19960317 Brigada Today

Now with 2166 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
[Our one-year birthday is March 21st — to be celebrated next issue!]

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In this issue….

* ANNOUNCING…. A BRAND NEW PEOPLE GROUP RESOURCE ON THE WEB!
* SURVEY SAAAAAAAID….!!!!??????
* SEE YOUR DIGITIZED SELF IN FULL COLOR ON A PRAYER CARD WORLDWIDE!
* TRAVEL CONFERENCE MODERATOR SECURED!
* YOUR BRIGADA QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
* INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS SET TO SQUARE OFF???
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A MISSIONARY?
* PRAYER WARRIORS UNITE!!!
* PICTURE THIS!
* KBM BROCHURE TOUGH TO GET???
* INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT SHARING THE HOPE WITH HINDUS?
* HELPING THE LEAST EVANGELIZED
* TENTMAKERS… READY TO “TIE”???
* BRIGADA-MEDICINE-FOR-POOR SEEKS NEW MODERATOR
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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ANNOUNCING…. A BRAND NEW PEOPLE GROUP RESOURCE ON THE WEB!
Been wanting more information about the approximately 2000 least reached peoples targeted by Joshua Project 2000? Now, there’s help! This resource roared to life literally only yesterday, March 14th! If you can browse the Web, check out the addition to http://www.ad2000.orgOnce there click on “Joshua Project 2000” and you will find a mini people profile on the approximately 2,000 different peoples. These mini-profiles have been designed to host the updated least reached peoples list that will be released on April 15 (next month) from P.I.N. (Peoples Information Network). These mini-profiles will also announce the completion of more detailed Prayer Profiles by Bethany World Prayer Center when available and tell how to obtain them. Bethany reports that 110 peoples have been researched and 14 profiles completed. These are not available to the public yet but Brigada will announce when they are. (Thanks to the AD2000 & Beyond International Office for this news… and thanks to the amazing work of the techs there who have churned out all the technology so quickly!!! For extra details on this exciting development, future possibilities, and implications for the existing PGC, get the BRIGADA SUPPLEMENT — 15 OF MARCH, 1996. If you’re not viewing this on the web, send email to hubatxcdotorgwith only this message in the body of your email note:
get brigada jp2000-peoples

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SURVEY SAAAAAAAID….!!!!??????
The first official Brigada on-line survey came off without a hitch, with 202 Brigada members participating (there are over 2100 Brigada participants in all). Once again, the question was:
“Do you believe it’s possible, through God’s power, to see a church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000?”

Results are as follows:

* 6% ‘voted’ for choice “b”, which was basically a flat ‘no’ – 13 people.
* 36% chose “a”, a flat ‘yes’ – 73 people in all.
* 57% selected “c” – 116 people in all. That choice was, ” Yes but the data doesn’t suggest that it’s likely.”
* (1% was lost in rounding the figures.)

The survey shouldn’t be seen as statistically accurate, because, for one thing, it was a voluntary survey and it depended solely on your initiative to participate. But it is perhaps representative of the fact that well over 9 out of every 10 Brigada participants (over 2100 in all) probably believe that the Task can be accomplished. Many, however, .. in fact the vast majority… just don’t see the data supporting that outcome. They believe it would take a major miracle from God… so that’s what we’d better be praying for during these next few years!

Obviously, one wonders about why the 6% voted that it wasn’t possible. At the same time, they’re entitled to their own opinion. Maybe they hear the message “Many are called and few are chosen” as having a big impact on the evangelization process. At the same time, one voter wrote in and basically said, “Duhhh… How could God not be capable of pulling this off?” And as AD2000 & Beyond media guy wrote this past week, “We can make plans to present to Gospel to people but only God can bring the harvest and that acording to His time table.” We concur. Maybe we’re the ones He’s waiting on. He wants us to be involved – in obedience – to carry out the Task! Seems to me it’s worthy of our highest commitment!

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SEE YOUR DIGITIZED SELF IN FULL COLOR ON A PRAYER CARD WORLDWIDE!
Now you can do it! Ever hear of Creative Plus? They’re the folks many missionaries use for prayer cards that, with the help of a couple of colorful magnets, become refrigerator enhancements to remind your friends and supporters to pray for your project throughout the whole year. Well now Creative Plus has added digital photo enhancement! According to the recent “Fax Update” they’ve just released, they can take a “not-so-hot” photo, touch it up and make you look like a million bucks! In the “here-are-just-a-few-of-the-special-touches-now-possible at-a-reasonable-extra-cost” section, they even advertise, “Repair photo flaws” and “Remove distracting elements from photo”!!! Just think, missionary wives! You can ask them to dodge out your husband’s mug and you and the kids’ll look simply mahhhvelous!!! :-) (Just kidding of course.) But do give them a call to get on their mailing list. You could use them for special prayer projects, new building construction campaigns, Christmas cards, even birth announcements!!! Regular shipping is free in the USA. They’ll have a web site soon… and they’ve got email now!!! Try them at 72624dot3203atcompuservedotcom or 1-800-347-2848 in the USA. For international callers (see… we try not to forget you!), call 704-843-5040.

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TRAVEL CONFERENCE MODERATOR SECURED!
Travel Agents, get ready to roll! Thanks to Mark Fremer, an Information Technologist with YWAM Int’l in England fremeratxcdotorg, you’ll soon have a chance to participate in tons more fares! By mid-April, Mark and Brigada will launch Brigada-travel – where Brigada participants can toss in their travel needs as “requests for quotes” from a whole flock of travel agents who will then answer directly. Can’t wait. Thanks Mark!! And thanks Steve Skaggs for the original idea!

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YOUR BRIGADA QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
One participant wrote this past week asking if “commands” to the hub can be “batched” in one message. You bet! For example, you could request two documents in the same message to hubatxcdotorg and request a list of conferences on brigada all at the same time!
get brigada jp2000-peoples
get brigada what-do-you-say
conferences

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INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS SET TO SQUARE OFF???
That’s what one Brigada participant believes! Rumor has it that AT&T will be offering five free hours of web access per month (at least in the USA), which will perhaps set off a series of price wars among INTERNET service providers (ISPs). Other ISPs already offering discounts include:

Juno (mentioned last week) – ONLY FOR THE USA, send your mailing address to signupatjunodotcom for more info. Or check out their web site at http://www.juno.com/ (Thanks to Dennis Fahringer photoatuofndotedu, Photo Schools, U of N, for that resource tip!). Phil Adams also tells us you can call 1-800-799-JUNO (tell them “Extension F” and when they ask for your “personal response code”, tell them this was a referral) BUT THIS FREE SOFTWARE WON’T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF THE MARCH.

Freemark (also mentioned last week) — http://www.freemark.com/256color/index.html on the Web. (Thanks again to Dennis the sleuth!)

MCI Mail — Call 1-800-999-3690 for MCI mail, with the first handful of messages FREE each month (pay per message after that). This offer is valid only to MCI customers. (Thanks to Bruce Clutter for that tip, MCI ID 719-9921.)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Eight families in India’s Bihar province were ready for baptism, but the village leader wanted one of the believers, a man named Sandhu, put to the test by standing on hot coals. While other believers prayed, Sandhu calmly stepped onto the coals and stood there for 10 minutes. Forty-seven villagers accepted Christ that day!

(Source: Advance, March, 1996. Contact Mark Kelly at 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom or 8992 Midway Rd., Richmond, VA 23229.
(c) 1996, Kainos Press.) Global Glimpse is compiled by new dad, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
(For more information about the ‘dad’ part, see the end of this Brigada Today!)

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WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A MISSIONARY?
Now for the first time anywhere on-line, you can get Alice Burnett Poynor’s article, ” What Do you Say to a Missionary?” in text form today!!! If you’re not reading this on the web, you can receive this via email, just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada what-do-you-say

Her first paragraph begins, “So it’s missions conference time again. You’d like to talk to the missionaries, maybe even have them for a meal and get to know them a bit. But what do you say? How do you start a conversation with someone whose life seems so different from your own? (What does a “church-planter” do all day anyway?) Here are a few pointers to help grease the conversational wheels…. “
(Alice Burnett Poynor’s article first appeared in ACMC’s Networker, January-February 1996. Thanks to both ACMC and Alice Poyner, who have graciously given permission for this article to be reprinted here on Brigada.)

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PRAYER WARRIORS UNITE!!!
If you’re concerned about intercession and would like to help… or if you’re looking for a group of intercessors, try visiting brigada-prayer-requests or brigada-prayer-mobilizers. To join, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with these lines in your text:
subscribe brigada-prayer-requests
subscribe brigada-prayer-mobilizers

Then send your requests to brigada-prayer-requestsatxcdotorg or ask for intercessors at brigada-prayer-mobilizersatxcdotorg and Godspeed!

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PICTURE THIS!
A list and cost information of currently available mission-related illustrations by Mary Filidis can now be accessed (and three samples can also be viewed) at: http://www.ywam.org/illustrt.html Custom orders are welcome. (Thanks to Paul at YWAM WCNatXCdotOrg for the note!)

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KBM BROCHURE TOUGH TO GET???
Try “get brigada kbm-brochure”. In the Feb. 23 issue of Brigada Today, we mistakenly left out the word ‘brigada’. Freudian slip indeed. :-) Sorry for the inconvenience! Send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada kbm-brochure

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INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT SHARING THE HOPE WITH HINDUS?
Then you need sessions from the US Center for World Mission! This summer, they’ll be offering three sessions on REACHING HINDUS AND NEW AGERS from June 24-July 11, 96. Topics include Hinduism in India, Philosophical & Popular Hinduism, Christian Missions to Hindus, Folk Hinduism, Hindu Women’s Ministries, Christian Missions to Hindus, Hindu Influence & the New Age Movement in North America, Reaching New Agers for Christ and more! For more information, email to gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg or write to: IHS, 1605 E. Elizabeth ST, Pasadena, CA 91104.

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HELPING THE LEAST EVANGELIZED
On board the PGC-Design team conference recently, the media guy for AD2000 & Beyond shared these four ways for helping a least reached people group. It helped me see crystal clear the level at which people could become involved:

“Four Options for Adoption

1. Pray – You can pray for a people. (Intercessors)
2. Profile – You can research a people and produce a profile. (Researchers)
3. Pioneer – You can send or join a church planting team. (Church planters)
4. Promote – You can become a people specific advocate. (Advocates)”

Thanks to David for sharing this insight from a forthcoming AD2000 & Beyond mobilization video! Can’t wait to use it!

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TENTMAKERS… READY TO “TIE”???
The Tentmakers International Exchange (TIE) Second Congress is now planned for early 1997. The proposed location is either New Zealand or Australia. TIE serves as a clearing house on tentmaking information worldwide. Networking people, organizations, missions, and businesses interested in tentmaking. We can be reached at PO Box 45880, Seattle, WA 98145 USA, Fax:206-524-6992, email: tieatgatidotwadotcom. (Thanks to Ken Smith KSmithatgatidotwadotcom for the update.)

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BRIGADA-MEDICINE-FOR-POOR SEEKS NEW MODERATOR
Interested in medical needs among the poor? Got an XC.org address, or willing to get one? The folks in brigada-medicine-for-poor want you! They need a new moderator. If you’re interested, write MatthewGrantatXCdotOrg for more info.

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE (Pulllllllease reconsider! :-) ) send email to hubatxcdotorgwith this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom,
with help from his wife Gwen and their newest “staff member”, Taya Lyn Hanna, who was born day before yesterday (March 13th) at 6:10 pm weighing in at 6lbs. 1oz & about 20 inches long. According to her parents’ “glimpse”, “she has light brown hair, beautiful eyes, and she’s cute & hungry. Her most distinct feature is her long feet with long toes! :-)” Congratulations, John and Gwen!!!!! Welcome to the “staff”, Taya!
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960310 Brigada Today

Now with 2109 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
[Just 1 more editions ’til our one-year birthday! How many participants will we be able to muster by March 21st???!!!]

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In this issue….

* BRIGADA ON-LINE SURVEY
* GUIDE TO ISLAM IS GROWING!
* INVOLVED IN COMPUTING AND MISSIONS? HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU!
* ADVANCE READY FOR YOUR VIEWING!
* GEM’S WEB SITE HAS MOVED!
* “TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL” TAKE TWO
* THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 MOVES FORWARD IN SINGAPORE
* HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING YOUR CHARGE UP?
* FREE EMAIL HOOK-UPS
* MISSION 2000 — “VOW! WE HAD A FANTASTIC TIME!”
* HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST ’96 INSPIRES 1,300
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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BRIGADA ON-LINE SURVEY
Let’s take a survey.
It’s fast.
It’s free.
It’s for you and me!
Using sophisticated online polling technology (actually, it’s quick and dirty conference technology that we’re adapting to online voting!), your vote can count! And it’s as simple as sending one message with two words!

*************** Here’s the question ****************

“Do you believe it’s possible, through God’s power, to see a church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000?”

You’ve got three possible answers:
a) Yes
b) No
c) Yes but the data doesn’t suggest that it’s likely

To vote, just send a normal email message to hubatxcdotorg with just two words in the body text of the message. If you want to vote for choice “a”, your line would read:
subscribe brigada-vote-a

Obviously, if you’d rather opt for “b” or “c”, replace the “a” with your selection. But please do it now. All votes will be tallied at 3pm on Thursday, March 14th. Results will be reported in next week’s Brigada Today. Oh — in case you’re wondering, these are “dummy” conferences (no reference to the participants, of course :-) ), meaning that you’ll never receive any mail or conference traffic. A single acknowledgment message will confirm your vote… and you’ll be automatically unsubscribed at the close of the vote.. so no need to unsubscribe manually. It only takes a second… No one will call. Operators standing by. No obligation. You don’t have to give your credit card number. Send your message today.

And one more thing. Our technology won’t let you “stuff the ballot box”, so no funny ideas out there. :-) Only one “vote” per person is accepted regardless of how many messages you send. :-)

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GUIDE TO ISLAM IS GROWING!
Thanks to some great dialogue on Brigada-Peoples, we’re beginning to see some great guidance for those wanting to relate more effectively to Muslims. The whole discussion has been very sensitive and sensible. Grab it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line:
get brigada islam-guide

Got more input for the document? Send it to Brigada-Peoples and we’ll try to catch it and update the document accordingly.

While we’re on the subject, please remember to be very sensitive about what you say on the INTERNET. Remember, sending a message via Internet email is about the same as sending a post card. If we truly care about and love those of other faiths, of course, our motives will assure that we always uplift them and never say anything offensive. Also, be sure to be sensitive about mentioning names and places. Often, we can learn from an example without it having to be specific or personal in any way. Thanks.

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INVOLVED IN COMPUTING AND MISSIONS? HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU!
The theme for ICCM ’96 (International Conference on Computing and Missions) is “Building Bridges of Collaboration.” ICCM (June 7-11, 1996, in Abilene, Texas) is geared toward people involved with using computer systems for missions purposes. Session titles include: Computer Assisted Missions Education, Computer Assisted Communications for Missions, Computer Assisted Management of Missions World Wide Web Production and Management, and more. For more information, contact Tom Dolan at DolanatBibledotacudotedu.

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ADVANCE READY FOR YOUR VIEWING!
Don’t miss this month’s ADVANCE, by Mark Kelly. Here’s a summary:
THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Turmoil in western Africa; the Moro National Liberation Front; Tibetan nomads face starvation; Billy Graham’s global television broadcast; Berbers; Hong Kong.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Christian police officer murdered; believers massacred in southern Egypt; book store owners face imprisonment; Kuwaiti believer driven into hiding; believers in eastern Europe persecuted; Vatican accuses Sudan of torture.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Birthplace of Buddhism; girls in Ghana given to voodoo priests; sex tourism oppresses children; starvation stalks 800 million people; Louis Farrakhan meets dictators.

REJOICE! — Believer stands on hot coals; atheist school teacher turns evangelist; God provides for Palaung believers; Chinese officials allow new Bible school to open; God’s spirit moving in Nepal; 1 million Palestinians see Jesus film; churches take stand against homosexuality.

NETWORKING — Report on children starved to death in Chinese orphanages; Caleb Project seeks information on people groups; International Bulletin of Missionary Research trial subscription; China issues computer network regulations; Global Opportunities; missions artwork and illustrations; free e-mail consultation on computer and medical concerns; a guide to effective tentmaking; Christian photographers.

FRONT LINES — God expects believers to press the battle until all his children have received their inheritance. We must be faithful to our lost brothers and sisters if we are to be found faithful to our Father.

To retrieve a copy for your viewing, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this message:
get brigada advance.9603

Thanks Mark!

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GEM’S WEB SITE HAS MOVED!
First the stone moved, and now GEM! :-)The new address is: http://www.goshen.net/gem/gem.htm Justin Long writes, “Come check us out! In the move, we’ve fixed all the broken links, updated a great deal of the information and expanded new sections. Thanks to GOSHEN, we’ll be able to add new information on an almost daily basis! Come enjoy!” Thanks Justin!

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“TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL” TAKE TWO
No takers yet for that “air fare wars” conference mentioned in last week’s issue. If you’re interested in saving a bundle on air fare … and helping others do the same, please respond today to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. Remember, to moderate this new conference, you’ll need an XC.org address ($52/year from MAFxc).

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THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Evangelism Explosion celebrated its use in every country of the world at the end of 1995. Evangelism Explosion is a strategy for local churches to train and send out lay evangelists. At the beginning of 1995 37 countries still had no EE ministry, but with the unexpected addition of North Korea, today every nation has participated to some degree in the EE strategy. The training materials are available in more than 50 languages and are being used in 700 training clinics world wide.
(Source: (C) Mission Network News, 2/29 and 3/1/96, quoting Addison Soltau, VP at EE.
http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn )
Global Glimpse compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 MOVES FORWARD IN SINGAPORE
(by Ed & Lai Kheng Pousson, Singapore) On February 26, 1996, a Joshua Project 2000 leaders’ meeting convened in Singapore. The half-day session drew 150 key leaders, including heads of major denominations and missions agencies in Singapore. The speaker, Luis Bush, international director of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, presented the Joshua Project 2000 strategy. The participants then responded positively through small group discussions followed by corporate feedback, which seemed to indicate that the vision and principles of Joshua Project 2000 can and should be implemented here. A full day follow-up meeting of executive leaders of major denominations, churches, and missions agencies has been set for March 21 this year. The leaders will then consider how best to work together for a Joshua Project 2000 missions expression in Singapore, and to discuss the possibility of Singapore hosting a Southeast Asia Joshua Project 2000 consultation some time in 1997.

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HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING YOUR CHARGE UP?
Get Larry Bentley’s LarryBatXCdotOrg “How to use and restore NiCads”, from the Brigada-tech-support conference. Send this message to hubatxcdotorg
subscribe brigada-techsupport
get brigada-techsupport nicad.txt
unsubscribe brigada-techsupport

If you’d like to remain on board for more/similar discussions, drop the “unsubscribe” line (line 3) above.

Here’s another example of the kind of message they’ve recently passed there: In another bit of news, Science News reports Lawrence Berkeley National labs is developing an ultraviolet water disinfectant system for use in developing areas. Listen to these specs – up to 15 gallons/min, weighs 15 lbs, tabletop size, power consumption 40 watts (can be run from solar panel), will handle water from well or hand pump and run UNSUPERVISED. If you like that much, here is the good part – cost is estimated at $300.00 not $300,000 like you would expect from a government project, and operational costs are $0.02 per metric ton of water (2000 liters). The numbers of lives of children that could be saved with this are astonishing. For the price of music for a choir production, a church could donate one of these to a village! It’s not out of reach for a family here to provide for one. Pray they don’t just develop but actually get these out to the field.” We agree!!! Thanks Larry, for keeping us up on this kind of stuff!! (And thanks to my buddy Chris Bushnell for drawing my attention to this message!)

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FREE EMAIL HOOK-UPS
Have I got your attention??? Surprisingly, there’s apparently no catch!!! A buddy from SIL grad school wrote this past week (we’ll keep his name anonymous since he works in a sensitive area of the world) to alert us to Juno http://www.juno.com and Freemark. Their email services are free and they provide toll free access. In return for free email the companies put small rotating ad in the top of the window (these are Windows/Mac programs). There are some limitations (no attached files), so only simple text messages could be transmitted, but hey, the price is right! My buddy testified, “I’ve used beta version of Juno mail and it works fine.” Want to try it out and report back here? If you do, be sure to provide us with a more concrete email address or toll-free number.

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MISSION 2000 – “VOW! WE HAD A FANTASTIC TIME!”
That’s the way the reports are coming in from the 130 prospective mission mobilizers from Germany, Belarus, and the Czech Republic. “VOW !!! WE had a fantastic time.” :-) Jointly organized by YWAM and AIMS Germany, the Plenary sessions, 12 different workshops and 8 different regional workgroups (from Africa to Uzbekistan) taught on member care, non-residential missions, strategic partnership, mobilizing mobilizers, the 10/40 window etc. etc. – many topics were quite new to the participants. . A prayer team of 6 people had as their role to intercede and constantly lift the whole conference in prayer. The point all of them stressed again and again is that mobilizing for Missions is not a method, not a strategy, not a thing that can be done, but that the key of mobilizing is to pass on God’s vision – who wants to see all peoples of the earth come together at his throne to worship him.” In their “MISSION 2000 DECLARATION”, the delegates began, “We believe that God is calling a new German missions movement into existence, which will reach the unreached peoples of the 10/40 Window and beyond. It will be a movement which will originate out of churches which have committed themselves to reach the unreached peoples… We are thankful for world wide movements, such as the AD 2000 movement, the Lausanne movement and others that have been formed in order to encourage cooperative action. We want to join these movements and do our part, so that until the year 2000 (and beyond), a church planting movement has been formed in every people group and that every person on the earth has heard the gospel. …” (Are you catching this Luis? :-) ) ” Yahooooooooooooooooooooo! (Thanks to Kerstin for the great report! Vow!!! ) For more information, or a copy of the complete declaration, contact Kerstin Hack 100711dot2622atcompuservedotcom.

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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST ’96 INSPIRES 1,300
At the February 15-17 Heartland MissionsFest held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over 1,300 participants came from 15 states, 20 schools, 100 churches, and 105 missions agencies. … A fire for missions ignited through George Verwer and other speakers! … Designed to inform, inspire and involve those interested in career missions, short-term missions trips or sending others, the three-day conference included 55 workshops. Topics targeted toward individual interests included a variety of workshops on long-term missions, short-term trips, serving as senders, international business, and international health care. Participants also connected with many of the 105 missions agencies that exhibited. … Other MissionsFests are scheduled in the coming year: September in Arkansas, November in St. Louis, and February 1997 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Edmonton, Alberta. For more information contact John McVay at (800) 366-6641, Fax (918) 587-1953, or P.O. Box 50130, Tulsa, OK 74150, or E-mail hmfatxcdotorg.

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960303 Brigada Today

Now with 2074 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
[Just 2 more editions ’til our one-year birthday! How many participants will we be able to muster by March 21st???!!!]

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In this issue….

* MORE BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS THAN LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES!
* FREE JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 SOFTWARE — A BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE!
* GOT A JP2000 TEAM IN THE WORKS?
* GLOBAL MAPPING ON THE HUNT FOR INFORMATION PROVIDERS
* PRAYER PROFILES ON THE WEB
* YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED… FOR FREE! JUST ASK “IITT”
* 10/40 VENTANA EN ESPANOL
* TENTMAKERS — GOT A LOT AT STAKE???
* NEED A PHOTOMURALIST?
* SO HOW ARE THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD DIFFERENT???
* NEED HELP WITH BRIGADA???
* TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL
* READ ALL ABOUT THE LAUSANNE COMMITTEE
* YOU’VE BEEN CALLED TO PRAY
* THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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MORE BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS THAN LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES!
Thanks to Gene Brooks 74114dot440atcompuservedotcom who wrote this past week to point out “Just think, Doug–Now we have more subscribers on Brigada than Joshua Project peoples! Congratulations!” But the real thanks goes to the whole Brigada family, at work not only on line, but in the trenches, on site, and in offices across the globe in all their various churches, agencies and organizations who share a common vision for the nations of the world!!! Keep Marching On!

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FREE JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 SOFTWARE – A BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE!
Got access to the web? Bob Whitney bobw5atixdotnetcomdotcom has made it possible for you to search the many peoples of the Joshua Project 2000 Least Evangelized Peoples list — and his software is available here on Brigada! Just create a subdirectory (like c:\temp), download the files, execute them, and go! Full documentation… well… pretty full documentation is provided. If you like grab jpdoc.txt first for more detailed instructions. Bob’s only request is that you send a note to him at bobw5atixdotnetcomdotcom so he can add you to the list of folks to notify when he does upgrades. (By the way, I took the liberty of checking them for viruses and they’re clean! :-)) Point your browser to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/world and download jpdbf.exe and jpprog.exe. They are self-extracting zip files. Bob’s program is DOS but works fine in a Windows session. Thanks loads to Bob Whitney! And again, a tip of the hat to MAFxc for making these online distribution technologies available to the 2000+ Brigada participants worldwide!!!

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GOT A JP2000 TEAM IN THE WORKS?
Write maryannatad2000dotorg! As the JP2000 Coordinator at AD2000 & Beyond, she’d love to be able to track the movement!!! Don’t forget that you can join a special ‘announcements’ channel to stay tuned to advisories and updates. Just send an email to hubatxcdotorg with this one line in the body text: subscribe ad2-jp2-announce

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GLOBAL MAPPING ON THE HUNT FOR INFORMATION PROVIDERS
GMI is in the process of preparing several key maps and maybe even a CD for those who are concerned for Muslims around the world. If you can provide information, ideas or funding sources, write markatgmidotorg. Thanks and good luck, Harold!

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PRAYER PROFILES ON THE WEB
After all the talk about prayer profiles on the web, somebody has actually put some there! :-) It should come as no surprise that it was our friends in Littleton. Check ’em out at: http://www.goshen.net/calebproject/upgpray.htm Thanks for your diligent work, John!!!

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED… FOR FREE! JUST ASK “IITT”
Get this. Free answers. Just when you thought no one cared!!! :-) Ray Holt wrote this past week to tell us, “The International Institute of Technology and Theology (IITT) continues to expand their FREE e-mail services to world missionaries. Recent addition of a Christian clinical chemist with over 30 years experience has allowed IITT to offer support to missionaries in many medical areas such as, explaining disease entities, health and nutrition, food and dietary supplements, and general and preventative health, etc. Currently, this new medical service is only available to missionaries outside the United States. IITT continues to offer its computer support in software, hardware and purchasing discounts to all involved in Christian service work world-wide. For more information and a registration form, send an e-mail to one of the following with IITT INFORMATION as the subject. Send to: IITTataoldotcom or 74247dot2047atcompuservedotcom or raymholtatixdotnetcomdotcom.”

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10/40 VENTANA EN ESPANOL
Thanks to Editorial Libertad who has just completed the Spanish translation for Strongholds Of The 10/40 Window, edited by George Otis, Jr. with Mark Brockman, published in English by YWAM Publishing. For more info., contact Editorial Libertad at P.O.Box 23537, Richfield, Minnesota, 55423. Tel/Fax:612-861-3001. Thanks Dave!

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TENTMAKERS – GOT A LOT AT STAKE???
You need resources. Thanks to Bill Taylor for recommending two key resources for training tentmakers from the World Evangelical Fellowship Missions Commission:

Working Your Way To The Nations: A Guide To Effective Tentmaking, Jonathan Lewis, Editor, Price: $12.95 — with chapters like Planning for Success, Critical Considerations of Deployment, and Team Dynamics and Spiritual Warfare. and now,

Working Your Way to the Nations, the video!!! Seriously – A 17 minute overview of tentmaking and how to effectively use the workbook for personal or group study. $7.95.

For more info., write WEF Publications, P.O. Box WEF; Wheaton, IL 60189, USA or call 708-668-0440, FAX 708-660-0498.

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NEED A PHOTOMURALIST?
Need a Christian photographer for your Christian organization’s project or ministry? Have a spot for an intern to work alongside a Christian professional photographer in a business? Here’s a deal you can’t refuse!!! Dennis Fahringer writes, “I’m looking for opportunities for our missions-minded Photo School students (from YWAM’s University of the Nations) to be able to serve others. We’re particularly interested in ministries to unreached people groups. Students cover their costs of travel, food and housing. I’m also eager to find Christian pro photographers to teach for a week in our two schools.” Contact Dennis Fahringer, Director of Photo Schools, U of N, e-mail photoatuofndotedu, on the Web at ,fax: 808-326-4501. (By the way, Dennis and our other photographer friend, Mike Scott, mentioned in previous Brigada Today issues, are now working together thanks to their networking initiative as a result of Brigada! Way to go, guys!!!)

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SO HOW ARE THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD DIFFERENT???
Well, at the least, try “age-grading, athletic sports, bodily adornment, calendar, cleanliness training, community organization, cooking, co-operative labor, cosmology, courtship, dancing, decorative art, divination, division of labor, dream interpretation, education, eschatology, ethics, ethnobotany, etiquette, faith healing, family, feasting, fire making, folklore, food taboos, funeral rites, games, gestures, gift giving, government, greetings, hair styles, hospitality, housing, hygiene, incest taboos, inheritance rules, joking, kin-groups, kinship nomenclature, language, law, luck superstitions, magic, marriage, mealtimes, medicine, modesty concerning natural functions, mourning, music, mythology, numerals, obstetrics, penal sanctions, personal names, population policy, postnatal care, pregnancy practices, property rights, propitiation of supernatural beings, puberty customs, religious ritual, residence rules, sexual restrictions, soul concepts, status differentiation, surgery, tool making, trade, visiting, weaning, and weather control.”

These 73 categories were first mentioned by Murdock in his “The Common Denominator of Cultures” (1945:124), then quoted in Christianity in Culture by Charles Kraft, 1979, Orbis Books. Murdock felt that every people of the world would possess these basic categories. Yikes. We’re a complex bunch of critters, if you ask me. By the way, I remember studying these in undergrad… but it wasn’t until I saw them mentioned on Brigada-peoples that I got interested again. You can join by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message: subscribe brigada-peoples

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NEED HELP WITH BRIGADA???
Don’t forget that you can get help with Brigada conferences at any time by sending this message to hubatxcdotorg in the text of a normal email message: get brigada help-detailed

If that doesn’t answer your question, you can also write MAFxc at helpdeskatxcdotorg if your question deals with conference commands or the “how to” questions of using MAFxc conferencing.

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TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL
One thing most of us have in common: Travel. As Brian sent us info. on Friendship Tours & Services, 209-294-1354, 812 W.Fairmont Ave., Clovis, CA 93612, fax 209-294-7316, it occurred to Brigada participant Steve Skaggs that maybe we should start a travel free-for-all… of sorts!!! Here’s the way it would work. First, we’d need a moderator who cared about getting people the best travel prices around… preferably someone who would be open and fair about pricing. That moderator would need an XC.org address ($52). Then we’d create a Brigada conference… say… brigada-travel. We’d try to get as many travel agents as possible to subscribe and monitor. Then, whenever you needed to travel, you’d join up temporarily, and send in your travel itinerary — a kind of Request For Bids (an “RFB”???). All the travel agents in the universe would pounce on it and within minutes (well, okay… maybe hours…), they’d send their “sealed bids” back to you in private email. So within a day or so, without having to make a single phone call, you’d have the best rates/itineraries/values in town!!! Wha’dya think???? So… anybody willing to step up to the plate and moderate that one???? If so, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg and we’ll launch the thing by next week. Oh — and thanks for the idea, Steve! You get your first trip free! :-)

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READ ALL ABOUT THE LAUSANNE COMMITTEE
…at http://goshen.net/Lausanne Says Fjeldstad Arne arnedotfjeldstadataftenpostendotno, “The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) is an international movement for the purpose of encouraging Christians and churches everywhere to pray, study, plan and work together for the evangelization of the world. Many Christians know of the Lausanne Covenant. This important document is available at the Lausanne homepage not only in English but also in Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Russian and Spanish! The Manila Manifesto is also available in a number of languages. A lot of other Lausanne resources are also listed at the home page. … For more information about the Lausanne movement please email to: lausanneatpowertechdotno or snail-mail to: Lausanne International Communications Center, St. Olavs gate 23, 0166 Oslo, Norway. Phone and fax: +47 22 20 03 58.” Thanks Fjeldstad!!!

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YOU’VE BEEN CALLED TO PRAY
Dwight Anderson DwightAndersonatXCdotorg wrote this past week to tell us about “Call to Prayer, sponsored by the International Bible Society. It is a monthly mailing calling Christian to pray for the distribution of God Word around the world. The URL is http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/ctp March Call to Prayer is Revival and April will be Nations in Conflict. Thanks Dwight!

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THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
The Himalayan Evangelization Consultation, held in northeast India, brought together over 2,000 Nepalese and Indian pastors, January ’96. In 1961, Nepal had no church and only around 25 known Christians. Today, it has over 2,000 local churches with an estimated total of between 200,000 and 300,000 members. In the ’70s Nepalese church leaders had set the goal of reaching all Nepalese with the gospel. Despite persecution, the Nepalese church continues to witness miracles and the deliverance of people from the fear of demons.
(Source: Luis Bush, AD2000, via DAWN FridayFax, 7-96. http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html or http://www.ad2000.org
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO)

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

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960225 Brigada Today

Now with 2032 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
[Just 3 more weeks ’til we’re one year old — March 21st!]

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In this issue….

* POP-UP PRAYER REQUEST
* AD2000 & BEYOND LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE
* “PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III” NEEDS YOUR HELP!
* PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT DEVELOPMENT TEAM MOVES FORWARD
* MISSION 2000 LAUNCHES
* THE KAZAKHS HAVE BECOME THE KAZAKS! [TAKE TWO] :-)
* THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* ENVISION ’96 GETS A TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
* JAMES BOND… THE WORLD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
* KBM AT YOUR JP2000 TRIP SERVICE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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POP-UP PRAYER REQUEST
[Thanks to Candido P. Miranda and all the others for the positive feedback on last week’s “Pop-up Prayer Request.” We include another request this week in response to participants’ suggestions.] Just think of what a powerful force of global prayer warriors we become this morning as 2032 of us join hands in the following prayer: “Father, we love you, we worship and adore you. Glorify your name in all the earth. Today we seek the fulfillment of something we know you desire. We want the nations to be glad. We want people everywhere to lift up pure hearts to you and to be joy-filled by having received your grace. Lord, you told your followers to “make disciples of all nations” and you said you would be “with” them always. We seek that “withness” this morning and we give ourselves wholly over to your eternal plan of redemption for the nations. We need that “withness,” because without it, we clearly cannot imagine completing such an awesome responsibility with only earthly strength. We need your Spirit. We need your wisdom. We need your strength. Please empower us — so that you may in turn be glorified by all the peoples of the earth. May all the peoples praise you, oh God!”

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AD2000 & BEYOND LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE
You knew it would come. And it did. AD2000 & Beyond has launched a brand new thrust on the worldwide web. And thanks to their Media Coordinator, you probably heard it first here on Brigada! (Thanks Dave!) Billed as “a toolbox for seeing a church for every people and the gospel for every person,” the site can be found at… you guessed it… http://www.ad2000.org. Nice address. :-) Dave told Brigada Today, “In May ’95 a great group of volunteers started our GCOWE ’95 page. On Feb.20 1996 we added to that the following sections:

1. Current news about the movement, with updates every week.
2. Joshua Project 2000 section, with access to the list of least evangelized peoples and a sample prayer profile.
3. AD2000 national initiatives info.
4. Section on the 10/40 Window, including the graphics from the brochure (yours to use for ministry purposes) and a listing of the 100 Gateway cities and the text to two Praying through the Window books.
5. Details about AD2000 conferences and mobilization events like GCOWE ’97.
6. AD2000 background information with current list of networks, task forces and regional leadership including some photos of staff.

Much more information will be posted.” He also added, “If there is something you would like to see added to this Web site please make your suggestions to: Davidatad2000dotorg” We suggest you add a link from your own home page today!

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“PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III” NEEDS YOUR HELP!
That’s right! Though October ’97 might seem far away to you, for the Managing Editor of the next Praying Through the Window book it’s time to get started! And John Hanna, who writes our regular weekly “Global Glimpse” column and works as the People Group Advocacy specialist at Caleb Project, would love to have your help. As Managing Editor for the book, Praying Through the Window III — the Least Evangelized Peoples of the World, he needs your help.

You see, in October ’97, the world’s eyes will focus on prayer for 100 – 150 unreached people clusters covering the roughly 2,000 people groups selected by AD 2000. Plans for this book include distribution in many languages with at least 50,000 English copies. John recently told Brigada Today, “We are seeking up-to-date and detailed information for an excellent 10/40 Window prayer tool. Each page will have some basic information about the people cluster, a map, photo, or graphic depicting the people group, and 4 to 6 prayer requests.” Wow. John’s sharp, but how many slides can the guy have tucked away in his den!??? I mean, let’s lend the guy a ‘hanna’ or whatever. :-)

“Anecdotes, snippets, short stories, and background information which will help us communicate cultural and circumstantial information to stimulate effective and fervent prayer is our greatest need,” John added. John provided us with a list of the major clusters they’re currently considering. You can retrieve this list by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the message text:
get clusters

As the list is fine-tuned or updated, we’ll try to keep it current for your retrieving pleasure. Because John recognizes that the list is not final nor complete. And he’s open to your input. ‘Course, he can’t guarantee your ideas or material will be reproduced in the book, but it will be used to check and re-check the accuracy of what’s written. So get those cards and letters going, folks. Let’s bug John with all our people profiles, reports, prayer tools, newsletters, etc. In fact, he’d even be glad to guard the sensitive stuff. “If you would like to send us information which we should not reprint (because of security), PLEASE MARK THIS INFORMATION CLEARLY, perhaps with asterisks (**) or a highlighter pen (by snail mail).” Even on the non-confidential stuff, to protect identities, John won’t be including anyone’s name with material he shares with cooperating researchers — unless you want him to, and then all you have to do is ask and he’ll make sure you’re properly credited.

The time to start is now. “Send whatever information you can by April 1, 1996 or sooner.” This guy is on the ball — and he doesn’t want to wait until the 30th of Sept. ’97, to start mailing out copies of the book! Stay tuned to Brigada for updates on progress and the latest news on “Praying Through the Window III.”

John adds, “Later (in May) we will be looking for people to also check the work before it goes to print. If you have suggestions, please let us know! All information must be finalized by the end of May, 1996.” Yikes. Talk about advanced preparation. This book stuff is no easy task. He’s just got 60 days, gang.

How do you write John? That’s the easy part! John Hanna, jhannaatcprojectdotcom, http://www.goshen.net/calebproject or by good ole’ fashioned snail mail, … Praying Through the Window Project, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA

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PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT DEVELOPMENT TEAM MOVES FORWARD
This past week, the People Group Consultant Development Team went into high gear in its quest to improve and expand the capabilities of the PGC. In the process, they’ve had to ask and seek answers to many tough questions, not only about the PGC itself, but also about how the PGC fits into the bigger picture of integrating the flow of missions information to key mobilizers around the world. At this point, the PGC Dev. Team is asking for volunteers who have expertise and willingness to help in two specific areas:

1. HTML creation
2. coding SQL

(Note: If you have to ask what these are, odds are, you’re probably not the one for the job. :-))

Within the next few weeks, once the new structure is in place, the team will also need people group advocates, data entry volunteers, and a host of others. For now though, volunteers with HTML and/or SQL under their belt are asked to join pgc-intro by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the body of the message text:
subscribe pgc-intro

Instructions on how to proceed from there will then be included in the resulting welcome message.

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MISSION 2000 LAUNCHES
Pray for “Mission 2000 – Mobilizing for the unreached” conference in Bispingen, Northern Germany…jointly organized by AIMS Germany (Kerstin Hack) and YWAM, North Germany (Jan Schlegel). About 130 – 150 pastors and leaders of churches in Germany, the Czech republic, Belarus and a few other countries will get together to learn how to mobilize for Missions and how a church can be part of the great commission. According to Kerstin, “In Europe there is still very little concern for the unreached people groups of the World.” Kerstin and other organizers are hoping participants and believers around the world will pray for the start of a new movement for the nations of the world, for unity, wisdom, and finances/technical challenges for the conference itself. For more info., write Kerstin at 100711dot2622atCompuservedotCom.

NOTE: She requests special prayer for Andrew James Rickards, baby son of Diane and Pari Rickards (one of the main speakers) who is undergoing heart surgery TODAY. Pari, there are over 2000 of us backing you, Diane, and Andrew up with prayer and our thoughts. Hang in there. We hope for the best for little Andrew.

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THE KAZAKHS HAVE BECOME THE KAZAKS! [TAKE TWO] :-)

Last week we printed a correction from the previous week’s Brigada Today and this week, we’re correcting the correction! “I’d better get with the program!” In last week’s Brigada Today, we pointed out that the Brigada-peoples-kazakh conference has now transformed into brigada-peoples-kazak. (They’ve changed their conference name to reflect an official decision on the part of the Kazak people to drop the ‘h’ off the end of the name.) But then in the “subscribe” instructions, we used the old “h” spelling. Old habits die hard. So let’s try this one more time. To join up, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples-kazakh [just kidding. :-) Here’s the real line.]
subscribe brigada-peoples-kazak

[you get the picture] In the process, by the way, well over 150 people have joined that conference. Wow. Marco Polo never had it so good. Imagine how long it took him to send messages to 156 people in a far away land! :-)

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THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
There have been over 1,100 plans to evangelize the world since Christ’s Great Commission was given to the Church. In the past 25 years 200 million people, 3.4% of the world’s population, were evangelized. By mid-1996, 19.3% (nearly 1 person out of 5) will still be unevangelized. Unless current trends are reversed, the year 2000 will see a world one-third Christian, where 16% of its people have never heard the name of Jesus.

World Population (1996): 5,804,121,000
Christians (1996): 1,955,229,000
Unevangelized (1996): 1,121,842,000

Source: 2/15/96, Justin Long
“Monday Morning Reality Check”
Global Evangelization Movement (GEM).
To subscribe to the Monday Morning Reality Check, send email to hubatxcdotorg with
subscribe reality-check

in the body of the message.

http://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/gem1.html
(Global Glimpse by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO)

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ENVISION ’96 GETS A TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
If you’ve heard the new Kenny Rogers album, you’ve heard his song-writing talents. If you’ve ever caught the commercials, “Good times, Great taste at McDonalds,” “Kentucky Fried Chicken — We do chicken right!” or “Nationwide is on your side…”, then you’ve heard his creative, and artistic imagination. And if you’ve seen the Gaither Vocal Band, you’ve probably seen his arena coordination — because he’s overseen their travel and arena relations for five years. His name is J.D. Miller and he’s the new Envision ’96 Event Technical Coordinator. He got his break into ‘show biz’ when he was only 16. Roger Miller (“Trailers for Sale or Rent”, “Do-wacka-do”) walked up to him in a restaurant where he was playing dinner music, and on the spot asked him to be his personal pianist. What followed was 20 years of technical and musical wizardry which has included everything from writing jingles for nationwide McDonalds ads to producing zillions of record albums each year. At Lexington, Kentucky’s Rupp Arena this past Wednesday, he paced the floor of the venue for what organizers hope will be one of the most thrilling and effective mission mobilization events of all time, Envision ’96. J.D. is ready to “paint the town” — from arena fireworks to an opening ceremony torch run to carefully timed staging to prayer and fasting… Envision ’96 is coming to Lexington, KY, Nov. 1-3! If you haven’t registered yet, call Walter at the Envision ’96 office — 1-800-972-1137 — and let him know you’re interested. You can also email him at wbirney11ataoldotcom. Pick up an exhibit for the entire event for $190 and share your tapes, videos, books or mission opportunities. Meet 6000 people… or 10,000 or 18,000… as many as the Lord shall call. See ya in Lexington!

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JAMES BOND… THE WORLD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Thanks to agent Bob Sutterfield for sleuthing out the 1995 CIA World Fact Book, already posted and ready for your use at http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/95fact

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KBM AT YOUR JP2000 TRIP SERVICE
Taking a Joshua Project 2000 trip? Need help in defining trip objectives, preparing for research on-site, setting up logistics (housing, transport, air fare, etc.), want cross-cultural orientation, readying for people group adoption, sensitivity guidelines (in restricted access situations), team building and more????? Get Kingdom Building Ministries online brochure and find out more how they can help you get ready! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line as the message:
get brigada kbm-brochure

I’m so glad God is raising up facilitating agencies and people-helpers for this JP2000 project. Mary Ann Stone and the folks in Colorado Springs couldn’t do it without them!!!

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(Hope to see you again!)

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960218 Brigada Today

Now with 1976 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
[Just 4 more weeks ’til we’re one year old!]

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In this issue….

* POP-UP PRAYER REQUEST
* THE KAZAKHS HAVE BECOME THE KAZAKS!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* HAVE CAMERA, WILL STILL TRAVEL
* HOWDY PARTNERS
* REDLANDS CONSULTATION ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
* HAVING TROUBLE WITH MISSIONARY SUPPORT?
* BBS LIST AT YOUR SERVICE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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POP-UP PRAYER REQUEST
It occurred to me today what a powerful resource we would have if 2000 people bowed their heads and prayed just now, the moment they received this Brigada Today, that God would empower his churches around the world to really finish the task of taking the gospel to the least evangelized people. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer… but if you could join us just now… even if for a moment, would you?

“Dear Heavenly Father, we love you and adore you… and we want to ask just now that you’ll give us your wisdom, strength, hope and faithfulness in greater and greater measure, so we can in turn share your love with others. Empower us to be conduits of your compassion. Fill us with the desire and undying, unstoppable determination to complete the task of world evangelization as you’ve commanded. And when you use us, remove from us the temptation to seek selfish ambition or glory. We commit just now to giving all the glory to you, because you so richly deserve it. And now, I specifically want to lift up the ____ people [fill in the blank!]. Raise up witnesses both among them and to them. Use me, if you can, to make a powerful difference someday soon in their lives. And allow me to be of some small service in rallying more and more concern and action in sharing Christ and establishing your church in their midst. Lord, make it an effective church that can multiply many times over. And Lord, thanks for hearing and already setting about to answer these prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Thanks man.

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THE KAZAKHS HAVE BECOME THE KAZAKS!
I’d better get with the program! In last week’s Brigada Today, we referred to the Brigada-peoples-kazakh conference which has now been astro-traveled into the realm of brigada-peoples-kazak. They’ve changed their conference name to reflect an official decision on the part of the Kazak people to drop the ‘h’ off the end of the name. Bravo, guys. Again, if you have a burden for this people group, or want to learn more about Marco Polo, join up by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples-kazakh

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Chinese officials provoke church-planting! The mission agency Open Doors reports that between 40 and 60 new house churches have been planted in Peking since November 1994 by Christians from a single church. The Chinese government originally intended to “tame” a church which had become uncomfortable for them by replacing pastor Yang Yudong with one more loyal to the system. Many Christians left the church in protest – and planted up to 60 new, officially unregistered and unwanted, churches.
Source: Friday Fax, 2. Feb. ’95, (c) DAWN Europe,
http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html
(Global Glimpse is prepared faithfully each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO. Why not make it a regular column in your church bulletin! Thanks for your tireless service John!)

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HAVE CAMERA, WILL STILL TRAVEL
Don’t forget Mike Scott, Mogulracerataoldotcom, who is ready and willing to accompany your JP2000 team (or other short-term mission group) to capture the best National Geographic style photos you’ll ever see! Check him out… he’s reasonable on costs… willing to negotiate.

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HOWDY PARTNERS
(Follow up on last week’s “GOT ANY GOOD RESOURCES ON DEVELOPING MISSION PARTNERSHIPS?” item.) Great feedback on partnership, gang. Winner for most recommended approach? INTERDEV, John Rogers interdev-ukatxcdotorg.

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REDLANDS CONSULTATION ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(Thanks to Galen Hiestand GalenHiestandatXCdotorg for reporting from the scene!) On January 25-25, some 70 people gathered at the headquarters of Mission Aviation Fellowship to discuss the implications of Information Technology and the ministry of the Church. Dubbed the “Cyber 70” (or C70 for short) the group discussed three main topics categorized into Issues, Applications and Training. The event was purposely structured not as a conference, where people come to learn something, but as a consultation, where topics were thrown open for in-depth discussion. Perhaps unlike any previous event, the consultation actually began one month before the January meetings by participants sharing over several electronic conferences. By the time they gathered together, most folks already had been introduced in “cyberspace” and could “hit the ground running” since they already knew each other’s passion in regards to IT and the Church. Likewise, the consultation continues on via several electronic conferences dealing with many of the outcome details to be hammered out over the next several months. Some of the key “threads” of the discussion were:

1. How IT [information technology] could be the greatest threat AND the greatest tool since the Tower of Babel in uniting Christians to complete the Great Commission.
2. How we must be extra sensitive in applying IT cross-culturally to the Majority World so that we help decrease and increase the information gap.
3. How there appears to be tremendous confusion and lack of clarity among many organizations (Christian and non) in trying to handle the phenomenal changes that IT is demanding. How to deal with the increasing overload of information and messages.
4. How IT has tremendous potential in the area of distance education.
5. How to grapple with the tough philosophical questions regarding IT while simultaneously initiating key applications benefiting the church and missions.

For more information about the consultation and the on-going electronic conferences, contact GalenHiestandatXCdotorg. Again, thanks Galen and all the rest of the Cyber70!!! :-) We can’t thank you enough for putting tools like email conferencing into our hands!

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HAVING TROUBLE WITH MISSIONARY SUPPORT?
Now help’s on its way! Thanks to Dave Moody DMatXCdotOrg for sending in the following:
One track of the Penetrating the 10/40 Window Unreached Peoples Conference, March 10-13 1996 in Virginia Beach, VA will be discussing the problems Churches, Supporters and Missionaries are going through in everyday life in one of its six sessions. This particular session will discuss problems and try to present solutions through the interactive discussion of conference attendees. Many Churches deal with the same problems whether they support teams in the Middle East or one person in the Europe. Please take the time to list the problems you are struggling with or have had to walk through in the past. No situation is to simple or too difficult. We will not mention names, cities or churches… only the problem itself. Some examples that have been submitted so far are: The difficulty of getting material out of country for newsletters. The difficulty in trying to keep close contact with supporters. Planning short term trips to unfamiliar countries. Getting supplies from point A to point B. Raising support for non church planting missions workers. How do we get the church interested in our ‘adopted people group’ We don’t have enough, (money, people, etc_) for a short term trip….. How can we still go? Please send any problems you may have by email to billcoverataoldotcom or U.S. mail to Bill Cover PO Box 8547 Norfolk, VA 23503. Thanks guys! You’ve hit on a heart strings!

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BBS LIST AT YOUR SERVICE
Interested in getting a list of electronic computer bulletin boards from around the world? Thanks to Steve Hayes hayesstwatrisc1dotunisadotacdotza, now you can! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the message…
get brigada bbs-list

We’re talkin’ Germany, South Africa, USA, Canada, and even China… and more.

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

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Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
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and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960204 Brigada Today

Now with 1871 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* THANK GOD FOR “ADOPTERS”!
* FROM THE “END OF THE WORLD” TO YOUR DOORSTEP
* BRIGADA-PROJECTS-TRAINING IN FULL SWING
* DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ‘HIM’???
* ADVANCE FOR FEBRUARY IS READY FOR YOUR “GET”-ING
* GO STEAL SOME BOOKS
* SOME PEOPLE DO READ
* YOU CAN STILL GET IN ON THE 30-DAY PRAYER VIGIL
* ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST?
* A PENNY FOR YOUR [PHONE CALL] THOUGHTS?
* I’M SURE YOU WANT TO INSURE
* SECOND THOUGHTS ON CENSORSHIP
* TRAVEL THE FRIENDLY WEB, er uh SKIES
* IF YOU FIND A GOOD MISSIONS STORY…
* ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO WEB
* PAGES OF THE DAY
* FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE MASTER…
* REMEMBER THE PHOTOGRAPHER?
* PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW IN 1997
* INTERESTED IN TRAINING FOR TENTMAKERS?
* DESPERATE TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORLDWIDE WEB?
* TO THE MANY WHO HAVE WRITTEN BOB WHITNEY
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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THANK GOD FOR “ADOPTERS”!
Thanks to the Beavercreek Christian Church in Dayton, OH, who in cooperation with Team Expansion has now “officially” taken responsibility for making sure a new church is established among the Yanadi people of southern India. Long-time Brigada Today readers will remember the Sept. 15th issue, where the item, ” HAVE YOU REGISTERED YOUR INTEREST IN A PEOPLE GROUP?” explained my own personal quest to find an unreached people group for which I could “register” interest on the People Group Consultant. I did some basic research, made a couple of phone calls, sent a couple of emails and prayed. Frankly, I’m kind of ashamed to admit that it started more or less as a “test” of the system. When I clicked on the “more info” button in the “People Group Consultant”, would someone write me back? Could I really find interest in a group? Would I be able to discover all the essential information? Could it actually lead to measurable results? Well… what started as a test is blooming into reality! Now, some four months later, through the power of God, a church has taken up the challenge to actually see the project through and make sure God’s message goes to them. In fact, Beavercreek’s “Minister of Missions”, Eric Derry, leaves for a trip to study the Yanadi in just 3 weeks! God answers prayer.

So where does that leave you? Are you willing to take time to study and pray for one of the least evangelized peoples of the world? Would you be willing to “adopt” one, as a kind of “advocate”, until such time that a church and/or agency will accept the baton to make sure a new church is planted there? It all starts with joining brigada-peoples (send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words “subscribe brigada-peoples” in the text of the message). Throw your interest out there in the conference and watch the group of 223 mission researchers and prayer warriors come alive!!! And if you have access to the web, visit the People Group Consultant (PGC) at
http://www.xc.org/pgc.html or the new PGC Research Assistant at
http://www.xc.org/brigada/pgcra/

Do it today!

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FROM THE “END OF THE WORLD” TO YOUR DOORSTEP
The world’s 14 million Tibetan Buddhists are Central Asian peoples who find common cultural and religious roots in the Tibetan form of Buddhism. By no means limited to Tibet, they can be found in Russia, Mongolia, China, and the Himalayas. Most of the 65 people groups among them have no church in their own culture. Now they’re coming by the groves to North America where a growing network of Tibetan Buddhist study centers reaches out to non-Asians in the United States and Canada.

Is your church interested in reaching Tibetan Buddhists in your own community, or in placing people in the Tibetan Buddhist lands of the 10/40 Window? If so, try Interserve. They can help you with speakers experienced in many facets of ministry to Tibetan Buddhists, with books and other resources on the general subject of ministry to Tibetan Buddhists, and with information on placement opportunities in Asia. Write them at InterServeatxcdotorgto find out more.

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BRIGADA-PROJECTS-TRAINING IN FULL SWING
The new Brigada-projects-training conference is now in full swing, complete with a new moderator, . Most recently, one of the participants reported on a recent trainers’ consultation, “Quadralogue”, at Columbia International University, October 2-5, 1995. The outcomes were numerous, including the very nature of the dialogues that various participants encountered. In 4 words or less, it sounded as if there was a tremendous unity of purpose among all who participated! Outcomes??? Many. For example, contact Bob Ferris 75463dot3610atcompuservedotcom or Steve Hoke 74543dot3221atcompuservedotcom for help developing a training “profile” for your organization, agency, or church. You can also order a copy of the “desired missionary” profile which was developed by sending a check for $ 5.00 to Dr. William Taylor, WEF Missions Commission, 4807 Palisade Drive, Austin, Texas 78731. Or get a pair of training manuals (one each by Dr. Ferris Dr. Harley respectively) the profile, and shipping by sending $22.00. (Checks made out to WORLD EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP.) Sounds like good stuff. Somebody buy it and send in a couple of paragraphs of review, okay? :-)

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ‘HIM’???
In this case, that’s short for Himalayas! GCOWE veterans will recognize the name David Sang-Bok Kim as that of the man who is Executive Director of the Torch Missions Center, Seoul; Korea. He wrote this past week, “We had a great time at Himalaya AD 2000 Conference at Siliguri, Indian, Jan 15-21, where more than two thousand came from eight different regions of the countries adjacent to [the] Hamalaya[s]. It was an exciting conference. We had rain during the first three days, but no one moved. Amazing! … We praise the Lord for the good time. God is working in Asia. In May 27-30 we will have N.E. Asia regional conference here at Torch Center, where eight countries will be represented, and Korean churches will officially adopt 2000 unreached people groups. We also need to adopt 2000 North Korean churches which used to be existent before the Korean War in 1950 but abolished by the North Korean government. South Korean churches adopt them one by one just as we adopt the unreached peoples. So much for today.” [end of quote] Ho-Hum. Another day, another 2000 N. Korean churches adopted plus another 2000 people groups adopted. Yawwwwwwwwwn.

I jest, of course. Indeed. This South Korean thing is one of the most exciting models we’ve got in the entire world, folks!!! Could anyone wonder why we’re excited about the AD2000 Movement and the momentum it’s garnering??? Yikes. When will we ever learn to mimic the S. Koreans. I tell ya… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — when I grow up, I want to be Korean! :-)

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ADVANCE FOR FEBRUARY IS READY FOR YOUR “GET”-ING
Here’s the executive summary for the February issue of Mark Kelly’s ADVANCE:
THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Billy Graham’s global television broadcast; praying for Muslims; Morocco; North Korea; Thailand.
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Laotian churches forcibly closed; churches in China, Mexico torn down; Pakistan believer tortured; former Indian shaman has a price on his head; Egyptian teenager kidnapped; American believers in Saudi Arabia.
SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Muslim rebels threaten war in Philippines; Christian attacks on Islamic study centers; confrontation in Nigeria; budding Muslim revolution in South Africa; Christian infighting in Brazil; Russia’s children suffering; two bills in the U.S. Congress.
REJOICE! — Believers in Nepal released; God drawing radical Hindu leaders to himself; God protects precious Bibles in China; China lawmakers consider expanded rights; Muslims dream of Christ; Ethiopian village turns to Christ; Indian law bans fetal sex tests; Wycliffe Bible Translators releases 400th New Testament.
NETWORKING — Handbook on cross-cultural field visits; children’s missions expos; Global Prayer Digest; advocate or networking church training; MANNA for Muslims 1996; International Conference for Computers in Missions; Penetrating the 10/40 Window; Christian psychiatrist offers teaching on dreams; AD 2025 Global Monitor; Internet e-mail insecurity; Malay prayer calendar; video introduction to Islam; new WWW search engine; Internet for Christians; Web sites.
FRONT LINES — The tyranny of the status quo.

As always, to retrieve it, just send these words to hubatxcdotorg get brigada advance.9602
Thanks Mark!!!

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GO STEAL SOME BOOKS
Well… prices are low enough to make you think you’re stealing them! WORLD CHRISTIAN NEWS & BOOKS distributes books by mail and has access to books from hundreds of publishers. So next time you think of purchasing books (in print), try them. And by the way, some of you have apparently ordered the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus booklets from them. They tell me they’ve distributed over 28,000 copies! The second printing is nearly gone!!! (Wow. If people are actually using these prayer guides… Whew!) Check out their web site at http://www.ywam.org/books.html or write wcnatxcdotorg and request a print out (include your snail-mail address). Old-fashioned and expensive obsolete ways to contact them: P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936, USA. Tel: 1 (719) 442-6409; Fax: 1 (719) 380–0936. Thanks Paul!

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SOME PEOPLE DO READ
:-) Thanks to Bruce Koch for his math-oriented eyes! We stated a goal of being 1/5th of the way toward Jonathan Marsden’s “10,000 mark” (in # of Brigada participants) by our 1-year anniversary. Then the following week, we summarized that our goal was 2500. ‘Course, one of Bruce’s jobs is to coordinate ministry accounts for the US Center for World Mission. So he’s accustomed to “missionary math”! :-) Sorry gang. Now you know why I’m in missions and not accounting! :-) So my question is… what’ll it be? 2000 or 2500? Only you can determine the answer by sharing this Brigada Today with a friend. Instructions on how to subscribe are at the end. By the way Bruce, thanks for your sharp eye, you rascal. :-)

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YOU CAN STILL GET IN ON THE 30-DAY PRAYER VIGIL
You have heard of prayer and fasting mountains, but also there are mountains of prayer and fasting arising ceaselessly! Prayer is becoming the consuming passion of many in the body of Christ. And prayer guides can help! If you aren’t already there, remember that the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Guides are available daily. Join the millions praying and fasting from Jan. 21 – Feb. 19. Send an e-mail to hubatxcdotorg with the message body reading: subscribe 30-Days.

(Thanks to Ron RonKernahanatxcdotorg for reminding us!)

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ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST?
Neither is Randy Roberts randyratlfadotcom but at least he knows a good series when he sees one! The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR is running a series of good, weekly articles (on Mondays) on Muslims in America during Ramadan.
Jan 22: Finding Their Place
Jan 29: Family and Community
Feb 5: Political Inroads
Feb. 12: Faith and the Future

Maybe you can find these on the web, but as Randy says, if not, there’s always the local library! :-) Thanks to Randy, who is not a Christian Scientist. :-)

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A PENNY FOR YOUR [PHONE CALL] THOUGHTS?
Interested in a getting long distance in the USA for a flat rate of 13 cents per minute? And what about international rates? How’d you like to call Russia for $1/min., Taiwan for 56 cents/min., Australia for 48 cents, UK for 34 cents and Poland for 81 cents/min? These prices go farther down with volume use. Contact Brigada participant Geoff Waterhouse at The Finsure House Inc., 5302-E, Memorial Drive, #1407, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 USA. Phone 404-297-1952/1638, Fax 404-297-0915. By the way, off-peak is about 10 cents/minute. Don’t forget to tell them you heard about it on Brigada. Maybe they’ll give you a free phone card. :-) Sprint eat your heart out.

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I’M SURE YOU WANT TO INSURE
Get this. The same guy that does phones does insurance. He’s got Expatriate Medical (and Life) Insurance Plans available for Expats. living, working or studying just about anywhere in the world. The Plans are underwritten by a Major British Insurance company and are ideal for Missionaries, Students, Business people etc. The policy provides up to 90 days cover in HOME country during any 12 month policy period. Premiums and Benefits payable either in US Dollars or British Pounds. Check it out — and let us know how you like it. Just think. Now when you call your insurance guy, you can save money on your phone bill at the same time!!! Geoff Waterhouse at the address immediately above!

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SECOND THOUGHTS ON CENSORSHIP
Previously, we quoted one Brigada reader who applauded CServe for blocking access to pornography because it was offensive. Well there’s the other side of the coin. Brigada reader Bob Sutterfield wrote to beg to strongly disagree: “I strongly disagree [Ed. Note: didn’t I tell you he wrote to strongly disagree???] with your assessment that CompuServe’s selective newsgroup blockage policy is a good thing for the Christian community. Now that they’ve established the precedent of selecting content, they’ll find it easy to decide to block other content they (or someone else, such as a governmental authority) find offensive. Many people find Christianity offensive because of the claims Jesus makes about them, so I expect our content would be early in the cutoff list.” Yikes Bob. Frankly, I hope your warning turns out to be overly pessimistic, but it sounds to me like it’s a word to the wise!

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TRAVEL THE FRIENDLY WEB, er uh SKIES
Don’t forget to check with our faithful Brigada participant travel agents if you have to walk something besides the web. There’s Tammy Sullivan tammygregataoldotcom 800-513-8293 or fax her at 513-753-8293 in Cincinnati, OH; Debbie Mortell 75113dot1476atcompuservedotcom at 135 Commerce Dr., PO Box 370, Tyrone, GA 30290, Fax 770-487-4089; and now, add David Tinney of Adventure Travel Service atsatgalstardotcom, 18 East Third Grove OK 74344, 800/488-7901, FAX 918/786-3874. Don’t forget to tell them you’re on Brigada. Who knows! If you buy big, they might pack your tickets in one of those fancy plastic pouches! :-)

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IF YOU FIND A GOOD MISSIONS STORY…
or redemptive analogy, write joanhatsanetdotcom directly. She (Joan) is compiling a series of missions Sunday School lessons and needs the resources! If your source is appropriate, why not join Brigada-peoples and copy your message there! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line
subscribe brigada-peoples

in the text of the message. Then mail your recommended source to brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg and don’t forget to send it to Joan too!

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ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO WEB
Now you can get it all, even Mission Network News! Set your browser to http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn. All the day’s news (updated daily) and past news is also there. You can also get information on stations currently airing Mission Network News. Thanks to Greg Yoder, who by the way, is Director of MNN and a faithful Brigada Today reader.

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PAGES OF THE DAY
Wanna’ read about Tajiks??? Browse http://www.soros.org/tajkstan.html Or maybe you’re interested in Afghanistan and the Asian continent? Try http://www.deltanet.com/users/llambert/pathan.html. Or perhaps you’d like to stroll through the Buddhist Luri temple??? Try http://www.gnn.com/gnn/meta/travel/features/mustang/buddhism/temples.html [Note the “l” (lower case “L”) which wrapped to the next line] Or maybe you’d just like to see a list of the languages into which the Jesus Film has been translated? Check out http://www.mdalink.com/JESUSproject/language.txt Thanks Justin — you’re a gem from GEM! :-)

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FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE MASTER…
… of Arts, that is. Steve Burris at Pacific Christian College (they stole him from Fuller, by the way :-)) wants to know if there’s a need for a field-based Master of Arts in Intercultural studies. Something that would build on the Perspectives model. “What interest is there in such a program should we develop it? Would you or others you know of be interested in enrolling? What opportunities for “strategic partnerships” might there be? Is there a need for this program on a global scale?” Please respond directly to to SteveBurrisatxcdotorg or call him at (714)879-3901. And … you know where to tell him you read about it. :-)

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REMEMBER THE PHOTOGRAPHER?
He was serious! He wrote and called this past week. He’s ready to partner with you on your JP2000 trip or missions outreach. Write Mogulracerataoldotcom or call 303-201-0865. He’s Mike Scott and apparently he’s had pictures in Smart Money, Life, and Newsweek! Note: He’ll probably need help with support for the trip.

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PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW IN 1997
Thanks to Beverly Pegues 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom of the Christian Information Network who labors tirelessly for the cause of Christ and the 10/40 Window!!! She wrote this past week to inform us that “the ‘Praying Through the Window III’ committee had its first meeting to begin planning the October 1997, prayer thrust. The focus will be on the unreached people groups of the 10/40 Window. We solicit your prayers and input.’ Also, Beverly is still looking for reports from prayer journeys this past October. If you or someone you know haven’t written her, please do so immediately! They’re assembling data and need your report today.

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INTERESTED IN TRAINING FOR TENTMAKERS?
I recently heard about “GO”. Write Scott Gordon at Global Opportunities 103613dot3570atcompuservedotcom. Tell us what you think!

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DESPERATE TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORLDWIDE WEB?
Got twenty bucks? This might be a good investment. (If you do it, give us a review, please.) Thomas Copley tcopleyatarlingtondotcom is running an online tutorial February 5 – March 24, the again March 4 – April 26 and April 1 – May 26. Cost is $20 US. To sign up for the class that begins today, the “Make the Link Workshop”, sessions, just send an e-mail message to the address majordomoatarlingtondotcom and in the body of the message, write
subscribe links5
or if you’d rather wait until March 4, wrote
subscribe links6

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TO THE MANY WHO HAVE WRITTEN BOB WHITNEY
Not long ago, Bob bobw5atixdotnetcomdotcom contributed to Brigada Today readers a free program to handle and prayer for the JP2000 list of least reached peoples. More recently, he was hospitalized in a serious accident. He wrote this past week, “After a week in the hospital and two weeks at a Nursing Home I am home now. I am still in lots of pain and don’t have full use of my left arm. I can spend no more than 5 minutes at the computer before pain drives me away.” Feel free to send Bob a note of encouragement but don’t expect an answer. Continue to lift him in prayer.

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960211 Brigada Today

Now with 1921 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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In this issue….

* MISSIONS IS ALIVE AND WELL
* BRIGADA-PEOPLES-CAUCASUS READY TO LIFT NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
* THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK ON COMPUSERVE’S DECISION RE: PORNOGRAPHY
* MISSION 2000 DESTINED TO ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE
* BRIGADA-PEOPLES-KAZAKH READY TO SERVE
* NEED SOME ORIGINAL MISSIONS ARTWORK OR ILLUSTRATIONS?
* GOT ANY GOOD RESOURCES ON DEVELOPING MISSION PARTNERSHIPS?
* “WORKING YOUR WAY TO THE NATIONS”
* A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE COMPUTER… AROUND THE WORLD!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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MISSIONS IS ALIVE AND WELL
I’ve just returned from a week at a college and seminary in central Illinois where I’ve received much encouragement! I was invited to go there to speak to them, but I’m afraid they spoke volumes to me, giving me back tons more than I could ever hope to contribute. The seminary has a full-time church growth prof. (Ph.D.) from Fuller, a full-time Islamics prof. (Ph.D.) from Zwemmer, a full-time cross-cultural communications prof coming within the year from Zambia (who will have just finished his Ph.D.), a full-time staffed urban “lab” in “Chicago (led by a guy who will soon finish his Ph.D.) and a Dean who eats, sleeps, breathes, and prays missions (I know because that’s where they housed me! :-)Among other things happening in his life right now, his son is teaching English in China and he couldn’t stop talking about a new international extension on their M.Div. program.) (By the way — he’s a Ph.D. too). The undergrad college has full-time staff people who have served in Europe, Africa and who knows where else and the president of the whole shootin’ match has just been nominated to serve as president of Envision ’98. This place reeks of urban emphasis, even though it’s miles out in the corn fields of central IL. You walk into their visitors center and see beautiful portraits of Chicago and the campus is abuzz with interest in the INTERNET. Several were not only aware of Brigada, they are using its resources for exploring the world of the unreached. (They have every room on the campus already wired with fiber optics ready to throw the switch to connect the whole campus to a full T-1 connection to the INTERNET sometime this summer.) And… oh… did I mention the students? Literally dozens are majoring in missions and/or bivocational missions. Nine walked forward to make first-time commitments this past week but there are dozens more who have done so in the past. The campus has committed to loading up at least 100 of them and shipping them out to Envision ’96 this November in Lexington, Kentucky, and they’re committed to registering 100% of their student body “one way or another” :-). Several want to be involved in Joshua Project 2000 trips or full research expeditions. Can you tell I’m encouraged? :-) So I asked the secret and most attributed the excitement to the impact of

1. on-campus special missions events (like the Week of WorldWide Witness, which features 3 chapel services and over a dozen workshops on missions)
2. short-term trips (featured annually)
3. a faculty and staff committed to missions
4. integrating “mission” into every class they teach
5. prayer
6. prayer
7. prayer

Can you duplicate some of those at your college or seminary??? You bet. Is every college or seminary doing it?? Unfortunately, “nyet”. When they do, you’ll hear about it. Wow. You can’t help but hear about it. The place is crawling with folks wanting to be missionaries. Scary. Plum scary! This coming week they start an elective 6-week class on prayer where they’ll teach half the class and pray for half the class. I’d venture a guess that the room will be packed. And guess what… that one’s not even for credit! They’re just doing it “for fun”, because they know that’s what they’re supposed to be doing. They had me speak in 3 chapel services and the whole college turned out. Plus there were 14 workshop presenters there from all over the world. International students gave testimonies in every session. The architect of the week, a prof named Mike Nichols, just got back from nearly a decade in Zaire. And he has his origins previously in their youth ministry department Scary. Plum scary. :-) Lincoln Christian College/Seminary. I could give you any number of addresses — but here’s the Christian Service guy…, a former missionary, by the way — but then, that shouldn’t surprise you, right? Curt Nordhielm cwnordhiatprairienetdotorg. Scary. Plum scary. :-) Who says missions is fading into the sunset. If this is any sign of what the future missions movement is going to be like, where do I sign up? Scary. Plum scary. :-)

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BRIGADA-PEOPLES-CAUCASUS READY TO LIFT NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Do you have a special prayer burden for the people of the Caucasus??? Join Brigada-peoples-caucasus and find those with a common mind. Doug Larson DougLarsonatXCdotOrg and others stand ready to help you find the answers to your questions and brainstorm about how to share hope with the people of the Caucasus. To join, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the body of the message text:
subscribe Brigada-peoples-caucasus

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THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK ON COMPUSERVE’S DECISION RE: PORNOGRAPHY
It does relate to who we are and what we’re doing, as Christians. But for the time being, we hope you’ll forgive us if we zero in on material more central to the focus of Brigada’s major heartbeat… reaching the least reached peoples of the world together!

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MISSION 2000 DESTINED TO ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE
Between 150 and 200 people from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Belarus are expected to come to the first German Mission Mobilizers conference (Febr. 27.- March 2, 1996) organized jointly by YWAM Germany (Jan Schlegel) and AIMS Germany (Kerstin Hack). The conference will be held in German and English. The main focus of the conference is to train church leaders in mobilizing and involving people/churches for missions. Speakers include Bill and Amy Stearns (USA), John Rogers (interdev-GB), Lars Widerberg (Intercessors network, Sweden) and many others. For more information, contact Kerstin at 100711dot2622atcompuservedotcom.

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BRIGADA-PEOPLES-KAZAKH READY TO SERVE
Talk about a group of go-getters! This partnership features a regular on-line magazine, a full-time USA-based mobilizer (non-resident missionary or people-specific advocate), and on-site specialists plugged in all the time. Plus, have you heard about the hopes they have for a ship for the Caspian Sea??? If not, join them today by sending email to hubatxcdotorgwith only the following line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples-kazakh

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NEED SOME ORIGINAL MISSIONS ARTWORK OR ILLUSTRATIONS?
Contact Mary at wcnatxcdotorg and you’ll be working with the artist who illustrated You Can Change the World (Johnstone), “Praying Through the Window II” Prayer Calendar, and the new Perspectives material from Meg Crossman. We’re told her prices are very reasonable and that some people end up sending literally double what they’re asked to pay, just because they’re so satisfied. For more information, call (719) 442-6409 or Fax (719) 380-0936 or email wcnatxcdotorg.

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GOT ANY GOOD RESOURCES ON DEVELOPING MISSION PARTNERSHIPS?
Steve Wibberley 73621dot2232atcompuservedotcom would like to know! He’s involved in forming one and needs some extra insight. Please email him directly and, if you don’t mind, copy us at DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg in case there’s something for the next inquirer! Thanks!

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“WORKING YOUR WAY TO THE NATIONS”
About 100 delegates from Malaysia and at least 8 foreign countries assembled in Penang for a “Working your Way to the Nations” conference. Dr. Bill Taylor of WEF was the featured speaker and he challenged those attending to commit their lives to Christ for the sake of the Gospel. Workshops were conducted on various regions of the world where tentmaking is the primary missions strategy. Aspiring tentmakers were also helped by the practical workshops on problems related to tentmaking. The sponsoring organizations are now investigating how to set up a permanent tentmaker fellowship in Malaysia. For more info., contact Ken Smith at KSmithatgatidotwadotcom. Thanks Ken!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE COMPUTER… AROUND THE WORLD!
Remember those books… A Day in the Life of America, …. of China…, etc.??? Well apparently the author/editor is the same guy who has done Passage to Vietnam (top-rated CD) and now, . . . something even more innovative! YWAM Photographer Dennis Fahringer photoatuofndotedu tells us that the www site http://www2.cyber24.com/html is 24 hours in Cyberspace. Apparently, the site just opened literally 48 hours ago (Feb. 8) and will soon close — so if you want to see this one you’d better act fast. After collecting the material, the editors will reopen the site on a permanent basis on March 17. It might even have already closed by the time you get this. Dennis says there are several key sections by Christians, including:
http://www2.cyber24.com/html/4_2.html (a missionary pilot in Tanzania)
http://www2.cyber24.com/html/4_302.html
http://www2.cyber24.com/html/4_144.html
Thanks Dennis!!!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Wycliffe Bible Translators passed a milestone in their effort to translate the scriptures for unreached peoples around the world. Recently their 400th New Testament was completed for the Barai (buh-RAY-“i”) people of Papua New Guinea. Wycliffe began translation work 60-years ago. Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators, Hyatt Moore, says they currently have more than 5,200 active members, but he says more are needed. Wycliffe hopes to recruit 500 new members each year by the year 2,000.
(Source: Mission Network News, 1/22/96 and 2/5/96; http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn. Mission Network News is an outreach ministry of Cornerstone College, Gospel Communications Network (GCN) and Online Christian Resources.
John Hanna Caleb Project Littleton, CO)

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE send email to hubatxcdotorgwith this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

(Hope to see you again!)

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960128 Brigada Today

Now with 1818 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WHAT ARE THE ODDS!???
* ANNOUNCING THE PLACE TO GET ANNOUNCEMENTS
* HAVING TROUBLE GETTING STARTED WITH RESEARCH ON YOUR PEOPLE GROUP???
* GOT A CD??? GET A GRIP… ON THE WORLD!
* WANNA BE AN ADVOCATE??? GO TO INDIA!
* POLISH OFF THE 10/40 WINDOW
* A BIT TOO MUCH KEYING GOING ON
* NOW HERE’S A SPOT WHERE YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
* GERMANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE NET
* KINGDOM VENTURES MAKES IT EASIER FOR YOU TO FIND KINGDOM WORKERS
* NEW WEB SITES
* BOMB SCARE
* HAVE CAMERA, WILL TRAVEL
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS!??? GROWTH BY 65 PARTICIPANTS AGAIN THIS WEEK! :-)
That’s right! Brigada participants jumped again this week by exactly the same amount as last week, 65 new users for a grand total of 1,818 co-laborers for the harvest! Welcome new members! We’re left with 7 more weeks before our 1-year anniversary, March 15. Thanks for whatever you’re doing to pass the word along!

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ANNOUNCING THE PLACE TO GET ANNOUNCEMENTS
Want to stay in touch with AD2000 & Beyond’s Joshua Project 2000??? Tune in! Send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the line
subscribe ad2-jp2-announce

in the body text of the message and you’ll receive occasional updates on team formation, training, and progress. News is sent out only when there’s worthwhile news to share. This conference was opened directly by the AD2000 International Office and is the “official” place to stay in touch! So set those radio dials and listen in! See what the Lord is about to do around the globe!

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HAVING TROUBLE GETTING STARTED WITH RESEARCH ON YOUR PEOPLE GROUP???
Help is on the way! At AD2000 & Beyond’s request this past week, a new “helper” page for the People Group Consultant was born. Dubbed the “Research Assistant”, it can be accessed from either the Brigada “Least Reached Peoples” page or from the PGC itself (though as of this hour, the PGC page had not been fully updated — for now, enter via Brigada by setting your browser to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html or go directly to the PGC RA by pointing to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/pgcra/

What will the PGCRA do? It’ll serve as a kind of collection point for new URLs on least evangelized peoples. If you find an interesting/helpful page, switch over to the RA and click on “tell us” and the URL will simultaneously be sent to the Bethany Prayer Center (which is compiling Prayer Profiles for the JP2000 thrust) and the PGCRA too. Shortly thereafter, your new site will be available for all in a people-indexed format. There is also introductory information to other searching tools beyond the worldwide web, e.g., archie, Veronica, telnet, and more, along with sites for each! So the People Group Consultant now has a Research Assistant! Check it out!

By the way, for those without web access, just send e-mail to hubatxcdotorg with only the following 2 lines in the text of the message:
subscribe ad2-jp2-announce
get ad2-jp2-announce research-assistant

This pair of commands will

1. subscribe you to an e-mail message list for announcements relevant to Joshua Project 2000 teams
2. signal the hub that you’d like to receive a simple e-mail copy of the most pertinent and up-to-date online research tools. This message about research tools will arrive back in your in-box within 5-10 minutes, depending on the speed of your e-mail service. This is only the first release… but we’ll try to keep it fairly current in sync with the web page so you’ll always have the same access.

Thanks to Bethany for providing the initial start-up info. for this page, for AD2000 & Beyond for asking for its creation, and for Bob Mayhew for helping with the web publishing!

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GOT A CD??? GET A GRIP… ON THE WORLD!
If you own a CD driver, check out Global Mapping’s 20:21 Library of Mission and Evangelism Resources on CD (Windows). The MAIN LIBRARY CD #1 contains Operation World, MARC Mission Handbook, The Ethnologue, World Fact Book, From Every People, Status of Global Evangelization, Christian Radio Broadcast data, [gasp for breath!] JESUS film data, the Bible in 6 languages, Greek/Hebrew Lexicons, 9 Bible Commentaries and a Mission Bibliography with over 235,000 records and that’s not all!!! [Whew… that’s a mouthful!] Special Brigada subscribers price is only $199.95. The GLOBAL MINISTRY MAPPING SYSTEM CD #2 contains ATLAS GIS 3.0 and detailed base/thematic maps on every country in the world for your ministry. Priced at $299.95 for Brigada subscribers, both are $100.00 off list price. Can you believe these guys giving us breaks like this? They’re going to spoil us for sure!!! Yahoooooooo! :-) E-mail to Harold Britton, Global Mapping International at: haroldatgmidotorg for details.

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WANNA BE AN ADVOCATE??? GO TO INDIA!
That’s right. In just two weeks, the second People Group Advocate school (NRM) will be held in Pune, India. If your church or you has adopted a people group in South Asia then you really should come to this school. They’ll take you to University libraries to research your group, analyze the felt needs of your group, make you aware of worldwide Christian resources available to reach your group, and help you come up with 100 strategies to reach your group. (Wow. That’s a lot!) Powerful. Interested? Address a letter to hubatxcdotorg with just the message
get brigada pgas

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POLISH OFF THE 10/40 WINDOW
That’s “Polish” not “polish”. :-) It’s a 10/40 Window prayer guide available in the language of POLISH. AIMS – Germany recently translated the prayer leaflet about the 7 major unreached people groups in the 10/40 window (Arab, Turcic, Iranian, Tibetan, Sahel, N.Indian, Malay) into Polish. It is available (free of charge – in print only – sorry for that) from AIMS-Germany. E-mail: 100711dot2622atCompuservedotCom . Please do not forget to mention your postal address. Thanks to Kerstin Hack 100711dot2622atcompuservedotcom for making this available!!!

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A BIT TOO MUCH KEYING GOING ON
Did you notice the extra “L” at the end of the URL for AIMS and Regent University in the Jan. 12th Brigada Today??? John Anderson did! The proper URL should be: http://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/div-con.html Thanks to eagle-eye John!

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NOW HERE’S A SPOT WHERE YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
Looking for a short-term experience with long-term impact? Consider EXPLORE ’96, Caleb Project’s summer missionary research team ministry. This is an opportunity to be personally involved on the front end of advancing God’s kingdom among an unreached people group. This is truly a “different kind of short-term!” It’s June 4 – August 7, 1996 (9 weeks: 10 days training, 40 days overseas, 15 days debrief/media production), in Central Asia, Indonesia. The teams will seek to discover new insights and opportunities for spiritually penetrating these cultures with the gospel. Regular activities will include befriending local people and interviewing them in relational settings and writing reports (ethnography), prayer walking, producing media resources based on information gained, etc. By God’s grace, the long-term fruit of this ministry will be the MOBILIZATION of new missionaries, new intercessors and new senders focused on these peoples to the glory of God. Want to know more? [I wish I could go.] Contact mfenatcprojectdotcom or write to:
Caleb Project
Attn: EXPLORE
10 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
303-730-4170.

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GERMANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE NET
According to Dick Chase, 76022dot1722atcompuservedotcom , you German emailers take your influence seriously! You apparently protested Compuserve’s open access to pornography on the net and now they’ve done something about it! Thanks for your impact. And thanks to Ron Kernahan 100612dot1353atcompuservedotcom for passing along the word! Ron suggests sending a brief “Thanks for your stand against pornography” letter to Compuserve’s CEO at Bob Massey, 70003dot1371atcompuservedotcom . I suppose this would have special significance if you’re a CServer and can send it to simply 70003,1371. Way to go Germany!

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KINGDOM VENTURES MAKES IT EASIER FOR YOU TO FIND KINGDOM WORKERS
Have you heard about Kingdom Ventures’ new database to find people “over there”? Called “OPNET”, it includes over 1,000 operations overseas. The initial software package can be purchased for $5, and is updated quarterly. Updates may be purchased when the user likes, for $20 each (25% discount for those who return their work-among survey). The database includes a listing of mission organizations and the countries they are working in. The software is read-only; data may neither be edited nor altered. However, subscribers to the updates may post advertisements which appear in the main menu, and which all readers will view, for $5/advertisement. They sent us a copy of Opnet here and it has lots of potential. It is a DOS interface — so to Windows users it will probably not look very intuitive. But if you have to look someone up and you’re willing to work at it, it might be just the thing. And you certainly can’t gripe about the initial price. :-) For more information, contact Kingdom Ventures, 5273-E Kilrush Court, Richmond, Va. 23228. For a sample disk, send $5 to the address. Email JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM for more information.

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NEW WEB SITES
… Just keep popping up… Mission Discovery is one of the latest… with short-term opportunities for youth and adults… at http://www.goshen.net/misdis/ . (By the way, hats off to these folks for including a link to Brigada!) Also catch http://www.ywam.org/30daytxt.html with info. on the 30 days of prayer for our Muslim friends. By the way, don’t forget that you can still get in on the 30 days of prayer conference. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the body text:
subscribe 30-days

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BOMB SCARE
One reader wrote this past week to protest the reference to an email bomb in the closing lines of last week’s Brigada Today. He was afraid someone might think we were really capable of sending a bomb through an electronic mail message. In case you’ve been wondering, that was a joke, son. Technology just hasn’t quite advanced that far yet… although I imagine it’ll be the subject of the next late-night sci-fi flick on one of those high-numbered UHF channels. :-)

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HAVE CAMERA, WILL TRAVEL
Now here’s a guy worth his weight in gold… Kodak Gold, that is. Check it out. Mike Scott Mogulracerataoldotcom is willing to accompany any JP2000 team to the field to do research/pre-search on a least evangelized people. He’ll be the team photographer and apparently brings home quite the album!!! He does appreciate the team chipping in on his expenses, but even that is negotiable, we’re told. Thanks to Mary Ann Stone (of the AD2000 & Beyond Office) and Steve Moore (of Kingdom Building Ministries) for the tip!!! Mike, grab your flash unit and get ready to head for the plane! Judging from his email address, he’ll be especially helpful in colder climates. :-)

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE send email to hubatxcdotorgwith this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

(Yikes )

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Univ. of California, mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Admin. & Music Therapy :-) : Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu
Editor: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960121 Brigada Today

Now with 1753 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* YOU TOOK US SERIOUSLY – WE GREW BY 65 USERS IN ONE WEEK!
* GROWTH IS REAL GROWTH!
* GET READY TO FAST FAST!
* HOW DO YOU TRAIN A TENTMAKER?
* $39 QUESTION: “WHAT’S A MUSLIM?”
* ONCE YOU WATCH THEM ON TV, YOU’RE READY TO EXPERIENCE THEM!
* GO NATIVE!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF GLOBAL TV
* BACK TO SCHOOL DAYS FOR NON-RESIDENT MISSIONARIES
* GEMS FROM GEM
* “DO YOU WORK FOR AD2000 OR SOMETHING?”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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YOU TOOK US SERIOUSLY – WE GREW BY 65 USERS IN ONE WEEK!
Thanks for the way you forwarded last week’s issue of Brigada Today! We have 8 more issues to go before our anniversary… and if we grew at this past week’s rate we’d fall just a couple of hundred users short of our goal to be at 2500 by March 21st, when we’re exactly 1 year old. So, if you can possibly spread the word by forwarding this issue to a friend or two, we’d love to have them on board! Thanks!

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GROWTH IS REAL GROWTH!
Greg Parsons, Executive Director of the US Center for World Missions wrote this past week to ask, “It would help me to know if your counts of people involved in conferences on Brigada are multiple entries. Let’s say I am on three, do I get counted three time in your list of 1688 (which sound strangely similar to the [number of peoples on the] list of JP peoples! :-) ).” Thanks for asking, Greg. Nope… When we say there are now 1753 participants in the top level (Brigada Today), that means 1753 different participants. Many are subscribed to more than one conference and some are members of sub-conferences under the top level even though they aren’t even receiving the Brigada Today! If you’d like to know the total number of subscriptions to various conferences, that’s somewhere around 5623. (Actually, as of 3pm yesterday it was exactly 5623. I counted. [Just kidding …about the ‘counting’ part. But I’m serious about the 5623 subscriptions. To determine that figure, I used some cool statistical output that Jonathan made available to us. Thanks Jonathan.])

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GET READY TO FAST FAST!
January 21 kicks off the official daily excerpts by e-mail for the month of Ramadan and the prayer emphasis. , So Jan. 19 & 20th will have a page of helpful instruction each day including some addresses of where to get hard-copy editions. Then the daily excerpts will help you to pray and intercede along with an estimated 5 million Christians. These daily topics are focused and have information, statistics, sometimes stories and always prayer points. … All daily excerpts are less than a page long for easy printouts. Please invite others to join us in interceding in Jesus name these 30 days which correspond to Ramadan. To subscribe to the e-mailed version, please send e-mail to hubatxcdotorg with the body of the message reading:
subscribe 30-days

For those of you with Web access, you can view the full-color cover, read additional information, order books on Islam and find other useful resources at: http://www.ywam.org/30daytxt.html. However, you will not find the daily excerpts here, they are only available from 30-Daysatxcdotorg

Let us believe God for an outpouring of His Spirit on our Muslim neighbors worldwide. Let us pray and believe for the fulfillment of Revelation 7:9, that every group, including the peoples of Islam, will be represented before the throne of God on that final day.

[Thanks to Ron Kernahan RonKernahanatXCdotOrg for this info.!]

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HOW DO YOU TRAIN A TENTMAKER?
Before some wise guy comes back with the suggestion of an “in-tent-sive” course :-) , let me tell you what we mean! Bill Taylor wrote with this question: “I’m speaking at a tentmakers conference in a restricted access Asian nation early next month. Can anyone out there give me information about designed training of tentmakers?” If you’ve got a training idea or model for Bill and the WEF Missions Commission, send it to brigada-projects-trainingatxcdotorg for Bill and others there to read. To subscribe to this brand new conference, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words
subscribe brigada-projects-training

in the text of the message body. Who should join? Trainers, curriculum developers, missions profs, students with a sincere desire to contribute to good training bases, experienced missionaries who would like to put their two cents into the training equation, and more. NOTE: Long term, we need a new moderator for this brand new conference. Obviously, this moderator will need an XC.org address (since only those individuals with XC.org addresses can moderate MAFxc conferences). To get an XC.org address, a MAFxc membership, and lots of other benefits combined, write to helpdeskatxcdotorg for a form and instructions. Cost is $52/yearly. You’ll still need your local INTERNET service provider, but your mail will be forwarded through MAFxc’s hub and you’ll be able to help contribute to training and the growth of world missions around the globe! Note that of you’re interested in joining MAFxc, you should not write to Brigada or simply reply to this note. We don’t receive those applications nor the bucks nor much of anything else… except mail! :-) Write to helpdeskatxcdotorg . But do join the conference and send in your training advice and tips!

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$39 QUESTION: “WHAT’S A MUSLIM?”
Want to get a fast, thorough and culturally sensitive education about Islam??? Try these tapes from John Blake. The guy spent 5 years living with Muslims before he invested the entire last year (that’s right… you read it correctly… I said year as in 12 months!) making these tapes. And for whom??? You, that’s who. “This series was co-produced (i.e. funded) by ten different missions groups who work in the Middle East,” John told us this past week. “It was also assisted by countless people from many other agencies who provided video footage, people, interviews and critical input. These people put so much into this production, because they want to get rid of stereotypes we in the West have of the Arab people. They are viewed for the most part as terrorists and the enemy of the West. This series puts them in the proper perspective. As Colin Chapman, expert and writer on Islam says, “It’s time we saw the Arabs as the warm hospitable people they really are.”

There are six 20-minute sessions (just right for Sunday Schools or Wed. night studies) on one humongously resourceful videotape. Dudley Woodberry, (who appears in the series) said this video “…should be in every Christian Church and College.” The series originally sold for $79.95 — honest. But tell them you heard about it on Brigada and… get this… you’ll get the series for $39.95! (‘Course, even if you fail to tell them, they’ll sell it for $39.95 anyway, but would you believe that if you tell them you heard about it on Brigada then maybe they’ll at least throw in a free videotape case???) To order write to

Middle East Media
P.O. Box 359
Lynnwood WA
98046

Or, if you’re in the USA, phone John on his new 800 number at 1-800-981-6700 and let him pay for the call! If you’re calling from overseas or in the Seattle area, the phone number is (206)745-4206. And you can even email him at 72774dot1766atcompuservedotcom. Half price. Cool.

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ONCE YOU WATCH THEM ON TV, YOU’RE READY TO EXPERIENCE THEM!
And that’s exactly what Robert Douglas has in mind for you! He’s the former director of the Zwemmer Institute and is now a seminary professor at Lincoln Christian College & Seminary, Lincoln, IL. He’s got this training program in Turkey called CASC — Central Asia Study Center, “created by agencies working in Central Asia to enable Christian workers to acquire or upgrade skills and knowledge which facilitate the goal of planting churches among Muslims in Central Asia and the Caucuses.” CASC is located in an overseas city which has strategic Muslim people groups. CASC’s operation is under the direction of eight Evangelical agencies who have invested time and people in Central Asia for some time.” For more information contact

Robert C. Douglas
Mission 21
box 675
Lincoln, Il. 62656

or phone 217-732-3168, or fax 217 732-1821, or e-mail rcdouglaatprairienetdotorg

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GO NATIVE!
Thanks to Doug Larson who just picked up info. on a great new www/research site from Internic’s Scout Report. According to Doug, “NativeWeb, a rich source of information and documents about indigenous peoples, has moved to a new location and has been expanded since we reported on it last year. The site seeks to “provide a cyber-place for Earth’s indigenous peoples.” The site at present provides pointers to North and South American indigenous peoples’ resources, and promises in future to provide sources for Asia and Africa. Information is available by Subject Categories, Geographic Regions, Nations/Peoples, Native Languages and Literature, Native Newsletters and Journals, Native Organizations, and Bibliographies. An electronic store offers listings of mostly Native-owned enterprises, and a Native events calendar is also provided. http://web.maxwell.syr.edu/nativeweb/ To subscribe to the NativeWeb mailing list, send a message to: LISTSERVatTHECITYdotSFSUdotEDU In the body of the message type:
SUB NATIVEWEB yourfirstname yourlastname

[Hats off to Doug Larson!]

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF GLOBAL TV
“Evangelist Billy Graham plans to target 2.5 billion via a global TV series in ’96,” says Global Glimpse column writer John Hanna. “Being broadcast in 42 languages on national television networks in more than 160 countries, the Global Television Series will also be carried on two of the world’s largest intercontinental satellite networks, STAR-TV and BSKYB, covering approximately two-thirds of the world’s population. As with all Graham projects, local churches will be mobilized for follow-up.”
Source: Baptist Press via Christianity On-Line, a service of American On Line.
(GLOBAL GLIMPSE is edited by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO)

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BACK TO SCHOOL DAYS FOR NON-RESIDENT MISSIONARIES
Thanks to Jeff Pike and Jeff Neely for making available a two-page file on their program for Non-Resident Missionaries, May 27th – July 3rd. To find out more about their school at Harpendon, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line of text:
get brigada nrm

That’s it! In just a few minutes, it’ll come back to you like bees to honey! You’ll then be reading how NRMs can be trained and effective, especially as it relates to their planning and strategizing.
Thanks Jeff and Jeff!

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GEMS FROM GEM
Be sure to visit the Global Evangelization Movement’s new web site at http://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/ The latest statistics on the Top 211 Least Evangelized peoples and other resources can be found there.
Thanks for being there Justin!

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“DO YOU WORK FOR AD2000 OR SOMETHING?”
Thanks to Brian Jose, who expressed his concern….:

Dear Doug,

I am writing this “letter to the editor” to Brigada c/o you. I hope you are the right person!

If there’s someone to blame, I’m he. The buck stops here. :-)

First, may I congratulate and affirm your efforts as you mark year one!
May Brigada grow and prosper as you seek to serve the Kingdom. May you be
increasingly part of God’s plans for the nations.

As you seek to see Brigada grow, and encourage us to “tell a friend”, I thought you might want to hear some of my perceptions, and those of the friends I tell about Brigada.

Basically, there is a perception that Brigada seems increasingly to be focused on the AD2000 and Beyond initiative. Many of us working around the world praise God for the PART that AD2000 is playing in God’s work.

However, at least those of us who live in Europe observe that there are many other individuals, groups, networks and initiatives which God is using in addition to those who identify closely with AD2000. I believe it would strengthen both the impact and the appeal of Brigada if it were to actively work toward a more inclusive perspective. Some people whom I have told about Brigada have seen it and dismiss it with comments like, “oh, that’s that AD2000 thing”. I don’t believe you would want to have that image!

I hope this slightly less than encouraging comment is taken as it is intended: with the hope that Brigada will grow, prosper and become an even more significant contributor to world evangelism. May your tribe increase! Sincerely, Brian Jose International Teams

Thanks Brian! Appreciate your input! We are not at all attached to the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, but in my private reply to you, I shared… “we’ve mainly been trying to just report what seems to be the ‘state of the art’ in ‘what’s happening’ out there in the evangelical ‘consultation’ world… though I realize it doesn’t at all reflect what’s happening in the day-to-day operations there where front-lines ‘on the ground’ teams are working. But like it or not, much of the new momentum for missions is threaded through and through the AD2000 & Beyond Movement.”

Upon receiving this note, you responded…

I know lots of things are happening through AD2000 and Beyond. I hope
very few of us are in the “not like” category! Such would not further the
Kingdom, I would assert. I freely admit to being an idealist in cooperation
matters. I seek to cooperate and partner in principle, even if it is not
always the most “pragmatic” way. I believe it is right. Period. So I like
the fact that much is happening through AD2000 & Beyond. I just don’t want
AD2000 & Beyond to miss out on anything happening among the other
macro-focused networking and cooperative initiatives. Again, I speak most
specifically about Europe in this context, but with a vision that Europe’s
resources be increasingly applied to the worldwide goals of AD2000 & Beyond.

Great finish, Brian!!! Although I can’t claim to know Luis Bush and the other AD2000 & Beyond leadership very intimately, I have at least had the opportunity to watch them in action on a few occasions and I can now promise you that they would all be keenly interested in your last comment!!! They would covet the chance to see more and more of Europe’s resources applied toward finishing the task… both inside and outside of Europe. And I think they would also want to help fan the flames of any other global or regional effort to get the gospel to every person! So… thanks for helping us clarify that, though we are excited by the momentum we see in AD2000 & Beyond, let us not focus on that network as the end result, but rather, on that network’s ability, along with all others, to hasten the completion of God’s great global plan!

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19960114 Brigada Today

Now with 1688 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK, “BRIGADA CONCEPT” BORN
* LIFE-CHANGING ENCOUNTERS OF THE REAL KIND
* FOLLOW-UP ON GETTING IN STEP
* THANKS TO REVIS ANN!
* FOLLOW-UP ON “FROM THE GENERALLY INTERESTING WEB PAGE DEPARTMENT”
* WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO GIVE YOUR LIFE?
* AIMS TO SPONSOR “PENETRATING THE 10/40 WINDOW”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE — JESUS FILM CONTINUES TO BRING FORTH FRUIT
* EUROPEAN MISSIONS MOBILIZERS CONFERENCE SET FOR GERMANY
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK, “BRIGADA CONCEPT” BORN
Tonight, memories have come flooding back as we looked at some of the original “scribbles” and proposals for what later became Brigada. It will soon be one full year that we sent the actual first conference message, an exchange between Jonathan Marsden and Doug Lucas — the only two subscribers on the conference! That was January 26, 1995, and believe me, back then, Brigada seemed like a pretty lonely place! :-) Now, nearly on the eve of those first experimental communiques, there are 1688 in our family, taking part in around 50 email-activated “conferences” and a world-wide web exchange. (If you’d like a list of active conferences, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the word
conferences

in the body of the message text.) The doors didn’t officially open, however, until March 21st, some two months later, and by that time, well over 100 mission executives and specialists were exploring the new medium. Early on, Jonathan Marsden said he wouldn’t be happy until we had 10,000 caring world Christians involved. Can we at least be 1/5 of the way there by March 21st??? To pull that off, we ask that you share this Brigada Today with a friend and invite him/her to subscribe! (See the instructions at the end.)

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LIFE-CHANGING ENCOUNTERS OF THE REAL KIND
Call, write, fax, email, or catch a plane to Denver and buy Life-Changing Encounters. This new book was prepared especially for short-term teams and their Joshua Project 2000 research trips. But it can probably teach us all something about cross-cultural field visits. And even if it doesn’t, you’d still better get it just so you’ll know what everyone will be reading in preparation for their visit to come and see you in lower Slobovia… wherever that is.

You’ve probably already heard that the JP2000 thrust is one of AD2000 & Beyond’s two key strategies for the last five years of the decade, in hopes of seeing a “church for every people and the gospel for every person by [the end of] the year 2000.” (The other is National Initiatives.) Inevitably, one of the first questions that arises when the JP2000 subject comes up at the lunch table is, “So, what’s going to keep all these new research and exposure trips from stumbling all over each other… and from fouling up the ministries of full-time field workers who might already be living on site?”

Enter Life-Changing Encounters! (Okay — so I’m a bit idealistic. But at least it’s a start in the right direction! :-) ) In just 100 pages, this manual walks you through the basic foundational principles and assumptions behind a JP2000 project, as well as the planning and preparing stages, training, interviewing, on-site logistics, debriefing, and preparing prayer profiles about your key people group or city. You might be able to do more with your $12 if you use it to invest in Microsoft stock at just the right moment, but unless Bill has given you some “insider’s tip”, you’re probably just as well off buying this book (…especially now that Windows ’95 has been relegated to the position of “John the Baptist” for Windows NT!).

From the moment you read Luis Bush’s forward, you know you’re in for a fast-paced rollar coaster ride: “Welcome! You have chosen to be part of an adventure Dr. Ralph Winter of the US Center for World Missions calls ‘the most ambitious global research project ever to be conceived.’ Come, let us explore the lands of the most spiritually needy peoples of our world! There is a call going forth for on-site researchers to visit these peoples as part of a unique global venture that envisions a church for every people by the year 2000. You have in your hands a tool that can greatly enhance your on-site research experience.”

But somehow, Caleb Project’s staff, with Debra Sanders at the helm, has managed to incorporate the best of their Exploring the Land, combine it with some 15 years of experience doing this research thing, and sprinkle in a boat-load of input from all the right outside sources — including Mary Ann Stone, AD2000’s Coordinator for JP2000 teams. If you’re considering going on a JP2000 trip this year or next, sell two or three of your favorite CDs and get this book. (Those CDs are just damaging your hearing anyway! :-) ) If you’re thinking about hosting a JP2000 team, get it, read it, then mail a copy to your fast-approaching team leader!!!!!!! :-) And if you’ve said it can’t be done (“There’s no way these short-term lay people can add anything to the Cause in the 10/40 Window!”), better take a look at the steps listed on pages 46-57. They just might cause a “Hmmmmmmm….” reaction. :-) The planning checklist (pp. 83-85) alone is worth the 12 bucks. Consider the rest of the book a giveaway. Bethany Prayer Center contributed nicely to the prayer profile templates and the 6-page questionnaire (way to go Gabriela! ), as well as to the Guide for Effective Research of Unreached Peoples in the library. Sure, the “Adopting a Missionary or a Project” section is just one paragraph hidden away on page 95 (when in reality, that’s one of the key reasons I thought we were doing this JP2000 thing), but hey… when Luis is sayin’ “100 pages tops” and it’s the week before “The Launch”, something’s gotta go! :-) The bottom line is, it’s the best stuff out there and it’ll only work if we use it. I’ve already bought and paid for two personal copies — one for my desk at home and one for the office. (You think I’m kidding. Come visit Penny and me and we’ll roast marshmallows out back in the snow $$$ drifts while we read through the five appendices!) Now it’s your turn. And in case you were wondering, Caleb Project doesn’t pay my “big bucks $$$ Brigada salary.” :-) But mark my words — your teams are going to like this book! And after all, if you buy it and are dissatisfied, send it back. I’ll go on record saying that Greg Fritz, the director, will personally and cheerfully refund your money. Right Greg? Greg??? Uhh.. Greg? :-) (To order Life-Changing Encounters, contact Caleb Project at 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120-4413; tel. 303-730-4170; fax 303-730-4177. Email infoatcprojectdotcom .)

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FOLLOW-UP ON GETTING IN STEP
College Press has set up a special email address to receive orders for the Getting in Step with the God of the Nations video series mentioned last week. Once again, to receive the special Brigada pre-publication pricing, you’ll need to order before Feb. 1st. Write to college_pressatwoodtechdotcom and ask for the set by name. Tell them you heard about it on Brigada and get the set for $64 instead of the normal $69 sell price. Shipping is extra. You’ll receive four tapes (7 sessions of 45 minutes each), patterned along the lines of a mini-Perspectives-type course, complete with 6 study guides. In the USA, you can also call toll-free to 800-289-3300; overseas callers may use 417-623-6280 or fax to 417-623-8250.)

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THANKS TO REVIS ANN!
We feel a great debt of gratitude to Revis Ann Massey, of Dallas, TX, who this past week took the lead on moderating the top level Brigada conference. With 1688 folks to follow up on (nearly 50 of which joined in the past 7 days!), she has her hands full!!! :-) (Just make sure you send all those commands to the hub! :-) ) Seriously, by contributing in the administrative wing, she’s allowing all of us to share the measurable results of her unique giftedness from God! Thanks a million Rev’!

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FOLLOW-UP ON “FROM THE GENERALLY INTERESTING WEB PAGE DEPARTMENT”
Note the new URL for Christian Answers to Islam: http://acme.gatech.edu:8001/~gt6125c/Islam/ Send all questions about it to Jochen Katz, jkatzatmathdotgatechdotedu .

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WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO GIVE YOUR LIFE?
Justin Long, of David Barrett’s office in Virgina, says that more have done so than we realize! His tally of “average martyrs annually” is sobering:

* 1996 – 159,000
* 1900 – 35,600
* 1970 – 230,000

“Martyrdom across the ages has garnered a significant amount of interest recently. In Our globe and how to reach it (1990, Barrett & Johnson), the grim facts are presented. From AD33 to 1990, there were 420 situations of martyrdom (where large groups of Christians are killed). In 56 of these over 100,000 were killed; in 20, more than half a million were killed and in twelve over 1 million were killed. The bulk of these situations occurred in two periods: the first, between 1000 and 1500 AD, and the second, a much shorter period, 1900-1980. 26 million, over half of all Christian martyrs ever, were killed in this latter period. Some 9.9 million were martyred in the past forty years alone.
(Justin Long, gemrsrchatixdotnetcomdotcom
GEM, Virginia)

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AIMS TO SPONSOR “PENETRATING THE 10/40 WINDOW”
AIMS (Association of International Missions Services) and Regent University are co-sponsoring on March 10-13, 1996, a conference called Penetrating the10/40 Window.

George Otis, Jr., author of The Last of the Giants and co-coordinator of the United Prayer track of the AD 2000 and beyond movement will be the principle speaker. The conference will be held on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. From all appearances, it will be an excellent chance for networking. In addition, organizers say there will be tracks designed to help build alliances between churches, agencies and Great Commission Christians in seven areas of Unreached Peoples. They are the Tibetan Buddhist world, China, Indonesia, India, Uzbekistan, Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam), and Fourth World Peoples (drug addicts, prostitutes, street children).

Write Nathan nathcraatbeacondotregentdotedu for more info. or call him at (804)-579-4525. Also, check out their home page at http://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/div-con.html

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
JESUS FILM CONTINUES TO BRING FORTH FRUIT — “More than 3 million people in India saw the Jesus film in seven months recently,” quotes John Hanna, in this week’s Global Glimpse. “And 337,412 indicated an interest in knowing Christ. The film is used in 35 languages in India, where 301 film teams partner with churches and mission agencies. In Sudan, a three-week project resulted in 120,000 people wanting to know more about Christ.”
(Source: January, 1996 Advance, Mark Kelly, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom , 8992 Midway Rd., Richmond, VA 23229. (C) 1996, Kainos Press.
Used by permission, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO)

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EUROPEAN MISSIONS MOBILIZERS CONFERENCE SET FOR GERMANY
In just a little over a month, Aims Germany and YWAM will offer “Mission 2000”, a conference in Bispingen, Germany (last of Feb. through first part of March) to help equip European missions mobilizers in targeting the unreached peoples. Speakers include Bill and Amy Stearns, Pari Rickard, John Rodgers, John Bardsley and Don McCurry. Although the conference was intended primarly for Germany, there are approximately 20 applications from Eastern Europe. The plenary sessions and most workshops will be held in both English and German, with some workshops being only in German. For more information, contact Kerstin Hack 100711dot2622atcompuservedotcom at AIMS Germany, Postfach 450 129, 12171 Berlin, Germany Tel: (49)30-76890445 Fax: (49)30-76890448

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Univ. of California, mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu
Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960107 Brigada Today

Now with 1639 Participants!

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

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In this issue….

* GETTING IN STEP VIDEO PREMIERS!
* BRIGADA GETS A NEW SET OF HANDS!
* FROM THE GENERALLY INTERESTING WEB PAGE DEPARTMENT
* ADVANCE!!!!
* JUMANJI REVISITED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE — MILLIONS PRAY
* FOR “NRM WANNABEES”
* LET’S PLAY JEOPARDY!

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GETTING IN STEP VIDEO PREMIERS!
Last night (Thurs. eve.) in St. Louis, MO, at the Envision ’96 PitStop Training Weekend, Good News Productions and College Press premiered their new Getting in Step with the God of the Nations video series. The course features six lessons involving missions researchers, plus an additional 7th “application case study”. To order, call College Press at 1-800-289-3300 in the USA. In other locations, you may email to firstlightatwoodtechdotcom . Now here’s the best part. You’ve seen sets of teaching tapes like these sell for $295.. but the presenters of this set agreed to forego payment of royalties and the producers and publishers are working at break-even costs. Plus the Garden Park Church in Toledo, OH, donated a handsome grant to offset production cost… so normal price is only $69 plus $6 shipping for the 4 tape, 7 sessions series. In addition, the director of College Press agreed to give Brigada Today readers an additional $5 discount if they order before Feb. 1! Churches and orgs can be invoiced. Don’t forget to mention that you read about it in Brigada Today for the immediate discount. The set comes with 6 study booklets and a “how to use it” guidesheet. This is great stuff — excellent for laying the groundwork for a future Perspectives course, since the themes include the Biblical, Theological, Historical, Strategic, and Cultural Perspectives. Several of the tapes are loaded with graphics, with one 45-minute session including well over 100 different teaching charts. The whole thing is professionally produced and broadcast quality. College Press is at PO Box 1132, Joplin, MO 64802-1132. Top notch. Good price. Did I mention that it’s good? :-)

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BRIGADA GETS A NEW SET OF HANDS!
Welcome Revis Ann Massey RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg to the Brigada volunteer crew! As of next week, she’ll be assuming moderatorship of the “top level” Brigada conference (which serves as the distribution list for these Brigada Today mailings). Rev’, thanks for pitching in!!! May God bless your ministry here and may you be blessed with lots of speed, zeal and determination!

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FROM THE GENERALLY INTERESTING WEB PAGE DEPARTMENT
Have you seen the web page by Jochen Katz jkatzatmathdotgatechdotedu on Christian answers to Islam? Catch it at http://www.math.gatech.edu/~jkatz/Islam

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ADVANCE!!!!
Thanks once more to Mark Kelly for sharing his Advance with Brigada Today readers! Here’s the Executive Summary of his January issue:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Jesus film in India and Sudan; Mongolian believers number as many as 7,000; Dreams and visions leading Muslim mullahs in Nigeria to Christ; 10,000 of India’s Bhil people come to Christ; 13 congregations organized in two years among Thai Hmong; DAWN plans to train Latin Americans as 10/40 missionaries; “North American missionary movement well on its way to becoming secondary force in global evangelization.”
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Evangelist murdered in Cali, Colombia; Believer in Bhopal, India, murdered by Hindu mob; Bivocational pastor of underground church in China faces stiff opposition from family; Church in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, forced to move five times in 17 months.
SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — An unholy political alliance in Russia; Intercede for people of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; 17 kidnapped boys in China rescued; Street children in Guatemala City.
REJOICE! — 4,000 new Kui believers in Orissa, India; Tajik believer in Uzbekistan becomes bold witness; Kidnapped Nazarene missionary rescued; 17,000 make commitments to Christ in Bolivia.
NETWORKING — Partnership for North India; CBI urban laboratory; “Speed the Need” electronic prayer bulletin; MissionNet offers short- and long-term missions information; Illustrated prayer journal for children; New book helps believers share gospel with Muslims; Consultation on effective use of electronic information technologies in church ministries; New publication targets 10/40 Window; Free e-mail course in Ephesians; New Web sites.
FRONT LINES — Who can know what’s right?

As always, to get Advance, just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line…
get brigada advance.9601

Thanks Mark!

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JUMANJI REVISITED
Thanks to Roger Banner for pointing out that Jumanji (the Robin Williams movie to which we referred in the special New Years Eve message) is pretty nightmarish and frightening. Probably not the greatest evening’s entertainment for your 5-year-old! :-( So . . . let’s shout something else… maybe, Bambi!!! (Deer me!)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE – MILLIONS PRAY
Up to five million Christians worldwide are preparing for a month of prayer for Muslims. Around half a million copies of the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus guide have been distributed for this year’s event, coinciding with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, beginning January 21. Published in more than 20 languages – including Chinese, Arabic and Hindi – the handbook highlights different countries, and people groups with a particular accent this year on families and children. Participants will pray for breakthroughs among the world’s billion Muslims, and a new wave of missionary endeavor.

Source: YWAM-News Digest,
January, 1996
andybutcheratxcdotorg

John Hanna,
Caleb Project,
Littleton, CO

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FOR “NRM WANNABEES”
Wanna’ be an “Advocate church” or networking church??? YWAM offers a course! The next training school will run five weeks from May 27- July 3, 1995 located in England. The NRM training is intensive covering all areas of NRM activity including opportunities for networks and research experience.

For more information contact:
Jeff Neely at jneelyatxcdotorg

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LET’S PLAY JEOPARDY!
Answer: 5,804,121,000

* Answer: 5,804,121,000
* Question: What is the current (1996) world population figure?

* Answer: 1,955,229,000
* Question: How many Christians are there?

* Answer: 1,121,842,000
* Question: How many unevangelized are there?

Want to catch other “reality checks”??? Subscribe to the new “Monday Morning Reality Check” from Dr. David Barrett’s office!!! Offered by Justin Long, all you have to do is send email to gemrsrchatixdotnetcomdotcom with
subscribe reality
in the body of the message.

For information about GEM, send an email message with
info GEM
in the body.

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Univ. of California, mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu
Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19951224 Brigada Today

Now with over 1600 Participants
and we just turned 9 months old Dec. 21st!

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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ASSIGNED TO TOKYO??? BETTER DOUBLE YOUR MONEY!

Literally! Did you see the Associated Press release on the world’s most expensive cities? Tokyo tops the list at being just double of what it would cost to live in New York City. Osaka is right up there, just shy of its nearby leader… then the list drops down to cities like Beijing (at 130% of NYC), Shanghai (at 127%), and Taipei (118%). See the whole list on Associated Press Online, Dec. 20, 2pm press release, Compuserve, where it is copyrighted. :-) Thanks to Chris Bushnell ChrisBushnellatXCdotOrg  (ChrisBushnellatXCdotOrg)   for pointing it out!
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SO…. WILL WE “FINISH” THE TASK BY 2000?

Well, that’s the hot debate. My take on the discussion (which, along with a month’s wages for New York City, will get you through 2 weeks of life in Tokyo :-) ) is that we have several “reality check” types who are saying, “Based on past performance, there ain’t no way!” They’re afraid churches will get sold on the year 2000 as a benchmark and when it doesn’t happen (either the missiological or the JP2000 measure of “reached”), those congregations will feel “burned”, then withdraw support from a cause which “failed” to reach its starry-eyed goals. On the other side of the discussion are the “pie-in-the-sky visionaries” who are saying, “Well now wait a minute… Do we serve the God of Gideon or what???!!!” They’re thinking that with all the prayer movements and networking and attention toward the least reached, maybe … just maybe we could at least have a “seed” church planted in each remaining significantly large least evangelized people group. So where do you stand??? Somewhere in between? Probably. Odds are you’d like to see the JP2000 goal reached, but don’t want churches to lose all hope if it’s not, right? So what’s the implication? We need to speak clearly about the fact that this goal is merely a peg to hang our hats on for the next five years… but if it’s not completed by that time, (assuming the Lord tarries) that doesn’t mean our time is up! If there are still, say, 843 groups without even a seed church of 100, we’ll all snap our fingers and say, “Rats!” But we can’t throw in the towel. On January 1, 2001, we’d better say, “Okay — show me the list of 843 remaining groups and let’s finish this for the Son of God!” And by the way, we’re all hoping that someone will be helping those seed churches (the ones with 100 members each, remember?) to reach the rest of their group for Christ too! So … maybe it’ll take us until 2010… or 2020… or 2030… who knows. But God’s not slow in returning just because he’s piddling. He wants all men (and women!) everywhere to repent! Let’s hope He tarries long enough for us to connect a few more lines on our graphs, gang!!! :-)

(And, . . . thanks to John N. and others for all the great mail on this issue, gang. Unfortunately, at this point, we’d better start saying that we might not be able to respond personally to all of it! :-) )

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HAVE YOU SENT YOUR “CONFERENCES” LATELY?

If not, it’s time. Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!!! :-) ) with only the word “conferences” in the text of the message and you’ll get a list of all the Brigada conferences (and others) being served by the XC.org hub computer. Some boast memberships of 100+ (brigada-orgs-uscwm-robby, brigada-cities and brigada-prayer-mobilizers), 150+ (brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers, brigada-orgs-teamex, and brigada-peoples-kazakh), 200+ (brigada-peoples), 300+ (brigada-pubs-gcowenews, brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest), 400+ (brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers), along with this conference of over 1600 participants. And there are dozens of others with smaller but no less significant memberships! Explore and stay in touch today! And… send this Brigada Today to a friend and pass around the networking message!
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IMAGINE A DAY WHEN YOU CAN GET THIS STUFF VIA A WORLDWIDE WEB INTERFACE!

Just think about it. Imagine you’re a participant in Brigada-peoples and you know you remember a message about the Jumanji people of East Africa :-) , but you can’t for the life of you remember who sent it in or when! You jump on the worldwide web interface to Brigada-peoples and use the “review posts” screen to look back over subjects and sources, just like you would on a usenet news group! And in minutes, boom! there it is! You’ve got your info. on Jumanji and you didn’t have to construct a single “command” to hubatxcdotorg!!! What’s more, the moderator of your conference loves it, since the www interface shielded the user from possible mistakes in the command structure (which bounce to the moderator!!! )! Well take heart, gang! Doug Lucas and Bob Mayhew received a Christmas present from Jonathan Marsden this past week and it consisted of none other than a beta test version for the above!!! Imagine being able to interactively see the file list and automate processes like “get”! It’s pretty much done! Unfortunately, since Jonathan’s a thorough computer programmer, he won’t let us release the address yet, but hang on gang…. it won’t be long!!! This has got to be one of the most requested features in Brigada! An automated “subscribe” command from the worldwide web, automated “unsubscribes”, automated everything, including info, who, the works!!!! Thanks for the midnight candle-burning Jonathan!!! :-) Cool!!!
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FOLLOW-UP TO “PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT GETS NEW LIFE”

Last week we reminded Brigada participants that the People Group Consultant (PGC) stands ready to serve at http://www.xc.org/pgc.html on the worldwide web. But we failed to point out that those with non-graphical interfaces viewing the worldwide web can see “through the window” just fine too! The same address works for *non* graphical WWW browsers such as Lynx 2.3.7beta and 2.4.2. In addition, those without worldwide web access can use the “search” capability as well! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the word, “search” followed by the people group you’d like to research. You can also send a more complex command like, “search Brazil sbcstatus=A”, where “sbcstatus=A” will restrict your search to only those people groups thought to be among the “least evangelized” in the world. (By the way, “sbcstatus” is shorthand for Southern Baptist Conference Status, which relates to John Gilbert and his office and their original efforts to use this data primarily in conjunction with the Foreign Mission Board. Now that they’ve shared it, you could replace sbcstatus with simply, “status”, and still be relevant!) By including the country after the word search, you further restrict your listing to people groups found in a particular political entity. Using these non-graphical approaches, just about anyone with email access or any INTERNET gateway should be able to hook up to the PGC. Keep in mind that the PGC will only be as good as the data we feed it! So if your church or group has “adopted” a people group, make sure you send word to Brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg  (Brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg)   to “post” your intentions so others will either be able to network with you (if they’re looking to partner) or choose another group (if they’re searching for one which hasn’t been targeted yet)! (Thanks, Jonathan, for the suggestion to confirm PGC availability to non-graphical interfaces!)
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FOLLOW-UP ON “RED OCTOBER” HUNT -AIMS LOCATED!

Thanks to those who participated in the AIMS www page scavenger hunt for October “Praying Through the Window” info!! “Thomas P. Deeke” 102333dot2203atcompuservedotcom  (102333dot2203atcompuservedotcom)  , Christopher Smith cksmithatinfidotnet  (cksmithatinfidotnet)  , Ken Lane klaneatnetcomdotcom  (klaneatnetcomdotcom)  , and Bob Mayhew MayhewatXCdotOrg  (MayhewatXCdotOrg)   found the new address at: http://www.aims.org/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html or http://www.aims.org/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/1040.html or simply… http://www.aims.org/ . Make sure you save a copy in your “bookmarks” or “hot list” or “favorite places.”
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VOTE… “THE TOP 10 THINGS GOD WAS DOING IN 1995 AMONG THE UNREACHED?”

David Dougherty would like to know! He’s the moderator of Brigada-Peoples and is conducting a kind of “straw poll” there, where some 200 people have gathered to listen! To send in your opinion, join the conference by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with
subscribe brigada-peoples

as the only two words in the message text, then email your opinion to brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg in a normal email message. (Remember, please don’t simply reply to this message. You’ll need to join the Brigada-peoples conference to be heard!)

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FOLLOW-UP TO “HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN WE’VE “REACHED” A PEOPLE GROUP”

Last week, we reported that according, to the AD2000 & Beyond International Office, for the purposes of the Joshua Project 2000 emphasis, AD2000 & Beyond will consider a particular people group as being reached “when a reproducing fellowship of 100 members is established.” Remember that this “definition” isn’t really a definition at all (and, by the way, it isn’t a Brigada Today definition for sure!), but rather, a means of classifying people groups in the JP2000 thrust, which is only one prong of the AD2000 & Beyond emphasis during the coming five years. More specifically, this doesn’t at all imply that the AD2000 & Beyond Int’l Office will then consider the group “reached” in the missiological sense. (We didn’t ask for their opinion on that! :-) ) Naturally, if there are 4 million people making up a particular group, for instance, a congregation of merely 100 people will seem like a drop in the bucket when it comes to reaching the entire group for Christ. But at that point, the “National Initiatives” and other thrusts will kick in to help the new church of 100 individuals, as well as others, reach that group for Christ.
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30 DAYS!

Imagine a prayer meeting that started with around 25 people gathering together, and then growing so mightily that 4 years later it spread to include over 5 million people praying for the Muslim world. 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus is this prayer meeting! Coinciding with the Islamic month of prayer and fasting, known as Ramadan or Ramazan, 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus is a prayer event calling the Body of Christ to pray for the Muslim peoples of the world. The prayer event is organized to pray for greater breakthroughs for the Gospel among Muslims, an increased commitment to prayer by Christians, and for more missionaries to be released to work among Muslims. Using a daily prayer guide, which focuses on a different aspect of the Muslim world each day, Christians all around the world have a sense of being united together in their intercession. The prayer guide contains up to date information, statistics and testimonies from around the world. The guide includes prayer focuses on leaders, children, refugees, nations and peoples such as Algeria, Turkey, Indonesia, the Barusho of Pakistan, Muslims in America, and much more. … The 1996 edition of the 30 Days prayer guide has been translated into 21 languages and distributed from 24 regional offices worldwide. It is estimated that over 5 million Christians will participate in the 1996 event. In addition to the adult edition, a special children’s prayer guide is also available. For more information or to obtain a copy of the prayer guide, contact the source closest to you:

Paul Filidis
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs CO 80936, USA
FAX: 1 (719) 380 0936

Karl Mueller
PO Box 30024
Westbank, BC V4T 2G7, Canada
FAX: 1 (604) 768 3707

Bob Hall
PO Box 31146
Ilam, Christchurch 8030, New Zealand
FAX: 64 (03) 342 8410

Keith Greig
PO Box 739
Buderim Qld 4556, Australia
FAX: 61 (074) 769621

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HERE BY POPULAR REQUEST, OUR BRIGADA “NEW YEAR’S EVE MESSAGE”

Yesterday, we placed a 5k message on the Brigada-orgs-teamex conference about New Years and the new start it can give. Included were comments on

  1. my sons’ game of “Treking” [sic]
  2. your 1995 possibly being a trial by fire
  3. the new lease on life you can take out in 1996

If you haven’t yet seen the note and would like to get it, just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (NOTE: Please don’t send to brigadaatbrigadadotorg and please don’t just reply to this message; for the command to work, you need to write to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  . Very important Ochen vazhna Muy importante Whatever language you speak… fill in the blank… Commands to hub, messages to the conference.), with only the words
get brigada newyears

in the body text of the message. Happy reading… and Happy New Year!!!

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subscribe brigada

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19951217 Brigada Today

Now with 1582 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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SEND A CARD, HELP WORLD VISION, SUPPORT ALEX TREBEK!

Yes, you read correctly . . . although I’m fudging a little on the last part. You see, Bob Hall BobHallatxcdotorg  (BobHallatxcdotorg)   stumbled across this great www page where you can send a Christmas Card to anyone with WWW access. Just point your browser to http://www.spe.sony.com/Pictures/tv/charity/office.html (Watch the case!). Bob explains, “You click on “postcard rack” and then select the card of your choice (scroll down until you reach the World Vision selection — it’s actually the “favorite charity” of Alex Trebek, but that shouldn’t put any of us in Jeopardy, if you know what I mean :-) ). Once you have selected the World Vision card you are then asked for the e-mail address of the person you want to send the card to. You also provide your own e-mail address and name and then type in a brief message. You “submit” it and it is gone. If the message is picked up within four weeks then a donation is made towards World Vision.” Apparently, Sony is going to give $10,000 to some charity and, well, it might as well be our friends at World Vision, right??? They’ll decide the actual amounts according to the percentage of the number of users who pick each charity. So in a sense, every card sent for Alex Trebek’s choice is like a “vote” (or a dollar, perhaps, if there are 10,000 users, literally!) for World Vision!!! If every Brigada Today reader could just send one card, that’s potentially hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars for World Vision — and lots of good warm fuzzies for your friends!!! So hit the web!!! And send a card!! And show Trebek you think he has good taste in charities!!!! :-) (By the way, your friend receives an e-mail message from Sony telling them that a card is waiting for them to pick up. The message gives them the WWW address to access and also provides a “claim check number” to be submitted to the postmaster. It’s all pretty cool!”
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“EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!”-“THE LAUNCH” ON WORLDWIDE WEB

Of course you knew that you could go subscribe to an email conference to “get” (download) articles about “The Launch” event recently hosted by AD2000 & Beyond. But did you know that Brigada‘s Web Magicians had taken time to transfer all those “Launch” reports to html so you could read them on the worldwide web? Just point your browser to: http://www.xc.org/Brigada/toady/articles/launch/launch.html

Thanks Bob and Patti Mayhew!!!

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HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN WE’VE “REACHED” A PEOPLE GROUP

According to the AD2000 & Beyond International Office, for the purposes of the Joshua Project 2000 emphasis, we’ll know the group is reached “when a reproducing fellowship of 100 members is established.” This answer, which just came in this past week, changes our earlier understanding (as recorded in Launch Status Reports) of how AD2000 would measure success. Because of input from one key researcher, we were thinking AD2000 leadership would count an on-site mission team as a “seed church.” But according to this last week’s response (the first time this measuring stick has been recorded in writing???), not so. “A Church for Every People” would mean exactly what it says — a “Church for Every People!” Yikes, gang. We’d better get busy! And if that church of 100 is going to be entrusted with reaching the rest of its respective group, we’d better help it get busy too!
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CELEBRATE RAMADAN WITH A FRIEND!

Just around the corner (January 21-February 19) Muslims from around the world will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. The 27th night of Ramadan (this year February 16) is known as the “Night of Power,” during which Muslims seek visions, dreams and supernatural acts of power. One mission, Kingdom Building Ministries (Denver, CO), is asking, “Why not consider hosting a Concert of Prayer in your area to pray FOR not against Muslim peoples who will be demonstrating a deep spiritual hunger?”

Kingdom Building Ministries (in partnership with others) will be hosting just such a Concert of Prayer in Denver. Their question? “Wouldn’t it be great to have home groups and local churches all over the world meeting for a special Night of Prayer on the Night of Power?!” For more information, contact KBM at 303-745-8191 or email KBMMickataoldotcom  (KBMMickataoldotcom)   .

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COMISSION ALIVE AND WELL!

And you thought the CoMission was finished in the former Soviet Union??? Not so. See them on the worldwide web at http://www.goshen.net/CoMission .
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DID YOU PRAY IN OCTOBER???

Or did you take a prayer journey??? If so, CIN wants to hear from you. “The Christian Information Network has been receiving messages from some journeyers that they met other prayer teams who said they had not registered with Christian Information Network,” says Christian Information Network Director, Beverly Pegues. “Are you aware of any prayer teams who did not register with our office?” If you or someone you know did not register, it’s not problem — except that you’re kind of skewing the stats, man!!! So please send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only this line:
get brigada journey-report

Once it’s back in your box, fill it out and send it to the address on the form. Thanks! Questions??? Write Beverly at 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom  (73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom)   .

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LOVE IN EVERY LANGUAGE… WELL…. WOULD YOU BELIEVE… 48???

Want to wish you loved ones Merry Christmas in a new and unique way??? Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the words…
get brigada merry-languages

and you’ll be wishing them in 48 languages in no time at all! Yes folks, we’ve got it all… from Singhalese to Slovene, you can “Basque” in these “Gaelic” greetings today! So start Russian to your email program and don’t Slovak down until you get your own copy!!! You’ll Polish off this list in no time! :-) So… Mele Kalikimake me ka Hauloi Makahiki hou (that’s language number 48, Hawaiian!). Thanks to chaiatuiucdotedu  (chaiatuiucdotedu)   (Ian Chai) for sharing this list!

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GATEKEEPERS COME FORTH!

If you’re willing to serve as a “Gatekeeper” for a particular people group on the list of 1685 Least Evangelized Peoples, and if you have the resources, the time, and the contacts to assist in mobilizing churches and groups to reach that group, write Eric and his committee at 76171dot1463atcompuservedotcom  (76171dot1463atcompuservedotcom)   . He’s collected 40-50 so far!!! Keep up the great work, Eric!
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PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT GETS NEW LIFE

Have you recently tried to access the People Group Consultant (“PGC”), only to discover it didn’t seem to work? You were right! :-) Following a software switch at the MAFxc hub (which, by the way, makes all these conferences run a lot more smoothly now), the PGC had to be “re-primed”, so to speak. That restarting process took place last night (thanks to a very hardworking Jonathan Marsden) and now the PGC is shining! Try it again! Point your www browser (in AOL, CServe, or just about any other graphical Internet connection) to http://www.xc.org/pgc.html and type in the name of a people group you’d like to research. There’s no charge involved. The PGC is at your service!
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AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES SURVEY RESULTS

A big thanks to the AD2000 & Beyond International Office in Colorado Springs, CO! They recently supplied us with the results of the survey his office took at the recent “Launch” consultation there in CS. Very interesting results. Of some 122 forms which were returned, a total of 67 said they had access to email! This is particularly significant in view of the fact that some 77 countries represented at the meeting!!! This should tell us something! The world is becoming more and more connected . . . at least as far as the AD2000 & Beyond world is concerned! Additionally, 78 of those returning forms volunteered to render assistance to visiting JP2000 research teams. And around half of the people groups on the JP2000 list come from those volunteers’ homelands! So… help is waiting in the wings, gang!

For lots more survey results, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message text:
get brigada launch-survey

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WE GET MAIL

Thanks to all those who have offered notes of encouragement recently. For example, after seeing last week’s Brigada Today, one reader wrote in to say,

"Thank you all for your labor with BRIGADA TODAY!  (Let's face it, if it was
snail-mailed it would ALWAYS be BRIGADA LAST WEEK!) As a missionary living
60 miles from the Arctic Circle, where just now we are doing well to find
three hours of daylight (and not a minute of direct sunlight), receiving
BRIGADA WHENEVER IT COMES is a joy, blessing and encouragement. Please know
that for us here, it's breath of fresh air and a beam of light!
Yours in Him,
Eric
Korstrask, Sweden"

Yikes Eric. Wish we could email you a bright and warm Coleman Lantern! We basically feel like we’re sitting in the grandstands, watching God at work around the world. So, when we mail out Brigada Today, we’re just pointing to a different part of the field and saying, “Wow — did you see that play!?!”

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LET A FRIEND KNOW

One Brigada Today reader suggested that we need to do more to inform those who live in sensitive areas of the world (restricted- or creative- access countries) about the networking that’s taking place in these Brigada conferences. His concern was that we be careful about the communication, so as not to cause any undue stress for those workers, but, at the same time, to encourage them by pointing out the camaraderie that’s developing among those who had previously been working so independently of one another. If you know of someone working in a sensitive situation and you are accustomed to phrasing things in a careful way, you might want to drop that kind of note of encouragement. It’s your call as to whether or not the receiver would be put on the spot by getting such a note. Either way, let’s keep praying that God uses this and whatever medium possible to bring us together “John 17-style!” That we would be ‘one’ so that they may be ‘won’!
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HAVE YOU BEEN WISHING YOU COULD BE THERE?

Some have expressed that they wish they could have been present at the AD2000 & Beyond “Launch” meetings held November 28 – December 2 in Colorado, to hear presentations from 77 countries around the world, highlighting plans and possibilities for reaching the world’s Least Evangelized Peoples. Well now, you can be there . . . sort of. Every session was professionally recorded on audio cassette. There are 13 tapes which include 5-minute speeches by over 35 key AD2000 Regional, Network and Task Force Leaders. The tapes also contain about 17 15-minute devotionals taken from the book of Joshua. The Launch meetings focused on AD2000 National Initiatives and the start of Joshua Project 2000, a focus on the 1700 least evangelized peoples. The tapes are available at cost and can be ordered from AD2000 & Beyond for $15 which includes shipping and handling. Telephone (719) 576-2000 in the USA or email maryatad2000dotorg  (maryatad2000dotorg)   for more information.
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LIVING ON “THE EDGE”… OR WANT TO???

CBInternational is kicking off a new printed publication called, The Edge: Targeting the 10/40 Window next month. It will be published three times a year and will be four pages per issue. If you would like to receive The Edge (for free!) send your snail mail (postal) address to Scott Grandi SGrandiataoldotcom  (SGrandiataoldotcom)   and live on “The Edge”!!! Can’t beat the price, Scott. Thanks!
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“HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER” FOLLOW-UP


Oops! We’ve lost it again! Can anyone find the AIMS pages on the 10/40 Window??? :-)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

NIGERIA — Kawuri, a new convert from Islam, was tortured by his tribe because of his new-found faith. Lying close to death in his small hut, he prayed aloud for God to forgive his torturers. Unknown to him, his torturers were present and heard his prayer. The following night, the two Mullahs had visions. One saw Jesus, who showed him three of his greatest and most secret sins. The following day, both Mullahs repented and went with their 80 followers to a church. I was encouraged by this news to pray with 100 other people for specific Islamic leaders. Four months later, many Mullahs and Qur’an teachers had had dreams or visions. Since then, many of Nigeria’s Mullahs have become Christians.
(Source: Open Doors, quoting Ruth Veldkamp, via DAWN FridayFax, 12/13/95, (C) DAWN Europe. http://www.itr.ch/~szbinden/freitagsfax.html
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
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MAY YOU HAVE THE HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR JESUS!

On this Christmas weekend, during which we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, we mark the first Christmas for the Brigada family of email conferences and homepages. From all of the volunteers who moderate and participate in these networks, to all of you who likewise share in their growth, we say thank you for an explosively successful first 9 months… and have a very, blessed and happy Christmas and a wonderful start to your new year!

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| ________ will give him the throne of his |
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(Thanks to Tom, Toni, David, Daniel, and Rachel Schneller, missionaries serving in Honduras, for sharing this home-made holiday greeting with the entire Brigada family! )

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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)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19951210 Brigada Today

Now with 1546 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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OLD BRIGADA TODAYS NEVER DIE . . . THEY DON’T EVEN FADE AWAY!!! :-)


??? Some have asked why we only today “remailed” last week’s Brigada Today. In fact one user (I won’t tell you it was that rascal Greg Fritz from Caleb Project) even made the crack that we should start calling it Brigada Last Week! (Funny Greg. Real funny. :-) :-) :-) ) You’ll perhaps recall that last week’s “first send” of Brigada Today never actually arrived. There was a pretty major hub shut-down of CrossConnect‘s (soon to be MAFxc) primary server. For the first time in anyone’s memory, the relay contingency technology (that makes sure no mail is lost when the hub shuts down) apparently slipped and lost a few pieces of mail… and one of those was last week’s Brigada Today. So.. we resent it Monday morning, once we heard from CrossConnect that the queue was apparently empty… or “caught up”. Now, low and behold, the relay machine came to life and sent out the original piece of mail, but dated it today!!! :-) Sorry for the duplicate mail! (See below re: MAF’s plans for the hub.)
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AD2000 INTERNATIONAL OFFICE IS ‘HOOKED’

That’s right! As of this week, the folks at AD2000 in Colorado Springs have full 24-hour access to the INTERNET. Plus, the word on the street is that fully 100% of their International Board are now connected via private secure conferences, with all but 1 of the US support team plugged in as well! 70% of all regional leaders and 100% of all Track/Task Force leaders are in “electronic touch”, so basically, they’ve only got 7 missing regional leaders. Says Pete Holzmann, Interactive Task Force Coordinator, “Pray also as these top level leaders begin to learn how to use new e-mail tools to develop their own electronic community of ongoing working relationships.” Cool.
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MAFxc TO ANNOUNCE UPGRADED HUB SERVICES

It won’t be long! Those of us who have been watching the growth of Brigada have also watched the drag on CrossConnect’s current hub, located for now in Columbus, OH. For example, in just the past 7 days alone, Brigada conferences have generated some 325 unique messages, which, when distributed, went out to a combined total of well over 40,000 destinations (not counting the 1500+ destinations from today’s re-sent Brigada Today, by the way). This doesn’t include any of the other hundreds of non-Brigada conferences being handled by CrossConnect on the same server! So that hub is one busy beaver! MAF has responded by purchasing a super-fast Pentium machine and a T-1 connection to the INTERNET backbone and will soon be relocating the entire service to their headquarters in Redlands, CA. From there, Information Technologists will be able to monitor and maintain the equipment and service much more efficiently. So… if you’re thinking of subscribing to CrossConnect (MAFxc), don’t give up the ship just yet. (And in case you were wondering, I’m not a part of MAF and receive no pay from any service performed for Brigada.) Organizers of the move hope everything will be in place by the end of the year!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

(Yes you may cut and paste this in your newsletter! Just please credit to John Hanna, and if possible, explain how to subscribe to Brigada.) Five years ago the number of Christians in MONGOLIA could be counted on one hand, but today there are 3,000 to 7,000 believers. There are new Christians in every one of the 21 provinces, and most have organized into simple churches. Some of these “churches” have set up assistance or cooperation programs with fellowships in neighboring provinces. Mongolian believers have even met to consider how their whole country could be reached by the year 2000! Most of the Mongolian Christians are teen-aged girls.
Source: Field report. Name withheld for security reasons.

(Correction from last week: Thanks to my friends in South Africa who pointed out that the language there is Afrikaans, not Africans. My apologies!) John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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FOLLOW UP ON GOSPEL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

You might have read in last week’s Brigada Today (or this week’s Brigada Last Week) (Funny Greg. Real Funny, :-) :-) :-) ) that GCN had over 2 million visitors at its web page http://www.gospelcom.net/ during October. Guess what! The coordinator of the whole shootin’ match wrote a very kind note later to say that they are now running over 100,000 “hits” daily!!!! Yikes gang. This INTERNET thing is growing! :-) Thanks for the update, Quentin!
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MISSION FEST VANCOUVER READIES THE BIG PICTURE!

Hang onto your hats folks. Mission Fest Vancouver is on its way! Billed as “North America’s largest annual world missions conference which is sponsored by local Christian congregations,” this January 26-28 event will be held at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre. The 1996 theme is, “Who Is My Neighbour? Refugees & the Christian Response.” Some 30,000 believers are expected to attend sometime over the 3 day period. They’ll offer youth rallies, plenary sessions, children’s programs, and over 90 seminars! Can you spell B-I-G??? And get this, through special arrangement, Brigada users are going to be allowed to attend at no charge!!!! That’s right — absolutely free! (‘Course, should I mention that they don’t charge anyone??? Naaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! :-) ) For more info., contact the Vancouver office at (604) 524-9944, Fax c/o (604) 524-4690, e-mail mfestvanatansadotcom  (mfestvanatansadotcom)   , browse at http://www.ansa.com/~mfestvan/ or even write them (Ha!!! Imagine!) at 7200 Cariboo Road, Burnaby, BC Canada V3N 4A7
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PRAY FOR MISSING MISSIONARY

Would you take a moment just now to pray for Don Cox, a U.S.-sent Nazarene missionary who today remains missing in Ecuador after being abducted in Quito on Sunday by unknown assailants. Nazarene mission headquarters said, “Don Cox, 51, from Illinois, was kidnapped at the regional Nazarene seminary in the northern suburbs of Quito. According to Nazarene officials, he had gone to the seminary on Sunday afternoon to try to sell a car…” Pray that he won’t be harmed, that he’ll be released, and that God will comfort his wife, Cheryl, and their four sons. You can visit the Nazarene’s home page at http://www.nazarene.org/ on the worldwide web. (Thanks to David Hatch of “Speed the Need” Prayer Bulletin for Missionaries, available by sending email to MAILSERVatCRFdotCUISdotEDU  (MAILSERVatCRFdotCUISdotEDU)   with only the phrase
SUBSCRIBE STN

in the body of the message text.)

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FOLLOW UP ON MISSIONARY MATH 101

One Brigada reader was preparing a presentation for a major mission initiative and needed more information on the “Missionary Math” item from the previous Brigada Today issue (or this week’s, Brigada Last Week, if you please, Greg!) (Funny. Real funny. :-) :-) :-) ). Justin Long, of GEM, was very kind to reply so promptly, “… As of the 1995 IBMR Annual Statistical Table there were 332,000 foreign missionaries, 4,400 foreign mission sending agencies, 23,000 service agencies (incl. those 4,400), 90 global monolith mission agencies, and 4,207,000 national workers (of all denominations).” Can you imagine actually being able to count all those people up!??? I have trouble keeping track of my kids’ soccer game schedule and these guys can probably just about tell us the number of rocks on the moon!!!
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HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

(or at least the web pages about prayers in October…) Previously, you could find AIMS’ 10/40 Window info. at: http://the700club.org/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html But that URL has suddenly ceased working. Now, thanks to the sleuthing abilities of Stephen Walker, try http://the700club.org/AIMS/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html (In other words, the new URL requires an additional “AIMS” in there. I guess maybe that means we need to “take AIMS” with a “double-barrel” browser! [p-dum pah!] ) Congratulations, Stephen. You get this weeks’ “WWW Treasure Hunter” award!
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GOT A KID? GET A BOOK!

This book ya gotta’ have. Tracking Your Walk is an Illustrated young person’s Prayer Journal for 9 to 14 year olds; contains nation and people group info to help broaden the young believer’s world view. You can begin at any time of the year. It includes Bible reading plan, information on having “quiet time” and knowing God and even address, map and note sections. Produced by: YWAM Publishing (Yikes — Colorado Springs has all the great resources! :-) ) Catch this! Normal price is $10 — but they’ll give it to Brigada readers for U.S. $7.99 !!! I mean, if we were in Colorado, we would probably be able to write it ourselves, but until then, [I just called and ordered mine; and in case you were wondering, we refuse ‘freebies’ just so people won’t think we’re promoting this stuff to get free copies. I paid my $7.99 just like the rest!]
For specifics, write Paul at wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   , or call 1(719)442-6409 or Fax 1(719)380-0936
(WorldChristian News and YWAM Publishing are ministries of Youth With A Mission’s International Communications Network)
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GETTING THE WORLD’S TENTMAKERS UNDER ONE ROOF

. . . so to speak. That’s what Tentmakers International Exchange is seeking to do. It links organizations like Intent in the USA, TASK in UK, Korean Association of Tentmakers in Swaziland (just kidding; they’re actually in Korea, but I had to see if you were really reading this; :-) ) in hopes of furthering vision, identification, mobilization, education, cooperation, communication, and relocation of tentmakers. You can get the paper newsletter by joining the association, which will run US $50 annually to
TIE
PO Box 45880
Seattle, WA 98145-0880.

Write ksmithatgatidotwadotcom  (ksmithatgatidotwadotcom)   for more info. Who knows. If there’s enough interest, maybe they’ll start an online distribution of this newsletter! :-)

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CHRISTIAN CHURCHES/CHURCHES OF CHRIST TO GATHER AT PITSTOP

Nearly 50 leaders from well over a dozen churches have committed to sending representatives to the first Envision ’96 “PitStop” in St. Louis, MO, Jan. 5-6. There, they will hammer out preliminary strategies and budgets for their respective PACE projects, through which they hope to reach some of the ‘least reached peoples’ of the world. The concept is simple — each church or relational network of churches takes responsibility for a particular piece of the world — be it a city or a people, perhaps in the 10/40 Window (World “A”). They’ll be putting together plans for Perspectives courses, Prayer Journeys and AD2000 Joshua Project Research trips, Caleb Project Research Expeditions, mobilization tools, and sending full-time teams on-site. They hope to launch the project strategies in time for reporting at Envision ’96, slated for Nov. 1-3 in Lexington, KY. Guests from other groups or streams of churches would welcome to participate as well. (Hey — this is 1995 we’re talkin’!)
For more information or registration, contact Jeff Reed at Kazuzaataoldotcom  (Kazuzaataoldotcom)   or call 314-821-2156. Registration, program costs, housing, and food combined are $56 for the two day event.

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

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People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19951203 Brigada Today

Now with 1520 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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BRIGADA OPENS TECH SUPPORT FORUM

Okay. So you’re out there in the middle of the Zambezi River Valley… or wherever. You’re sure you put the manual to your brand new A2Z-9000 Solar Collector Water Heater somewhere before you packed up, but for the life of you, you can’t lay your hands on it. This A2Z-9000 must have 200 crazy little pieces to put together and you can’t even imagine where to begin! Who ya gonna’ call? Forget Ghostbusters. That’s last year’s news.
Try Brigada-techsupport!
Larry Bentley LarryBatxcdotorg  (LarryBatxcdotorg)   and company are ready to come to your rescue. I’m tellin’ ya! These are the guys that witness to the Maytag repairmen! :-) I mean, Larry alone has worked as a building engineer (electrical systems) for the local phone company 17 years, and now for Sprint. He’s a flight instructor, a ham radio operator, he’s made short term mission trips, he reads Appropriate Technology Sourcebook micro-fiche instead of looking at Baywatch reruns, he’s wired transfer switches, buildings, lights and phones, installed well pumps, solar water heaters (See? I wasn’t making all that up about the… uh… what was that model number again?) :-) , directed building crews, repaired washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, generators, installed base and mobile VHF radios & antennas and even driven a school bus down to Nicaragua. (I was concerned until I got to the school bus thing. I mean, any guy that can drive a school bus through Central America has got to be in line for the next Indiana Jones movie!)

The welcome screen for Brigada-techsupport says that Larry and the bunch “seek to provide these answers from stateside technically oriented individuals and other missionaries’ field experience to solve some of the problems that consume a great deal of the field persons’ time, such as appliance repair, construction questions, electrical systems (including generators/battery storage, solar), radio/telephone systems, and any other general technical areas where direct on-site review is not required. Also included will be questions regarding how to use email, email conferences, and INTERNET groups (Brigada in particular).” (Let’s sing the Doxology! These people are even going to help with Brigada tech support!!!) So remember, just send your email Maytag repair question to brigada-techsupportatxcdotorg  (brigada-techsupportatxcdotorg)   — but first send an email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the line,
subscribe brigada-techsupport

Welcome Larry and crew!!!

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GCN WEB PAGE SEES 2,078,344 “HITS” IN OCTOBER

Yep! You read that right! Over 2 million accesses were recorded for Gospel Communication’s web page month before last. That’s a lot of stopper-bys. Check it out at http://www.gospelcom.net/ and join the crowd!
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ISLAM’S HIDDEN HALF

Just completed a few weeks ago, this eight-minute video (also available in PAL video format) gives a fun but substantive introduction to Islam. Hosted by two British children, it is informative and encourages prayer for Muslims. Viewers will also meet two Muslim children (in Pakistan and in North Africa), 10-year old Hadisha, and Aziz, a shepherd boy. Produced by: Procla-Media Productions, it is available at COST to Brigada subscribers: U.S. $11.00 (regular price: $13.49) For specifics, write Paul at wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   , or call 1(719) 442-6409 You can also ask Paul for a short list of his Christmas-gift suggestions of quality books.
(WorldChristian News and Procla-Media Productions are ministries of Youth With A Mission’s International Communications Network.)
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DECEMBER ADVANCE READY FOR DOWNLOADING!

Here’s a look at what you’ll find in this month’s Advance! Thanks, Mark for another job well done!

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Pushing back the darkness in India. 10 millionth Bible published in China. House churches continue to grow rapidly in Beijing. Movements of God’s spirit among tribal peoples of Vietnam. First contact with nomadic tribe in Indonesia. 50,000 letters each month from Hindus in India. Coca-Cola vows “a Coke in the hand of every person by the year 2000.” Praying Through the Window III in October 1997.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Gunmen murder Pakistani believer. Pakistani believer dies in police custody. Muslim extremists kill French religious worker in Algiers. Chinese Christian doctor sentenced to three years labor. Believers arrested in Jiangxi. Lay missionary murdered in Brazil.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — UN report condemns slavery, forced labor in southern Sudan. Unprecedented crime wave in China. Girls oppressed among India’s Banchcara people. Children in south Asia’s carpet industry sweatshops. Dutch appeals court drops murder charge in infanticide.

REJOICE! — Muslim efforts to discredit Christianity backfire. Jesus film shown in Middle East mosques. Open-air meeting in India’s Gujarat state results in 5,000 decisions for Christ. 15,000 Africans accept Christ each day south of the Sahara.

PROFILES:
Achenese
Baghdad
Sudan

NETWORKING — Joshua Project 2000. Research resources sought. 30 days of prayer for Muslims. Involving children in prayer walks. 20-minute Islam video. Unreached people group resources. Video seminar trains missions leaders. Explore ’96. Strategically evangelizing cities. The Religion or Belief Information Network. On-line subscription to Mission Frontiers. Rescuing baby girls from Chinese orphanages.

FRONT LINES: The captivity of discontent

TO RETRIEVE THIS MONTH’S ADVANCE, simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the text:
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[The word “get” is the command, “brigada” is the file area, and “advance.9512” is the file name. Make sure you observe case. (Case is significant when handling file names!)]

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JOSHUA PROJECT DATABASE EXECUTABLE IN PROCESS

Get this! Here’s a guy who gets this list of Joshua Project 2000 Least Evangelized People , right? 1685 people groups in all. So what’s he do? He writes a database application to run it! Honest! And what’s more, it looks like he’s willing to share it for free! Now keep in mind, it’s “in process”. But he’s written it to run on the “least common denominator” computer — a 286. He sent me a copy and it’s pretty cool. If you’re looking for a way to quickly find data on the 1685 peoples, write Bob Whitney at bobw5atixdotnetcomdotcom  (bobw5atixdotnetcomdotcom)   and ask for a copy. But the greatest part is Bob’s attitude. He just wants these people to know, that’s all! :-)
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“AOLGOLD” VIRUS STILL MAKING THE ROUNDS

Thanks to Mike Stevens mstevensatalgonetdotse  (mstevensatalgonetdotse)   who continues to track this trojan horse virus called AOLGOLD. Remember, it functions as an attachment to an email message. So if someone mails you a message with a file attachment that is an executable, make sure you test it first. (Okay — I’ll admit it; I virus checked Bob’s Joshua Project database executable first. Sorry Bob. :-) And probably a better approach is to just not execute attached executable files (those ending in *.exe or *.com or *.bat) unless you know the person who sent them! AOLGOLD only does something minor like erase most of your hard drive. No big deal. :-(
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

MORE ON PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW II — The 100 Gateway Cities, October, 1995, was the largest prayer event in the history of the Church. The results are beginning to be tallied and the following participation has been documented: At least 30 million people from at least 166 countries, A confirmed 1,010,632 churches, including 90,000 Brazilian churches. 405+ teams made 644 prayer journeys to the 100 cities. The October prayer calendar was probably the most duplicated sheet of paper in the history of the world, distributed in English, Spanish, Chinese, Africans, German, Korean, Indonesian, Greek and others.
(Source: Beverly Pegues, Christian Information Network, 11025 Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3623) John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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MISSIONARY MATH 101

Okay. So grab the calculator. Let’s say we’ve got 10,000 people groups in the world, . . . just to pick a round number, okay? And our buddy Justin Long says we’re way low on our missionary body count. He says minimum 200,000 — maybe 400,000. So let’s go with his low number. [punch punch click click] So I get 20 per group. What do you get? So let’s say 1685 of those groups are the “least reached”. They tell us that half of those groups don’t have a single missionary working among them from any persuasion. Justin says to me, Doug — they’re not just under 5% evangelical! They’re under 5% Christian — where Christian is the broadest definition you can muster. Now just for good measure, add in the churches (congregations) in your town. I live in Cincinnati. We’ve got … let’s see… 369 million, I think. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but you get the idea. Hey, even if we were all Communists, this idea would never fly. We’d have to spread some ideology around to make things even out. Hmmmm.. How can we sleep at nights! :-)
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PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

Let’s remember the Tujia of China, with 6.1 million members. They are less than 0.4% Christian. Barely a third have heard the Gospel, and over 4 million have not. Though they do not have a JESUS film in their own language, an overwhelming majority speak southwestern Mandarin and have access to Christian resources in that language. Virtually all are animists. There is some work among them, but much remains to be done! (Thanks to Justin Long, GEM, Richmond, VA.)

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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)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19951126 Brigada Today

Now with 1482 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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LAUNCH IS LAUNCHED!

No doubt about it — it’s shaping up to be one of the most action-packed meetings in consultation history. This is one where the emphasis is on “what are we going to do” rather than “what are we going to talk about.” For full details, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following lines in the body of the message text:
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get brigada-pubs-gcowenews launch-dayone
get brigada-pubs-gcowenews launch-daytwo
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get brigada-pubs-gcowenews launch-dayfour
get brigada-pubs-gcowenews launch-dayfive

Today is Day Four and it’s “open season” on unresolved issues. To summarize, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement is calling us out to a pair of awesome objectives:
a) to mobilize national initiatives to finish the task in our own countries, especially as it relates to making sure there is at least a growing, reproducing church in each of the remaining least evangelized people groups in our midst; and
b) to work together to make it a priority to bring into being a church planting movement in each of the 1685 least evangelized peoples remaining on our globe, as determined by the researchers working in concert with the AD2000 & Beyond Assessment Task Force, the Unreached Peoples Track, and the Peoples Information Network.

Throughout these last three days, two dozen task forces and networks have studied in breakout groups, then reported to main sessions on how they might contribute to these two major prongs. Including staff and volunteers, approximately 300 delegates from around 70+ countries are present (with representatives from another 20 countries wishing they could have come). Highlights??? Too numerous to mention. Get the files. Outcomes??? Tremendous efforts to mobilize entire regions toward finishing the task. Action. Strategies. New partnerships. This one is one for the books. For the next five years, we’ll be carrying out the plans introduced here in Colorado Springs during these last 48 hours!

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CROSSCONNECT TO GET NEW NAME!

Yup… you heard right. Once MAF took on the responsibility of CrossConnect, one of the first things they checked was how to register the name properly, once and for all and guess what — the name belonged to someone else already! So as of January 1, Brigada will be carried aboard “MAFxc”. Neither the domain nor any of the services will change… only “the name has been changed to protect the innocent”, so to speak. They’ll pronounce the word, MAF, rather than spell it (with an “a” as in map), then just say the letters “xc” behind it. The xc will be in lower case by design, with MAF in upper.
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PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW – SEEING THE RESULTS MORE CLEARLY

When Beverly Pegues stood up to report, the entire room of nearly 250+ delegates (plus volunteers and staff) sat on the edge of their seats. And they weren’t disappointed. Beverly is head of the Christian Information Network, based here in Colorado Springs, which served as the hub of information gathering for the Praying Through the Window II — Praying for the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window. Sponsored by the United Prayer Track of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, the campaign appears to have been a huge success at mobilizing not only prayer, but prayer journeys into the 100 Gateway Cities. Beverly reported that it looks very likely that 30 million believers participated during the month of October (and she also said some are still praying!). Keep in mind that reports are still coming in (if you took a prayer journey, she wants to hear from you!). Just yesterday, the last 6000 letters (out of some 25,000 personal pieces — trying making that your Christmas Card list!!!) went out asking for feedback. As soon as she gets answers, she’ll publish them, probably in another book (like the 1993 campaign’s Window Watchman). So far, she’s verified that 110,632 churches participated in the event (with 90,000 of them from Brazil alone????), with 405 teams taking actual prayer journeys. Since some visted more than one Gateway City in more than one country, 644 different “journeys” were actually completed by those 405 teams (if you count a visit to each Gateway City as a different “journey”). Churches in 166 nations took part in prayer, having purchased some 10,000 copies of Light the Window and some 34,000 copies of the book, Praying Through the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window. The book ended up being translated into Spanish, Chinese, Afrikaans, Korean, German, and, of course, English. Wow. All of us in the Brigada network of families should say thanks to Beverly, her staff, the entire United Prayer Track, and the whole AD2000 & Beyond Movement leadership for helping organize and administrate what ended up being a huge project. (Michael Little, Chairman of the overseeing committee, wonders if maybe the little 8 1/2 x 14 inch prayer calendar became the most photocopied document in 1995! :-) ) But — since Beverly and her staff have more to do than open our thank you notes, let’s all say a big thank you together via this Brigada Today (she’s a faithful reader!), so everyone point your head toward Colorado Springs (not necessarily in the direction of Mecca for this one, folks), and say ‘thank you’ out loud to Beverly! [Could you hear that Bev? That’s nearly 1500 Brigada participants — and we’re thankful for you.] Now let’s pause a moment to pray for God’s continued guidance and provision for her, her big staff (of two people :-) ), and her volunteers (wonderful people) at New Life Church. Let’s pray especially hard for them, because beginning yesterday, the people at this “Launch” meeting began planning “Praying Through the Window III” in 1997!!!! [I think I just heard a big “gulp” from Bev’s office! :-) ] Praying Through the Window III will focus on the Least Evangelized Peoples of the world, with special emphasis on those originating in the 10/40 Window — but living wherever they live in the world (maybe in the neighborhood next door!).
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GLOBAL EVANGELIZATION MOV’T VOLUNTEER’S SERVICES TO BRIGADA READERS

Most of us have heard of or studied David Barrett’s World Christian Encyclopedia, which, though now sadly in need of revision, is acclaimed by some to be the most thorough and most accurate reckoning of global Christianity in modern history. But some may not know that Barrett offers additional resources on a regular basis. We interviewed Justin Long JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM  (JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM)   , who works as Dir. of Communication and Development for Dr. David Barrett’s organization, the Global Evangelization Movement, and learned more about GEM’s potential contribution to Brigada‘s readers.

BT: How can readers get past issues of your AD 2000 Global Monitor?
GEM: “For … the past 40 issues of GEM’s AD 2000 Global Monitor, they are available from us at $9/book. This includes 120 pages of monitoring world evangelization from 1990-1994, and includes an electronic index (.DBF and .TXT formats) to the book for quick searches. Within the issues are the Top 211 Least Evangelized Megapeoples, and many other statistics on world evangelization.”

BT: What about keeping up on an ongoing basis?
GEM: The AD 2000 Global Monitor … has changed to the AD 2025 Global Monitor with issue no. 41 (because AD 2000 is too close for really meaningful monitoring). It is available on an 8-page newsletter edited by Dr. David Barrett published on a bi-monthly basis by GEM. Cost is $20/year.

BT: Where should we go for a one-stop shopping book for world stats?
GEM: Check out the book, “Our Globe & How To Reach It.” It’s available from New Hope Press in Birmingham, Al., and from our office (while our supplies last). Cost is $6.95 + $5 shipping & handling for USA orders (others please email JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM  (JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM)   for precise pricing). If you’d rather phone, try (804) 355-1646 or if you want dead, slippery paper, fax (804) 355-2016.

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JOSHUA PROJECT TABLES ON THE WEB

Bob (our WWW magician) has recently finished organizing the AD2000 & Beyond Least Evangelized Peoples List on the WWW. See the Brigada homepage at http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html and click on tools for Reaching the Unreached. You can also download the list by email commands to the hub, as mentioned previously in Brigada.
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ASK PAUL FOR A DATE!

Thanks to Paul Filidis for making available a resource for next year…. now. His organization, YWAM Publishing, can provide an illustrated, spiral-bound personal organizer (used successfully by tens of thousands) as a unique combination of a practical daily planner with devotional aids, as well as a richly informative Great Commission primer with people profiles. It also contains maps, prayer guides, daily Bible reading plan and weekly and monthly planning spreads. For now, he’s offering it to Brigada readers for U.S. $9.09 (the regular price is $12.99!). For specifics, write him at wcnatxcdotorg or call 1(719)442-6409 or Fax 1(719)380-0936 E-mail: wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   . (WorldChristian News is a ministry of Youth With A Mission’s International Communications Network.)
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NEPAL BREAKS FORTH IN SONG

In a new video documentary, Nepali Church leaders relate the story of their unique, self-evangelized Church. Forty years of persecution dissolved in 1990 when new democratic freedoms led to incredible growth as the enduring faith of Nepali Christians, despite persecution, witnessed to the power of Jesus Christ. When social taboos and legal restrictions lifted Nepalis openly sought out the Gospel. This is an ideal tool for groups interested in reaching people with the Gospel and how the Lord is at work around the world. For information on how to obtain copies with a study guide contact Essential Productions richardfatolympusdotnet  (richardfatolympusdotnet)   .
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AIMS SPONSORS “PENETRATING THE 10/40 WINDOW”

AIMS (Association of International Missions Services) and Regent University are co-sponsoring on March 10-13, 1996, a conference called Penetrating the 10/40 Window. George Otis, Jr., author of The Last of the Giants will be the principle speaker. The conference will be held on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Sounds like an excellent chance for networking. In addition there will be tracks designed to help build alliances between churches, agencies and Great Commission Christians in seven areas of Unreached Peoples. They are the Tibetan Buddhist world, China, Indonesia, India, Uzbekistan, Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam), and Fourth World Peoples (drug addicts, prostitutes, street children). Write Nathan nathcraatbeacondotregentdotedu  (nathcraatbeacondotregentdotedu)   for more info. or call him at (804)-579-4525.
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“COMMANDS TO HUB”

Have you seen this phrase? If so, you’ve probably slipped and sent a “command” (like “subscribe” or “get”) to a conference (instead of to hubatxcdotorg). Please get in the habit of checking your “command” messages, just before sending them, to make sure you’re sending them exclusively to the hub address. If you mail a message containing commands to a conference address (like Brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg), all you’ll get is a lot of replies from fellow conference participants suggesting you send your message to the hub! :-)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

It began 12 months ago when a man asked the local Islamic leader (sheikh) for permission to set up a tent and speak about Jesus Christ. The sheikh answered “That is a very good idea! Our Muslims are bad Muslims. We need to hear more about the prophet Jesus.” Later, the region’s head of all sheikhs and Imams (Muslim priests) gave permission to show the Jesus film in the local mosques. Durring 7 months, around 1,000 Muslims converted to Christianity, and at least 300 now regularly attend house-churches….
Source: Frontiers, via DAWN FridayFax, November 24th, 1995, (C) DAWN Europe. http://www.itr.ch/~szbinden/freitagsfax.html .
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, CrossConnect jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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