 8th. WORLD LANGUAGES, also of Cordoba, has been asked by the CCMT to open a branch of their institute at CCMT’s Calle Lima house to help that property raise some funds for their ministry. WORLD LANGUAGES needs one good ESL teacher and they will put that plan into action. Presently WORLD LANGUAGES has decided to do what they can and rely on the Lord’s providing the appropriate people for the V.E.V. (Virtual English Village) and Lima House branch office. If you know of other specific people who might want to be “in the loop” on these, please forward this message on to them. For more information, write worldatonenetdotcomdotar  (worldatonenetdotcomdotar)  .
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LOST TRACK OF TIME? YOU CAN STILL SEND A CHRISTMAS CARD!

If you head on over to Bob & Teri’s site, which doesn’t have any advertising, doesn’t use ‘cookies’, and there are no pleas for money in any way. To send someone an electronic greeting card, just point your browser to http://www.harvestnet.org and click the “electronic greeting card” link. From there, you pick a picture, a greeting, address and personalize the card, and send it! It’s pretty simple, and we hope it will bless you and those you send greetings to. I looked around while I was there and it’s a nice site! Thanks Bob & Teri!
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LAST CORRECTION ON MULTI-LINGUAL ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’

lighting the way In honor of all those who have written with corrections on the multi-lingual Merry Christmas” greeting… Thank you! Here’s the last pass… ’til next year! :-) Please note that this version supercedes all previous versions… for now! :-) Following is a corrected list of “HOW TO SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS” IN OVER 33 LANGUAGES!”:

Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
Armenian Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Chinese
(Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
(Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
(Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish Gladelig Jul
Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English Merry Christmas
Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish Hyvaa joulua
French Joyeux Noel
Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic Gledileg Jol
Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori Meri Kirihimete
Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo Merry Keshmish
Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal
Rapa-Nui Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Serbian Hristos se rodi
Slovakian Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
Serbian Hristos se rodi!
Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish Feliz Navidad!
Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM BRIGADA

To see the card from Doug, Bob, Don & Judy, go to http://www.harvestnet.org/cgi-bin/webgrams/webgram.cgi and put in card number 83, password brigada. By the way, it’s liable to be pretty busy . . . what with 8000+ stopping by to see their greeting! :-)
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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

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

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

19981206 Brigada Today

Now with 7930 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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MARGIE’S GOT SOME MAILERS

mailboxThanks to Margie from Calcutta for the great job she did compiling prospective mailers for those desiring remailers within the USA. Three individuals volunteered to serve as US Postal service mailers from email messages. Just contact one of them with your particular situation & needs to see which best suits you for computer compatibility, standards, styles, etc. They would provide ink, paper, envelope, and postage and would print out the message in an acceptable format and post in US Mail. Charges range from postage only to 70 cents per letter. Please be sure to give the full address and if possible, the 5+4 zip code. Here are the willing workers and their email addresses: Larry Wilson LWilsonatXCdotOrg  (LWilsonatXCdotOrg)   (50-60 cents per letter, negotiable); Noel Hyde NoelHydeatxcdotorg  (NoelHydeatxcdotorg)   (70 cents per letter, produced by HP color inkjet); Bill Behrmann mpppubatconnectidotcom  (mpppubatconnectidotcom)   (postage charges only — can also do newsletters); Gordon Sheill gsheillatconcentricdotnet  (gsheillatconcentricdotnet)   (commercial service; write for full information). If you’re faxing (instead of using postal mail), you can broadcast your emails via email-to-fax gateways. Start with the FREE service at http://www.tpc.int and go from there. Thanks tons Margie. Great job! And three cheers to these volunteers!!! thumbs-up
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DECEMBER 1998 ADVANCE READY FOR A GOOD READ!

The Dec. Advance is up and running!

Here’s the summary; get the full text by sending the above email.

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Manchu of northeastern China; the Lak of southern Dagestan; the Arabs of Tunisia; dozens killed in Europe and central and northern Asia; the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip and West Bank; Santeria in the United States

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — pastor in Sri Lanka, murdered ; Christians murdered in Pakistan; militia slaughters group at church in Congo; members of Messianic Jewish congregation attacked in Israel; house church leaders arrested in China

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Churches, mosques burned in Indonesia; Jack Kevorkian charged with murder; scientists grow stem cells from fertilized eggs; article shows how birth control pills work as abortion agent

REJOICE! — Belarusian bishop freed from prison; 200,000 churches in 130 countries pray for persecuted believers; Ethiopian missionaries share the gospel in India; new believer in South Africa falsely accused, vindicated; 190 churches started in Russia through “Superbook” television series; 56% of Americans believe abortion is wrong; surgeons correct spina bifida in the womb; “Los Angeles Times” refuses ads from adult clubs

NETWORKING — Interceding for Muslims during Ramadan; e-mail network helps with hurricane relief in Honduras; prayer guide for Turkic groups on the Silk Road; resources for children’s mission education; new book introduces children to Indonesia; a tool box of proven principles to build friendships with Muslims; new music video helps students understand call to missions; “World Christian Magazine”; prayer guide for the peoples of Vietnam

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TIBET PRAYER CALENDAR READY

praying handsCaleb Project is pleased to announce the “1999 Pray for Tibet” calendar which is now available at our web site. Beginning January, 1999 the page will automatically show that day’s prayer request together with the current month and one of twelve fabulous photographs. Please pass this announcement to others who would like to pray for Tibetans. The Calendar is at: http://www.calebproject.org/tibcal/tibcal.cgi
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WORLD MANDATE 99 WILL COMMAND GREAT ATTENTION

Check out the World Mandate 99 conference hosted by Highland Baptist Church, Waco, TX January 22-24, 1999. Mandate is a student missions conference that the Highland College department has been hosting for the last ten years. This year’s group includes Floyd McClung from YWAM and Mike Bickle from Kansas City. Jeff Searles from the Vineyard will be leading worship. You can get more information over the web at http://www.highlandbc.org or by e-mailing for a brochure to ruth-reeseathighlandbcdotcom  (ruth-reeseathighlandbcdotcom)  .
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TENTMAKERS TO MEET

The Tentmakers International Exchange Congress Organizer, gcgroupatiafricadotcom  (gcgroupatiafricadotcom)   announced that if you plan to attend, you must get your registration in by Dec 30th to received the early bird discount. He wrote, “Why the 3rd Congress? Its been 10 years since the Lausanne II International Congress on World Evangelization in Manila and the inception of TIE at that historical event. Much has taken place and for many of us the “courses of action” in the “Statement on Tentmaking” became a reality, but for others it is still a dream. This Congress will affirm what the Lord has allowed us to learn and contribute over the 10 years. Others need resources and may want to become part of this network to contribute to the work taking place. This Congress is an opportunity for contributing and learning as the “sending” and “receiving” nations come together.”
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SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK-GIFTS FOR YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONARY?

books Ian says you should check out the “book-bot” price checker at http://www.acses.com . It reportedly checks simultaneously on about 40 or so “online bookstores.” So… once you have your book picked out, give it a try! Thanks Ian!
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PATTANI MALAY PRAYER GUIDE DURING RAMADAN

praying hands If you would like to receive a 30 day Prayer Guide specifically for the Pattani Malay of Southern Thailand during Ramadan (which starts Dec. 20th), check out this guide which was written by team members from the field! You can receive it either as one file to share with others (about 130 kb) or you can receive a daily electronic version via email. Each day will be less than one screen’s worth of information to guide you through your time of prayer. Let Don know which one is best for you and he will get it to you. If your church has adopted the Pattani Malay this would be a great resource. Contact him at drdavisatxcdotorg  (drdavisatxcdotorg)  .
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ANOTHER WAY TO COVER UP NETZERO ADS

netzero logo Still bothered by NetZero ads distracting you in the corner of the screen? Browse http://www.zdnet.com/swlib/ for “Iceware On Top,” a free utility that will cover up particular locations on the screen. Thanks Carey!
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WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE STAT-SPOT?

If you have an inside line on where to fine great mission stats – especially those dealing with reaching the youth of the world today – Tom & Joy Harriger 74114dot1120atcompuservedotcom  (74114dot1120atcompuservedotcom)   would like to know! They’re particularly searching for summary statements about how much of the world is under the age of 21 or how much of the world’s youth are believers. They’ll collect the stats and, in a couple of weeks, send a report in to us here for all the read.
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PRAYER CALENDARS FOR CHINA

praying hands Here’s a source for full-color, informative wall calendars called “The 1999 Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendars. For info. on bulk orders or brainstorming about large distributions, contact Dave at eastasiaattelebytedotnet  (eastasiaattelebytedotnet)  . See a sample on the web at http://www.ccci.org/china . To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351, or write Dave at eastasiaattelebytedotnet  (eastasiaattelebytedotnet)   and ask for item 7707e. FYI, this calendar was developed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in China. It is intended to help Christians pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China. The price is $3.49 + s/h per individual calendar … but they are flexible on pricing if you can help them with distribution!
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AGENCIES FOR INDEPENDENT MISSIONARIES?

Kurt KWerthmullataoldotcom  (KWerthmullataoldotcom)   wrote to ask, “I have volunteered at and continue to be associated with a Christian orphanage in the Middle East. Volunteers are needed there, but it is often difficult to recruit because the orphanage can screen volunteers but has no means of collecting and receipting financial support for them. Traditional mission organizations understandably require people to go through their application process, become an official missionary for them, and be placed in assignments as directed by the organization. My question is this: does anyone have a list of reputable mission organizations that are willing to organize/ channel/ receipt/ administer support for people independently participating in overseas ministry?” Sounds like he’s looking for more of an administrative service . . . just handling funds and all. Anybody have leads? If so, send them to him directly and he’ll compile the list and report back to us here at Brigada in 10 days or so.
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FOR THE BOOKWORMS AMONG US – BUILDING MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

books One reader wrote recently to “highly recommend Lianne Roembke’s new book, “Building Multicultural Teams”. She is also involved in giving training in this and related areas. Her email is: Lroembkeataoldotcom  (Lroembkeataoldotcom)  . Try the book at William Carey Library: 1-800-MISSION in the USA or via Net-2-Phone . . .
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HELP US GLOBALIZE

Brigada Logo We keep trying to focus on the international audience reading Brigada Today, but inevitably, we slip up and stumble! Please forgive us when we make even the slightest error that offends any of our dear brothers and sisters reading from across the globe outside North America. In addition, maybe you can help us! If you choose to suggest an item to Brigada Today, please be sure to remember the nature of our audience – zillions of people outside the USA – and the West. When you offer or cite a resource, be sure to keep that audience in mind and be creative as to how to reach them. For example, something as simple as a toll-free number can seem offensive to those outside the USA – since it’s only toll-free for those in the USA. So in addition to the toll-free number, always offer a web page or fax number as an alternative. Thanks for helping us become more sensitive to the international nature of the Brigada family… and once again, thanks for your patience!
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CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Are you pining away, hoping to find just the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she is from one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Thanks to Karen for sleuthing these out! Following are approximate translations for “MERRY CHRISTMAS” or “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!” IN OVER 33 LANGUAGES!:

Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
Armenian Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Chinese
(Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
(Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
(Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish Gladelig Jul
Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English Merry Christmas
Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish Hyvaa joulua
French Joyeux Noel
Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic Gledileg Jol
Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori Meri Kirihimete
Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo Merry Keshmish
Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal
Rapa-Nui Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Serbian Hristos se rodi
Slovakian Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
Serbian Hristos se rodi!
Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish Feliz Navidad!
Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

In addition, here’s a piece of artwork from Mark . . . with best wishes from him and all of us at Brigada Today (like we’ve got this great big staff! :-))

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"BOAS FESTAS"
"JOYEUX NOEL"
"VESELE VANOCE"
"MELE KALIKIMAKA"
"NODLAG SONA DHUIT"
"BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"
"GOD JUL"
"BUON ANNO"
"FELIZ NATAL"
"FELIZ NAVIDAD"
"MERRY CHRISTMAS"
"KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"
"FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"
"BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"
"HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"
"WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"
"MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU"
"HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK"
"'N PRETTIG KERSTMIS"
"ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"
"Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"
"NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"
"FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"
"S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"
"GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"
"EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"
"KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"
"SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO"
"ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"
"BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "
"MERRY CHRISTMAS - - HAPPY NEW YEAR"
"ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"
"FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR"
"PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"
"BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"
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HERE WE GROW AGAIN… YES AND NO

Brigada Logo Have you noticed the Brigada Today readership continues to climb? I checked it out today on a special tracking page to which MAFxc has given me access. Yowza! blinking1eyes I couldn’t believe that on every single day since Oct. 24, we’ve added new members – and on several days, we’ve added several members… for example,
19 new folks on Dec. 3rd,
15 on Dec. 2nd,
12 on Dec. 1st,
17 on Nov. 30th,
11 on Nov. 29th…. Yahoooooooooooooo! Yahoo
Welcome everybody! At the same time, it’s not all a bed of roses. This past week, super-Caleb Projecteer John Hanna (of “Global Glimpse” fame) ‘fessed up to the fact that he was not a happy camper in the new world of Lyris software. His scads of Brigada-connections-* conferences have perhaps seemingly not really caught on . . . so, he pulled the plug. As of this week, Brigada-connections-* is no more.
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MAYBE IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR PRAYER CARDS

This past Wednesday, I decided maybe it wasn’t too late to try for prayer cards – you know, those color postcard things printed with your picture, your mission’s name and address, as well as a request for prayer??? I paid the $15 or so rush charge at Olympic Card Co. (OCC) and sent my photo to them in express overnight mail that evening. That was Tuesday or Wednesday night. Imagine my shock when they emailed me on the following day in the afternoon to explain how to proof my prayer card over the web! And get this – once I approved it, later that same day, they went to work and I received the entire shipment something like 24 hours later! So from start to finish, they were done in like 48 hours!!! Yahooo!  They have a website at http://www.occgrafx.com but you might also just like to see the way ours came out (maybe even if you’d merely like to see how beautiful my wife is, and how lucky I am to have her :-) ), check it out at http://www.teamexpansion.org/resources/occprayercards.htm. (By the way, just so you know, I didn’t seek nor did I receive a discount beyond what they normally advertise for missionaries. Nor did they ask me to include this note in Brigada Today. They just performed their job in a first-class fashion and in a real hurry! Bravo OCC!) For more information on OCC, write Vernon vvaughnatoccgrafxdotcom  (vvaughnatoccgrafxdotcom)  .
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DID YOU KNOW PULSE WAS FINALLY ONLINE?

They’ve finally made the plunge . . . sort of. At least they’re putting snippets and samples on their new website at http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/emis. Granted they’re not publishing whole issues (because, they maintain, after all, they get their revenue to stay in business through subscriptions, not free web pages!), but at least it’s a start! :-) And the pages are sharp, colorful, and well-done! Check it out . . . along with the snippets from Evangelical Missions Quarterly, too!
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WANT TO PEER INTO THE FUTURE?

Take a look at “Future Mock,” a spoof by Lincoln Spector, at http://www.infoworld.com/pageone/news/features/anniversary/98ann.future.shtml Note that that URL will probably “wrap” on your page. You’ll have to cut and paste it in two halves, kind of “reassembling” it in your browser’s “URL” box.
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ARE YOU TRYING SOME OF THE NEW ONLINE COMMUNITIES?

I’ve checked out a couple. Yahoo and Excite have new free “communities,” but there’s no comparison between the degree of flexibility you get with MAFxc’s. Even http://www.egroups.com is tons better. So . . . if you want to start an email conference, my advice is to steer clear of Yahoo and Excite and go straight to MAFxc ($52/year, no ads) or egroups.com (free, with supposedly some “discrete ads”). For more information see egroups.com or write helpdeskatxcdotorg  (helpdeskatxcdotorg)  . By the way, we’ve been trying out egroups.com at our office and so far, the “ads” on egroups haven’t been at all bothersome.
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LOOKING FOR GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST ONLINE?

Subscribe again if you’re not getting it (several subscribers were apparently inadvertantly “lost” during the upgrade to Lyris). Just write to href="hubatxcdotorg">hubatxcdotorg  and say this:
subscribe brigada-orgs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg

Note! There’s no “t” on the end of “digest” because of a special limitation (number of letters Lyris will permit in the title of an email conference), so don’t forget to ditch it!

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HOW CAN WILLING WORKERS/AGENCIES BEST PARTNER?

That’s the question on the mind of several would-be missionaries preparing for translation work. “We don’t know how to network, and that is what we would like to hear from Brigada ,” Donna wrote. “How can agencies pool their resources to help individuals get to where they feel God’s leading them?” If you’d like to write Donna dwilliamsattwudotca  (dwilliamsattwudotca)  , please send her a note. She’ll prepare a summary for us all to read later here in Brigada Today!
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DID YOU CATCH 20/20?

Apologies on 2 counts! Sorry that we didn’t mention (in the special “Brigada Express” bulletin) that it was a USA broadcast. I’ve got to do better at remembering that much of the Brigada family is now international in scope! Forgive me please! But many wrote that they did catch it, in spite of my confusion on “today Dec. 4th.” :-) It was written in the middle of the night and the truth is, I just got mixed up on the dates! Blame it on sleepiness… or the turn of the clock at midnight, but either way, again, I’ll try to do better! However (no thanks to me), several wrote that they did indeed tape it or watch it live and those who did were able to see interviewer Charlie Gibson do a great job of interviewing the wives of the New Tribes Missionaries kidnapped by Colombians wielding automatic weapons. Interestingly enough, even the President of Colombia himself has gotten involved in trying to find out the fate of the hostages – since nothing’s been heard from their captors for over 4 years! (They had been asking for $5 million U$S!) So thanks to Charlie Gibson and the folks at 20/20 and God’s blessings on the New Tribes people and the wives that wait. Goodness. That’s a fate worse than death, I think. To learn more about these kidnapped brothers, send a note to subscribe-ntm-updateatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-ntm-updateatXCdotOrg)  . (Thanks Joe!)
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CROSS-CULTURAL FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY

Has anyone tried to use marriage and family life instruction as a pre-evangelism door-opener in a cross-cultural setting? That’s what Bernie the-fellowshipatjunodotcom  (the-fellowshipatjunodotcom)   would like to know. He wrote Brigada this past week, “What about reaching Muslims? Workers in a major Muslim country see this as opportunity to show relevance of the Bible to a major felt need among the newly urbanized, where the old village ways are disintegrating. U.S. family life materials are so culture laden. Can anyone recommend materials that require minimal cultural adaptation? Especially desired: a video series where workers could dub the local language.” Also, let Bernie know if you’re aware of any books or articles on doing cross-cultural family life ministry. Bernie will assemble a quick summary report for us to read here in Brigada Today.
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30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS

 Ramadan takes place during 20 Dec ’98 – 18 Jan ’99. Up to 35 Million Christians will be praying for Muslims during this time. Carl cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza  (cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza)   kept his word. He wrote us this past week, “…This was amazingly effective!” Evidently, you filled him in. He added, “What a challenge for the church in this Christmas time: Jesus came to save and seek the lost!! Let us remember why we are feasting, and why they are fasting – and let us make this a season of prayer. A daily e-mail edition of the Prayer Focus Booklet can be obtained for this time by sending a e-mail to (leave subject and body blank) subscribe-30-daysatxcdotorg  (subscribe-30-daysatxcdotorg)  . A great sight with info and reportbacks from last year is: http://www.hfe.org/news/30days. The complete list of where the hardcopy booklets are available from in 29 countries is at: http://www.hfe.org/news/30dlist (with the e-mail addresses).” Great job, Carl!!! Bravo for keeping your word and reporting back to us your findings! Thanks to all in the Brigada family for filling him in!
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STEVE’S LOOKING FOR INFO ON MEALS

 Steve ChristatVTataoldotcom  (ChristatVTataoldotcom)   is a campus minister trying to put together one of those international banquets where different people at the banquet tables represent residents of various countries around the world. You know – the folks from Western Europe get pasta, while the folks from the USA get hamburgers and fries. Meanwhile, a bunch of other folks get some rice and many get only a few pieces of bread. Trouble is, he wants to make it realistic and can’t find a good resource. Does anyone have a kind of “script” or “kit” for doing a banquet like that . . . maybe already written up? If so, send it to Steve. He’ll compile any responses and make the results available to us here. (You don’t have to write me for them – if he gets responses, we’ll be sure to mention them in a future Brigada Today.) Thanks in advance for the help!
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WHAT WOULD YOU PRESENT ON MAINLAND CHINA?

Daniel dellio01atjunodotcom  (dellio01atjunodotcom)   is in a fix. He has to do a presentation on mainland China at his church and hasn’t a clue where to begin. If you had to give a talk or presentation on that topic, where would you go for info? If you can help, could you drop him a brief note of encouragement and give him some pointers? He’s agreed to send us his compiled report and we’ll publish that which isn’t too secure or sensitive here in Brigada Today. Thanks!
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CHINA PRAYER CALENDARS ARE READY

 (Speaking of China…) The 1999 “Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendar offered by Silk Road Ministry is now available. This full-color, informative wall calendar was developed by Silk Road Ministry Staff to be used in praying for China. It is designed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in China. This calendar is intended to help Christians outside China pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China and make wonderful gifts for your ministry partners! Order now, as supplies are limited! The price is $3.49 + s/h per individual calendar …See a sample on the web at http://www.cci.org/china. To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351, or write Dave mtiwaattelebytedotnet  (mtiwaattelebytedotnet)   and ask for item 7707e.
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TO EVERY TRIBE READY TO ORDER

 David Sitton, director of The Institute Of Tribal Studies, has condensed three years of research and writing into a new book dealing with the reaching of tribal peoples for Christ. To Every Tribe With Jesus (159 pages) is a rich resource drawing from the experience of many missionaries, including the author’s own 20 years of tribal church planting in Papua New Guinea. To order the book ($15.) or to schedule a tribal seminar e-mail David at 2072617atmcimaildotcom  (2072617atmcimaildotcom)   or DSITTON/0002072617atMCIMAILdotCOM  (DSITTON/0002072617atMCIMAILdotCOM)  .
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THE CHURCH IN CHINA

Russ would like a glance at any documentation you might have with respect to freedom versus persecution of Christians in the People’s Republic of China. He’ll report a summary back to us (the degree to which he can do so). Write him in Canada via air mail at: Inky Mark, M.P., Attention: Russ Kuykendall, House of Commons, Ottawa ON K1A 0A6, CANADA. E-mail: marki0atparldotgcdotca  (marki0atparldotgcdotca)   (Note: “0” is the numeral zero). Alternate e-mail: russkuykatnetcomdotca  (russkuykatnetcomdotca)   If sending by e-mail, please include “China” in the subject line. Snail mail IN CANADA to a Member of Parliament does not require postage.
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CORRECTION, FOR THE BEAN COUNTERS

 Harvestime has no direct relationship with DirecTV and DirecTV has no plans to broadcast any kind of religious channel, now or in the future. Furthermore, despite such an allusion in the article, DirecTV has no ownership stake in Yokohama Bayside TV. One executive from there wrote Brigada Today and said, “I can assure you that DirecTV has no plans to air any kind of a full religious channel at the present time or anytime in the near future despite what this article says.” Actually, I was kind of amazed and surprised that they would even take time to write us!
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WANT TO ASSEMBLE A FREE MISSIONARY HOUSING DIRECTORY?

Tim TimdotMartiatnewberrydotnet  (TimdotMartiatnewberrydotnet)   is willing to help! Send him your name, email address, and home city if you’d be willing to host a missionary traveling through on home service or support-raising. He’ll assemble the list and make it available to us here on Brigada. But please… don’t start writing him or us asking for cities! Once the directory is done, we’ll let you know! :-) Right now, let’s take it a step at a time!
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HOW ‘BOUT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT?

Evelyn evpepperatc-zonedotnet  (evpepperatc-zonedotnet)   is here in the USA just 5 more weeks on home service. She’s needing information on the Internet related to community development and appropriate technology. Where does she start? If you’ve got a lead or a tip, write her please and she’ll assemble a summary for us here later.
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MISSION SONGBOOK

 The pre-release edition of the 32-song AD2000 Worship and Arts Network mission songbook is ready for distribution. The title for the collection is: “Let The Nations Rejoice-Worship Songs Proclaiming God’s Glory.” Reportedly includes some of the finest new contemporary choruses and hymns from a variety of sources from North America, UK and Australia. The songbook also includes several aids to worship, quotes, articles and other materials. Early in the new year the songbook can be purchased with an accompanying teaching CD featuring soloist Scott Wesley Brown’s recording of 12 of the 32 songs. The CD will include both vocal and backing track recordings of the same songs on the CD. The pre-release version of the songbook is available now, and costs $10. Make checks payable in US funds to OM Lit, PO Box 1047, Waynesboro, GA 30830-2047. Tel: 706-554-5827. Fax: 706-554-7444. For more information contact Frank Fortunato fortatusadotomdotorg  (fortatusadotomdotorg)  
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CHRISTMAS CASSETTE

ASI reportedly has an attractively packaged, beautiful Christmas cassette entitled, “God’s Greatest Gift,” that contains a beautiful narration of the Christmas passages from Luke’s Gospel plus the main events in the life of Jesus. Includes beautiful Christmas music background and bridging. The liner-(J)-Card is very colorful and reads, “Merry Christmas from …(personal name) ……………………..” In quantities of ten ASI will print on the J-Card your personal name or the name of your church. Individually these Christmas Greeting cassettes are $5.00 each, but in lots of ten or more just $3.00 each. For more info., email asi-caatxcdotorg  (asi-caatxcdotorg)  .
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WEB-WATCH: MORE ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP WITH UNREACHED PEOPLES

 Looking for a web page to give you ideas on reaching the unreached? Try http://www.allpeoples.com. It’s the homepage of a new group called All Peoples, which reportedly hopes to serve the local church by expanding its global view, … serving the church as it searches for the people group that God has for them, offering training on how to be an effective living witness of Jesus Christ in closed access areas, as well as strategy development. Along similar lines, check out http://www.teamexpansion.org which hopes to do the same. This latter group, by the way, is the one which really pays my salary! :-) And the web page for Team Expansion is a kind of hobby – a laboratory in which I’m constantly trying to learn more about creating websites. Check it out… and please join us in praying God will use it!
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EVEN THE REFORMED ARE ON THE WEB

Check ’em out at http://www.outsidethecamp.org
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TEE UP ON T.E.E.???

Know any Internet bulletin boards or forums which discuss theological education? John LCMSTogo2attogoteldotnetdottg  (LCMSTogo2attogoteldotnetdottg)   is a missionary running a pastoral training school and a Theological Education by Extention (TEE) program in French speaking West Africa and would be interested in those kinds of resources. He’s agreed to assemble a report for us all here in Brigada – so send him your best shot!
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TIRED OF SEEING NETZERO ADS?

 John jmarlettatjunodotcom  (jmarlettatjunodotcom)   says, “Simply select a help page (from most any windows program) and open a page from it. Select “Keep help on top” from the Options menu and make sure “on top” is checked. Then just make the size of the help window equal to the (ad) banner. Now when you place this help menu over the banner, no more ads! Thanks John!
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GOT ANY SPANISH MATERIAL ON UNREACHED PEOPLE?

If so, Kelly (a guy) kelycheratcol3dottelecomdotcomdotco  (kelycheratcol3dottelecomdotcomdotco)   is looking for Spanish videos that would highlight individual unreached people groups. He’s hoping to learn of such videos by 12/21. Help him out and he’ll share the list back with us for all the world to read!
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EXPEDITION-SIZED WATER FILTERS

If you’re looking for water purification for a large group, Mike & Deb Lundeen, the folks at TealBrook TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)   can help you with that too. And by the way, you must really read this stuff! They wrote this past week to say that, after they were featured in the last Brigada Today, their email increased 12-fold! Whew!  Great job, gang! Check out their group-sized water filter equipment by sending them an email or browsing: Web page: http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook
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BACKPAGE: RETHINKING COURIER & IVES

Last Thursday, our office staff at Team Expansion’s International Services went wild. They began decorating the tree out there in the front office. It was quite an event. Christmas was definitely in full swing. “In egg-shell-sis day-oh” playing out of the CD drive on Deborah’s desktop. The International Services Christmas Prayer Retreat just two weeks away. Lights were aglow, Christmas cards in full production. And everybody walking around saying, “Can you believe it’s already December???” :-)

Meanwhile, my mind wondered. On the other side of the world, somewhere in East Africa, I could envision a faithful Christian Woman of God swatting at yet another mosquito, waiting on her husband to return from Dar, hopefully with good news about medical tests on his kidneys. And my mind, rolling all this over, began to think – which of us has this whole Christmas thing figured out? I mean, does it really matter that they’ve finished construction on the upper parking lot deck at St. Matthews Mall, meaning that they can now park twice as many cars beside the J.C. Penney store’s front door?

Face it – the woman of God faithfully waiting on her husband might not be chuckling to the sounds of Rudolph (“A Dentist????!!!!” :-) ), but as I thought about it, her life of love spoke volumes. I can’t even begin to honor her enough for her investment in the needs of countless unreached Makua tribespeople in Southern Tanzania.

I was thinking of one of our Team Expansion missionaries, Trena Lieb, but your mind could probably have wondered to another saint of God, laboring in lands scattered throughout the globe. I’m so proud of Trena, her team and all the others like her. It’s an incredible privilege to be involved with them in spreading the eternal hope that brought hope and light to the streets of Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. If you’re involved with missions – and you probably are or you wouldn’t still be reading . . . I’m sure you feel the same way.

Wow. Where’s the hot cider when you need it.

Doug

PS. By the way, Trena’s husband, Roger, is much improved. For some unknown reason (I’d prefer to think of it as answered prayer), doctors in Dar were apparently astonished by the fact that his kidneys apparently began functioning much more efficiently than they had been the day before! God be praised for answered prayer! TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES

letter and ligntening bolt THE REPORT IS IN – Thanks to Ken Davis kenluciatinamedotcom  (kenluciatinamedotcom)   who recently requested info. on email forwarding services (Nov. 6th Brigada Today, “MOVING FORWARD WITH EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES“). Ken just emailed us a great report on his findings. Thanks to all those who helped him pull it together! The results were rather surprising. He reported that based on Brigada readers comments, “the most recommended email forwarding service is Iname. Recommended 2 to 1 over all others, Iname provides a fast, free, reliable forwarding service with all the basic features. Also recommended in the free category were USA.net and Bigfoot. Several other recommended services were Pobox, The Mission Station and XC.org all for $15-20/yr.

“Each forwarding service provides its own array of features, some for additional fees. Your individual needs would determine which service has the best combination of the features you need for the best price. Things you may want to look for are POP servers to read your mail off-line rather than paying for online time and the ability to hold your mail if you don’t have a forwarding address. Also, be sure to watch for how your return path gets tagged on your outgoing mail. If it is your local provider rather than your forwarding service, it may cause you to loose mail should you switch providers and your friends have your local provider in their address books. There are numerous other features to make your email life easier, like filters for SPAM mail, redirection to multiple addresses, custom address extensions and more. It may take a little time to check out the options, but the following websites will give you a place to start.

http://www.iname.com
http://www.usa.net
http://www.bigfoot.com
http://www.pobox.com
http://www.missionaries.org
http://www.xc.org

Thanks again, Ken!

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EVER HEAR OF M|WIRE?

It’s a periodic E-mail newsletter offering a summary of news and information regarding missions and evangelism. It is a service of Zondervan Publishing House. Looks like they advertise their own Zondervan resources fairly heavily – but in return, the service is free. To try it out, send an E-mail message to listsatinfodotharpercollinsdotcom  (listsatinfodotharpercollinsdotcom)   . Type a hyphen in the subject line. In the body of the message, type
subscribe zphlist

and nothing else. You will receive the complete list of categories and sign-up instructions by return E-mail. I couldn’t find an indication of how often it came out. I guess they publish it whenever they have news or something else to sell! :-) (Thanks for the tip, Larry!)

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THE NEIMAIN-MARCUS COOKIE VIRUS; WHAT A WAY TO GO!

virus Okay, so if you’re going to get sucked into one of those Internet email viruses, the Neimain-Marcus cookie virus has got to be the best! It’s actually one of those “how can something good come out of something so ridiculous” kind of moments. The email virus itself, designed to suck up bandwidth in a kind of electronic vandalism, is actually harmless. It does nothing but steal away computing power. But the cookie recipe included in the hype story about Neimain-Marcus charging $250 for a cookie recipe – that’s all just made-up imagination from someone long forgotten. :-) But as for the cookie recipe, I can personally attest to the fact that it is not myth – they’re delicious. So I’m skipping all but the virus here… :-) sharing the recipe once and for all, so no one else will dare to send it to me! :-) (Okay – so I’m a dreamer!)

Anyway… here’s the list of ingredients: 2 cups butter, 4 cups flour, 2 tsp. soda, 2 cups sugar, 5 cups blended oatmeal, 24 oz. chocolate chips, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated), 4 eggs, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. vanilla, 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice). To make this amazingly delectable dish, measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

You can halve the recipe – but you’ll be sorry you did. :-) And… one more thing… before I get emails from all the purists who say that Brigada Today is only supposed to be about unreached peoples and missions resources…. I know, I know, silly! I’m the editor! :-) But hey – it’s Christmas… lighten up! :-) And Rob – thanks for passing this along and reminding me… :-) Oh – and before you ask, no, Madeline Marray O’Hare is not trying to shut down Christianity from the air waves. So, remember… “just say no” to forwarding messages about her! :-)

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NEW TRAVEL SOFTWARE… FOR ALL KIDS AGES 4-7

‘Course, you might stretch the age restriction if you have a motivated child! Edmark Software’s “Travel the World with Timmy” lists for $29.95 and it just might make the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one ages 4-7, especially if you have a place like Argentina or Kenya in mind! You can probably find it soon on store shelves, but in the meantime, check it out at http://www.edmark.com/prod/travel/ and . . . enjoy the music!
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MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN PRETORIA

The Southern African Missiological Society will be holding its annual congress 20-22 January 1999 at St John Vianney Seminary, 179 Main Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, RSA. The theme is RECONCILIATION and Land, Economic Justice, Crime & Violence, and Racism. One of the papers, by Dr Klaus Schaefer, “Reflecting Christ: crucified and living in a broken world” will give a foretaste of the IAMS (International Association of Mission Studies) conference to be held the following year. For more information contact the Congress Secretary, Dr Nico Botha bothanaatalphadotunisadotacdotza  (bothanaatalphadotunisadotacdotza)  , or see their web site at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/sams.htm
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GOT A RESOURCE FOR CHINA?

David Lim would like to know. He’s the Director of Gospel Recordings in Singapore and, on behalf of a thrust spawned by an Interdev partnership development conference on China, he’s trying to assemble a report for workers who focus on Chinese peoples. If you’ve got tools like special translations of the Bible, or special printing capabilities, books, Chinese literature, radio program, etc., – whatever would help workers evangelize effectively in China – write David at grsinatsingnetdotcomdotsg  (grsinatsingnetdotcomdotsg)   or fax him at 65-2827902 in Singapore. In this case, we won’t post the report here on Brigada. If you want a copy of the findings, write him directly.
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FIELD BASED MA OR PHD PROGRAM FOR “BRIGADA JOE”

Remember “Brigada Joe,” the missionary who said he chose his destination country based on a study he did here on Brigada, using input from Brigada Today participants??? Well apparently, since his country of focus is sooooo closed he needs to move in with a good reason to be there. He is looking for the following and will let us know what works.

  1. Any secular MA or PhD program in Anthropology/Sociology or related field that can be done outside of the USA and mostly through “distance learning” without attending class.
  2. Any secular looking graduate school that will accept transfer credit from his seminary degree and give him most or all of a degree.
  3. Any USA secular (but Christian run) travel agency that will allow him to list himself as a tour guide for that company. He would even send some occasional tourists to his closed country through your agency.

If you have any tips or leads for him, e-mail him at BrigadaJoeathotmaildotcom  (BrigadaJoeathotmaildotcom)  . He’d love it if some travel agency would take him “on staff” (maybe he’d even work without pay… or on commission???). Let’s chip in and help the guy out. After all, it is kind of our fault that he’s there, for God’s cause! :-) Thanks!

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WEBWATCH – SEARCH TOOLS, LONG DISTANCE OPTIONS

WebWatch Here’s a cool site to check rates using various long distance services: http://LONGDIST.NET/?pacifics . It’s probably designed to sell a specific service… but it also serves as a great reference tool. Also, one user wrote to say he really likes http://www.profusion.com because it limits hits to a more manageable amount. I’m trying it myself. Thanks Gene!
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GREAT MODEL FOR PRAYER REQUESTS

praying hands Have you seen the International Mission Board’s prayer request page? It’s at http://www.imb.org and it’s a great model for all of us! It provides a search engine for prayer requests by country, people group and mega-city. You can use the “jump to” feature to go to the CompassionNet page.

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HAVING TROUBLE FINDING INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY?

Check out Insurance Services of America at: http://www.missionaryhealth.com or email them at healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom)  .
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NEED HELP CREATING “ECONOMICS” FOR YOUR FIELD?

Here’s a Brigada participant who might help. This individual has put together a training course to facilitate breaking the ice into creative access countries. Letitia writes, “We are meeting their felt needs to integrate into the global economy by teaching the same material as in a Business Administration Degree, only in twelve weeks. Each subject will be for one week, with 36 hours of classroom instruction and team based group projects (practicum). Included will be: Marketing, International Accounting, International Business and Export Law, Global Management, Strategic Thinking (How to write Business and Marketing Plans), How to Sell via the world wide web, Economics, particularly as they affect International Trade), Organizational and Personal Communications, which enable them to communicate with business people in the world in the same language they understand.” So what Letitia is now offering to do is to help you create a similar package for your own field! What a great service, Letitia! And there’s no plan to charge any kind of fee at all! Yahooo! Yahoo Note that we have no further information on this course at this time… so please check it out for yourself at Letitiaatexcitedotcodotuk  (Letitiaatexcitedotcodotuk)  .
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TIME TO REVISIT CAR RENTAL AGENCIES

Seems like last time, when we studied car rental companies for missionaries on home service, we came up woefully lacking. Paul Pruitt pruittomfataoldotcom  (pruittomfataoldotcom)   is needing to do just that and would love to get together all the options he can. He’ll send us the report. So if you know of a company or individual who would rent or lease a car at a great value to a missionary on home service, let Paul know and he’ll report his findings back to us here.
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FOR LADIES ONLY

Most of our write-ups here in Brigada Today are for either gender, but here’s one only for the ladies. (Okay guys – why are you still reading!? :-) Seriously, this one’s for the ladies only.) Wanda reidthisattelusplanetdotnet  (reidthisattelusplanetdotnet)   wrote this past week, “The cost and availability of feminine hygiene products is a very important and personal concern for women on the field. Many women have to purchase sufficient supplies for the duration of their planned time on the field, or cope with high local costs and irregular supply. There is an alternative that is safe, cost efficient and usable in any country or field situation. “The Keeper” is a natural gum rubber cup, worn internally, and designed to eliminate the inconvenience of traditional feminine hygiene products. Detailed information and ordering are available by calling 800-663-0427, emailing infoatkeeperdotcom  (infoatkeeperdotcom)   or browsing at www.keeper.com. In planning for life in SE Asia, this product has proven very reassuring in my use of it.”
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WANT TO HELP REFUGEES FROM KOSOVO?

If you’d like to minister to refugees from Kosovo who have moved to the USA check out http://www.WorldRelief.org or write Shelley Smith ssmithatwrdotorg  (ssmithatwrdotorg)   or call the US Ministries office at 914-268-4135. Note that this office does not directly coordinate work in Kosovo itself, but only ministers to those who have fled Kosovo and come to the USA.
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HARVEST TIME JAPAN TV UPDATE

Harvest Time is Japan’s first Christian TV broadcaster. Their signal is being picked up by DirecTV, a Direct Broadcast Satellite outfit in Japan known as Yokohama Bayside TV, ch. 321. HT is on their schedule now set to start programming January 1999. It will be necessary for Japanese households to purchase the DirecTV antenna and tuner to receive the programming, but there is a 35% discount going through HT. HT will feature original Japanese-language programming, as well as some from U.S. producers (TBN, CBN, FamilyNet, etc.). (Thanks to David Humble, dhumbleatshizuokanetdotnedotjp  (dhumbleatshizuokanetdotnedotjp)   or at http://www.harvestjapan.org )
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WANT TO HELP PATRICK JOHNSTONE WRITE OPERATION WORLD?

He’s in need of a specialist in information technology. If you’re a good administrator and would be able to raise your support to work side-by-side with him in his office – and if you know computers and databases and are willing to work hard for the Lord, contact Darrell DarrelldotDorratFrontiersdotorg  (DarrelldotDorratFrontiersdotorg)  . What a great opportunity!
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MUSIC AND MISSIONS COMING YOUR WAY

A unique resource about the power of locally-appropriate music in missions work is now available. “Music and Missions” is in two parts: first, a compilation of real-life stories from Brazil, Ghana, Asia, South America and elsewhere. The stories demonstrate the effectiveness of indigenous Christian songs in evangelism, worship, and church planting. Second, the accompanying cassette has excerpts of the very songs mentioned in the stories! You can read the words, see the photos, and hear the local hymns – it’s the next best thing to being there! The hour-long cassette has more than two dozen musical examples. This is a great tool for teachers and learners of all sorts. To order the resource ($10 plus $3 shipping in the US), contact tomaveryatsildotorg  (tom%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eaveryatsildotorg)  .
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YOU CAN SAVE US TONS OF TIME WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS

Brigada Logo Remember, there are no paid Brigada staffers. If you submit a resource or other item for Brigada Today, please follow these simple steps:

  • Write the item in 3rd person
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  • If your name or email address doesn’t reveal your gender, it might be nice to let us know in case we refer to you later as a “he” or “she”

:-) Thanks!!!

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WORLD CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE TO RE-LAUNCH

Bill and Amy Stearns STEARNSatcompuservedotcom  (STEARNSatcompuservedotcom)   are helping relaunch World Christian magazine. WinPress, a nonprofit Chicago publisher, is backing the endeavor. The first quarterly issue is scheduled for March ’99. They’ll try to cover “breakthroughs, resources, accountability studies, features on the world Christian movement from Lake Baikal to Uruguay” in hopes “to bring awareness, accountability and activist connections to short-termers, Perspectives alumni, conference-going missionary wannabes, frontier mission mobilizers…” For more information or to subscribe contact Cathy Turley, WinPress Circulation & Advertising, WINPressatjunodotcom  (WINPressatjunodotcom)  , PO Box 1525, Oak Park, IL 60304; Toll-free in the USA & Canada 888.524.5070; or 708.524.5070; fax 708.524.5174.
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FREE INTERNET “ONLY A LITTLE SLOWER”

netzero logo Thanks loads to those who are testing NetZero for us (free email/internet connectivity, reported last week in the item, “STILL NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS ABOUT NET ZERO“)! The URL is http://www.netzero.net . A few of our trial balloon testers have told us that service is only slightly slower than the $20/month ISP to which they had been subscribing. One tester said he had received several busy signals or “unable to connect” at times. One said some of the ads are morally objectionable. So… buyers beware. Maybe you don’t ever get something for nothing. :-( face frowning One tester suggested we look at http://www.gratis.it/internet.html for a list of other free Internet sources. (Thanks Walter!) By the way, apparently Juno users in some markets are now being limited to two log-ons daily!
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STUDENT MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN JUNE

International Students, Inc. will sponsor the National Conference for International Student Ministry, June 21-27, 1999 at the Glen Eyrie Christian Conference Center in Colorado Springs. Dick Eastman, President of Every Home for Christ, will serve as the keynote speaker. Focus training on June 21-23 will include workshops targeting a wide variety of ethnic specific topics. The main conference (June 23-27) will include ample opportunity to learn about effective methods for international student ministry, networking and fellowship with ministry veterans, and rich times of worship and spiritual growth. This is a family conference; a children’s program will be provided. For more information and registration, contact NCISM99atisionlinedotorg  (NCISM99atisionlinedotorg)   or call 719-576-2700, ext. 139.
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GET YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS AT AD2000

The AD2000 and Beyond Movement web site will soon be offering a resource list of those who consult or conduct training for advocacy, networking and partnership. If you or your organization hasn’t already been contacted by the great folks at the International Office in Colorado, they’d love to hear from you. Details of the type of training and full address info will be gratefully received by barbatad2000dotorg  (barbatad2000dotorg)  .
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DID YOU SEE THE NEW WATER PURIFIER?

I’d love it if someone would test the new “Steri-Pen” portable ultraviolet lightsaber waterpurifier gizmo. Reportedly, just stir a glass of even the murkiest water for 30 seconds and, bottoms up! :-) Minnesota-based maker Hydro-Photon has a web site at http://www.hydro-photon.com and their new Steri-Pen is due out later this year at a hefty $190, . . . but hey… where else can you find a stirring spoon for that price! :-)
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HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING MYSTERY (THE MOVIE)???

Check it out at http://www.mysterythemovie.com . It holds lots of promise for communicating Christ to Chinese-speakers in a contextualized way. (Thanks for the reminder, Tom! You’re doing your job well!!!!)
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TENTMAKER TRAINERS UNITE!

Tentmaking training has become a crucial issue with many schools and agencies. TIE tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)   would like to list all of these training organizations in their reference manual for both the training organizations and possible new tentmakers. If you are taking, or have taken a class on tentmaking or are teaching a class Ken would love to have you send him the information on the length of the class in weeks or total hours, the title of the class, the School or agency’s name and address, a general description of the course or the specific subjects covered. If you would like a copy of the final list also include your return address with a note you would like a copy. To save a Ken a lot of time from general inquirers, we’ll ask him to send us a copy here for all to “get”. Thanks Ken!
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NEED AN AIRPLANE? LET MAF KNOW

MAF logo Does your mission field need a flight program? MAF can do it – but remember it won’t be for free. They have to pay costs, which range between $150 to $250 per hour ($30 to $50 per passenger/hour). They’re also involved in providing HF/VHF radio, satellite-telephone and remote email communications services. Send your request to Jon Lewis, Director of Research – MAF/US, JonLewisatxcdotorg  (JonLewisatxcdotorg)  
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SO WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH 30 DAYS OF PRAYER?

praying hands Is it going to happen this season? We’re talking about the 30 Days of prayer for Muslims during Ramadan. Anyone got a line on it? If so, contact Carl cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza  (cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza)  . He’ll let us know so we can post it here.

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GET THE SKINNY ON LEGAL TRENDS AFFECTING YOUR AGENCY, FOR FREE!

The Legal Trends Memorandum is a free monthly email alert for Christian nonprofit organizations and churches. Every month new legal and tax developments are highlighted – new cases, new laws, new policies, and new tax information. It’s the kind of news that will help keep you aware of important issues directly affecting nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in receiving this send an email jbsmiatixdotnetcomdotcom  (jbsmiatixdotnetcomdotcom)  . Include your name, organization’s name, and email address.
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NEW RESOURCE ON PEOPLES OF VIETNAM

The Peoples of Vietnam examines the unique cultures of the people of Vietnam, and presents each group to caring Christians around the world. It’s a 118-page prayer guide that contains 54 two-page people profiles, a map of where the group is located, a photo of that group in traditional dress, statistical information, cultural information and stories, and a chapter on the past and present state of mission work among them. There is also a spread of superb color photographs in the middle of the book. To order send a check or money order for US$ 10 (postage paid), payable to Asian Minorities Outreach, to P.O. Box 132232, Tyler, TX 75713, U.S.A. or Box 17, Chang Klan P.O., Chiang Mai, 50101, Thailand (whichever is closer). Checks are also accepted in other major currencies, in the local equivalent of US$10. Discounts are available for bulk orders. For more information, contact Asian Minorities Outreach amoatxcdotorg  (amoatxcdotorg)  .
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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!

19981115 Brigada Today

Now with 7776 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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YOUR MINISTRY AD BROADCASTED LIVE ON THE INTERNET!

Yup. You didn’t imagine things! Here’s your chance to get a plug on a live global broadcast via the Internet! Jarel Pittman (JP) and his wife own a radio station in Northern Minnesota that also broadcasts in real time on the web via REAL AUDIO. They reportedly have MANY thousands of listeners in the state of Minnesota and MANY MORE thousands around the world via their REAL AUDIO connection. Apparently, they get responses to their programming from all over the globe (mostly U.S. but there are a lot of folks from overseas that listen as well). Just after my recent visit to MAF in Redlands, JP offered to broadcast FREE of CHARGE (for ANY NON-PROFIT CHRISTIAN MINISTRY) any announcement in English that is for your Ministry or on behalf of some effort your ministry is undertaking. Just write the copy and, if you’re a non-profit ministry, send it in and they will guarantee that it will air for up to 3 weeks, 3-5 times per day depending on announcement traffic they have. JP wrote, “You do not have to advertise for the radio station, or put up a link or banner, or tell your [email] conference members about it or anything cheesy like that … All you have to do is e-mail your announcement to our PSA director and she will get it done.” In fact, he’s even willing to take your “pre-produced” materials. They aren’t asking anything in return other than that you must supply the copy and the run dates. That’s it. No strings. JP wrote, “I feel that if I can help you drum up support, or tell the world about your project or event, then I have been a good steward of the resource the Lord has given me.” They do have several rules, however. Max. 30 seconds. Has to be non-profit. Can’t bash another ministry or person. Supply the copy 2 weeks prior than your requested run date. Must have the name and tel. number (on the copy) of the contact person. And, of course, they reserve the right to refuse to air anything they deem unfit. Also, they can determine the run schedule based on airtime availability, not your requested air time (other than the range of dates…). So… if you want to reach people all over the world, 24 hours/day, here’s your chance. The station is a “progressive” Christian Station that runs MOSTLY music 24 hours a day. They also have news, weather and sports…. It’s all locally produced by VOLUNTEERS (just like most of you). The goal of our MINISTRY was to create a Christian station for NON-Christians and apparently they’ve succeeded. Surveys show that about 30% of our audience is NON-Christian. Check out the station via Real Audio at http://www.kadu.org. I listened! It’s great! Send your announcement copy to kaduatkadudotorg  (kaduatkadudotorg)  . If you have questions, e-mail JP at jarelatxcdotorg  (jarelatxcdotorg)  . And while you’re at it, thank him for his work on Lyris. He’s been one of the primary engineers in making it happen.
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HOW TO BE AN ADVOCATE, … FROM PUNE, INDIA

Announcing the 5th annual People Group Advocate (PGA) School in Pune, India. Organizers in Pune wrote Brigada this past week, “Those of us on the field see the PGA as perhaps the most important role a North American can play on the field. PGA’s work full time to develop 100 strategies to reach one people group. They live in their home country or in the country of the group they reach. In the upcoming 5 week school in Feb. 1999 students visit their people group. Then, using local Indian University libraries and the Internet students study the needs of their people. They explore an exhaustive list of Christian and govt. agencies who could meet the needs of their people group. Through prayer the student nails down the 20 top strategies in the areas of prayer mobilization, media, direct and indirect Evg to focus on in the next two years. After the school Advocates mobilize the body of Christ to care, pray and work on behalf of their chosen people group.” Dates: Feb. 8 – Mar.12th. Cost $600. Location: Pune, India. For Applications, write rmehtaatsofthomedotnet  (rmehtaatsofthomedotnet)   or Director, People Group Advocate School, GPO Box 127, Pune, 411 001 India.
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SEND YOUR FAVORITE PERSONNEL EVALUATION FORM

Grace Wiebe gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   is at it again. She’s collecting evaluation forms from far and wide in an attempt to develop a better understanding of how to follow up with new missionaries, once they’ve departed for the field. Send her your favorite evaluation form and she’ll pull together a composite or simply compile a stack of options. We’ll then post them here for everybody to “get” and use!
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HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR PAN-NATIONAL TEAMS?

That’s what Rick Byham rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid  (rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid)   would like to know. More specifically, he’s especially looking for simulations, training instruments, and games that can be used for interactive training. Send him the best you’ve got and he’ll send us the results for everyone to pick off here later.
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LYRIS SERVER LOGGING YOUR COPY IN TWO SECONDS OR LESS

Lyris logo According to Bob Sutterfield, a tech at MAF, your copy of Brigada Today probably took less than two seconds to crank your way. Don’t you wish the Postal Service could be so fast? :-)
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MARGIE NEEDS A MAILER

letter and ligntening bolt Margie Bose bboseatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin  (bboseatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin)   needs a connection. She’s looking for a way to transfer her email to postal mail (for those in nations like the USA who don’t yet have access to email) (Is there anyone left like that? :-) ) Seriously, I remember we asked this question a couple of years ago and the Compuserve postal connection (at about $1.50 a pop) was the only option we discovered. Are there other connections these days, maybe through the Internet somehow? If you know of something, send her a line on it and she’ll post the compilation here for everyone to see.
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WEBWATCH: SPANISH ON THE WEB

WebWatchHave you tried out the new site for Spanish speaking Christians found at http://www.intervizion.net? It has notices, Bible studies, articles, devotionals, an electronic Bible, International events, music, video and radio, prayer room, reports, chat, electronic cards and much more. The idea is to gather together all the Spanish speaking Christians on one site so information can be shared to help speed up missions and the Great Commission in the Spanish speaking world. I visited and — Wow! blinking1eyes — it’s a sharp site. Tons of resources in Spanish… and lots of ways to plug in with other Spanish-speaking Christians. Try it!
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LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT CHRISTMAS CARD?

Don’t forget to give Kingdom Graphics a try. You get 20 cards & envelope for $ 12.50. The cover boasts an artistic interpretation of the shepherds being approached by an angle in glorious light to announce the birth of the Savior. The colors are creatively exciting and used in a style that is unique and attention-getting. Check out the kingdom graphics Web Site to see this card and find complete easy ordering information. http://www.kingdomgraphics.com
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NEW PRAYER GUIDE TRAVELS THROUGH CENTRAL ASIA

praying hands Want more prayer info. on Central Asia? Now you can have it. Praying Along the Silk Road is a 52-page prayer guide, available immediately for 3 pounds in the UK and $5.00 in North America. Write YWAM at CAFMC, PO Box 177, Haywards Heath, RH17 5YT UK, or email cafmcatholmsteddotorgdotuk  (cafmcatholmsteddotorgdotuk)  .

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MISSIONARY CARE WEB SITE

WebWatch The Task Force for Member Care, under the auspices of the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship, is now maintaining a web-site related to missionary care. They hope that this site will become a clearinghouse for information and resources related to member care. The site will be updated frequently with new information. Suggestions from the missionary community regarding content are welcome. You’ll find the site at: http://www.caring.westhost.com/
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TENTMAKERS MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP (TMF)

Recently, “Jeff Morgan” jsmorganatbmidotnet  (jsmorganatbmidotnet)   asked for referrals of ministries that might help “home service” missionaries or those involved in support-raising to purchase homes at a discount. Jeff rec’d only one major response and it was from Tentmakers Missionary Fellowship (TMF). TMF is an organization comprised of Christian business and professional men and women who are committed to supporting the spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial needs of Christian missionaries. The fellowship was started by missionaries, for missionaries. The goal of the fellowship is to participate with the body of Christ to raise financial resources for missions and to mobilize others in Christian community to develop a similar vision. TMF members partner with missionaries to help provide their financial support. Members provide quality professional services and are directly involved in supporting missionaries. All the profits from their enterprise go to support missionary efforts, thus allowing missionaries to devote more time to direct ministry and less time in fund-raising. One strategic way that TMF partners with missionaries is through Project Referral. In a normal real estate transaction the seller of a home pays a real estate fee, or commission, for the successful sale of his or her home. This commission is typically shared by the buyer’s real estate agent and the seller’s real estate agent. However, if TMF introduces a buyer or a seller to a real estate agent, the fellowship receives a referral fee for that introduction. TMF designates the ENTIRE referral fee for the support of Christian missions in several ways: First, the individual who goes through TMF selects a Christian missionary to receive a portion of the referral fee. The person’s home church also receives a portion of the commission. Second, a portion of the referral fee is designated to Youth for Christ ministries. Finally, TMF supports its own missionaries and ministries, both at home and abroad. If you are buying or selling a home or know someone who is, or if you are a realtor who would like to be a part of the TMF network, contact TMF at (707) 452-8368 or toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at (888) 836-8625. ALL profits received from referral fees are used to fund missionary efforts around the world. Be sure to check out this service well. We haven’t personally used it yet.
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JAPANESE WORKERS UNITE!

After an unprecedented first conference last year with 181 conferees, we’d like to introduce you to Equipper Conference 1998! This conference is dedicated to Japanese people and those ministering to them. It is jointly sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, International Students Incorporated, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and The Navigators. With many thousands of Japanese studying or working in North America, a good number of Japanese come to Christ each year. Often when they return to Japan they stop attending church. In order to help stop this tragic tendency God has led us to develop this conference. It is devoted to equipping Japanese Christians and those ministering to them with the necessary tools and spiritual resources to stand strong and make Christ known in Japan. It is being held this year in Seattle, WA from Dec. 27th through the 1st of January. Organizers would love to see you there! Cost is $210 per person. Arthur Hollands and Koichi Hirano will be the keynote speakers and most sessions are held in Japanese but translation will be available. If you are interested or know someone who may benefit from this just contact USHQatJCFNdotOrg  (USHQatJCFNdotOrg)   for more information. Or you may call 303-730-4226 and ask for Setsu or Yumi!
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BEST BIBLE IN GERMAN?

Got a favorite translation for kids in Germany? Victor vhallatattdotnetdothk  (vhallatattdotnetdothk)   would like to know! He wrote, “Can someone recommend the best easy-to-read German Bible and/or New Testament for a kid in elementary school? I’d like to avoid the old Luther translation, also any denominational slant, but would welcome illustrations.” Victor, be sure to let us know your response, here at Brigada.
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STILL NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS ABOUT NET ZERO

netzero logo We’ve still heard nothing but good news about http://www.netzero.net . Let us know if you try it and what you think of it?
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TESOL TOOL IN AUCKLAND

Looking for a valuable tool to help you in missions? Coming down under in January ’99? Either way, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a great way to be equipped to reach out to immigrants and overseas missions. The Missions Network Center teaches a course designed to give you the necessary skills required to begin teaching English straight away. This four week course will be held on the YWAM Auckland Campus from the 4th through the 29th of January, 1999. The cost is $1250.00 NZ. For more information and application forms contact: Missions Network Centre, Ph. (64) (9) 256-1942, PO Box 13-580, Fax (64) (9) 256-1323, email 100233dot1044atcompuservedotcom  (100233dot1044atcompuservedotcom)  .
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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!

19981108 Brigada Today

Now with 7700 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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ARE YOU CASUAL ABOUT KOSOVO?

Maybe God wants us to be otherwise. As the headlines tell yet another story of a Balkan nightmare, this time in Kosovo, many Christians have begun praying for this unreached part of the world. God has already begun calling His servants to minister to the Kosovars. During the early days of the Bosnian war, many people assisted by sending containers of aid to on-site Church planters. If you are interested in giving materially to this effort, please email JTE at 70303dot475atcompuservedotcom  (70303dot475atcompuservedotcom)  . If you would like to investigate ministering among the Kosovars, please write us at Pioneersatcompuservedotcom  (Pioneersatcompuservedotcom)  .
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FAMILY SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS

Thanks to Brigada reader response, Debbie Wood of AD2000 and Beyond International Office has compiled a list of 35 organizations which take families on short term mission trips.
If you have more agency info to add, or if your family has had an interesting experience in short term mission to share in an upcoming article, please contact Debbieatad2000dotorg  (Debbieatad2000dotorg)  . The article she was researching was published in the Nov. Discipleship Journal, available at Christian bookstores or by calling 1-800-366-7788 (if you’re in the USA or have Net2Phone).
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VIRUS WARNINGS: HOLLOW SCARECROWS

virus Okay, here’s the bottom line on virus warnings. ____ That’s it. In other words, they’re hollow scarecrows. They’re basically all fake. To this day, there’s never been a real live virus warning that anybody has needed to circulate around the Internet. If anyone asks you to relay anything having to do with viruses to other friends on the Internet, then as Nancy would say, just say no. Honest. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your friends’ time. Don’t waste your enemies’ time. They’re not that bad. :-) Just say no.
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FIRST-CLASS MEDICAL CARE FOR FREQUENT TRAVELERS

syringe Do you travel a lot? Know someone who does? Debbie thinks the $150/year is small change compared to even one emergency medical evacuation. Write infoatmedjetassistancedotcom  (infoatmedjetassistancedotcom)   for more information about MedJet assistance plans. $225/year for families.
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THREE CHEERS FOR MAFXC

MAFxc logo We heard some great words of testimony for MAFxc (when we recently asked for feedback on the possible price increase — I VISITED “THE SECRET ROOM AT MAF!”). One reader wrote, “I have been using the MAFxc service for nearly 3 years and have found it to be flawless. In that time, I’ve changed internet service providers at least 4 times, yet I’ve never had to change my email address! Not only is the service great, but it feels good to know I’m a part of MAF’s world-wide communication network for missionaries. MAFxc is worth a lot more than a buck a week. I think EVERY Brigada subscriber should use MAFxc, not just 1000.” ‘Course, his uncle owns MAFxc! :-) (Just kidding!) Anyway, no one seemed to be complaining if MAF raised the rates.
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WHERE DOES ONE TURN FOR INFO FOR EACH COUNTRY?

Is there anyone anywhere still listing prayer requests and information by country (rather than by people group)? If so, pass along a list to Roger RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg  (RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg)  . He’ll summarize and we’ll publish his results here. Please also send him any great sites you have for researching unreached peoples.
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WORLD-BEAT

Dan DanHenrichatXCdotOrg  (DanHenrichatXCdotOrg)   wrote that, of the world’s population,

  • 40% are not supplied with regular electrical service
  • 60% do not have plain old phone service
  • half live over two hours away from the nearest phone
  • a third have never made a phone call
  • less than 20 percent of households have a TV set
  • less than five percent have a personal computer!

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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST PLANS EXPAND

Heartland MissionsFest organizers wrote this past week, “Plans continue to develop for the February 25-27, 1999 conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their web site is now active at http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf. In addition to speakers like Luis Bush and Terry Law the organizers have just confirmed that Neal Pirolo will speak in 3 of the 50+ workshops. Pirolo’s topics will come from two books he has written, Serving As Senders and Prepare for Battle, as well as from his series Building Your Support Team. Of special interest to Brigada participants will be the Brigada exhibit with Doug Lucas live and in-person. Organizations that cannot exhibit in-person can even send brochures to be pre-stuffed in the sack which each attendee receives with their program. At the last Heartland conference over 2,000 participants came from 16 schools, 23 states, 100 churches, and 101 missions agencies. To receive a brochure or exhibitor/advertiser packet send your snail mail address to hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)   or phone 1-800-366-6641. But don’t delay. The exhibitor/advertiser advance discount requires a postmark by November 30.”
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CHECK OUT CHINA ’99

“China ’99…For A New Century” is a conference for Chinese students and scholars, designed to address issues of vital interest to Chinese students and scholars as well as to provide for their spiritual growth. The talks will relate to all levels of one’s spiritual experience – from those who are still considering the matter of God’s existence, to those who have been believers for some time and are ready to minister to others. In addition to stimulating plenary sessions and workshops, conferees will take part in small group discussions led by trained student leaders. Individual ministry time will be available with conference instructors and student leaders. Unique to this conference will be the opportunity to stay with an American host family during the conference, as well as sightseeing in the beautiful San Diego area. Plenary sessions will be presented in Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation in English available through the use of radio headsets. Conference dates are July 10-17, 1999, to be held at Horizon Christian Fellowship; San Diego, California, co sponsored by International Students, Inc., and Horizon Christian Fellowship. For further information, contact China99atisionlinedotorg  (China99atisionlinedotorg)   or by phone at 719-576-2700, ext 139.
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USING THE NAME BRIGADA

Brigada LogoFor what it’s worth, this past week, a reader asked if he could use the name “Brigada” for his new bookstore. We kindly requested that he not do so, not because we were trying to be selfish with the name, but rather so as to avoid confusion.
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CALENDAR OF PRAYER-SPECIFIC EVENTS

praying hands Did you ever wish for a comprehensive calendar of mission mobilization-specific events? Say no more! Done! Nate’s pulled one together at www.ris.net/~nwilson/calendar.htm.

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ZERO BAD ABOUT NETZERO

netzero logo We’ve heard nothing but good about NetZero. One Brigada participant wrote, “NetZero, It really works. And it is totally free for unlimited use. … I did have some problems with it working on my computer at first … but got it all taken care of, with help from their Customer Care Center, and I was up and runnin. You must fill out a “personal profile” the first time you use the service. They use this info to groom the banner ad which they place on top of your browser window. It is not THAT big and can be moved to any corner on your screen but you cannot get rid of it until you log off. It has worked great each time I have used it. In looking through their growing list of access numbers it seemed practically every area code in the country was mentioned. For those diehard freebie types it is a great service. … You can find out more at http://www.NetZero.net or write speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet  (speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet)  . Enter ONLY the following three numbers in the “subject line” of the e-mail: 102 In the body of the letter include your name and mailing address. They will send you a response right away but you will probably have to wait a month to receive the software. They are quite busy for some reason.
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EXPIRED MEDICINE FOR INSPIRING RESULTS

syringe Bill wbillingatexecpcdotcom  (wbillingatexecpcdotcom)   wrote this past week, “We currently have a source for approximately one million dollars (wholesale) of medications and various medical supplies annually. Most of the medications are samples that are about to expire or have expired within the past year or so. We are seeking outlets for distribution for these medications. We had been taking these medications down to Haiti, however the government of Haiti no longer allows expired medications to enter the country. This is the result of a World Health Organization(WHO) recommendation that developing countries not accept expired pharmaceuticals. As most know the meds do not loose their efficacy for many years and the only drug that should not be used beyond its expiration is tetracycline. The WHO policy is just a recommendation. It is not a law, but some countries have made it a law. We really don’t want to violate any of these laws. We do condense and re-package most of the meds so that there is no old expiration date on the container. This is done mainly for shipping purposes. The hospital where we donated the meds stated that 95% of what we brought was needed. That shipment was valued at approximately $100,000.00 U.S. dollars(wholesale).”

Bill also wondered if anyone knew of a country where they do not have a strict policy about expired medications — yet have a medical need? Write him at the address above please.

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TOPS FOR ORIENTING MULTI-CULTURAL MISSION TEAMS

This is a great question. Rick rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid  (rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid)   has to orient several multi-cultural mission teams. How ’bout a line on your favorite resource, simulation “game” guide, handbook, etc., for orienting multicultural teams. Please send them directly to Rick and he’ll report back here next time….
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BUSINESSES FOR BRAD

Brad BStoopsatXCdotOrg  (BStoopsatXCdotOrg)   is trying to pull together a list of resources and pointers on:

  • Business training resources, esp those that incorporate Biblical principles & ethics (books, seminars, cassette/video series, etc).
  • Organizations that promote, support, and/or do micro-enterprise development, tentmaking, esp Xian-based groups.
  • Any other related resources: recommended books/journals devoted to topics of business/mssns, foundations/organizations offering funding, relevant e-mail conferences, helpful software (eg, writing a business plan), etc.

These are great questions. In fact, they just came up today in a lunch I attended! (So please give Brad lots of good answers! :-) ) When he’s done, we’ll publish the list here.

Brad added, “I am looking for all available resources in English, but I very much would like to find out what is available in other languages, too, for use in Central Asia languages, (materials in Turkish and related dialects: Kazak, Uzbek, etc) and Russian would be most useful. Please pass this request along to others! Remember, he’s not looking for the actual resources now . . . but rather, pointers to the resources. Thanks!

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TRACK A DISASTER

A new email distribution list has been formed to network people and organizations involved in the relief effort in Honduras in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Mitch. It will also serve as a source for current news from the region. Moderator Larry Wilson LWilsonatxcdotorg  (LWilsonatxcdotorg)   wrote, “We particularly invite participation by officials of both governmental and private relief organizations, charities and foundations, churches and religious organizations, grass-roots organizations, schools, and individuals involved in disaster relief. Our objective is to facilitate communication among those involved, the networking of resources, and the dissemination of vital information. We invite any contributions of news items, information on resources, inquires from those seeking ways to participate in the relief activities, and requests for assistance from relief organizations and individuals. Those who just wish to keep current on the relief activities are also encouraged to join us.” To join this communication list, send a blank email message join-mitch-reliefatxcdotorg  (join-mitch-reliefatxcdotorg)  

Please disseminate this message as widely as possible to reach interested parties!

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NO FREE LUNCH… OR HOUSING

Oops! The housing mentioned last week (“GOT ANY INTEREST IN FREE MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING?“) is not free. Rent is set to cover expenses of operating the facility. Those expenses are the responsibility of the missionary or their agency. No free lunch.
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SEEMS LIKE SOMETIMES ONLY HALF THE MESSAGE COMES THROUGH

At least that’s what happened last week (“REGISTER YOUR HIGH-TECH SKILLS“). Pete clarified, “That’s right, we’re also creating a worldwide catalog of cross-cultural ministry high tech needs, so that the techies (and managers, and funders, and…) can find significant ways to help. African initiatives needing computers, SE Asian ministries interested in web sites, folks needing email help, Brigada conferences needing administrators :-), evangelists wanting to create talking credit-card sized tracts, etc etc etc…. we need ALL of it.” Go for it, Pete!
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IF YOU’RE READING ABOUT ISLAM ON THE NET

We had previously mentioned a URL for reading about Islam, maybe even on the Net. Instead of http://www.math.gatech.edu/~jkatz/Islam/Gilchrist/Vol1/ (which is the individual’s work account), we’re told we should have recommended, http://answering-islam.org/Gilchrist/Vol1/ or http://answering-islam.org.uk/Gilchrist/Vol1/ — whichever you choose.
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HOW TO SPEND 100 BUCKS AND NOT BE ANY CLOSER TO YOUR MISSIONARY

I really have a hard time with these online “chat” reports with missionaries overseas. I don’t know what it is about it . . . maybe the fact that the missionary is probably having to pay for his Internet connectivity by the minute (while someone backspacez…<<<<
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THUMBS UP FROM PLANET ONE

thumbs-up I’m not fibbing… last night I dreamed I was on a set-up trip overseas (I won’t say where) and some terrorists blew up the airport. I watched the explosion and the resulting fire from outside the house where I was a guest. When I poked my head in the door and told them, they locked me out and shoved my passport/ID under the door. I was stuck outside with none of my belongings and nowhere to turn. But thankfully, I hadn’t taken in the Planet 1 yet. (You think I’m making this up . . . but it really happened… in my dream.) I snuck inside an unlocked car in the driveway and placed a call… to the State Department… direct… on my Planet 1 Satellite Telephone. (Now here’s the part where I’m making it up… I don’t own a Planet 1 …yet.) Maybe I dreamed this because Penny and I watched Mission: Impossible (the movie) last night… or maybe it was because a friend at MAF let me phone her from California last week . . . via satellite! Either way, it’s a pretty fascinating concept. There’s no doubt about it… if you appreciate a loved one or a missionary in a far-flung locale without dependable long distance, Planet 1 is the way to go. $3/minute is steep, but I can speak from experience, if the terrorists blow up the airport in your city (or in your dreams) or even if the baby takes her first steps while you’re serving in the jungles of the Amazon, you’ll wish you had Planet 1 to call the grandparents! Hey — what’s $3/minute if you’re trying to arrange an emergency airlift out of a wartorn or otherwise disaster-stricken location! What’s more, if you buy now, before the end of the year, you’ll get these zillions of free air-time minutes worth like hundreds and hundreds of dollars! You get the telephone (which looks more like a small laptop), case, and a bunch of other goodies for just under three grand. Ouch. bandaid But save your pennies… I know I’d like to. When you reach the big 3K, email Paul Lay at MAF PLayatmafdotorg  (PLayatmafdotorg)   to find out more. I’m serious — I really didn’t make up the dream. :-)
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RENT A PLANET 1 FOR A SONG

And if you can’t afford to buy one right now, why not try before you buy! Write rentalatmobelldotcom  (rentalatmobelldotcom)   for more info. 95 English Pounds per week… What would that be.. maybe $150 or so? Might be a great way to experience it for starters!
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WATER FILTERS FOR THE REST OF US

So have you been holding back on buying a travel water filter for your next short-term trip? Maybe you didn’t want to spring for the $70… or $250! Or maybe you were kind of sheepish about dragging out all that hose in front of your host in rural Nepal? Well never fear, PentaPure is here! I finally got to try out one of those new PentaPure Sport bottles this past week. What a great option for someone “on the go”! You just fill it up (with clear water from a spring, river, or the faucet), and as you squeeze and sip through the built-in bottle nipple, the water is filtered and purified through several stages . . . enough to pull out the waterborne bacteria and viruses, along with protozoa, giardia, cryptosporidium, and anything else over 1 micron wide! Just think . . . no more pumping while you try to hold the hose under the faucet! (It’s like those old one-liners… “How many missionaries does it take to filter water, eh? Four! One to hold the intake hose under the faucet, one to pump, and one to hold the output hose in the mouth of the flask, and one to keep the hostess busy outside the bathroom door so she won’t wonder why you don’t think her water is good enough!! :-) ) Well . . . never again! Just fill your PentaPure Sport bottle to the brim and run! Yahooo! Yahoo Not bad for $24. And that’ll do for your next 750 refills! (100 gallons!) You can write TealBrook for more info… tealbrookataoldotcom  (tealbrookataoldotcom)  . Just please don’t forget to tell them to give you a good deal ’cause you heard about it on Brigada. Maybe they’ll throw in a belt “Hydro-Pak” holster for $8 more! (Okay… so you can’t afford the satellite phone… how ’bout the water bottle, eh?)
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WEBWATCH

WebWatch Check out these great online resources for those working among Muslims…
“Islam, As It Sees Itself, As Others See It, As It Is,” http://answering-islam.org/Nehls/tt1/content.html
“The Islamic-Christian Controversy,” http://answering-islam.org/Nehls/tt2/content.html
“Muhammad and the Religion of Islam,” http://www.math.gatech.edu/~jkatz/Islam/Gilchrist/Vol1/
Thanks Jeff!

Also, you might want to catch the article on persecution of Christians around the world by the The Portland Oregonian at: http://www.oregonlive.com/series/christians.html (Thanks Gene!)

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NEW MEANING TO THE YEAR 2000 BUG

I loved the note I got last week from Mike & Deb Lundeen, who said they had finally found a solution to the Year 2000 Bug (commonly being referred to as Y2K). If you haven’t heard about Y2K, you should probably hide under a different rock for awhile. The essence is that computer programmers (myself included… in a program I wrote back in ’89) abbreviated the year with only two digits in programming code. Come “00” (or actually, 2000), some of the code might not perform up to our expectations, since the computer might assume we’re talking about 1900 instead of 2000! But Mike & Deb Lundeen have concluded that they aren’t going to be sidetracked! As for their part, whenever they see “Y2K,” they’ve pledged to bow in prayer! Because they’re going to interpret Y2K as “Your 2 Knees!” I love it! By the way, these are the same Lundeens who sell the water bottles and other camping/survival equipment at TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)  .
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SUMMARY OF PRAYER INPUT

praying hands A couple of weeks ago, I asked how we can pray more effectively for those in limited (creative-) access countries. There were those who said it could be done by encryption. If you’re interested, the MAF people are probably the experts on that. Write to someone like helpdeskatxcdotorg  (helpdeskatxcdotorg)   for a lead on the cost of setting up an encrypted email server in your creative access country. But by a large margin, most responses have indicated that we shouldn’t be mentioning names, addresses, or probably even specific countries when we raise up requests for our missionaries or the nationals with which they labor – even if we have encryption. The vast majority of responses said it’s just too easy for local governments to come down hard on specific individuals. And although encryption feels like it’s working, it’s also too easy to seize the computer physically and read the decrypted messages on the hard drive… or just throw the guy out of the country because he looks suspect for using encryption in the first place! (Until we all start using encryption on a regular basis, that is.) God knows who you’re praying for . . . lift them up! Mark told us about a web-site he had created as a sampler… http://www.apaog.org/ under “About APAG” then Missions. He’s Mark Szymanski 75604dot1047atcompuservedotcom  (75604dot1047atcompuservedotcom)  , the new Ass’t to the Pres. at United World Mission. Greg Fritz, of Caleb Project, wrote personally to add, “The security problem may be minimized by focusing people’s prayers on the people group. This kind of effective praying may actually bless the worker as much as the other. I also think that praying for the work more effectively mobilizes the Church than praying for the worker. So then, my suggestion becomes, let’s not just pray for the workers, let’s pray with the workers. They pray for the people they are trying to reach.” I agree fully with Greg… and I know he’s a man who implements that which he’s advocating. I’ve stayed at his house before and wondered upstairs at 5:00am to see why the light was on. There he’d be, already up praying and reading the scripture. Yikes. gulp Move over Dawson Trotman. :-) ‘Course, he goes to bed at 9pm, too. :-)
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MOVING FORWARD WITH EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES

letter and ligntening boltGot a favorite email forwarding service? Ken and Luci Davis kenluciatjunodotcom  (kenluciatjunodotcom)   would like to know! Drop ’em a note with a brief description of your favorite and why you like it. These forwarding services save your friends a ton of headaches. Whenever you switch email providers (during home service, or maybe just because you find something better, or perhaps while you’re on a trip overseas), you take care of switching your destination email by reconfiguring your “alias” to redirect your messages from your alias address over to your new real address. It’s transparent! Your friends don’t even realize you’ve switched providers! Some are free (usually attaching a brief ad to the bottom of each message), while some charge a fee. When you tell Ken and Luci your favorite, make sure you fill ’em in on what you have to pay, if anything. Ken and Luci will, in turn, file a summary report with us here for the whole world to see. Well . . . maybe not the whole world. Mostly just Brigada participants! :-)
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SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, SEARCHING FOR SCORCHED SYMBOLS

Here’s a guy with a vision: Vern Bissell acmc-waatintegrityonlinedotcom  (acmc-waatintegrityonlinedotcom)  , of ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment), Washington State (tel. 503-848-7924), is looking for any symbols of persecution that he could use at an upcoming concert of prayer for the persecuted church around the world (on March 20). He wrote that he’s looking for “any scorched boards salvaged from burned churches anywhere around the world, especially Sudan — or similar objects which testify to the plight of Christian brothers and sisters. I would like to use these as an aid for intercessory prayer both for the persecuted and for the persecutors. Associated photos would also be helpful.”
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WANT TO WRITE YOUR OWN GRANT INTO CENTRAL ASIA RESEARCH?

You can do it. Check out http://www.indiana.edu/~iaunrc and learn more. If you’re really serious, you could write the Indiana University administrator for more information . . . but remember that he’s a university administrator, not a missions guy… Anyway… you could qualify for up to $300 grant to study and present at IU. Free money. Cool. thumbs-up :-) Thanks Noel!
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GOT ANY INTEREST IN FREE MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING?

Ted 105332dot551atcompuservedotcom  (105332dot551atcompuservedotcom)   wants to know. He’s putting together a proposal for his church, since their first attempt has proven so successful. The church already has one guest house working . . . and now they’re considering a 2nd. Ted wants to make a strong case to his board. If you’re a missionary who would appreciate a place to stay in North Boston (or nearby), why not drop him a line! And in the process, Ted will put together a written proposal that we can also make available here to all. Ted’s wondering if maybe others would want to make housing available elsewhere. Maybe his report/proposal could work as a model for others. So… if you like the idea of free missionary housing, drop him a line!
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HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH 500,000 INTERESTED FRIENDS?

The Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board (IMB) is about to find out! Rick Wood recently shared Mark Kelly’s summary of a new communications tool that the IMB (The initials “IMB” remind me of something off Mission: Impossible! :-) ) has come up with to inform churches and their members about the work of the IMB around the world. They made the bulletin-size inserts available on a no-cost basis to anyone who would distribute them to church members, free of charge. But still, according to Mark, they figured they’d be lucky to distribute 50,000 of them. Now, after just 3 months of publishing, they’re up to 500,000 requests weekly! Whew! blinking1eyes That’s enough to make any printing press tired! Interested in seeing what they’re like? Why not try to get on the list!?! Make it 500,001! :-) Contact them via customerdotservicesatimbdotorg  (customerdotservicesatimbdotorg)   or call toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at 1-800-866-3621. The IMB’s web site is at http://www.imb.org. As always, if any inquirer is caught, the IMB will disavow any knowledge of your actions. :-)
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BEEN WONDERING WHERE GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST IS?

Well, it’s an interesting story. Apparently, several addresses (maybe hundreds?) were lost in the switchover to Lyris. As those folks realized one at a time that they weren’t receiving the digest any more, they’ve tried to resubscribe, only to find that their attempts would get kicked back in their faces. Rude, these computers. :-) Well after hearing several complaints, I got on the web last week and discovered, much to my surprise, that, for being such a smart piece of computer software, Lyris actually has a fairly limited spelling vocabulary — about 30 letters. (I mean.. there are kids in those 6th grade spelling bees that can do better! :-) ) What I mean to say is that . . . any conference over 30 letters got truncated, whether it liked it or not. I barely remember the day back in 1995 when the then-editor of the electronic version of Global Prayer Digest and I opted to spell out the entire publication in the list name. In retrospect (mostly in Lyris-spect), bad idea. Why? Because what Majordomo used to call brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigestatxcdotorg has now become brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg (whack off the “t”!). Can you believe it? So . . . bottom line . . . if you’d like to receive a daily dose of prayer for unreached peoples, absolutely free, you’ll have to do so without the tea . . . or “t” . . . . whatever. Just write to: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg  (subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg)   and you’re in business! Computers. With all due respect to silicon, for being so smart, they can sure be dumb. :-)
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MINI-PERSPECTIVES?

Okay… I know they’re out there. All those “condensed” Perspectives-type classes and workshops, some on video, some “live”, some on cassette… whatever. Joe LFJU59Aatprodigydotcom  (LFJU59Aatprodigydotcom)   wants to know! He’s working with a very large church which is considering asking all its Adult Bible Fellowships to cover a mini-perspectives in their regular Sunday morning lesson series plans. Great idea. Naturally, you can understand why they can’t use the whole 45-hour Perspectives course during Sunday School time! :-) So they’re looking for something maybe 4-weeks long… 4 lessons. I know, I know. Everybody’s going to tell him not to shorten Perspectives. But hey – they’ve got limitations and they’ve got to work within them. So… please… no lectures… just the facts… where can he get a four-lesson course. Now… Joe… here’s the deal. You’ve got to fill us in on a summary of your findings, with all the sources and prices, okay? Thanks.
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WHAT ABOUT ALL THE BRIGADA “GETS”

Brigada LogoIf you’re one of the frustrated users who has been looking for one of the old Brigada “get” files via the email interface, I’m sorry to have to tell you that we’re still stuck in limbo-land. The transition from Lyris has brought about a situation where practically none of the formerly available “get files” are available today. We’re told that someday, they’ll be brought over, though. So have patience. In the meantime, if you’re one of the lucky ones with web access, you can probably still see the “get” files via the web interface, maintained by our buddy Bob! What a saint he is! Week by week converting all this ASCII gibberish into meaningful and colorful web pages! Well… his “get files” are still active and helpful links, ready to click on! So… go to the web, use the search engine, and go to town! We’ll announce it here when the archives are available again via the email interface.
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INTERESTED IN ETHNIC WORSHIP AND ARTS?

Then this is your ticket! Write to receive the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus Newsletter…the first (Nov98) issue has just come out and is available upon request from gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  .
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REGISTER YOUR HIGH-TECH SKILLS

Are you a Christian interested in the use of high tech tools for strategic worldwide ministry? Whether you have much time or little time to give, The folks at the newly-formed International Christian Technologists’ Association (ICTA) are asking that you please register your areas of expertise and interest and support the Association with your membership. They want you to contribute to their secure database of ministry high tech needs and high tech people skills and interests, then join what they hope will become a global community of Christian Information Technologists! Check ’em out at http://www.icta.net today!
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ADVANCE IS READY TO READ

Mark Kelly has done it again! His November issue of “Advance!” is ready to read.

Here’s the executive summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — China’s “perfect city;” the Criollo of Argentina; gospel radio in Myanmar; the Barel of India; the “Jesus” film in Gombe, Nigeria; catastrophe in Bangladesh.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Nov. 15; persecution in Southeast Asia; believers arrested, tortured in Egypt; Pakistan parliament passes Islamic law amendment; militant Hindus rape nuns; Ayizo believers persecuted.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Jehovah’s Witnesses target young deaf believer; Muslim extremists booby-trap baby’s corpse; U.S. lawmakers fail to override partial-birth abortion veto; birth control pills kill after conception; study indicates lesbians at higher risk for breast cancer.

REJOICE! — God moving among the Sundanese; 1,000 attend Bhojpuri pastors conference; Sudanese believer acquitted of subversion charges; satanic priests, cult members turn to Christ; young believer leads 10 inmates to Christ; baby girl survives abortion; China officials ask church leader to conduct Christian training; Myanmar sorceress accepts Christ; 753 accept Christ because of ex-prisoner’s testimony.

NETWORKING — 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus; the “Bwanda Fusa Challenge” computer game; 1999 Heartland MissionsFest; “Mpact” student missions conference

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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!

19981025 Brigada Today

Now with 7647 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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I VISITED “THE SECRET ROOM (AT MAF)!”

I wish I could have taken all 7646 of you with me this past week. I was invited to preach and give a presentation during morning chapel at the offices of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Wow! blinking1eyes What an experience. I met nearly 100 of the greatest people you would ever want to meet! They all seemed to have such a commitment to serve: pilots, airplane instructors, administrators, secretaries, and even missionaries!! They also want to do things with excellence. Later, after chapel, the management staff held a brainstorming session with the Information Technology (IT) people. Yikes. gulp Truth is, the “xc.org” segment (IT) hasn’t been breaking even financially. Not enough subscribers! So… one idea is to ask a ton of you to go ahead and subscribe to MAFxc. You’ll get an email box that can be configured to forward email to whichever address you’ve assumed for the time being. . . so you can be “YourNameHereatxcdotorg” and that address will forward incoming email to a farm address in Iowa or a city address in Caracas or a rural address in Thailand. Trouble is, by my calculations, we’d need somewhere around 1000 extra people to subscribe annually at the $52 rate. Gulp. gulp (By the way, if you decide to try this, make sure you tell them you’re subscribing because of Brigada so they’ll know to count you toward our “1000 extra Brigada people”.) If we don’t use that approach, does anyone have a better idea? Warning: MAF is desperate… but also patient. At this point we’re just assembling ideas. If you want to try the subscribe approach, just write Rex at: helpdeskatxcdotorg  (helpdeskatxcdotorg)   for more information.

By the way, I was privileged to see the “Secret Room” where all the servers are kept. In that one room is the server that runs the whole xc.org conference and all associated lists. I felt like I was in a kind of “holy of holies”! :-) It was really spooky to actually reach out and place my hand on the very machine that works so hard each week to deliver these Brigada Today messages to you! God bless the folks at MAF for working so hard to pull things together! Have you noticed lately how everything has been speeding up? The Lyris web pages for all the Brigada conferences is actually working quite nicely now! Lickety-split. May God be praised for working “in” and “through them!”

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PRAYER FOR CREATIVE ACCESS LANDS

lighting the way Last week we invited input re: creative access lands and how to exchange prayer requests for their sake (WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT PRAYER FOR CREATIVE-ACCESS COUNTRIES?). Several people wrote with ideas, but actually there was no one “breakthrough” strategy. Nearly every reply emphasized the importance still of not distributing the information too widely. Some suggested fancy encryption routines (such as PGP), while others campaigned for more security. In the end, my conclusion is still the safest, I believe: Send out prayer requests on the web, via Internet, etc., but make sure each has been sanitized to remove the names of on-site workers, their identities, as well as anything else that might be attached.
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NEED A TAKE-ALONG WATER FILTER?

Have you seen the new Ultimate Flaskfilter water filter? It’s supposed to take out all the Cryptosporidium and Giardia you can throw its way. It looks exactly like one of those water bottles you slide into the holder on your bike. You just fill the bottle and squeeze. A filter cleans about 200 liters of water (52 gallons), depending on the amount of impurities in the water. Replacement filters are $10. In the USA (or on Net2Phone) call 1-800-426-7229 or from outside the USA call 208-356-0385. What I like about this approach is that one would be able to escape the funny feeling one sometimes gets in a private home, taking water from the faucet and then filtering it. Sometimes I feel like the implication is that the water just isn’t pure enough for me. . . when the local person drinks it daily. With this Ultimate FlaskFilter, one could be a little more . . . shall we say . . . discreet. They’re on the web at http://www.ultdir.com/. I’ve had one of their water bottle “holsters” for 7 or 8 years . . . and if you drink water, you want to get to know them. :-)
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NEED A PRINTER FOR THAT LAPTOP?

printer PC Magazine says the new Epson Stylus Color 440 ($150) is your best value. It’s a real four-color unit. HP’s 712C ($250) and 722C ($300) are just a tad more money, but they’re also faster and slightly higher in quality. But if you’re looking for a real top quality color printer and you have the budget, step on up to HP’s 895Cse Professional Series. This last model received “Excellent” in every category. NEC scored big in the laser category with the SuperScript 870 (only $350!). You can even purchase an extra input tray (500 sheets for $169) and a network card.
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SOMETIMES THE SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST IS THE BESTEST

Shopping for a data projector for all those mission presentations? Just when I was about to recommend InFocus’ LP425 (6.8 pounds, 700 lumens), Epson brings out the PowerLite 5500C. It’s just over 2 pounds heavier, but does a lot better job at giving even lighting throughout the entire projected image. Add a zoom and an included remote control that plugs into your laptop’s serial port, and it’s probably a better deal. ‘Course, you’ll need $7500 bucks so . . . maybe this one’s one of those long-term goals. :-)
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“LOOK MA – NO WIRES!” (NETWORKING WITHOUT CABLE)

Maybe in your missionary home, you’ve got a desktop for the kids and the Mrs. and a laptop for you. Now you can network the two without wires using Diamond Multimedia’s new “HomeFree” package. It’s only 1 Mbps but it has a range of 150 feet using Spread Spectrum RF technology. Plus both computers can surf the web using the same single Internet account. Check it out at http://www.diamondmm.com/homefree
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CHECK OUT YOUR NEW VIRTUAL PHARMACY

syringe We used to read Where There is no Doctor but now I have a feeling we’d also check out Dr. Koop’s Community http://www.drkoop.com, VitaSave http://www.vitasave.com, and GreenTree Nutrition http://www.greentree.com. From these and other online pharmacies, you can check out medicines and their sideeffects and pick up nutrition information for free.
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AN EASIER WAY INTO NET2PHONE

telephoneIf you’ve been looking for an easy way to get into a phone-over-the-net world, check out NetConnect ($149) at 888-366-3638 in the USA. This hardware/software solution lets you use your normal phone over the Internet. Full duplex audio card included. See them on the web at http://www.enetconnect.com.
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HOW FAST IS THE INTERNET GROWING?

WebWatch Plum fast. ISPs have picked up by 25% per year to a current total of 5000 despite consolidation. Some estimate 200 million connected computers by July 2001. One researcher says he estimates that the load on the Internet backbone is increasing 10 times per year . . . which would translate into 1000% growth! If you’re into terabytes (which is the next step up from gigabytes), we’re talking 1500 of them per month as of mid-1998! If this kind of stuff interests you, check out http://www.thestandard.com/newsletters and http://ww.thestandard.com/metrics.
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FROM THE “WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME ‘BRIGADA’?” DEPT.

In 1942, Stalin, then leader of what used to be the USSR, banished some 200,000 Crimean Tatars from their home on the Black Sea. They were not permitted to return to their homeland en masse until the early nineties, when the Soviet Union broke apart. Unfortunately, since their homes had been confiscated by others, the Crimean Tatars were forced to rebuild entire settlements during the cold winters of 1990 and 1991. While living in Crimea, we saw, at times, literally dozens of Crimean Tatar families working together in what they called, in Russian, ‘brigadas’ (brigades), helping one another build homes in rapid fashion. They found, through experience, that working together produces synergy, i.e., the output is greater than the sum of the inputs. As Bill Taylor writes in Kingdom Partnerships, “… One draft horse can pull four tons. If you harnessed two draft horses together, they can pull twenty-two tons.” We need just this kind of ‘brigada’ and just this kind of synergy! (By the way, the word also works the same in Spanish.)
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REFUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WANT THEIR MONEY BACK

Lately, we’ve received a couple of inquiries asking us if it would be possible to produce Brigada Today on Friday instead of Monday. I mean, after all, we always date it as of Friday, so why can’t it be delivered to our inbox on Fridays. One participant said it would be easier to get the material to members of his local church if it came on Friday. We answered him by explaining that we send it on Mondays so he’ll have 6 days to prepare copies rather than just one. :-) NOT! :-) The real reason is that we get involved with weekend trips and family activities and sometimes (actually most of the time) we don’t get it out as quickly as we used to. :-) However, I can tell you this – we’ll try harder to get it out earlier. :-) In the meantime, thanks for your patience.
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AS THE SEARCHING SAGA SOARS

One user recommends we try askjeeves.com for our searches. Says the output is a better summary than just about any other.
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MAKE AN MPACT

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, will host the 49th annual Mpact student missions conference, February 26-28, 1999, at the Seminary. The conference seeks to challenge student and young adult Gen-Xers to “do missions” in their community, in their country, and around their world. This year’s theme is exTreme PURPOSE – Luke 9:23, and will feature Bob Sjogren, founder of Caleb Project, and Frontiers. He will issue an innovative concept on the Biblical mandate to bring closure to the Great Commission. The conference will include Internationally Renowned Missions Speakers, Interactive Group Sessions, Guest Musicians for Praise & Worship, and Exciting and Challenging Mission Action Projects. For more info, contact mpactatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu  (mpactatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu)  .
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CALLING ALL PIPER CUBS

If you’re interested in following John Piper’s speaking schedule, check him out at http://www.desiringgod.org.
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WEB-WATCH – LINKS FOR LATINS WHO LONG FOR THE LORD

WebWatch Here are some great links for our Spanish-speaking Brigada brothers courtesy Grover in Bolivia:

  • http://www.comibam.org — A Latin Missionary Agency where you will find statistical pictures about the 10/40 window, Reaching Africa, etc, all files are in PowerPoint.
  • http://www.logos.ar/misionaustral — a Missionary Agency from Argentina, this minister has people working in Guinea Bisau, see news, prayer needs, etc.
  • http://www.christianaid.org — This site has a web page in Spanish about mission, you will find a prayer profile per month, news, and some teaching about “Missions”.
  • http://www.pueblos.org — Here find an “electronic course” about mission, visit this site and receive a free course in Spanish via e-mail.
  • http://www.bhnet.com.br/~jocum/ — A home page from YWAM from Brazil where you will find links of other web pages in other countries of YWAM.

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WHO HAS CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING ON DISK?

Dale fishvilleataoldotcom  (fishvilleataoldotcom)   is looking for training materials on disk in multiple languages to equip laymen to become pastors, leaders, and church planters. If you have leads or materials, contact him direct and he’ll report the summary back to us.
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WHERE DO YOU SEND A NEW CHRISTIAN FOR MISSIONS INTRO. INFO?

Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)   needs web sites that will introduce new Christians to the world of missions. Please send him your best shot and he’ll report back to us in a couple of weeks. He’s searching for any motivational or informational site that will help him share global opportunities and responsibilities.
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NEED A GREAT DEAL ON USED RADIO EQUIPMENT?

Check out this “going out of business sale”, December 12-14 in England. Among the listed 364 items are Revox B77 high speed tape machines, microphones, Uher reporter type portable tape machines, Marantz portable reporter type recorders, and tons of studio equipment. Almost all are in original cartons and in very good to excellent condition. All equipment uses 220 volts, like in Europe, Russia, China, most of Africa, etc. Any Christian radio producer or audio director is welcome to ask for the itemized list of equipment. It will be forwarded by email to them. Prices are lower than on the commercial audio market. An organization willing to buy the whole lot will be given a very good discount and also receives free studio furniture. For the itemized list or more info., write Hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde  (Hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde)  
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NATIONAL PRAYER CALENDAR ONLINE

praying hands Did you ever wish you could get a copy of a giant calendar with all the upcoming prayer and mobilization dates noted for all to see? Well now you can . . . at: http://www.churchontheweb.com/prayer/ M Mejia mmejiaatunidialdotcom  (mmejiaatunidialdotcom)   invites any and all to send in additional dates of activities both in the USA and in regions beyond. Write him directly please.
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Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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RASCAL POINTY BRACES

It started with my 12-year-old not liking his braces. Now I don’t like mine either! :-) ‘Course, he’s talking about the silver kind on his teeth, and I’m talking about the pointy kind on my email addresses. So for today, I’m using “(” parentheses to be safe. More later, after I’ve been able to work this out with the developers of my email client (Goldmine 4.0). Seems that it drops out pointy braces “<" with certain email readers but not others. Yikes. gulp
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“FRIENDS OF BOSNIA” TO GATHER IN WASHINGTON, DC

“When it comes to future hope and peace for Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina, this event has the capacity to bring together some of the most informed church and government leaders ever!” That’s what one church leader has said about the “Friends of Bosnia” Conference slated in Washington, DC for April 9-10, 1999. Organizers hope the event can:

  1. serve as a launching pad for an informal international network of churches, agencies, and individuals who want to help make a lasting difference for hope and peace in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Kosovo as well,
  2. encourage churches toward a more active role in participating in Bosnia’s future (Goal: 30 “new churches” represented there, 5 new “adoptions”,
  3. Continue building more and more camaraderie between churches and mission agencies already in Bosnia, and to
  4. Lift up the needs of Bosnia to the Washington, DC, community to reduce the likelihood of forgetting about its future.

The event has already attracted many key leaders in current Bosnian humanitarian outreaches and church planting agencies. Among those scheduled to participate in the event in one way or another are John Rowell and Tom Conway (Sr. Minister and Missions Director, respectively, from Northside Community Church, Atlanta, GA, whose highly successful and well-publicized work in Mostar has served as a model for many entering Bosnia), Doug & Penny Lucas (Doug is President of Team Expansion and is serving as a consultant to 2 churches and a missions agency currently involved in launching new projects in Bosnia), George & Hannah Miley (George is Director of Antioch Network, which has featured Bosnia as a “showcase” field), Jim Rosania (a specialist in Bosnian refugee work in Phoenix, AZ), and many others.

Planners have launched an “online email conference” to facilitate pre-event communication. To join, just send a message to subscribe-fobih-inputatxcdotorg  (subscribe-fobih-inputatxcdotorg)  . FoBiH stands for “Friends of Bosnia & Herzegovina Input Group.” To find out more or register for the Washington, DC, event, email DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  . Earlybird registration is set for the incredible low price of $69 per person, which includes facilities charges, supper on April 9th and lunch on April 10th. (Any excess funds will be used to convene a similar event in the year 2000 in a site to be chosen at the April conference. Write for details on housing. Registration on or after January 1st is $99 per person.)

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH FREE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

WebWatch The full kind! I’m not just talking about Juno. I figure they’ll lose their customers overnight once NetZero becomes fully operational across the country. Because if you ask me, Juno has captured people only because they’re offering a commodity. . . free email access. But nobody’s going to develop customer-brand loyalty to Juno. Admit it. You just love ’em ’cause they’re free! So now that NetZero is going to come along… and you can also get free unlimited web access and chat and email… then duh! Who in the world will stay with Juno! But here’s the big warning!!! Before you go hopping over to NetZero, first make sure they have a local dial-up in your city. They’ve already got local 56K access in dozens of places like Hackensack, Washington (DC), Bridgeport, New Haven, Birmingham, Seattle, Portland, Boise, Fresno, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Champaign, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, St Louis, Indianapolis, Akron, Mobile, Gainesville, and Olympia but . . . alas… they don’t have Louisville, Denver or Colorado Springs! That knocks out half the Brigada mailing list anyway! :-) But keep track… Steve’s stevepettyjohnatnetzerodotnet  (stevepettyjohnatnetzerodotnet)   been using them for a week with no trouble! Stay tuned to http://www.netzero.net/index.html to watch for openings in other locations! And when they do finally open in an area near you, pounce on it!
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*** SPECIAL “PRAYER FOCUS” SECTION ***
PRAYER IS ON THE RISE!

praying hands You should have seen the broad response received regarding the growing emphasis on prayer! From a church in Australia, birthed partly out of missions and prayer zeal to prayer advocates whose prayer lists literally criss-cross the planet, God is raising up a movement of prayer-partners! There are prayer days and web sites about prayer days… consider http://homezone.com/amf. There are full-time prayer specialists for certain denominations or fellowships – like Randy Sprinkle RandydotSprinkleatIMBdotOrg  (RandydotSprinkleatIMBdotOrg)   for the Southern Baptists and David Butts Dave2000adatxcdotorg  (Dave2000adatxcdotorg)   for Christian Churches & Churches of Christ. And it crosses not only denominational boundaries, but also international boundaries as well! Consider Paul Haroutunian 76512dot105atcompuservedotcom  (76512dot105atcompuservedotcom)   of an Armenian fellowship, who has started a Wed night prayer meeting at the church, along with an on-fire high school youth focused on prayer, a men’s group, and more! He recommended, (Pray Magazine, From the Navigators), Prayer Power Points, by Roth (Prayer quotes), Prayer Partners by John Maxwell, plus the video-it’s excellent and inexpensive, and Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds. Most of these should be available at your local Christian bookstore, if you have a Christian bookstore nearby, that is. One source passed along this quote from the Fall 1994, p 5, Cell Church Magazine. Seems that “It was pioneer missions at its best. J.O. Frasier, a missionary among the Lisus of the mountains of western China earlier this century, struggled whether to work among the southern tribes or the northern tribes. He came to the conclusion that he was to work among the northerners, but from sunup to noon he would intercede for the southerners. As he worked among the northerners, few accepted Christ. Later, Frasier discovered that as a result of one chance contact with a southern man tens of thousands had come to Christ in the southern tribes! Waves of revival had come to the southern tribe not beprayer!” If that doesn’t inspire us to pray, we’d better check our pulse! :-)
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A PRAYER INTERCESSOR FOR YOUR MISSION TEAM

praying hands Mike (we’ll allow him to remain anonymous, or else I fear he’ll be pelted with email and won’t get his work done!) sent along this note regarding a friend working in a creative-access country in Africa. His letter of June 12th speaks for itself. Pretty creative, I’d say. Kind of an exciting turn of events:

“When we tell people we are trying to recruit an intercessor for the mission team, their eyebrows go up ever so slightly. You can see the questions move across their faces whether they are ever voiced or not. A few even say, “An intercessor? We have never heard of such a person or a work.” This is a true statement among mission works in the Churches of Christ. But this should be said to our shame, not our credit. I think it is time to write about an intercessor and how I see him (or her) working on the team.

I actually envision the intercessor being the busiest person on the team. In the beginning, he would travel out to every congregation and preaching point. It would be imperative for him to get a feel for each place, the area, and to put faces with the names. On office days, he would visit and pray with each person who came to the office. He would keep and update his huge notebook of prayer needs. Such a notebook would help him pray more specifically and effectively for each person of place. In addition, he could begin to see trends or weaknesses/ strengths in individuals and congregations. This would be an important observation for those visiting in the field.

Special prayer times of at least one hour a week, would be encouraged for each team member. This would help facilitate communication, provide counseling opportunities, and give encouragement on a personal level. Special times could also be scheduled for church leaders needing additional prayer.

An important tool for the intercessor is similar to the war rooms portrayed in old war movies. In the movies, there was a large map table on which troops, tanks, ships, planes, and other strategic items were placed. Arrows and circles marked movements, battles, or ground held. The movies depicted junior officers running to and fro with dispatches. When news was received, long T-shaped sticks would reposition the map’s symbols to reflect the current situation. Generals would surround the map, watch movements, make decisions, and send out orders. The war room was the hub of communications and decisions. It was the only place where the larger picture was constructed providing the basis for wise and critical decisions that eventually affect the outcome of the war.

I envision an intercessor with a prayer war room. A large map reflects congregations, their level of development, their participation in Bible seminars, their spiritual assessment (strengths and weaknesses), and their prayer needs would be displayed. A whole wall of pictures, some of individual church leaders and others of whole congregations, would remind the intercessor to pray specifically for key people and places. The faces would bring a personal emphasis to each name and place. A wall calendar would reflect coming events which would remind the intercessor of important prayer items in the future. Another list of answered prayers would provide an opportunity for praise. It would also remind us all of the efficacy and power of prayer. Up to date information on clan spirits, shrines, witchdoctors and traditional ceremonies would help delineate the spiritual battlefront which needs assailing with prayer. The intercessor’s notebook would record information brought in by others working in the field. A comprehensive prayer list could then be developed and sent to prayer supporters in the States.

As the intercessor develops his work, new ways of seeing the mission effort will open. New activities and needs will present themselves that I have not listed. The intercessor’s role will change to reflect the mission’s needs as well as the strengths and interests of the intercessor. Future seminars on the discipline of prayer would be developed and taught throughout the area. Regular communication to the churches would mobilize Christians to focus on specific prayer needs. Local and national prayer concerns could be coordinated with other mission teams.

From my perspective, constant, consistent prayer would be one of the most demanding and physically draining works possible. The intercessor would require constant support from his team and family of friends. Also, an intercessor would be a key target for Satan’s attack and temptation.

Some have asked, “You mean all he is going to do is pray?” this shows a lack of faith in the power of prayer. It also reflects a gross misunderstanding of one of a Christian’s most important disciplines. We must remember our enemy is not flesh and blood and that our battle is a spiritual one. Therefore, we can not confine our work and emphasis to the physical realm only. The number of village visits we make, or the courses taught, or the miles traveled all contribute some to the advancement of the kingdom. But prayer – powerful, focused, consistent prayer, can tear down the bulwarks of Satan and free an enslaved people in the darkness of sin.

Let me remind you of the quotes from these famous men of prayer:

  1. “I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer” – Martin Luther.
  2. God does nothing but in answer to prayer – John Wesley.
  3. Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness – William Carey.
  4. Prayer catapults us onto the frontier of the spiritual life. It is original research in unexplored territory…… – Richard Foster.
  5. I know what a lovely, gracious, bountiful Being God is, from the revelation which he has been pleased to make of Himself in His Holy Word; I believe this revelation; I also know from my own experience the truth of it; and therefore I was satisfied with God, I delighted myself in God; and so it came, that He gave me the desire of my heart – George Muller.”

(snip snip — end of note)
note Editors Note: So how ’bout your team? Should you designate a prayer specialist?

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WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT PRAYER FOR CREATIVE-ACCESS COUNTRIES?

praying hands John abweprayeratcitynetdotnet  (abweprayeratcitynetdotnet)   wrote telling of how his mission’s president had helped inspire more prayer in his large mission agency. “As an agency we have daily prayer meetings in the home office that cycle through all of our missionaries. We also produce a weekly digest of prayer requests gleaned from prayer letters, e-mail correspondence and communications that come from the field to the home office. This digest is sent out to all of our missionaries that have access to e-mail plus a growing list of churches and individuals who are prayer for our ministry. Once a month we print and mail a “hard copy” for those who do not have e-mail. We also send a shorter summary (weekly) to Christian college campuses for mission profs., prayer bands and individual students. Between Oct 18 and Thanksgiving we have called our agency and friends to “40 Days of Prayer Around the ABWE World”. Each day one of our 40 countries of ministry is highlighted with background information and current prayer requests from the field. Our web site has daily updates on prayer requests and needs within our mission family on our “family news” page: http://www.abwe.org/family/family.htm” However, John also brought up a very good question: “One area of concern is the difficulty in collecting and reporting requests from those who are working in sensitive countries. When requests have to be hand carried out it limits the communication we receive. If we publish these requests they at times end up getting sent back to the country in the form of personal letters, e-mail or church bulletins that mention that which should remain out of the hands of those who may intercept such correspondence. The bottom line is those who “most” need intercession are our weakest link. Any suggestions?” If you have an idea for John (and the rest of us), please email it to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  . Thanks!
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

19981011 Brigada Today

Now with over 7500 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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GOOD THINGS ABOUT GALCOM’S CD

cd-rom We’re hearing good things about Galcom International’s CD – with specific information of each of the 11,886 people groups of the world, special files on the most unreached, files on main world religions, video briefings on Romania and India, 25,000 screens of text and 50 voice files for only U.S. $19. From Galcom International, Box 270956, Tampa, FL 33688 USA. Email GalcomUSAataoldotcom  (GalcomUSAataoldotcom)  .
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CREATING EAST ASIGN LANGUAGES ON THE WEB

Thanks to Paul who tipped us off to the fact that Microsoft is offering a free extension to Internet Explorer 4 which allows creation of East Asian language html documents on non-Asian versions of Win98. Take your pick – Korean, Japanese and Chinese, … you name it! The package includes a Unicode font and the keyboard mapper. Unfortunately, so far it only works in Outlook (the email program) and IE4, but hey… you have to start somewhere. Find it at: http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/iebuild/ime5_win32/en/ime5_win32.htm
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CORRECTION ON URLS FROM LAST WEEK

lighting the way We apologize if you’ve had a hard time finding the web address for From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya in Russian. The correct URL is: http://www.cityvision2000.com/vl/ (what a difference a letter can make!). If you’re still looking for Moody Independent Studies, browse at http://www.moody.edu/ED/XS/Independent/Welcome.htm and if you’re frustrated finding Columbia’s Distance Learning, check it out at: http://www.gospelcom.net/ciu/idl/ and . . . again, we apologize for these errors! Yikes gulp this web stuff is unforgiving! :-) Thanks to daustin and Doug for the corrections.
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EASTERN EUROPE YOUR DESTINATION?

Check out the free studies at http://www.citygate.org – They are written especially for people interested in understanding the church in Eastern Europe, including prospective partnership churches. In fact, some material would interest anyone with even a general interest in missions. Thanks Marsh!
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HELPS FOR THOSE USING INTERPRETERS

All cross-cultural workers should have it as their eventual goal to learn the local language of the people with whom they’re ministering. However, during that language learning era, maybe you’ll have to use an interpreter some. If so, check out the new compendium, “Interpreting as Ministry” and “Speaking with an Interpreter.” (Evidently these are published together within the same covers.) Find 200 helpful tips to enrich your ministry and help you be a more effective communicator. “Speaking with an Interpreter” is written by Beverly Caruso, author and trainer of writers. Bev has spoken in over 30 nations, often through interpreters. “Interpreting as Ministry” is written by Jim Harper, Founder and Director of the International Christian Interpreters Association, headquartered in Vladivostok, Russia. Jim conducts one-week schools for Interpreters. Through interviews and questionnaires with missionaries from various missions and denominations, from all parts of the world, you’ll find reading both sections of this booklet useful for yourself and your interpreters. Presented in one pocket-sized booklet, this handy 20-page tool is priced so you can carry with you enough copies to leave one with each of your interpreters. Retail prices: $3 each – 6/$12 – 12/$20 plus $2.00 postage and handling for U.S. addresses. (Contact them for wholesale prices for larger quantities.) $5.00 postage and handling for international addresses. Order from Abba Ministries, 1621 Baldwin Avenue, Orange, CA 92865 USA. Or visit their website at: www.ioc.net/~abba
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NEW RESOURCE ON PURPOSE

Now you can pick up Discovering and Embracing God’s Global Purpose for $18.00 from Caleb Project. Containing 18 studies, it leads in discovering and embracing the purpose of Christ that permeates all of scripture – that of bringing glory to God by redeeming some from every tribe, tongue, and nation. With 136 pages, it includes two teaching cassettes and The Great Omission by Robertson McQuilkin. It’s Perspectives in a Bible Study form! For questions, write infoatcprojectdotcom  (infoatcprojectdotcom)   or to order, write ordersatcprojectdotcom  (ordersatcprojectdotcom)  . If you’re using a credit card, find it on their web site at http://www.calebproject.org for encrypted transactions.
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YING AND YANG OF EUDORA

Is Eudora your emailer of choice – but the new “ying and yang” symbol in version 4.1 got you down? David suggests heading over to http://eudora.qualcomm.com/proemail/dllpatch/41dllpatch.html to pick up a patch that fixes it! I guess enough people complained about the non-Christian symbol that QualComm listened! :-) Thanks David!
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ANTIOCH NETWORK TO OFFER CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING

Great idea. Antioch Network is launching a “Church Planting Apprenticeship Program.” This is an 18-24 month program designed for those who feel called to church planting (especially internationally), but also feel a need for further training and experience. After a month of intensive study of church planting principles and strategies, participants (in teams of 3-4) will actually plant a church “from scratch”. They will be coached throughout the various stages of planting a church. The program is scheduled to begin in April 1999 in Frisco, Colorado. Write bethanyatcoloradodotnet  (bethanyatcoloradodotnet)   for more details.
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SUBSCRIBE FOR A YEAR AND GET A FREE ISSUE

If you’re thinking of subscribing to the International Journal of Frontier Missions, now’s a great time. You’ll receive a free issue (on “New Religious Movements and Missions”). Subscription costs are $15.00 for one year (four issues), $28.00 for two years (eight issues), and $40.00 for three years. Costs include surface shipping for anywhere in the world. For more info., write 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  .
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AUDIO SCRIPTURES ON THE WEB

If you’ve tried to order via the web from Audio Scriptures International (ASI-California) lately, you’ve probably had a hard time. Evidently, their web order form has been inoperative. But it’s fixed now! http://www.audioscriptures.org. You can order right there on the web (using your Visa card) from the entire list of over 300 languages with Scripture in audio. These include albums of entire New Testaments in some 200 languages and individual gospels and special arrangements of Scripture on cassette in another 125 languages. By the way, if you’d rather order the old-fashioned way, you can still do that too – and it’s been working the whole time… :-) Audio Scriptures International, PO Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046. Tel: (760) 745 8105, Fax: (760) 745 8150 or by email asi-caatxcdotorg  (asi-caatxcdotorg)  .
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ON BECOMING A PEOPLE OF PRAYER

praying hands My “day job” is trying to give leadership to a growing missions agency called Team Expansion. We have about 130 full-time workers focusing on church planting in 24 countries around the globe. Lately, we’ve been focusing a lot more on prayer (hasn’t everyone?). In fact, this past week we brought on a person to focus nearly full-time energy on just that very ministry. Our Mobilization Team gathers regularly to lift up the names of new contacts, prospective recruits, and short-termers. In addition, we all meet once each week and pray specifically (by name) for each and every full-time worker and apprentice, along with his or her needs. On the wall of the conference room where we pray, our Personnel Dept. maintains a big world map featuring pictures of everyone so we can “see” them in our mind’s eye while lifting them up to the Father. Throughout the week, when any of our International Services team hears about a particular prayer need or request, we make note of it in our database. Moments before we pray, we print out a full list of all our missionaries and the prayer requests we’ve all picked up on during the past week. If your agency or church is experiencing a rebirth in prayer for your full-time workers, drop me a note DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)   to briefly describe it. And may we each be brought to a closer personal walk with Him!
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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!

“If you’ve been asked to lead, y

19981004 Brigada Today

Now with over 7500 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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PLAY BY THE NUMBERS: CAN YOU HELP THIS ACCOUNTANT?

Here’s an accountant lisa-buhlathighlandbcdotcom  (lisa-buhlathighlandbcdotcom)   who would love to have a list of resources (web sites, consultants, books, etc.) where she can learn more about tax issues for missionaries, especially as they relate to dual-status workers overseas. Can anyone help her out? Lisa, please keep track of everything you receive and send us a summary report in a couple of weeks so we can publish it here for others to see as well. Thanks!
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IDEAL COMPANION FOR PRAYING FOR MUSLIMS MONTH

Here’s a new book – Evangelizing Muslims: Helps for Beginning House Churches. According to my buddy Ian, “While laying a solid groundwork for understanding Islam and its way of life, this guide focuses on practical measures for making disciples and beginning churches.” Rev. Dr. Bill Musk, author of “The Unseen Face of Islam”, says “This is an excellent basic introduction. The Lord has obviously guided you”. Cost: US$6.50 Seamail: US$1.50 Airmail US$3.00 Discounts for multiple copies. Order from The Missionary Training Service coordmtsatxcdotorg  (coordmtsatxcdotorg)  , 18 Aston Way, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 2XY, UK.
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EVANGELISM ON THE INTERNET ABOUNDS

Is your ministry producing an effective evangelistic web site? Do you know of web sites, chatrooms, etc. that are evangelistic in nature, possibly targeting specific affinity groups? Also, are you aware of web sites or chatrooms that give specific information on how to “do” effective Internet Evangelism? Your help is needed in compiling a list of these web sites, chatrooms, etc. Please email the information to Naomi Frizzell NFrizzellatCompuServedotCom  (NFrizzellatCompuServedotCom)  . Naomi is working with the Internet Evangelism Committee – formed out of the Conference on Internet Evangelism that was hosted by the Billy Graham Center in April 1997. A list of the information will be compiled and made available on a web site hosted by the Internet Evangelism Committee, along with other resources for Internet Evangelism. Please note: if any of the information needs to be kept confidential, to protect the sensitivity of the web site, please let Naomi know.
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NEED MUSIC RESOURCES?

Need music resources? Email Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   for email accessible resources compiled for the AD2000 Worship & Arts Network that are being made available to folks like Great-Commission-minded musicians or artists, missionaries and candidates, mission agencies, missions committees, Christian music and arts training centers, Missionary Training Centers, World Mission Centers, Missions educators and mobilizers, etc.).
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FROM JERUSALEM TO IRIAN JAYA TO RED SQUARE

Christian Publishing House “Mirt” (the word “myrtle” in Russian) produced in Russian the title From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker. Check out the details at http://www.cityvision2000.com/vl and read about great missionaries!
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WANT TO TAKE IN THE NEXT IAMS?

“IAMS,” in this case, means International Association for Mission Studies. The next IAMS conference will be held in South Africa, January 21 to 28, 2000, at Megawatt Park (between Johannesburg and Pretoria). The hosting Committee will be the South African Missiological Society SAMS. The theme is “Reflecting Christ: Crucified and Living in a broken World.” For more info., write hayesstwatrisc6dotunisadotacdotza  (hayesstwatrisc6dotunisadotacdotza)  .
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NOW… ENCOURAGE LOCAL HYMN-WRITING

If you’d like to encourage your new believers to write culturally authentic hymns, check out “The Catalyst Library – Tools for Encouraging the Growth of Indigenous Hymnody,” from the Ethnomusicology Dept., SIL, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75326. To order: tomaveryatsildotorg  (tom%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eaveryatsildotorg)  . See Tom for the price on this 60-page guide. Thanks Grace!
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STUDENT MISSIONS CONFERENCE

Join hundreds of students from around the country at “Global Outreach ’98” as George Verwer (OM) and Henry Hennagan (CEF) challenge you to “Take up Your Cross.” GO ’98 will be held October 30-November 1 at Eatonton, Georgia (an hour east of Atlanta). For more info call 803-735-8343 Ext. 3461 or email serivmfatscsndotnet  (serivmfatscsndotnet)  . Cost for the conference includes housing and meals for $65. Other events of the weekend include seminars, opportunities to talk with mission reps from about forty agencies, a concert of prayer, and a special communion service.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHINA

world globe Chinese top diplomats had announced they would sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights October 5th in New York. If China abides by the covenant, it could mean more religious freedoms in China. However, Todd Neddleton of Voice of the Martyrs is skeptical. “We’ll take a wait and see approach to see if it filters down. Our experience is that even signing documents at major government levels rarely filters down to the village and to the house church level. We can pray that this does facilitate a change in the policy there and for more freedom for Christians, but I think the Chinese church is thriving despite the lack of freedoms.”
(Source: Mission Network News; 10/1/98 http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WANT TO RECEIVE 6 FREE WORSHIP TAPES PER YEAR?

Then write PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg  (PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg)   and ask for the questionnaire. Sounds like a good deal! Thanks Grace!
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PIPER PIPES IN

Want to begin to imagine how John Piper has chimed in for worship and missions? Here are five comments that came in from Beth’s recent “survey” — “Diane Lahlum is a District Missions Consultant for C&MA in Ohio. She has written a presentation on “Ultimate Worship” and Piper has influenced this year’s theme for their missions conference. Paul Neeley is an ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe in West Africa and is in process of compiling a list of resources for teaching about worship in a cross-cultural context which will be ready in January. Darcie Pace works with World Christian Fellowship at Wheaton College and says that Piper has had a dramatic influence there. … Bravo for John Piper!
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CHINESE: “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WEB”

WebWatch Visit http://www.sinanet.com/about/about.html to learn more about Chinese on the web. Through new technology, it might not be far away as you think!
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AVENUES TO GET FULL RANGE BIBLICAL EDUCATION

Want to know where you can obtain a full range of Bible education on the WEB, all the way from adult Bible courses (non-college credit), to courses for certificates, Associates Degrees, a BA in Intercultural Ministries (Northwestern) and credits toward masters degrees!!! All on the web. Three locations even have Online Courses besides the correspondence courses available. Thanks Carol!

Adult Bible Courses (non-college credit)

College & Graduate Courses (college credit) (OC = Online Courses)

Thanks Grace!

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? FREE LOCAL INTERNET FOR UK

WebWatch Check it out… http://www.freeserve.net can set you up on the net for free email if you live in the UK! Thanks Danny!
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GET FREE SAT-PHONE TIME

telephone FREE satellite air-time! 300 minutes of FREE satellite air-time for every satellite phone purchased from MAF between now and December 31, 1998. This is about $1,000 worth of FREE air-time! Now is the time to buy your missionary the gift of connectivity for Christmas. For further details contact Planet1atxcdotorg  (Planet1atxcdotorg)   or call Rex or Paul at (909)794-1151 x215.
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OKAY, OKAY, SO WE WON’T SAY Q___ AND D_____ ANY MORE

One reader wrote to say that the phrase “quick and dirty” had its root in the street and shouldn’t find its way into Brigada Today. So this is the last you’ll see of it. :-)
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WHERE TO GET MOST EVERYTHING

Thanks to Walter for the GREAT job he did compiling the list of “where to buy most everything!” Here’s the hurry-up summary. Watch for an update on a quarterly basis:

  1. TEALBROOK–water purification products. We also carry first aid kits and some related equipment, but our specialty is in the area of water. Mike & Deb Lundeen

    TealBrook
    PO Box 372
    Hastings MN 55033-0372
    Tel: 651/480-8787 or 800/222-6614
    Fax: 651/480-8786
    Email: TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)  
    Web page: http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook

  2. PRM (Portable recording Ministries) was established in 1968 as a technical ministry providing Audio/Visual Equipment and technical assistance as an aid in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. We want to be your resource to help you extend your Christian ministry. PRM is a technical subsidiary of Audio Scripture Ministries which has locations in Kenya, East Africa, Singapore, India and Bangladesh.

    PRM may be contacted by
    Phone: 616-396-5291
    Phone: 1-800-333-1616
    Fax: 616-396-5294
    E-mail: PRMTechcenteratAudioScripturesdotorg  (PRMTechcenteratAudioScripturesdotorg)  

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURE MINISTRIES 760 Waverly Road
    Holland, Michigan 49423 USA
  4. Lehman’s Non-Electric Catalog–They have all sorts of good stuff, from water filter systems to meat grinders. They have a catalog with some special prices for missionaries.
    Phone: 330/857-5757
    Email: GetLehmansataoldotcom  (GetLehmansataoldotcom)  
    Web: www.Lehmans.com
  5. For information and equipment for well drilling and other methods of developing rural water supplies, the best Christian source is Lifewater International at http://www.lifewater.org.
  6. Seafreight / Airfreight
  7. TRAVEL: Flight Tickets
  8. TELECOM: Interconnection, Card Services, Callback
  9. MUSIC for MISSIONS for free!! PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg  (PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg)  , MfM, 294 Massey Rd, Mangere East, Auckland 1701, NEW ZEALAND
    Phone/Fax (64-9) 2769-462 or 2769-459
  10. PRAYER CARDS – Ron Urbanovitch Missionary Photo Service MPSatxcdotorg  (MPSatxcdotorg)   www.Clearvista.com/mps
  11. NUMBER EIGHT: HOMESTEAD PRODUCTS http://www.teleport.com/~dany/mill Grain mills, water filters, Aladdin lamps, quality simple-lifestyle & outdoors items
  12. NUMBER NINE: CALL 220 INTERNATIONAL, INC. 1-800-327-1758 or 516-254-4102 or fax 516-254-2368 or email Call220incatAOLdotCOM  (Call220incatAOLdotCOM)   Randy Spelman, the President, would be happy to send his catalogs in the mail at your request. Call 220 deals in just about any brand of 220 volt appliance. Call 220 is a direct distributor for all General Electric 220 volt items which means his prices are better than anyone else’s since GE has less than a half dozen 220 volt distributor throughout the US. (Missionaries cannot buy directly from GE.) Call 220 is very generous toward missionaries and makes special pricing available. I have ordered some $10,000 of items through him and have never been disappointed.
  13. MISSIONARY RESOURCES (from International Aid Inc.) This is a 56 page booklet, published in 1997 of some 300 organizations covering lots of resources, ie. from Agriculture to Water, Wells; Pumps and Purifying Systems. Be sure to request this $2 booklet via their email: intlaidatxcdotorg  (intlaidatxcdotorg)   This booklet will help you to not have to reinvent the wheel.

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ENLARGE YOUR COLLECTION OF PROJECTION

Want to buy a used 16mm projector? Now you can. Just contact Al Moffa, Theatre Sound Service, 767 Front St., St., Catasauqua, PA 18032; Tel. 610-264-2224. Singer Graphlex, Eiki, Elmo, and hundreds of all models of Bell & Howell. He usually sells them for around $75. One Brigada reader (Ken) has bought over 100 from him over the years and have been real happy.
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GET YOUR NEWS THE EASY WAY . . . VIA EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Roger rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)   thinks news should be easier to get . ..and now, thanks to his research and the Brigada family’s response, it is! All these sources are free and easy to unsubscribe from if you don’t like them or if you decide you have enough material for the time being (unless otherwise noted). Pass this list on to others in your group or team! And thanks for the work, Roger!

IMB lists: There are some prayer request and news release e-mail lists at http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm , an “excellent source of grassroots news and vignettes.” The “Today’s Prayer” list M-F has many items of news and prayer requests from many countries. Someone with Internet access could subscribe for another who does not have it. Very good source of prayer material from around the world.

DAWN Fridayfax: Weekly missions news from around the world. Send an e-mail to: fridayfaxatibmdotnet  (friday%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Efaxatibmdotnet)   with the words:
subscribe English
in the Subject line. Nothing needed in the message area. Web site: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn/ .

Global Glimpse: Web site: http://www.calebproject.org. To receive an inspirational news bite on missions by email weekly, send your request to: jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  

Global Mapping International Newsletter List: Various items related to missions. Send an e-mail to: subscribe-gmi-infoatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-gmi-infoatXCdotOrg)  .

Global Prayer Digest: To receive daily GPD postings, mail to: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatXCdotOrg)  . A lot of interesting info on unreached peoples.

JOEL-NEWS-INTERNATIONAL: An e-mail bulletin offering news reports on prayer and revival from all over the world, published twice a week in English. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: lyrisatxcdotorg  (lyrisatxcdotorg)   with:
subscribe joel-news-international
in the body of the message. Web site: http://www.xs4all.nl/~mvdwoude.

Wycliffe Bible Translators: Web site: www.wycliffe.org has daily prayer request and other news about Wycliffe. May have info on some e-mail availability soon on the site.

Intercessors Network: Web site: http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-54890. Urgent prayer targets e-mail list. Help in praying for world leaders, etc. Request by sending a note to: lwdotprayatswipnetdotse  (lwdotprayatswipnetdotse)  . News of persecution and martyrdom. To subscribe, send a message to lyrisatxcdotorg  (lyrisatxcdotorg)   with the single line
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IFA Prayer Alerts: Various important situations to pray for in the USA, sent weekly. E-mail to: USAPrayataoldotcom  (USAPrayataoldotcom)   with:
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Hot Spots: Daily e-mail with info on dangerous and potentially dangerous situations in different countries world-wide. Must register online, or have someone register you at the site: http://www.airsecurity.com. Not strictly missions news, but some important things to pray for which affect missions.

Brigada Today: But hey . . you’re already subscribed to this, right? :-) If not, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

GENERAL NEWS BY E-MAIL

Infobeat News: All kinds of News, Sports, Weather, and other items that can be received automatically by e-mail. Must select items you want at: http://www.infobeat.com, but someone else who has the Internet can subscribe for you, giving your e-mail address. Gives headlines, one paragraph summary, and an internet site address to click on for the full story.

Daily Brief: Briefer than Infobeat on individual items, but gives a wide variety of news, sports, business items. Very good. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: subscribe-dbatincincdotnet  (subscribe-dbatincincdotnet)  . Nothing needed in subject line or message area. Or send to: db-requestatincincdotnet  (db-requestatincincdotnet)  , with:
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Wired News Daily: News on Business, Culture, Technology, Politics, etc. Subscribe at: http://www.wired.com. Headlines, one paragraph, internet site for the story.

World Net Daily: “Cutting edge news source.” The e-mail only gives the headlines. Have to go to the web site for the news. You can subscribe at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/.

MSNBC News: Headlines, short summary, and site to access – with news in various fields. Subscribe at: http://www.msnbc.com.

CNN personal page: Bryan Bryamiatxcdotorg  (Bryamiatxcdotorg)   says: I have also set up my own page care of CNN. Off their home page http://www.cnn.com you can choose to personalize a news web page with the kind of stuff you want to hear about and keep up on.

Compiled by Roger E. Doriot rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)   , October, 1998.

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

19980927 Brigada Today

Now with over 7500 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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NEW VIDEO – THE RIFFI BERBERS OF NORTHERN MOROCCO

movie cameraApart from the famous carpets that bear their name, the Berber people of Northern Africa are virtually unknown by the outside world. In the rugged, isolated Rif Mountains of Northern Morocco live a freedom-loving people who have clung tenaciously to their distinct cultural identity and language – the Riffi Berbers. Caleb Project has recently produced a 28 page prayer guide and 11 minute video (with a condensed 3 minute version on the same video) focusing specifically on the 1.8 million Riffi (reef – ee) Berbers. There is no Bible in their native language and no indigenous Riffi church movement. According to workers serving among them, there are fewer than 50 Riffi believers in the world! Use these new tools to pray for the Kingdom of God to be established among one of the least evangelized people groups in the world. To order this prayer guide and video call Caleb Project at 303-730-4170, or email infoatcprojectdotcom  (infoatcprojectdotcom)  .
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NEW POSSIBILITY FOR INT’L COMMUNICATION: “FAMILYPOINT”?

Have you heard about FamilyPoint? Browse it for free at: http://www.familypoint.com/html/registernow.cfm?ts=1089 I’m still trying to size it up, to be honest. But on the surface, it looks to have possibilities for creating quick and dirty international communication networks. Though definitely designed for “family” interaction (e.g., the homepage is affectionately code-named, “the fridge” – complete with a ton of notes! :-) ), once you look past the cutesy interface you see a powerful enterprise-computing environment. It accepts uploaded pictures and attached files for each message in the topic-oriented password-protected forums. AND there’s live chat to boot – it even tells you which “family members” are online at the top of your screen at all times. Within seconds, I had set up a test “family” (for our 10 International Services team members in Louisville), within a larger “big picture” extended family (the whole Team Expansion organization throughout 24 countries). You can send “invitations” to prospective subscriber “family members” with the press of a button… so it’s easy to let people know about the conference. And it’s fast (at least, so far). There are ads at the top, but they’re not all that distracting, in my opinion. And most are very “family oriented” – toys and all. And wait ’til you see the graphical interface on the calendar! Each and every appt. is coded to a particular family member – and you can zoom in and look at notes for each one! This kind of stuff costs thousands in a professional computing environments… and you need a web administrator to figure it out . . . and you STILL won’t get the ease of conference-creation that you get in these easy “family” screens. ‘Course, there’s no email echo, so your international friends without web access will be out in the deep freeze, rather than the fridge. And those who *have* web access aren’t likely to want to waste it monitoring “the fridge” each day, unless there’s something pretty valuable there. So MAFxc still has it beat for the email list-server back end. But the folks at MAFxc could take a lesson from the ease-of-use and tons of options at FamilyPoint . . . Maybe banner ads will enable the future of enterprise computing? If I find out for sure, I’ll leave you a message on the fridge. Oh – and one other thing… don’t expect Brigada Today to transfer over there. I doubt they had families of 7500 in mind. :-)
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TIRED OF TURNING UP 65000 SEARCH HITS?

Try Infoseek’s new “Express” meta-searching tool. Amazingly, it’s free! It’s got GREAT browsing capabilities for search results (the end of the “back” key when searching), excellent configuration options, but granted, lacks support for advanced search techniques. Still, for the price, you won’t beat it. For example, I got a note this past week from a friend in a creative-access country saying he had heard that his entire work was posted on a web page for the whole world to see. I hopped on HotBot and couldn’t find a thing, then wrote him back and said not to believe a word they said. He wasn’t there. The next day I discovered “Express,” did the search again and located 3 pages immediately! They were at the top of the order, too. The secret? Express uses multiple search engines simultaneously. My guy was listed at Altavista but not HotBot! So… if you want to save tons of time and make your searches on the web more effective, get Express by browsing to http://www.infoseek.com and click on the “get Express” button in the upper-right-hand corner. It’s the best for the money! :-)
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INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY KIDS

Now you can get it for free via “Kids’ World,” a new email newsletter for kids, co-authored by Rachel Timperon (age 14). Rachel and her Dad (or was it her grandfather?) pull together a weekly mix of stories, quizzes, competitions, birthday announcements, and personal greetings. Aimed at 8-15-year-olds, this email is sure to encourage your son or daughter on the field… or on home service… or simply at home in the USA! To subscribe, write rachelattassiedotnetdotau  (rachelattassiedotnetdotau)  . Thanks to the Southeast Outlook (of the Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY) for the tip!
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PROGRAMMERS LEAVE THEIR MARKS

Have you ever heard about those “Easter Eggs” that programmers hide in the code of the applications they’re writing? My opinion of them varies according to what kind of mood I’m in and which day it is. :-) Some days I think they must have too much time on my hands if they resort to stuff like this. Other days I realize that it’s frustrating work trying to get everything working together. It’s no wonder they resort to writing surprising “hidden features” – just for some fun after hours! :-) I hope they’re not using up TOO many bytes and bits though. We already have enough code bloat! :-) Anyway, to see an Easter Egg in Windows 98 (consisting of a slide program about the Microsoft campus and surrounding area, complete with a credit roster of every last person who ever worked on Windows ’98), follow these secret steps: Step 1: Double-click the clock in the tray portion of the Task Bar. This opens the Date/Time properties dialog box. Step 2: Click the Time Zone tab. Step 3: Press and hold your Ctrl key. Place your mouse pointer over Memphis, Egypt (you might have to look this up on a map) then press and hold your left mouse button. Pretend to drag something to Memphis, TN, then release the left mouse button. (Memphis, of course, was the code name for Windows ’98.) Don’t let go of your Ctrl key. Step 4: Still holding down the Ctrl key, point to Memphis, Tenn., then pretend to click and drag something from there to Redmond, Wash. (again, check a map). Then release the left mouse button. You won’t see anything happen on screen while you do this. There aren’t any numbers of objects on the map in the dialog box. Step 5: Release the Ctrl key. An animated dialog box should appear, listing several Microsoft developers, complete with images of the Microsoft campus and the Seattle area. If you don’t see it, try the steps again carefully. It takes some people two or three tries. Thanks to Frank Condron and Brian Livingston for this tip.
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OKAY, OKAY – I GIVE – SO WHAT ABOUT THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM?

I’ve put this off as long as I dare. Okay. Uncle. Our organization has finally organized a Year 2000 (Y2K) initiative. If you haven’t hear about the Y2K programming problem [time to crawl out from under your rock!], it stems from the fact [yup… it’s a fact] that many programs were created by programmers who didn’t want to be so presumptuous as to think that their stuff would be used past 1999. Call it short-sighted… or call it humble… either way, they dropped the ball on us. And the sorry thing is.. they dropped it as recently as 2-3 years ago, even while some were already warning of impending doom! So… for example, say your organization is currently gearing up to begin using a new accounting package, say… Quickbooks, with a template custom-designed by your accountant guy. You’d better warn him to switch to Quickbooks 6.0 (June ’98), because previous versions aren’t going to be reliable come Monday morning, January 3rd, 2000. (Did I hear a “gulp” gulp in your office?) So … how do you learn about this Y2K stuff? Best pick up a copy of any current computer journal (e.g., the Oct. 6th PC Magazine) or check it out on the web at any (or all!) of the following sites:
http://www.pcmag.com/y2k
http://www.zdnet.com/y2k
http://www.y2knews.com
http://www.year2000.com
http://www.yahoo.com/computersandinternet/year_2000_problem
http://www.garynorth.com
http://www.mitre.org/research/y2k
http://www.y2k.com
http://www.bug2000.co.uk
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BOSNIA VIDEO ONE OF MOST POPULAR

movie cameraThe new 14-minute video, “A HOPE AND A FUTURE FOR BOSNIA,” is turning into one of the most popular yet! This new look at “a cauldron of conscience” is organized in 5 major sections (in case you want to use it across 5 different meetings): Introduction, History, Situation, Challenge, and Testimony. With this one video and the tons of actual on-site footage, you’ll finally figure out what has happened there and how desperately that we need to pray. The producer, Dave Dunlap, worked in audio and video for NBC television for over 10 years. He still freelances regularly for CNN and documentaries like 20/20 and 60 Minutes. Digitally processed from start to finish, this Bosnia work is top quality for viewing or projecting to your family, at your local church, or in your mission office, regardless of continent or color. For more information, write Dave at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom  (104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom)   or simply send a check or money order payable to Team Expansion, attn: Dave Dunlap, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Tel. 1-800-447-0800. Fax 502-297-9823. (Dave says sorry, no credit cards please.) If you’re ordering the tape for a particular showing, please note your deadline. Don’t forget to add $3 shipping (unless you can pick up the tape in person). If ordering from within the state of Kentucky, add $1.02 sales tax.
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ALGERIA… AUSTRALIA… THEY BOTH START WITH “A”!

lighting the wayOkay. So it was probably late. And I was probably blitzed. But that doesn’t give me permission to substitute the word “Australian” for “Algerian”! :-) (Nov 11th item “DO YOU WORK WITH ALGERIAN ARABS?“). The address is correct at t-workatpoboxdotcom  (t-workatpoboxdotcom)  . But note in the text about “Australian Arabs” was, as you guessed, pure “sleep-keyboarding!” :-) Apologies to my Muslim friends… and everybody down under. :-)
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ONLINE EVANGELISM PAGE UPDATED

WebWatchThe Brigada online guide to using the Web for evangelism has been extensively updated. It includes suggestions for writing evangelistic pages and testimonies, how to promote pages on search engines and in other ways, foreign language pages, witnessing in chat rooms and lists, church pages, plus links to lots of top webmaster resources, tutorials, and software. There is even a poster you can print out for your church noticeboard to tell others about this resource. http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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

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

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

19980920 Brigada Today

Now with 7655 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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HERE WE GROW AGAIN

Brigada keeps growing! Thanks to those who are passing the word around. Here’s a sample of 3 or 4 days growth from this past week. (Lyris tracks these daily growth figures as a standard feature.) The number beside the date lists the new subscribers for a particular day in the life of Brigada:
09/26/1998: 8
09/25/1998: 5
09/24/1998: 15
09/23/1998: 21
09/22/1998: 15
Thanks for speaking out!
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BIG: WHERE DO YOU GO FOR STATS ON DENOMINATIONAL GROWTH?

Suppose I want to know how big the Southern Baptist denomination is (number of members) in the USA and in the world. Where would I go to ascertain that kind of thing? Is it on the web??? If you have a lead, send it to Ernest ERNJOYataoldotcom  (ERNJOYataoldotcom)  . He’ll publish a report to us about how to do it. This kind of thing would be helpful when assembling reports about our own denominations as well as church growth as a whole. ‘Course, someday, Barrett’s new book will be out, right? :-)
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GET THE ELECTRICITY FLOWING (TRIPP LITE FOLLOW-UP)

lighting the way Thanks to those who sleuthed out more information on power inverters. You can always check out http://www.tripplite.com for more information, but the bottom line was, as Joe & Audrey reported, $61 for the lower wattage model (PV140) and $89 for the really cool one (PV300).
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WEB-WATCH: GET YOUR CLASSICS ON THE NET!

WebWatch Have you seen http://ccel.wheaton.edu/ lately? Roger tipped us off on the offerings. Wow. blinking1eyes Incredible options. (We left out all the “underscore” _characters to keep this from looking so confusing. By the way, do we still have to underline copies of _books_ on the web like _this_?) You can get The Confessions of St. Augustine, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, The Holy War, Pilgrim’s Progress, John Calvin’s Commentaries, On the Christian Life, Institutes of the Christian Religion, G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections and Select Sermons, Francois Fenelon’s Spiritual Progress, Charles Finney’s Lectures on Revival text files and Lectures to Professing Christians, John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Thomas Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God, Martin Luther’s Table Talk, Andrew Murray’s The Deeper Christian Life, The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16, and The New Life: Words of God for Young Disciples. You can also get At the Masters Feet, Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, J. Hudson Taylor’s Union and Communion, and the Kneeling Christian. Anyway… great list of books. Check it out!
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GET BIBLE SOFTWARE AT 50% OFF

cd-rom and book Logos Bible Software is running their first ever special just for field personnel with a limited time offer of 50% off software. This offer includes items for older computers as well as new. They have Bible Software on floppy diskettes (Spanish, French & Dutch versions, too), shipping to US address. Inquiries and orders go to Pat Rappuhn at trishatlogosdotcom  (trishatlogosdotcom)  . Hats off to Mark for the tip!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON SUDAN

world globe The U-S bombing in Sudan is making it difficult for evangelical workers in war torn Sudan. [One worker, whose name Brigada has withheld for security reasons,] with Voice of the Martyrs just returned from that country, where they distributed food, medicine and the Gospel to the people there. [He] says despite the difficulties, they were able to help the local church distribute 32 tons of food and medical supplies, and show the Jesus Film. He says local church leaders were thrilled. “This was the first opportunity that churches had been given to actually participate in a relief program and the first time that they’d actually been given resources with which to minister to their people.” Up to three thousand people watched the film and many came to Christ.
(Source: Mission Network News, September 22, 1998 www.gospelcom.net/mnn)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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JAPANESE WORKERS UNITE!

Have you heard about the new Equippers conference for Japanese people and those ministering to them? It’s jointly sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, International Students Incorporated, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and The Navigators. Organizers say, “Over the years many Japanese come to the States either as businessmen or students and become Christians here, but when they return to Japan often stop attending church for a variety of reasons. It is our hope and prayer that God will use this conference to stop this downward trend, and to equip both Japanese Christians and those who minister to them with the necessary tools and spiritual resources to stand strong.” Last year’s conference brought together over 180 people at Berachah Christian Retreat Center, outside Seattle in Auburn, WA. This year’s dates are from Dec. 27th (Sunday) through January 1st (Friday). Cost is $210 per person. Arthur Hollands and Koichi Hirano will be the keynote speakers and most sessions are held in Japanese but translation will be available. If you are interested or know someone who may benefit from this please contact USHQatJCFNdotOrg  (USHQatJCFNdotOrg)   for more information. Or you may call 303-730-4226 and ask for Setsu or Yumi.
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REGISTER NOW FOR MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE

On November 6 – 7, 1998, Southeast Christian Church will present its 3rd Annual Medical Mission Conference. For detailed information about the conference, browse http://www.medicalmissions.com. Guess who they’ve got coming: David Thompson, a career missionary surgeon who works in Gabon, West Africa. He’s the guy featured in the unforgettable last 7 minutes of the Generation video that everybody’s showing these days (from Mars Hill Productions). Highly recommended. I’ve been using those last 7 minutes to close out one of the messages I’ve been preaching on Matt. 24:14. Gang… It’s powerful. The Elmers are going to be there too… (Duane and Muriel) as well as a ton of other workshop speakers and profs. They’re even presenting helps for raising funds for short-term mission trips. CME credits for physicians and CEU credits for nurses up to 5.5 hours will be available for taking this course. And guess what — there’s no registration fee! (However, a love offering will be taken.) For more information or for a brochure concerning the conference, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725. Book your travel now — the “Breeder’s Cup” will be held in Louisville the same weekend as this conference. Stephanie Garling also has motel/ hotel information available for participants.
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SOUTHERN AFRICA WORKERS TO GATHER

If you work in sub-Sahara Africa, here’s the gathering for you! The Southern Africa Christian Resource Exhibition is taking place in March of 1999 in Harare, Zimbabwe. To get more information, send an email note to subscribe-sacre-99atxcdotorg  (subscribe-sacre-99atxcdotorg)   for the latest. Attendance is open to anyone.
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AFMA MISSIONS EVENT TO INVITE EFMA/IFMA

AIMS is still taking reservations for the annual AFMA missions leadership retreat, set for Nov. 19-21 in Houston, TX. Dr. James Engel is the keynote speaker… and the networking alone should be tops. For additional information, contact AIMS at aimsataims-usadotorg  (aimsataims-usadotorg)  .
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SOUTH ASIA CONSULTATION ON STRATEGIC INTERCESSION

Convened by North India Harvest Network in Co-operation with AD 2000 and Beyond Movement, THE YMCA Tourist Hostel, New Delhi, Nov. 3-6. The purpose? To study together prayer for evangelism and social transformation, To focus Intercession on the unreached peoples and the poorest of the poor of North India and other countries of South Asia, To study and understand the biblical concept of spiritual strongholds & spiritual mapping, etc., in South Asian context, To edit the Consultation papers and make them available for training programs in South Asia. Participation is by Invitation only. But if you or someone you know should be invited, write Rev. S. D. Ponraj, Bihar Out-Reach Network 10/1-A, New Patliputra Colony, Post Box- 5 Patliputra Patna Bihar 800 013 or tel. 0612-263802
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE?

Roger RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg  (RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg)   wants to know… He uses some of the Infobeat services to get e-mail news, sports, etc. But he wants more! If you’ve got a favorite email or web source, send it to him and he’ll compile a list/report for publishing in a couple of weeks in Brigada Today.
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TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT – WANTED: INSPIRING MISSIONS SUCCESS STORIES

So where does one go for really inspiring missionary success stories? Is there a web site? Jay jlinkatnafwcdotorg  (jlinkatnafwcdotorg)   needs one for Uganda … but where does he go? If you know of a great site or a great source for great illustrations, send it to him and he’ll collect them and in a couple of weeks send us a report for posting here in Brigada Today.
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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST COMIN’ ROUND THE CORNER

Connect with the AD2000 & Beyond Movement in Tulsa this February 25-27. The 1999 Heartland MissionsFest will focus on “Joshua Project 2000: the progress and possibilities” with keynote speaker Luis Bush. Over 50 workshops will inform missions-minded North Americans about AD2000 tracks including Business & Professionals, Worship & the Arts, and Church Planting Among Muslims. Ron Rowland will introduce the dynamic database being developed for Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons. Workshop speakers include Terry Law, Doug Lucas, Beverly Pegues, Ross Patterson, Phyllis Kilbourn, Jill Harris, Bill Waldrop, and Keith Wheeler. Co-sponsors include ACMC, AIMS, Caleb Project, and the U.S. Center for World Mission. At the last Heartland conference over 2,000 participants came from 16 schools, 23 states, 100 churches, and 101 missions agencies. To receive a brochure or exhibitor packet send your snail mail address to hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)   or phone 1-800-366-6641.
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19980913 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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AT THE AD2000 WEB SITE…

Joshua Project 2000 logo Now available on the AD2000 web site – the updated Joshua Project 2000 Unreached Peoples List. As research has come in, some peoples from the original 1739 have been removed from the current list, others have been added. Now on the web you can see not only the original Joshua Project 2000 list of 1739 peoples, but also the latest, updated list. There’s also a combined list to help you find your favorite people easily. It’s all at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples
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AC ON THE ROAD

Need a good source for AC power as you tool down the dusty roads of Central Africa? Got a spouse that’ll drive while you labor away on the laptop? :-) Sounds like you need “Tripp Lite,” a 300-watt compact inverter with dual AC plugs. Low-battery alarm in case you start to drain your car battery in excess. Shuts down when unattended. Available at lots of retailers, but also directly, in the USA, via 773-869-1234. Turns DC power into 120V AC. I don’t have a web site but I bet someone will find it on the web.
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EXCHANGE FOR CURRENCY EXCHANGE WEB-SITES

Carl had trouble accessing the sites mentioned for currency exchanges online. He found http://www.cnn.com/TRAVEL/ESSENTIALS/ to be a lot more dependable.
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WEB-WATCH: MORE SEARCHING OPTIONS

WebWatch If you’re still searching for search pages, try http://www.starthere.com and see if you don’t find SOMETHING helpful!
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ADDITIONAL CHRISTIAN PUBLICATIONS

 Remember the list of Christian publications that appeared Sept. 11 (“IN THE MOOD FOR A CHRISTIAN BOOK? CHECK HERE!“)? If you’d like to add to that list, check out http://www.cpi-horizon.com and http://www.bethanyhouse.com for additional Christian publications.
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RESOURCING WEST AFRICA

If you’ve got West Africa on your mind, consider the West African Conference, which reportedly is bringing together 500 Christian leaders (from the West African sub-region) to Accra to consider how to use Resources from Africa for missions in Africa and beyond. The conference is scheduled for November 2-6, 1998. For more info., contact Solomon piafricaatafricaonlinedotcomdotgh  (piafricaatafricaonlinedotcomdotgh)  .
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WANT ISLAMIC EDUCATION? “CASC” IT!

The “new and improved” CENTRAL ASIAN STUDY CENTER will meet from March 29th to April 30, 1999 in Chicago, IL. Graduate and undergraduate course credit is available for students. Courses will cover, Central Asian History and People Groups, Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam and Sufism, Church Planting Principles for Central Asia, and practical interaction with Muslims. Costs are $350 for tuition, $300 housing, $150 board per person. Group rates are also available. For more information please contact either Dr. Robert Douglas DouglasRCataoldotcom  (DouglasRCataoldotcom)   or Dr. Jim Romaine jromai19atidtdotnet  (jromai19atidtdotnet)  .
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BE A PEOPLE-GROUP ADVOCATE!

Got a vision for mobilizing prayer and resources for a specific unreached people group? Register now for Caleb Project’s next Advocate Training Seminar, December 3-5, 1998 in Denver Colorado. Meet with like-minded people to learn more about people-specific advocacy. Learn how to form partnership coalitions and how to help churches adopt a people group. Discover the complexities missionaries face in the 10/40 window. Come away from this time with practical and specific plans! Read all about it at http://www.calebproject.org/ats.htm. For more info. contact Marti Smith at Caleb Project Advocacy Staff (303) 730-4170 trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM BANGLADESH

 In the worst floods in their history, 125 million Bengalis have to seek shelter wherever they can–by moving their beds on to bamboo stilts, or by moving to their rooftops, or by fleeing to flood shelters set up in schools and public buildings. Estimates are that three-fourths of the country are under water. Crop loss and epidemics are inescapable. One Baptist relief worker wrote that in addition to the physical suffering, the heartache is eternally compounded when we realize most of those who have died have never had a reasonable chance to believe in Jesus Christ.” However, Aug 1 this year a first “International Consultation on reaching the Bengali People” was held in Calcutta and attended primarily by Indian Christians.
(Source: Baptist Press & AD2000)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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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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