19971005 Brigada Today

Now with 6218 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY — fresh back from Envision ’97 in Tulsa, OK.
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FINALLY!!! BRIGADA-HOY READY FOR BUSINESS!
* WHERE IN THE WORLD DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
* THE SKY IS FALLING! (NAT’L GEO. FOR LESS!)
* VIRTUAL PIT-STOPPING
* GOOD NEWS FOR CENTRAL ASIA LANGUAGE GURUS
* NEW 10/40 WINDOW REPORTER COMING YOUR WAY
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON PRAYER
* HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE BRIGADA NETWORKS?
* HALFWAY THROUGH – ARE YOU ‘PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW’???
* WANT TO MEET A FEW DOCTORS WITH A PASSION FOR THE UNREACHED?
* WHAT WILL WE DO ABOUT THE BOSNIAS?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FINALLY!!! BRIGADA-HOY READY FOR BUSINESS!
Okay – so it took us awhile. You thought we’d keep saying, “mahn-yah-nah” forever, eh? Well maybe it wasn’t exactly “ya” but . . . at least it’s finally up and running! Subscribe today by sending an email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe brigada-hoy

and you’ll be ready for the first edition of Brigada-Hoy just as soon as it’s released! Be sure to spread the word to your Spanish-speaking friends! The Spanish version will contain the same resources as the English edition (so there’s no need to subscribe to both unless you just want to practice the ole’ “es-pahn-yohl” :-)), but my hunch is that it’ll also eventually feature some Latin-American specific stuff as well. You know how these Brigada things tend to grow. :-) Thanks to the entire Brigada Hoy crew, with Alex Morales amoratxcdotorg at the helm! (Boy am I glad that wait is over! :-)) Don’t forget to send your “Spanish-language specific” items directly to Alex!

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WHERE IN THE WORLD DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
Brigada (Bree-GAH-dah) — It goes back to 1942, when Stalin, then leader of what used to be the USSR, banished some 200,000 Crimean Tatars from their homes on the Black Sea. They were not permitted to return to their homeland en masse until the early nineties, when the Soviet Union broke apart. Unfortunately, since their homes had been confiscated by others, the Crimean Tatars were forced to rebuild entire settlements during the cold winters of 1990 and 1991. While living in Crimea, I saw dozens of Crimean Tatar families working together in what they called, in Russian, “brigadas” (Russian for “brigades”), helping one another build homes in rapid fashion.

They found, through experience, that working together produces synergy, i.e., the output is greater than the sum of the inputs. As Bill Taylor writes in Kingdom Partnerships, “… One draft horse can pull four tons. If you harnessed two draft horses together, they can pull twenty-two tons.”

To reach our world today, we need just this kind of “brigada” and just this kind of synergy! And by the way, the same term is also good in Spanish! :-)

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THE SKY IS FALLING! (NAT’L GEO. FOR LESS!)
Now you can get the sky … and everything else . . . for less! Last week’s item reported a better price on the National Geographic CD compendium (” THOSE YELLOW RECTANGLES FOR EVEN LESS!”) and now we hear from our sleuths that you can even beat that price! So the sky . . . and everything else that Nat’l Geographic has pictured down through the years . . . is falling in price! $149 is the best price we’ve heard… at Price/Costco. Unfortunately, we’ve also heard some disappointment from at least one reader who thought the quality would be parallel with the quality of the print version . . . and in his opinion, it did not. This reader reported that the pictures are “postage stamp sized” and that if you enlarged the layout, the text became fuzzy… At the very same time, another reader wrote, saying, “It’s 30 CD-ROM’s total, hybrid (runs on Macs and PCs) with every photo and article and ad they’ve ever published. It has an excellent search engine. Great stuff! I could hardly pull my kids away from it, though they had homework to do.” :-) So — maybe keep the receipt handy and perhaps NG would refund your money directly if you don’t like it? Despite the questionable report, I’m still saving up my pennies hoping to get this one by Christmas. Even with fuzzy text, it still seems like there would be a ton of reasons to own 108 years of National Geo.! :-)

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VIRTUAL PIT-STOPPING
Couldn’t make it to Pit-Stop Raleigh? Fret no more! :-) Now you can be there virtually. :-) Order the audio tapes and pick up a at least a sense of what’s going on. Order from Cary Christian Church by mailing your check or money order to Pitstop, 1503 Walnut St., Cary, NC 27511. (Tel. 919-467-9159 or email psraleighataoldotcom for more information). Cost is $5, including shipping and handling to any USA address (price is slightly higher for international orders — email for info). The entire 4-tape set is $20, or get Session 1 (Opening service with mini profiles [project-by-project updates on PACE] and message by Dr. Ajai Lall of India — a case study in how Dr. Lall is reaching his area of India), Session 2, “PACE, A path to the Future” and “Building Your Prayer Base”, or Session 3, “Activate Your Church for the Master” and “Commit to Planting a Vibrant New Church” or Session 4. “Enlisting Networks of Love,” Where do we go from here?” The last tape includes the illustrations on finishing (including the “Iditarod Trail” illustration). Pit-Stop Tulsa just occurred this past Friday . . . and the next “live” Pit-Stop on schedule currently is set for Lincoln, IL, April 24-25. For more information, email hubatxcdotorg with only the message,
subscribe pace-events

to be placed on a free list for the latest info or just read the web at http://www.brigada.org/pace.

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GOOD NEWS FOR CENTRAL ASIA LANGUAGE GURUS
If you’re learning (or wishing you could learn) a Central Asian language, then it looks like life just got a bit easier. The Dictionary of Turkic Languages, Routledge. 1996 just hit the market. The web site http://www.imagins.com/MM/DTL.htm has more info. This new multi-language dictionary covers eight major Turkic languages: Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Uzbek. (361 p.) It’s hardback, providing two thousand “headwords” in English, translated into each of the eight Turkic languages. Words are organized alphabetically in English. Original script and Latin transcription are provided for each language. For ease of use, alphabetical indices are also given for the eight languages. But here’s the really cool news . The CD-Rom version with native speakers pronunciation is to be released in 1998. I’m holding out for the multi-media version! :-) Thanks to Lee for the tip!!!

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NEW 10/40 WINDOW REPORTER COMING YOUR WAY
… if you subscribe, that is. The Christian Information Network wrote this past week to announce the release of The 10/40 Window Reporter, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to the countries, people and events of the 10/40 Window. (The Christian Information Network provides ministry information and resources pertinent to the 10/40 Window.) Those interested in receiving the newsletter may email the Christian Information Network at cin10_40atcompuservedotcom or call CIN toll free at 1-888-772-9104. They want your complete name, phone number and mailing address. And by the way, CIN also asked Brigada participants to submit information for possible publication in The 10/40 Window Reporter. Items of interest must [obviously] be related to the 10/40 Window and would include events such as conferences, corporate prayer journeys and verifiable newsworthy information. If you’ve got a tip just contact CIN, Attn: The 10/40 Window Reporter editorial staff, 11025 State Highway 83 North, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3623, email cin10_40atcompuservedotcom.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON PRAYER
Right now in the month of October millions of Christians around the world are uniting in prayer for specific unreached people groups. Organizers are expecting 30 to 50 million believers, perhaps from every country, to participate in Praying Through the Window III. More than 1 million prayer calendars have been distributed in 10 languages, many of which were used as originals for printing or copying. The prayer guide book giving detailed profiles and prayer requests has been translated into at least 12 languages and is available in print, on the World Wide Web, and through e-mail. Furthermore, invitations to participate have been delivered by mail, radio, and Christian television in many countries.
(Source: Christian Information Network, (719) 522-1040 CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom and http://www.calebproject.org/ptw3).
To receive the prayer profiles by e-mail send the following message to hubatxcdotorg
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

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

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HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE BRIGADA NETWORKS?
Not a problem. Just send a simple email message to hubatxcdotorg with only two words on the first line of the message:
conferences brigada

You’ll receive a list of the names of dozens of email-activated conferences. Those labeled, “brigada-connections-…” (as well as the exception, brigada-travel-bids) are special. You can write them without “joining” by just sending a message to the conference itself (for example, or . (Write the former to request a quote for a particular air fare itinerary from dozens of cooperating travel agents; write the “connections” crews for leads on particular clusters of least reached peoples.) All the other conferences (e.g., brigada-peoples, brigada-cities, brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest, brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers, etc.) have to be ‘joined’. But it’s not hard. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with the word “subscribe” in front of whatever conference grabs your attention. For example,
subscribe brigada-peoples

Some conferences, like brigada-peoples, are more like free-flowing information/networking sessions. Others are basically mailing lists for emailed journals or newsletters. Each conference is different — but the “welcome message” usually spells out the format. In all cases, just “copy the mail” for a while to get the hang of it — and maybe that’s safest protocol prior to jumping in head first! :-) Happy hunting!

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HALFWAY THROUGH – ARE YOU ‘PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW’???
If you’ve lost your book (I misplaced mine this past week at Envision ’97!) don’t forget that you can get the ‘digest’ version at http://www.ad2000.org by clicking on PTWIII tools. Granted — it might not be as attractive as the printed version with pictures, but hey — for virtual prayer-walking, you can’t beat it! :-)

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WANT TO MEET A FEW DOCTORS WITH A PASSION FOR THE UNREACHED?
How ’bout a few hundred then! :-) Now you can … on November 7-8. That’s when Southeast Christian Church will present its second annual medical mission conference. This year the conference will open Friday night with an upbeat praise and worship service with a theme of “The Primacy of Prayer”. Saturday morning will present lectures from short term and career physicians and nurses presenting the joys and the obstacles of their work as well as a lecture on Culture Shock and Bivocational Mission Work. Saturday afternoon will consist of break-out sessions concentrating on specific medical and dental disease processes; and how to set up medical mission work in your own church as well as how to become a team leader. Nurses will receive 5 contact hours and physicians will receive 5 hours of C.M.E. credit. There is no fee for this course. (Can you believe this? Something related to medicine and it’s free???!!! :-)) For more information, download the details by sending an email to hubatxcdotorg with the only line in the message being,
get brigada medmissionsconf

Or, contact Stephanie Garling at 502-451-5317 ext. 4725 or write: Southeast Christian Church, Missions Committee, 2840 Hikes Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40218. If those two approaches don’t work for you, you can also email TinaBruneratcompuservedotcom.

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WHAT WILL WE DO ABOUT THE BOSNIAS?
Our mission has just been asked by the Antioch Network to find a church or churches to “adopt” one of 32 cities in Bosnia which have been war-torn, raped, and destroyed. (What an incredible burden it creates when people can’t get along!) So where will we go for more information? First, I’ll send a message to brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg and say — “Where do I find info. on Bosnia?” Then I’ll hope for the best.

(Note: If I weren’t already a member, I’d join first by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg that read simply,
subscribe brigada-peoples
. . . then wait for the welcome response.) If some of my buddies there can’t point me to several options, I’ll be very surprised. I’m hoping to receive 5-10 good email contacts that can help me learn more about the situation there… maybe some web sites, some good books, articles, and journals. Next I’ll write the 5-10 people with very specific questions… “What part of Bosnia should we try to approach?” “How can a church/agency partnership make the best contribution?” “Where do we learn the language(s)?” “What are the risks?” and most of all, “Who can I contact that would help us learn more?” With this simple beginning, we’ll get started trying to learn about Bosnia. Thank God for the unselfish resource people working the brigada-peoples conference. Thank God for Christian unity. Now we roll up our sleeves!

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

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

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

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, webservantatbrigadadotorg
*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!

19970928 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* NOW THERE’S A WAY TO GET INFO ON YOUR SELECTED PEOPLE GROUP!
* BRAVO TO BETHANY!
* HOW CAN YOU GET DAILY PTW3 INFO?
* THOSE YELLOW RECTANGLES FOR EVEN LESS!
* SO WHY DIDN’T WE EVER MENTION THE HARVEST?!
* NOW ET ISN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN PHONE HOME!
* WISH EMAIL ADDRESSES BETRAYED GENDER!!!
* MARCH-WATCH
* NOW YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE MUSLIM MIND
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM INDIA
* GET YOUR OCTOBER ‘ADVANCE’ TODAY!
* FIND OUT HOW TO CAPTURE GREAT FOOTAGE!
* WANT TO HELP JAPANESE RETURN TO JAPAN AS CHRISTIANS?
* IF LITURGIES ARE A PART OF YOUR WORSHIP, GRAB THIS!
* CHINA BRIEFING… COMING YOUR WAY!
* JEWISH PRAYER SITE
* WEB-WATCH
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NOW THERE’S A WAY TO GET INFO ON YOUR SELECTED PEOPLE GROUP!
This is a Special Edition of Brigada Today. Until now, how would you have discovered connections and options for getting “from here to there?” Most of the time, we rely on incidental relationships… or worse yet, pure serendipity. But now, through the magic of the Internet, a hard worker has made good use of Brigada technology to provide safe links to pioneer ministry among specific peoples or areas.

We told you in previous issues that something special was in the wings for October. Well, it’s October!!! The day is here!!! The “something special” is ready!!! And it’s free and ready to use! You’ve got all the software you need (nothing to buy, nothing to download, nothing to install) — and all the hardware you need. All you have to do is put it to use!

Over the last four years a great momentum has been building around the world to begin or strengthen ministry to the least reached people groups. More and more churches are focusing their missions efforts around adopting a people group. … As a result there are more and more people who want up-to-date information about specific ethnic groups. … At the same time many of the field workers in pioneer fields are organizing themselves into field-based ministry partnerships. … The problem, though, is that the field partnerships and advocacy teams need a level of security for them to be able to continue their ministry. … The Brigada Connections family of e-mail addresses seeks to help solve this problem. Caleb Project, in close partnership with Interdev and other major international missions initiatives, has been working to assemble MINISTRY KEY CONTACT TEAMS who are able and willing to assist a broad base of Christians to link up with pioneer ministry among specific peoples. This ongoing process has resulted in the formation of more than 40 teams of ministry leaders, people group advocates, partnership facilitators, and missions researchers who are committed to help the Body of Christ worldwide develop strategic ministry relationships for these strategic people groups. These are qualified, experienced, informed people with a good understanding of all aspects of ministry in their areas of focus, including the security issues.

Please look through the attached list and consider contacting one or more of these key contact teams. This is NOT an automated data retrieval system. Rather, it is a means by which you can begin a caring relationship with those involved in pioneer missions work. If you are involved or want to be involved with one of the groups listed below, please write them and let them know: who you are (they need to know they can trust you), what your current interest, activity, or commitment is, how you might like to be involved in the future in what ways you hope to assist in their area of expertise.

The Brigada Connections project is a WORK IN PROGRESS! If you are part of a ministry key contact team for an unreached group, city, or area, please let us know connectionsatcprojectdotcom and we’ll contact you with more information about what is involved in this project.

Note: this program is made available entirely on a volunteer basis. If you would like to know how you can volunteer, or would like to support this project financially, please contact us.

So spread the word! Let’s put these teams to work!

Thanks to John Hanna, Advocacy Director with Caleb Project, Littleton, CO, for a job well done!!! (You can contact John via (303) 730-4170 (voice), or (303) 730-4177 (fax), or just write Connectionsatcprojectdotcom.

For the most current list of Brigada Connections groups, send the following message to hubatxcdotorg
conferences brigada-connections

Then you can write a particular “connections” — e.g., send an email to <brigada-connections-acehneseatxcdotorg>. Note that through a special configuration of Brigada email conferencing, you don’t have to “join” this group for your email to land in their “in-basket.” The “connections team” for the group you want to contact will remain the only “members” — and they’ll all get a copy of your inquiry. As time goes on, John wants to launch additional connections forums as they are needed and as additional workers become available.

Do these “Brigada-connections” conferences do away with the existing “Brigada-peoples” conferences? Nope. The new “connections” conferences aren’t designed for press releases or free exchange. They’re only for referrals and inquiries. That’s the beauty of the system!

So — try it. Pick out a people that you’d like to know more about. Let’s test these connections conferences with all 6000+ Brigada participants!!! :-) These guys want to grow a movement!!! And… thanks John and all the connections teams!!!!

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BRAVO TO BETHANY!
Thanks to Rick Ward and the whole Bethany crew! This week they issued a press release proclaiming victory — “The most comprehensive prayer and resource material ever produced on the Unreached Peoples is now available through Bethany World Prayer Center…” 1739 people profiles are going out the door soon! This has been a monumental undertaking… over two years in development, over 50,000 man hours of work, over $450,000 invested in research & printing, and now over 2 million Prayer Profiles in stock. Call (504)774-2002 or check out their web site at http://www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html. Bravo to Bethany!!!!!!!!

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HOW CAN YOU GET DAILY PTW3 INFO?
Just subscribe to Global Prayer Digest! John Hanna reminded all of us this past week that the GPD is meshing their daily updates with Praying Through the Window III people groups, as the days of this month tick by. So — waste no more time. Send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

You’ll receive daily reminders… along with about 1000 other people! Literally! :-)

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THOSE YELLOW RECTANGLES FOR EVEN LESS!
Last week’s item, ” WHAT IF YOU COULD OWN A COPY OF EVERY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC?” attracted quite a stir. At least one Brigada participant found the National Geographic CD compendium for an even better price via MicroWarehouse (800-367-7080 or fax 908-363-4834) — $179! (Thanks Lester!!!) So you might find it locally at a computer warehouse (if there’s one near you???) for something similar. Otherwise, find a friend who can order it for you from Microwarehouse and add 108 years of NG to your research library!!! That’s less than $2/year! :-)

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SO WHY DIDN’T WE EVER MENTION THE HARVEST?!
Carole’s a mobilizer in our office here and she walked in last week with the great little video, The Harvest and I realized, we’ve never even mentioned it here. Marketed by Integrated Resources (a division of Campus Crusade) out of Indiana University, you can get it in the USA (or via your fancy Internet telephone setups) by calling 1-800-729-4351 or by faxing 812-339-8389 from anywhere in the world. It’s like 15 minutes or so long… excellent quality . . . a parable about a boy remembering a very special harvest day after his father had passed away, when farmers came from all around to help get the harvest in on time. Incredible message, great application. $14.95 plus shipping & handling (which is $5 to USA addresses). Well worth your while to use it at your next missions rally or faith-promise! Forgive us for not profiling it before. It’s a 1996 film.

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NOW ET ISN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN PHONE HOME!
Norm Kluever normdotklueveratworldnetdotattdotnet wants to make it easier for the people in your office to phone everywhere. He’s got a couple of small PBX phone systems (the “dial 9” type!) that he can donate to a mission group, Christian school, or other nonprofit. Any takers? If so, contact Norm directly. Thanks for your unselfishness, Norm!

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WISH EMAIL ADDRESSES BETRAYED GENDER!!!
Then I’d be saved from embarrassment like that of last week’s item, “CHILDREN’S MISSIONS RESOURCE FILE.” It thanked “Gerry Dueck at the US Center in Pasadena” for a job well done assembling children’s resources. Well the job was well done all right, but the editor was half baked! :-) Gerry is very much a lady! Sorry Gerry!

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MARCH-WATCH
Want more information on the international March for Jesus programs??? If so, there’s an email conference set up for disseminating information called mfj-news. To subscribe send a message to hubatxcdotorg with the message
subscribe mfj-news

This is a one-way conference where messages about MFJ will be posted a maximum of once a week.

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NOW YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE MUSLIM MIND
Part of sharing hope and help with Muslims consists of learning more about our similarities and differences. Arab World Ministries has a booklet entitled, “Understanding the Muslim Mindset: Questions about Islam,” which is a compilation of questions and answers about Islam by retired AWM missiologist, Sam Schlorff. The booklet is $2.95, plus $1.25 shipping and handling and may be ordered by calling 1-800-447-3566. See AWM’s web site for more details and more resources about Islam: http://www.awm.org

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM INDIA
New Life Fellowship (NLF) is spreading Gospel fire across India! From its small beginnings back in the 1960s in Bombay, now NLF has sent thousands of missionaries into hundreds of pioneer regions across India. Each day roughly 2500 missionaries take the Gospel to an average audience of 20,000 — souls that are witnessed to face-to-face in personal evangelism. On an average they see 270 people come to Christ daily. NLF has a goal to recruit, train and send 30,000 missionaries to cover every unreached region in India.
(Source: 1997, New Life Fellowship, PO Box 6497, Mahim, Mumbai 400 016, India, 91-22-445-4706 fax, newlifeatgiasbm01dotvsnldotnetdotin )
Global Glimpse is submitted each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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GET YOUR OCTOBER ‘ADVANCE’ TODAY!
Here’s the Summary of Advance: October 1997. Get the full text edition by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the message body:
get brigada advance.9710

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FIND OUT HOW TO CAPTURE GREAT FOOTAGE!
Attend the “Intermediate Video Production & Writing Workshop,” November 10 – 28, 1997, Jakarta, Indonesia, featuring Professor Daniel Henrich. Cost is Cost: $200.00. Topics covered will be documentary and dramatic scriptwriting, camera handling, lighting and editing. This course is designed at an intermediate level. To register or to inquire on the exact venue, contact Richard Buntario, Broadcast Design, Indonesia, Gedung Batik AFRI, J1. Gatot Subroto Kav 14 – S, Jakarta 12920. Tel 520-3224. Fax 520-3226. Email: Richard Buntario Medwin_Prihatiniatmaildotarcodotcom and copy DanHenrichatxcdotorg.

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WANT TO HELP JAPANESE RETURN TO JAPAN AS CHRISTIANS?
Then check out the “Equipper Conference,” December 26 – 30, 1997, at Camp Berachah, Auburn, WA. Contact them at tel. 303-730-4226 or fax 303-730-4221 or email ushqatjcfndotorg for detailed information about main sessions and workshops, as well as the daily schedule. This conference is both for Japanese as well as English-speaking folks who would like to help reach them.

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IF LITURGIES ARE A PART OF YOUR WORSHIP, GRAB THIS!
Deb Sanders, with Caleb Project, has put together a great liturgy for those who rely on them for worship times. Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the email message:
get brigada liturgy

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CHINA BRIEFING … COMING YOUR WAY!
The Institute of Chinese Studies and the China Service Coordinating Office are co-sponsoring ‘China Briefing’, Thursday, November 13, 1997 from 9 am to 4 pm in Colorado Springs, CO. Designed for church and ministry leaders with an interest in what God is doing in China, it will feature participation by representatives from a wide variety of China ministries and allow for interaction with evangelical experts on China. Registration fee is $60 until 10/15; following that, $75. For further information, contact Chinaatxcdotorg, phone 630-752-5951 or fax 630-752-5916.

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JEWISH PRAYER SITE
Intercessors and those interested in the Jewish people will be interested to learn that the Eternity’s Edge web site http://www.frontiermissions.org is hosting a special site for prayer for the Jewish people during the Ten Days of Awe. This site has been created by the folks at YWAM Jewish World Outreach and contains a sign-up calendar for those who wish to join us in prayer for the Jewish people during this special period, which begins with the Jewish New Year and ends 10 days later.

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WEB-WATCH
Vineyard Christian Fellowship will be having a conference in Manila in November. http://www.skyinet.net/users/vineyard gives all the details.

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

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

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

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, webservantatbrigadadotorg
*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!

19970921 Brigada Today

Now with 6108 participants
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

[Thanks to our faithful Customer Relations Manager, Revis Ann Massey, currently in Dallas for a visit with her home church, Highland Meadows, for tirelessly tooling away at trying times as moderator and administrator for this Brigada conference!!! How many of us could handle troubleshooting 6108 friends each week! :-) Thanks Rev’!]

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In this issue….

* GET TAPES FROM THE HOTTEST SPEAKER AT GCOWE97 (VERWER) FOR FREE!
* HOT-OFF-THE-PRESSES, “CHILDREN OF THE WINDOW”
* FROM THE GRAB-BAG: PAL VCRS FOR YOUR PALS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
* CHILDREN’S MISSIONS RESOURCE FILE – A 7-VOLUME SET! FOR FREE!
* WHAT IF YOU COULD OWN A COPY OF EVERY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* GET IS GET, AND PUT IS PUT, AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET
* WEB-WATCH
* FILM-FIND
* NEW ROX35 COMIX TRAINING COURSES COMING UP SOON!
* STILL AMAZED AT “SOURCES-FOR-STUFF”
* MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER EXPECTS TO DRAW 32,000
* PLACES TO GO, PEOPLE TO SEE, AND THINGS TO DO!
* TAKING HEAT FOR MOTHER TERESA
* PLANS FOR GLOBAL MARCH FOR JESUS 1998
* HOT LINKS – MORE THAN SAUSAGE, LESS THAN BRIGADA
* WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?
* DON’T FORGET PTWIII!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GET TAPES FROM THE HOTTEST SPEAKER AT GCOWE97 (GEORGE VERWER) FOR FREE!
Yes, your eyes don’t deceive you. George Verwer (Int’l Director of OM) is giving away (or you can include a donation if you want) his tapes to potential Christian leaders around the world. (And thanks to John Hanna for making us aware!) This kind of ministry attitude is very rare today. Catch it in this quote from their heart… ” We are so excited about people making their own copies that we would be willing to send money for the blank cassettes.” Wow. Unheard of. They explained, “These tapes are all available free or on a donation basis. Don’t hesitate to order due to financial restraints. If there is a way you can visit us and pick up any especially large orders, that will save money as postage costs are one of our obstacles, especially outside Europe and North America. Please don’t order large amounts if there is a high chance that they will be stolen in the mail. Perhaps ordering a small number at a time would be best.” What’s available?

* “Why Become A Missionary / Why Come on Global Action” (brand new)
* “Does The Lack Of Funds Hinder God’s Work”?
* “Challenge Of Turkey”
* “Ship Ministry”
* “How To Be A Missions Mobiliser”
* “Acts 13 Breakthrough 2000”
* “Why 200,000 Missionaries”
* “Why I Joined AD 2000”
* “Building Loyalty”
* “The Labourer Is Worthy Of His Hire”
* “Why Go To Bible College”
* “The Middle Road … Is It Possible”
* “Why Give To Operation Mobilisation”
* “Tension Between Being and Doing”
* “Special Book Reviews”
* “Financial Crisis”
* “Minefields In Counseling”
* “Being Big Hearted”
* “Why People Get Away From Jesus”
* “Resourcing God’s Work”
* “Raising Support”
* “Further Thoughts on the 7 Major Emphases”
* “Testimony”

If you’d like some more detail on each of these tapes, send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the text of the message:
get brigada verwer-tapes
download now

You’ll receive an expanded list, complete with annotation, and a letter from George Verwer.

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HOT-OFF-THE-PRESSES, “CHILDREN OF THE WINDOW”
I’ve only seen the color proofs, but wow did they look hot. Caleb Project has just released its new 8 1/2″ X 11″, 4 color, 1998 calendar featuring the phantastic photography of Mike Staub & Patty Fraats. Each month features a child from an unreached people group in the 10/40 Window with a scripture, info, & prayer points. There are also two tear-out pages of details on each of the 12 people groups represented and a page of resources at the back (along with an opportunity to order the 1999 “Women of the 10/40 Window”).

Calendars are $9.95 each, 6 (or more) for $7.50 each, 50 (or more) $6.00 each, plus shipping & handling. Prepayment by check, or credit card (VISA & Master Card only). E-mail orders go to ordersatcprojectdotcom, telephone orders go to 303-730-4170, xtn 343, and snail mail orders go to Caleb Project, #10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120. Can’t wait to get mine (already coming). I mean . . . these would look great on the wall in the kids’ bedroom, the kitchen, church office, the doctor’s office, the plumber’s office, etc. :-) Great gifts. I mean — which calendar would you rather have your teenager buy? This one, or that one from the sports magazine with all the bathing suits? :-)

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FROM THE GRAB-BAG: PAL VCRS FOR YOUR PALS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
Here’s your chance. You probably won’t see PAL VCRs for less, nor will you see them any closer to your friends in the former Soviet Union. The CoMission just wrote Brigada Today this past week and they have 165 new (still in original cartons) Sharp video playback units warehoused in Germany. These are PAL/220v systems, left over from a stock purchased in 1993. They also have 55 custom-built carrying cases suitable for shipping these units with space available for peripheral items – extension cords, video cassettes, etc. Their Director of Arrangements wrote, “I would like to make these available to Brigada readers at a greatly reduced price, in lots of ten, either with or without the custom cases.” Rather nice of him, I thought. :-) Of course, all shipping and customs fees would naturally be the responsibility of the purchaser. CoMission has used this model all across the former Soviet Union for the past five years with great success. Interested? Contact Bob Ehle, CoMission Director of Arrangements, at rehleatcisdotcom. I wrote Bob back and asked him to give us some idea on the price. He responded, “The price is somewhat negotiable; the video playback units were $200 new; the base asking price in lots of ten is $125 each. The custom cases were $98 new; the base asking price in lots of ten is $55.” He also added, “Thanks, Doug. We not only want to stop paying warehouse fees; we’re anxious that the units be put to good use in the spread of the gospel!” Sounds fair enough to me!

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CHILDREN’S MISSIONS RESOURCE FILE – A 7-VOLUME SET! FOR FREE!
I still marvel at the awesome power of the sum total of all Brigada participants working together. I mean, think about it. Just in the last couple of weeks we’ve learned about great prices on VCRs for the former Soviet Union, free tapes for Christian leaders from George Verwer, 10/40 Window color calendars, National Geographic collections on CD, that great list of “sources-for-stuff” and now a tremendous collection of resources for kids and missions In this case, Gerry Dueck at the US Center in Pasadena is the one to thank. He has painstakingly assembled a jam-packed a whoppin’ 118 K file (probably 70 pages??!), split it into 7 volumes, and made it available to Brigada participants at no charge. Why? Because he loves kids and wants these resources to be used to share with them the world and its needs! So — grab the phone and call your nearest Christian Education director. He or she needs this bibliography. It’s very very detailed and complete with email addresses and toll-free numbers and fax numbers galore. To get it, copy these lines and paste them into an email message to hubatxcdotorg . The 118K of resources will be emailed to you in a 7-volume set that you can reassemble on your own computer. Thanks Gerry.

get brigada kids1
get brigada kids2
get brigada kids3
get brigada kids4
get brigada kids5
get brigada kids6
get brigada kids7
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WHAT IF YOU COULD OWN A COPY OF EVERY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC?
When my wife and I were missionaries in Uruguay in the early 80s, I remember the family we stayed with in Montevideo had collected nearly every National Geographic magazine every produced. It was so cool to walk into their library and see that collection, and browse through people groups and faraway lands that NG had profiled. Well now, you can own that same collection and take it to the field with you on CD! All 108 years of National Geographic are available in a 30 CD-Rom set for the incredible price of $199.99!! Every page, every issue, every photo. What a tremendous resource for People Group research. You can check out the details at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/media/interactive/cdrom/108/. And thanks to Scott and others for putting us in touch with this great opportunity. What a tremendous Christmas gift that would be for someone special (ok — granted someone very special :-)) in your life. Or for the church or mission library! Check out the details at the NG web site. If you don’t have access to the web, ask a friend to check it out for you.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Some time ago, Quamar mother’s near death triggered a spiritual search that changed his life forever. At a Bible teacher’s suggestion Quamar risked praying for her healing in the name of Jesus Christ. Visible changes immediately occurred in his mother and she recovered. As he began reading the Bible and Christian books, his family began to persecute him. After a time he left his home and village to seek Christian fellowship, but today he seeks more than ever to express the power of Jesus Christ to his family.
(Source: IMB: News Stories – 09/17/97, International Mission Board, SBC. To subscribe use the form at http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm or send an email message to: webservantatimbdotorg. Quamar’s name has been changed to protect his identity.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120.

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GET IS GET, AND PUT IS PUT, AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET
… at least not anymore, I hope. Last week’s item, ” PIT-STOP RALEIGH RALLIES… PIT-STOP TULSA TALLIES” featured a classic Brigada-type typo… where the word “put” was inadvertently put to get the word “get.” :-) Both are commands on the MAFxc hub, but typically only moderators fool with “put” and conference members can then “get” or retrieve whichever file was putted. :-) So — if you were looking for the file on Pit-Stop Tulsa and “put” wouldn’t “get,” please forgive me! “I was probably sleep-boarding again.” The proper syntax is:
get brigada pit-stop-tulsa
Send this line in the text of an email message to hubatxcdotorg and you’re in business! The hub will automatically email you back a reply filled with info on Pit-Stop Tulsa! No charge, no muss, no fuss. But — make sure you get instead of put! :-)

[Also, if you tried to get “english-help” (last week’s item, ” WANT TO FIND OUT THE EFFECT OF USING ENGLISH IN CHURCH PLANTING?”), try again; it’s there now.]

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WEB-WATCH
Have you checked out http://www.answering-islam.org/ ? Apparently it’s operated by a guy from India who has had tremendous success corresponding with Muslims from throughout the world. In the privacy of their own homes they can link up with Jesus via their computer! His website has apparently had an average of 10,000 hits per WEEK. (Thanks for the tip, Gene!)

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FILM-FIND
Swami is a great Hindi film, portraying the best of Hindusim, great for folks learning to contextualize among Hindus. You should be able to rent it from any local Indian video store — assuming you have one down the street :-) . Thanks Rod!

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NEW ROX35 COMIX TRAINING COURSES COMING UP SOON!
Rox35 Comix will be holding two Christian Comics Training Courses this December in Thailand and Myanmar. Both are 3 day events and will include sessions on Writing/Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Illustration, Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing, and Comics as part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. The Thailand course is being hosted by Thailand Bible Society, 319/52-55 Vibhawadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10400, Phone (66) – (0)2 279 8341-4; Fax (66) – (0)2 616 0517 and will be held in Bangkok the first week of December, 1997. The Myanmar (Burma) course is being hosted by the Bible Society of Myanmar, 262 Sule Pagoda Road, Yangon, and will be held in Yangon (Rangoon) the second week of December, 1997. Enrollment is limited. (An Australian course, co-hosted by Pilgrim International in Sydney and the Bible Society of Australia, which was originally scheduled for this September, has been postponed until the second week of September, 1998.) Contact Graham Wade grawadeatozemaildotcomdotau for more information.). Plans for a 1998 training course in Japan are currently under discussion. For more on this ministry, visit the ROX35 Media, Inc. Web Site at http://members.aol.com/ROX35Media/

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STILL AMAZED AT “SOURCES-FOR-STUFF”
If you haven’t downloaded the file “sources-for-stuff” yet, you’re missing out. (Last week’s item, ” WHERE TO BUY ALMOST ANYTHING . . .”) If we charged $14.95 for this, you’d think you were getting a steal! But since it’s free, you’ll be tempted to think it’s not worth “getting.” Well — if you ever think you might want to purchase an international airline ticket again, or buy an international VCR or projector, it’s worth it! The file was assembled by Ken and it lists places to buy multisystem VCR’s and TV’s, video projectors, overhead projectors, 16 millimeter projectors, 220 volt 50 hertz equipment, and appliances for overseas. Also listed is some information on overseas shipping and a little information on airplane travel or travel agencies to call when traveling abroad. It must have taken me 45 minutes to copy and paste all this stuff into my Ecco Pro database so it would be available on my PalmPilot!!! (I finally gave up and lumped some of it together under the same item name.) But it’ll be well worth it. Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada sources-for-stuff

And the best part is . . . it’s absolutely free. Thanks Ken!

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MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER EXPECTS TO DRAW 32,000
With 250 mission exhibits, major youth rallies, children’s programs, over 100 seminars and 6 plenary sessions, the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre will be buzzing on January 30, 31 – February 1, 1998. The theme, “The Gospel In Culture: People Groups, Values & the Kingdom of God” will be addressed by speakers such as Don Richardson, Israel Brito (Caribbean), Claude Houde (Montreal), Vanlal Ngaka & Mizo Choir (Mizoram, India), and Lynda Prince (First Nations Canada). Randy Friesen will be featured in the Youth Rallies and Youth Leaders track. More information is available on http://www.ansa.com/~mfestvan/. Regardless of how many attend, it’s sure to be a bell-ringer for those sharp enough to take it in!

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PLACES TO GO, PEOPLE TO SEE, AND THINGS TO DO!
That’s what you’ll find in Kerstin Hack’s compilation of short-term opportunities galore! Get it today by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada mission-ops
download now

Kerstin, let’s make this an annual edition, eh? We’ll count on it next September too, okay? Thanks!

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TAKING HEAT FOR MOTHER TERESA
Okay – so I’ll admit we took some heat for featuring the item honoring Mother Teresa (last week’s item ” GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CURRENT EVENTS”, which told of some of her amazing and humble accomplishments. But do try to keep in mind that we didn’t say we agreed with every piece of doctrine she held. At the same time, that doesn’t keep us from admiring the life she lived. Besides, out of over 6000 Brigada participants . . . . . . . . . only one person complained.

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PLANS FOR GLOBAL MARCH FOR JESUS 1998
Have you heard about the Global Mach for Jesus 1998? The prayer theme will center on the persecuted church, focusing on the part of the God’s family who cannot celebrate Jesus openly on the streets. “DEMONSTRATE THE PASSION” is the slogan. Saturday, 30 May 1998 is the date. For more info, write 100572dot323atcompuservedotcom.

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HOT LINKS – MORE THAN SAUSAGE, LESS THAN BRIGADA
Just when you thought you might be able to start doing more “clicking” and less “page-downing,” I’m afraid we’re comin’ up dry. Our attempt to learn how to make the “executive summary titles” click-able (last week’s item, OKAY — YOU READ THIS FAR — NOW HELP US IMPROVE THESE TITLES) has turned up some very informative responses (thanks to one and all who replied). They ranged from the simple (“My advice: Don’t do it”) to the very complex (Send two versions of Brigada Today, one in some special form called MIME [Hey — I’m all for silent drama too, but in email??? :-) ] and the other in plain text, like it is now).

My take on all this is that it would be cool, . . . and it might even save readers some time. But from what I’ve learned from our kind-hearted tutors this past week, it’s probably something we need to revisit in a year or so, if and when email standards have risen. According to those among us who are “in the know,” there are too many folks still accessing email from DOS machines or from proprietary email clients. Bottom line: There’s no way we could make the titles “clickable” for one and all. And to include all the extra formatting commands (which would become garbage for those without the special capability) seems to be a waste of time for those in the DOS/proprietary category. So we end up shooting ourselves in the foot!

One reader suggested doing an “Edit-Find” (ctrl-F in some email readers) for the numbered item you’d like to see… like search for the text string “3)” or “20)” — and include the parenthesis to decrease the likelihood that you’ll find more than one occurrence. Another reader said that if we wanted to click on the title, just read the web version that Bob Mayhew prepares faithfully every week at http://www.brigada.org. The titles have been hot there since he began the web version, back in our first few months of 1995. He usually has it up and running on the web just shortly after it’s emailed. Either way, thanks for the lesson on links!

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WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?
I have at least 3 great passions in life these days… a) Serving Christ (which includes all the prayer, worship and missions stuff), b) Building right relationships with my family and friends, and c) soccer. :-) For some reason, making good decisions about one or more of these passions is not all that easy at times. My buddy John (who is headed to Asia) just sent me a note from David Burns that included this story by Ken Canfield, in his book, 7 Secrets Of Effective Fathers. It’s a great story — and I hope it causes us to reexamine the priority that we’re all placing on that “right relationship” passion — especially as it relates to family. “It reminds me of a story from another Olympics held in France –the 1924 summer games in Paris. Bill Havens was selected to represent the United States that year in an event called Canadian singles. It was a canoeing event, a demonstration sport, in which the competitors sit in a high kneeling position and use a single paddle. Havens was good; in fact, everyone expected him to bring home the gold.

However, a few months before the Olympics, Havens learned that his wife was due to give birth sometime during the Games. He had a decision to make: the opportunity of a lifetime or . . .the opportunity of a lifetime. He made his decision. He stayed home. The team left for Paris without him. On August 1, 1924, his son Frank was born– four days after the Games.

Fast forward through all those summers when Bill Havens probably heard the results from every Olympic canoeing event and wondered if he’d made the right decision. But stop in 1952, the year the Summer Olympics were in Helsinki. Havens received a telegram from Helsinki that he surely wouldn’t have traded for any amount of gold. The telegram read: “Dear Dad. . .Thanks for waiting around for me to get born in 1924. I’m coming home with the gold medal you should have won.” It was signed, “Your loving son, Frank.” Frank Havens had just won the gold medal in the ten-thousand-meter Canadian singles canoeing event.”

Giving proper priority to our passion for right relationships (especially with family) will never be easy… but perhaps that means we ought to work all the harder to do just that! God bless your week!
(Thanks again to John and David for the great referral!)

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DON’T FORGET PTWIII!
We’re a small mission agency . . . with only 9 people in our International Office in Louisville, KY. So when one of our “mobilization types” (Carole Dunlap, God love her!) asked this past week, “So what are we going to do about ‘Praying Through the Window III’?”, I puzzled over the answer for a moment. We all looked at one another across the conference table. We had been showing the videos for months. We had faithfully distributed the calendars, dutifully answered questions about how to get in touch with CIN, and generally promoted the idea from one state to another. But — we had forgotten to put together a plan for ourselves! Yikes. Woe be unto us if we get so busy mobilizing others that we forget to mobilize us! :-) So — for our office, it’ll be a simple plan. We’re going to meet each day at 12:45pm for 15 minutes to pray for the people groups of the day, following the outline in the brochure. How ’bout your organization or church? If you haven’t put together a plan yet, better hurry — you’ve only got until Wednesday!!! For more information on Praying Through the Window III, AD2000 has put a little known file on their web site — a WinWord summary (digest version) of the Praying through the Windows III Unreached Peoples book. Find it at http://www.ad2000.org by clicking on PTWIII tools. Perfect if you failed to order the book!

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

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unsubscribe brigada

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

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, webservantatbrigadadotorg
*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!

19970914 Brigada Today

Now with 6065 participants
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* ONLY 9 MORE SHOPPING DAYS ‘TIL “PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III”
* MOBILIZING YOUR CITY TO PRAY THROUGH THE WINDOW
* PIT-STOP RALEIGH RALLIES… PIT-STOP TULSA TALLIES
* WHERE TO BUY ALMOST ANYTHING . . .
* “THEY HAVE MY LANGUAGE”
* TAXING FILE IS READY TO SAVE YOU BUCKS!
* ADVANCE! IS READY TO “GET”
* WANT TO FIND OUT THE EFFECT OF USING ENGLISH IN CHURCH PLANTING?
* COMING TO MOSCOW OCTOBER 6-11
* FOR YOUR FINELY FOCUSED FAR-FLUNG FARSI FRIENDS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CURRENT EVENTS
* WATCH FOR ATTACHED “.DOC” FILES!
* GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
* HE’S GOT A PERSECUTION COMPLEX!
* YAGISP – “YET ANOTHER GLOBAL INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER”
* AWM HAS MORE THAN ONE
* EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MUSLIMS
* OKAY – YOU READ THIS FAR – NOW HELP US IMPROVE THESE TITLES
* NEW RESTRICTIONS IN RUSSIA
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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ONLY 9 MORE SHOPPING DAYS ‘TIL “PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III”
… and for your last minute stocking stuffer, “TR” came up with just the tip. I checked it out myself and sure enough, AD2000 has put a little known file on their web site — a WinWord summary (digest version) of the Praying through the Windows III Unreached Peoples book! Find it at http://www.ad2000.org by clicking on PTWIII tools. As TR wrote, ” It is perfect for those who forgot to order books in time or can’t afford a large number. You have permission to photocopy as many as needed.” Have at it. I hope we all download it together so much that AD2000’s computers feel the pull of our combined FTP-ing! :-) Get ready for some hits, Dan Scribner!!! :-)

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MOBILIZING YOUR CITY TO PRAY THROUGH THE WINDOW
A group of churches and ministries in the Denver, Colorado area have decided to ride the wave of momentum associated with Praying Through the Window III this October by sponsoring a series of Concerts of Prayer. The last four Friday’s in October they will host a cross-denominational Concert of Prayer focusing on the unreached peoples targeted that week in Praying Through the Window III.

Here is the real pay day…if you are out there thinking, “I’d really like to do that but I’m not sure how to pull off a Concert of Prayer or what exactly to pray for…”, do we have a deal for you?! Kingdom Building Ministries, one of the participating organizations, is prepared to email you tips on leading a concert of prayer and the specific outline (including prayer requests) the group in Denver will be using each week. Just send an email message to KBM LaborersatKBMdotorg and ask for Concert of Prayer Tips/Prayer Outline. You can’t lose. And the price is right. :-) Be sure to tell ’em Brigada sent you. They’ll probably throw in a few free airline tickets to accompany one of their prayer journey teams! Okay. So I’m kidding about the airline tickets. But the outlines are for real. :-)

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PIT-STOP RALEIGH RALLIES… PIT-STOP TULSA TALLIES
“This material is exactly what our church needed to launch an adopt-a-people program!” That’s what one participant reported after having attended Pit-Stop Raleigh this past weekend at Peace College in Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the Cary Christian Church, the Pit-Stop represented a landmark event in PACE Project history, in which a local church handled 99% of the set-up and arrangements for a program designed to help other local churches assume all the more responsibility in finishing the task. “Exciting,” responded one participant, whose local church ended up mapping out its basic preliminary strategy through the next 15 years!!! Thanks to Cary for a job well done! Now . . . saddle up for Tulsa, where Pit-Stop Tulsa will prepare all the more congregations and cooperating agencies! Register through the Envision ’97 office at wbirney11ataoldotcom (800-972-1137 or fax 316-668-5220) for the event that is scheduled for Oct. 10th, 8am – 4pm in the Doubletree Hotel across from the Tulsa Convention Center, downtown. Cost is minimal… $15, which includes a planning notebook and diskette. (These materials aren’t mailed out to non-attenders, but will be placed on the Internet at http://www.brigada.org/pace in the “Tools and Resources” section as a download.) For full details, including a schedule, see the web site (above) or write a message to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the text of the message:
get brigada pit-stop-tulsa

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WHERE TO BUY ALMOST ANYTHING . . .
…. well, almost anything that missionaries have to buy, that is! Ken has shared his list of places to buy PAL VCR’s, PAL TV’s, multisystem VCR’s and TV’s, PAL and multisystem video projectors, overhead projectors, 16 millimeter projectors, 220 volt 50 hertz equipment, appliances for overseas, information on overseas shipping and a little information on airplane travel or travel agencies to call when traveling abroad. I’m tellin’ ya… this is a jewel of a file that would be a great starter for anybody’s address book. How long will it take me to copy and paste all this stuff into my Ecco Pro/PalmPilot file!!! :-) But it’ll be well worth it. Get it by sending email to [you guessed it! :-) hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada sources-for-stuff

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“THEY HAVE MY LANGUAGE”
So where do you turn when you want books, videos, tracts, etc in different languages? One resource you can contact is
Multilanguage Media
PO Box 301
Ephrata Pa 17522,
tel. 717-738-0582
email mlminfoatmultilanguagedotcom
website http://www.multilanguage.com

They have material (including Scriptures — either the complete Bible or NT or sometimes just portions, depending on how much has been translated) in about 100 languages ranging from Africaans to Yoruba to others like Croatian- Laotian-Romanian, Twi, Urdu, etc. That doesn’t include the hundreds of languages that they have available in the JESUS video. Says one very satisfied Brigada Today reader, “Its great to hand a catalog to someone and have them respond with ‘They have MY language!'” Funny that Shirley sent this item early last week and within 48 hours, I had already passed it on to a telephone inquiry in our office wanting scriptures in a foreign language! So . . . be sure to add Multilanguage Media to your address book for that next inquiry!

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TAXING FILE IS READY TO SAVE YOU BUCKS!
Looking for help with your 1040? (the form not the window! :-)) Look no more. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text of the message:
get brigada tax-help

In just a few minutes, you’ll receive an automatically emailed message with tons of referrals and options. Free! :-) Thanks to Sam for compiling it as he promised!

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ADVANCE! IS READY TO “GET”
Below is the Summary of September 1997 issue of ADVANCE! by Mark Kelly. To retrieve the entire issue, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the email message:
get brigada advance.9709

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE – Hindus celebrate annual Ganapati Utsaav festival; 56 million decisions for Christ through “Jesus” film; 30 million Hakka people of southern China; the Fali of Nigeria; Palaung believers send evangelistic teams; once-suspicious villagers receive “God’s angel”

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH – Egyptian believer tortured for his faith seeks visa; Southeast Asia evangelist jailed; house church leaders in China praise U.S. State Department report; Yeltsin pledges compromise religion bill; Lebanese Christian freed from UAE prison

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS – Radical Hindu group launches anti-Christian campaign; doctors transplant tissue from aborted babies; Rotterdam church to sell discount heroin; depraved party provokes San Francisco backlash; Dalai Lama declares Dorje Shugden a demon; Benin police arrest five slavers

REJOICE! – evangelical pastor released in Guatemala; Thai village turns to Christ; Hindu guru in Pakistan turns to Christ; jailed missionary leads 36 inmates to Christ; 23,000 come to Christ in Orissa state; prominent Egyptian columnist promotes “Jesus” film;

NETWORKING – how to help Egyptian believer tortured for his faith; Praying Through the Window III; how to assist Palaung evangelistic teams; Association of International Mission Services coordinates outreach to the unreached; YWAM’s School of Frontier Media; Agape Europe’s Macedonian Project

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WANT TO FIND OUT THE EFFECT OF USING ENGLISH IN CHURCH PLANTING?
Well now you can have the answer, at least according to Brigada participants. Send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line of text in the message:
get brigada english-help

You’ll be emailed a file of info — thanks to Ken and Cheryl! They collected, the compiled, they conquered! :-)

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COMING TO MOSCOW OCTOBER 6-11
….the Morris Cerullo School of Ministry and Crusade. Over 8,000 Pastors and Christian Leaders have already registered for this historic Christian event from over 16 countries throughout Eurasia. Special speakers will include, Pastor Ulf Eckman, Pastor Peter Youngren, Pastor John Paul Warren, Dr. Larry Lea, Bob Wiener, Pastor Gary Whetstone, Pastor Charles Blair, Morris Cerullo and many others. According to one source, almost every Christian organization and denomination is supporting this great Eurasian outreach. For further information concerning registration call the Moscow office at 095-369-65-82 or email SkyVoice1ataoldotcom.

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FOR YOUR FINELY FOCUSED FAR-FLUNG FARSI FRIENDS
The Gospels of Matthew and Mark in the Farsi language are now edited and ready for distribution. The Gospel of Matthew is a 3-tape set ($9) and the Gospel of Mark is a 2 tape set ($7). Sets of ten or more are reduced to $5.50 each for Matthew and $4.00 each for the Gospel of Mark. According to one source, these sets come with beautiful cassette labels that have titles and information all in Farsi. Audio Scripture Ministries http://millennianet.com/asm/ has gone on record (pun intended) saying that this recording is exceptionally well done. They’re trying to finish the Gospel in three weeks and the entire NT by January of next year. Bravo, Audio Scriptures! Keep it up!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CURRENT EVENTS
With the homegoing of Mother Teresa last week much of the world attention is focused on India. She and her disciples have so far rescued 52,000 sick and dying destitutes from the streets. Teresa, by her service in the name of Christ, made more positive impact on Indians than any other Christian in this century. Sister Nirmala will succeed her as Mother. Hers is just one of 100s of indigenous Indian mission agencies reaching out with Christ’s love to both the poor and the unreached peoples in India. Many of these missions have banded together to form the India Missions Association which works to share information and strategy for the evangelization of India.
(Source: INDIA MAIL, Chennai, India September 8, 1997. INDIA MAIL is a weekly internet mail edited by IMA. http://www.ad2000.org/ima/overview.htm
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, who wears an ever-so-small earring at Caleb Project, Littleton, CO. :-) Hm. Generation X. :-)

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WATCH FOR ATTACHED “.DOC” FILES!
The word on the street is that a message with subject line, “for your perusal” has an attached WinWord file with a WinWord virus. Note that you can never get viruses from email (so disregard all the myths like “AOL Gold” and zillions of others) — but if you double click on an attached file with a “.doc” extension, it just might have a WinWord virus built in! So — bottom line — don’t ever read attachments you didn’t request… especially if they have anything other than “.txt” extensions. For extra insurance, upgrade to Office ’97 and make sure you go to “Tools-Options-General” and check “Macro Virus Protection” (ie., be sure there’s an X in front of it). And . . . please, please don’t start another round of 6 zillions emails warning all your friends and neighbors. Remember — the virus is the fact that we waste all the Internet bandwidth just talking about the possibility that there might be a virus! :-)

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GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
Kingdom Graphics specializes in Mission Clip-Art [IBM/PC & MAC, files are .EPS & .TIF], Mission-designed computer papers [laser, ink-jet & copy-machine compatible], Mission notecards, Mission notepads, custom graphic arts design service [logos, brochures, booklets, prayer cards, placemats, illustrations] . . . and whatever you need! Visit them at http://www.kingdomgraphics.com or write
2713 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Willow Grove, PA 19090, USA
Tel: 1-800-618-3133
Fax: 215-657-4847
E-Mail kingraphatcyberenetdotnet

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HE’S GOT A PERSECUTION COMPLEX!
… in a matter of speaking. Because he’s looking for every web site and reference work on persecution! He wants anything that will help him keep up with the news about persecuted Christians and Christian groups throughout the world. Says Joel, “It is my desire to keep them in prayer and to be relevant to their needs I need information about them.” Makes sense! Email joeldraperatworldnetdotattdotnet today with your referral, reference, or URL. He’ll compile them an report back to us here in two weeks.

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YAGISP – “YET ANOTHER GLOBAL INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER”
:-) But hey, if you’re fed up with your current Internet Service Provider (for some reason) :-) then maybe you’d like to try iPass — http://www.ipass.com. They’ve put together a global internet roaming system working with over 122 Internet Service Providers (ISP) through a local telephone call from more than 1100 points of presence in more than 750 cities and 150 countries worldwide. Registration through iPass allows local access through any of the participating ISPs. Now if I can just remember to put the “P” in upper case and lower the “i” !!! (Try typing that last sentence in WinWord ’97! You’ve literally got to go to Tools-Autocorrect to scroll down and find the line that turns “i” into “I” — or else it keeps upper casing the “i” into “I” whether you want it to or not! When will these machines automatically know what we want instead of what they think we want! :-) ) Thanks for the tip, Dave! Now suppose you wanted to shop around even more for a great global ISP? Well you’re in luck. David scribeatgoodviewsdotcomdotau has agreed to collect a list! So — send your favorite global ISP (ie., an Internet Service Provider) to David and he’ll compile the list and report back here in a couple of weeks. Be sure to give him feedback on the “roaming” services’ effectiveness of access from multiple sites/countries — (or lack thereof)!

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AWM HAS MORE THAN ONE
Oops. Last week we said, “Arab World Ministry” and it’s supposed to be Arab World Ministries! Guess they’ve just kept going and going . . . and going . . . . . . . :-)

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MUSLIMS
Have you heard about the eight-week Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) to be held at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines from April 20-June 12, 1998? Its primary goal is to train national leaders for ministry to Muslims. Many students will come from Asian nations, but it is open to all with an interest in this area of ministry. The roster of profs sounds like a “most wanted” list for Muslim experts! Dr. Phil Parshall, Dr. Robert Douglas, Dr. Don McCurry and Warren Chastain, all of whom have authored significant works in this area and taught at the Zwemer Institute and/or Fuller Seminary. They’ll also have missionaries involved with ministry to Muslims. The cost for a single student covering the full eight-weeks of instruction, room and board, textbooks and materials is only $700. Couples can also be accommodated. Up to nine units of academic credit are available from APTS at additional cost ($15/credit hour plus misc. fees) and can be applied toward their M.A. in Missions or transferred to another institution (students wishing to do this should consult with their own school). To receive a brochure or further information contact APTS at aptsatxcdotorg. Now why didn’t I plan this thing. A first-rate training program . . . and all I get to do is report on it!

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OKAY – YOU READ THIS FAR – NOW HELP US IMPROVE THESE TITLES
Paul wants us to make these titles “hot,” so that readers can simply click on them to bounce down to the precise location in the email where they begin. Can anyone email me a brief explanation about how that technology works? Does it make the links visible to every email client (including AOL, Cserve, etc.)? Can we use it out of Eudora Pro or would we have to use Netscape’s Communicator client? Help!!! Please write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the answers… Inquiring readers want to click… not “pgdn”!!! :-) Thanks.

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NEW RESTRICTIONS IN RUSSIA
Mark Elliott reported this past week that on September 19, the Russian Duma approved a law, “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations,” by a vote of 358 to 6, with one fourth of representatives abstaining. Apparently President Yeltsin has already approved the wording of this draft, and it is expected that the upper house of the Russian legislature, the Federation Council, will quickly approve the legislation.

According to Mark, if implemented and enforced as written it will recognize a privileged few “traditional” religions as acceptable, while limiting less favored “religious groups.” Fifteen years of state registration on good behavior would be required before a “religious group” could aspire to become a “religious organization.” Mark wrote, “It is unclear at this moment how seriously the expatriate missionary community will be affected. But in one strongly Communist provincial city a missionary was told by local officials earlier this week that if the law passed his family would have 24 hours to leave the country.” Yikes. Mark went on to write that “If the new law is implemented and enforced as written it could lead to the largest expulsion of missionaries from a single country since China after 1949.” Should we start praying yet?

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*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
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*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
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*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!

19970907 Brigada Today

Now with 6022 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* A BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE: TWO BOOKS BY JOHN PIPER FOR $10.00!
* CORRECTION: RIGHT DESCRIPTION, WRONG MEDIA
* WANNA LEARN TO BE AN ADVOCATE?
* SO – WHO HELPS MISSIONARIES WITH INCOME TAX AND SOCIAL SEC. ADVICE?
* GET THE LATEST ON PGP
* CONFERENCE ON CENTRAL ASIA
* HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE NEW VIDEO ON YEMEN?
* ANTIOCH GATHERING OUTCOME: A NEW BUSINESS & MISSIONS CONFERENCE?
* ARABIC, FARSI, MALAYALAM & CHINESE SCRIPTURES GO ONLINE
* GOT QUESTIONS ON COMPUSERVE (CSi)??? WRITE SHARON (NEW ADDRESS)
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON YALTA
* HELP BUILD A STORYBOOK
* … AND HELP PUT TOGETHER A SCRIPT LIST
* WEB-WATCH
* GLOBAL MISSION CONFERENCE FOR PC-USA
* ATTENTION EXIBITIONISTS
* BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST!
* GREAT NEW MINI-VIDEO FOR YOUR SUNDAY MORNING!
* WANNA RUN AN AD TO HELP A MISSION AGENCY?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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A BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE: TWO BOOKS BY JOHN PIPER FOR $10.00!
Wow! These people are wild. They seem serious about wanting zillions to have these books!!! (I just hope they know what they’re getting into! :-) ) So — the least we can do is order them! :-) You see, for a limited time, Desiring God Ministries is offering John Piper’s book, Let The Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy Of God In Missions, and his newest book, A Hunger For God: Desiring God Through Fasting And Prayer to all Brigada subscribers for $10.00 (shipping included anywhere in the world!). I told you these people were wild. There’s something about that kind of attitude… the one that says, “shipped anywhere in the world”… that says something very clearly about their goals. It speaks volumes, in fact. And get this… they wrote Brigada this week… “And if you can’t afford the $10.00, we’ll give them to you for free! We’re making these books available as inexpensively as we can because we want you to get excited with us about spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of ALL PEOPLES.” Bookstores sell NATIONS for $12.99 and HUNGER for $10.99. So for $10.00 you can buy $24.00 worth of books (about 60% off!). You won’t find this offer anywhere else! Call DGM toll free (in the USA … or using Net2Phone or equivalent) at 1-888-346-4700 to order using Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card, or send a check to Desiring God Ministries, 720 13th Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN, 55415. Or, you can e-mail them at DGMinistryataoldotcom or visit their web page at http://www.desiringgod.org. Remember — you’ve got to tell them you saw the offer on Brigada. This offer is good through September 30, 1997, only. So if you’re outside the USA and you have to use air mail, better get it out the door today! :-)

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CORRECTION: RIGHT DESCRIPTION, WRONG MEDIA
Did you see last week’s item, ” AD2000 VIDEO, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT CONTENT, RIGHT TOOLS”??? If so, you probably thought, “Now how in the world did they capture all those web sites on video???!!!” You were right. The product is a CD not a video. But anyway, that makes it all the better!!! :-) So . . . how ’bout reading last week’s description again, but this time think about it as a CD!!! “Have you seen the AD2000 Adoption Guidance Program and Missions Resource Kit? The price is right… AD2000 is selling them for $5 (for quantities of 1-4, $4 for quantities of 4-10, $3 for 11-15 and 2$ for 16 and above)! Can’t beat that! Get yours from the
AD2000 and Beyond Movement
2112 So Circle Drive, suite 2112
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-2000.

Postage is on top of the above costs. Expect $1.10 extra for postage for a single CD. This thing contains the full copy of the videos for Praying Through the Window II and III, as well as Part V of Generation (which is part of a set that sells for like $80!), and tons more. Full content of several web sites (including Brigada, Caleb Project, and AD2000!). This is a great tool for those who don’t have live access to the web, but would like to refer to these resources and others. Grab one today!”

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WANNA LEARN TO BE AN ADVOCATE?
Then ya gotta’ register for John Hanna’s Resource Advocate Training Seminar, December 4-6, 1997, Littleton, Colorado. You’ll learn about Advocacy, Networking, Partnership, Adoptions, Fundraising, and Vision Building. You’ll learn how to form partnership coalitions, how to help churches adopt a people group, how to raise money for the Kingdom. You will hear testimonies of advocates present, as well as others by video. Come away from this time with practical and specific plans! To learn more, send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message…
get brigada rats

(rats is the new acronym for “esource Advocate raining eminar” — we just made that up.) [Hey — I didn’t design the title of this thing; the acronym just… jumps out at you! :-) Sorry John. :-)

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SO – WHO HELPS MISSIONARIES WITH INCOME TAX AND SOCIAL SEC. ADVICE?
That’s what Samuel Shewmaker SamuelShewmakeratxcdotorg wants to know. Then he’ll share the list with us back here on Brigada. So… send him your favorite advisor — especially the ones willing to take on more clients! :-) And stay tuned here to hear about how to get the list later.

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GET THE LATEST ON PGP
If you’re interested in the latest sources and resources on PGP (that email encryption program that everyone should be using :-)), get the file pgp-where by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message…
get brigada pgp-where

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CONFERENCE ON CENTRAL ASIA – AND YOU CAN JOIN ‘EM
Yup. Join ’em in Moscow. Oct. 6-12. The invitation came to Brigada participants this past week. If you’re interested, call the Moscow office immediately: 7095-369-65-82. Or… if you speak Russian call 011-7095-349-33-49. You could also check out the associated web sight at http://www.mcwe.com/.

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE NEW VIDEO ON YEMEN?
The word on the street is that it’s a winner. The rumor is that Yemen, a People Apart is 14 minutes of absolutely beautiful video footage and good commentary on the land, it’s people, and the spiritual situation. If you want to see a great case study, apparently this one is tops. US$13 from Arab World Ministry, P.O. Box 96, Upper Darby, PA 19082. Email address of the producer is classified… and … this video is not available for distribution in the places [duhhhh] where it might not be welcome. :-)

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ANTIOCH GATHERING OUTCOME: A NEW BUSINESS & MISSIONS CONFERENCE?
Did you catch wind of the Antioch Gathering last month in Phoenix? One delegate wrote… “A lot of interaction, networking, great workshops, sessions and worship. One very productive workshop was the business and mission track. A number of concrete ideas are being developed from the folks who took part in it.” One of them is to explore the possibility of establishing a business/mission conference on Brigada. The purpose of such a conference would be to network people who are interested in how business and missions can interact. It would include such topics as setting up businesses both at home and on the field as a way to support missions efforts, entrepreneurial business/missions (establishing businesses on the field to provide jobs and income), tentmaking, community development, and any other topic that relates to business and missions. Right now they want to see if there is enough interest to start a conference so if you are interested, let them know. Drop a quick email to Jack Straus at jbsmiatixdotnetcomdotcom. Just say something like, “Yes, I’m interested.” And if you want to add some ideas, let him hear about those too.”

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ARABIC, FARSI, MALAYALAM & CHINESE SCRIPTURES GO ONLINE
With the help of modern technology, God’s Word is now available in places where the Bible could result in political ostracism or outright persecution. IBS wrote this past week, “As part of our commitment to provide Scriptures, the International Bible Society (IBS) has added the complete Arabic Bible, the Farsi New Testament, the Malayalam New Testament and Chinese Scriptures to it’s Internet services.” Visit the International Bible Society online at http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs or email them at ibsatgospelcomdotnet and discover how the light of God’s Word is reaching to the dark corners of the world.

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GOT QUESTIONS ON COMPUSERVE (CSi)??? WRITE SHARON (NEW ADDRESS)
The Brigada conferencing system is loaded with CSi (Compuserve) users. So we provide an “official” help person to answer your Compuserve queries. Just write Sharon Hindle 110320dot1577atcompuservedotcom any time, day or night and she’ll do her best to handle the toughest of challenges.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON YALTA
Yalta, a Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, is home to about 1000 Muslim Tatars. Each May 18 they march to commemorate the calamitous 1944 forced deportation of thousands of Tatars. But this year a Ukrainian Missionary who is a nephew of two KGB officers serving at the time of the mass relocation addressed the crowd and asked for their forgiveness for what had happened. The response has been very positive and the missionaries have been invited to start Bible discussion groups among Tatars who were touched by this show of concern for a dark chapter in their history.
(Source: YWAM International News Digest: August 1997, Andy Butcher, YWAM Press & Media Services, Fax: 719 380 0936, Internet: andybutcheratxcdotorg>
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HELP BUILD A STORYBOOK
Catherine Shuker 106447dot3070atcompuservedotcom needs stories and object lessons that demonstrate inequality — like the difference between the “haves” and “have nots” — for a series of lessons she is presenting in schools. She’s featuring New Zealanders who work in Brazil with street kids and she’d like to find stories that are really “way out” and can captivate and motivate a bunch of bored highschool/primary school kids and get them focused on the world outside of their own. According to Catherine, these kids aren’t church kids and she’s not allowed to “overtly” preach to them! So… if you’ve got an idea for a story, comparison, drama, skit, illustration, audiovisual, whatever — if it can help Catherine communicate the need — she wants it. And, in the end, she’ll tie up the whole bundle of stories for us here at Brigada so you can “get” the results. She’s promised you’ll hear back from her via Brigada Today in a couple of weeks with information on how to get her file.

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… AND HELP PUT TOGETHER A SCRIPT LIST
And Joe Ciluffo 75457dot3204atcompuservedotcom would like help on locating some good drama or mime scripts for church ministry teams to use while on short term trips. He’s looking mainly for scripts that are evangelistic in nature. Contact Joe if you can help… and he’ll give us all a report when he’s done! (You’ll hear about it here on Brigada, along with instructions on how to get it.)

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WEB-WATCH
Headed to a foreign land without any foreign language skills? Check out Language for Travelers, an easy-to-use interactive foreign language tutorial on Fodor’s Web site, http://www.fodors.com. Select “Resource Center” and then “Language for Travelers” to choose among French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Then click on one of 14 topics (such as dining, shopping, directions) and you’ll get a list of useful phrases, foreign translations and phonetic spellings.

Also… see http://www.allpeoples.org to learn more about a missionsfest on the 26th of September.

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GLOBAL MISSION CONFERENCE FOR PC-USA
Sponsored by the Worldwide Ministries Division of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the conference, “Congregations in Global Mission: New Models for a New Century,” is scheduled to take place November 8-11 in St. Louis, MO. Learn more about congregational partnering of U.S.A. churches and those of another country; short-term vs. long-term mission service; use and abuse of technology in mission; personalized mission opportunities; how-tos of evangelism, of development, of stewardship; and much more. Cost is $150. For further information, e-mail patricia_lloyd_sidleatpcusadotorg.

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ATTENTION EXIBITIONISTS
Want to be represented on the exhibit floor at this year’s Toronto MissionFest in the new Toronto Convention Centre (February ’98)? Hear and share the convention program with Tony Campolo and Brother Andrew. For a mere $175 US (for a 6ft table) you can be there… just contact Philip Wood 76604dot1246atcompuservedotcom for more information. For more info. on the conference, write infoatmissionfestdotorg or on the web browse http://www.missionfest.org.

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BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST!
Like the best Boy Scout, now you can be prepared for anything! Disaster Response School (DRS) for Non-Health & Health-Care trained personnel is set for Dec. 14 -21, 1997 at Star Ranch, YWAM Strategic Frontiers, Colorado Springs. Participants will study the spiritual, emotional (including wilderness survival with group dynamics, culture shock, effective performance despite frustration & fatigue, Post traumatic stress disorder, Incident stress disorder etc.), Labs (including mock disaster, wilderness survival skills, Base camp – set up & removal, first responder training, confined space medicine, field medicine, tropical medicine), and intellectual (overview of disaster response, disaster preparedness, team management, role of engineers, refugee operations, famine relief, flood assistance, earthquakes – engineering and health aspects etc.). Sounds like a terrific good time. Cost is $840, including registration, tuition, lab fees, food, lodging, and the works. Call IHSF for costs & registration details. All applications are due by Nov. 1, 1997. Phone (719) 481-1379/80 or fax (719) 481-1378. Email Robin & Heather Allen, 102246dot1444atcompuservedotcom for more info. Wish I could go. :-)

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GREAT NEW MINI-VIDEO FOR YOUR SUNDAY MORNING!
Well, here’s the latest new mini-video you can use on Sunday morning to reach deep into the hearts and souls of your church or small group. And the price is right. “Kids These Days” is a seven-minute video focusing on the tragic plight of the world’s children. There has been much written lately about the 4/14 window, children between the ages of 4 and 14, who are highly susceptible to the best and worst in today’s world. In too many places, the 4/14 window is dirty, broken, and often seems painted shut. I hope this video serves as an eye opener, a discussion starter, a motivator-especially for the youth and young adults in the U.S. who have so much to offer in the name of Jesus. “Kids These Days” can be ordered for $9.95 (plus $3.00 shipping and handling) from Good News Productions, International by calling 1-800-457-GNPI (4674). Also included on the tape is the 50-second “Isaiah 61,” a simple call “to be more like Jesus.” For more info, email gnpiatxcdotorg or fax 417-782-3999.

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WANNA RUN AN AD TO HELP A MISSION AGENCY?
CSC hopes you do. Christians Sharing Christ (CSC) of Ball, Louisiana, 318-640-4900, Fishvilleataoldotcom, is a non-denominational mission agency asking you to consider placing the following ad in the classified ad section of your local American newspaper:

“16 MM PROJECTORS WANTED! If you have a 16 MM projector at your home, office, or church which is gathering dust and you want them active again winning others to Jesus, then donate your projectors by delivering them to (the name, address and phone number of your local church).”

CSC claims that if you’ll agree to spend a few dollars to run this ad for about a week, it will generate the donation of many projectors to this ministry. Now… I can’t personally verify the accuracy of their theories, but since I’m a sucker for creativity :-) I thought it at least important to let you hear their approach. If you have questions, email them directly if you’re willing to place this ad. CSC has said they would pay for all shipping costs to Ball, Louisiana. They reportedly have film teams working in 17 nations around the world right now showing evangelistic films in open air forums as a way of planting churches in places where there are none. They say there are many other workers who would like to show films but they do not have the projectors. So — if you’re interested in this innovative approach, contact them directly.

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, webservantatbrigadadotorg
*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!

19970831 Brigada Today

Now with 5969 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* DON’T MISS THE MEDICS!
* PIT-STOP RALEIGH READY TO START ITS ENGINES
* AD2000 VIDEO, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT CONTENT, RIGHT TOOLS
* LISTEN TO PTW III ON THE RADIO
* WEB-WATCH
* CHINA ’97 CONNECTS HERE AND THERE
* MAKE MUSIC FOR MISSIONS
* SAVE MORE ON GLOBE-TROTTING WEB-WATCHERS
* POSTERS OR TRACTS THAT PRESENT CHRISTIANITY! BUT WHERE?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE WORLD
* GOT A LINE ON MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
* TENTMAKERS ISSUE FORTHCOMING
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DON’T MISS THE MEDICS!
Don’t forget that on November 7-8, Southeast Christian Church will present its second annual medical mission conference. This year the conference will open Friday night with an upbeat praise and worship service with a theme of “The Primacy of Prayer”. Saturday morning will present lectures from short term and career physicians and nurses presenting the joys and the obstacles of their work as well as a lecture on Culture Shock and Bivocational Mission Work. Saturday afternoon will consist of break-out sessions concentrating on specific medical and dental disease processes; and how to set up medical mission work in your own church as well as how to become a team leader. Nurses will receive 5 contact hours and physicians will receive 5 hours of C.M.E. credit. There is no fee for this course. For more information, download the details by sending an email to hubatxcdotorg with the only line in the message being,
get brigada medmissionsconf

Or, contact Stephanie Garling at 502-451-5317 ext. 4725 or write: Southeast Christian Church, Missions Committee, 2840 Hikes Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40218. If those two approaches don’t work for you, you can also email TinaBruneratcompuservedotcom.

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PIT-STOP RALEIGH READY TO START ITS ENGINES
Act now if you want to attend Pit-Stop Raleigh, Sept. 19-20 in Raleigh, NC. Send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada psraleigh

in the text of the message. You’ll learn about speakers, costs, purposes, etc. This event hopes to equip new adopt-a-people visions (“PACE” projects) with the tools and skills they need to be most effective! Also see the web site at http://www.brigada.org/pace.

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AD2000 VIDEO, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT CONTENT, RIGHT TOOLS
Have you seen the AD2000 Adoption Guidance Program and Missions Resource Kit? The price is right… AD2000 is selling them for $5 (for quantities of 1-4, $4 for quantities of 4-10, $3 for 11-15 and 2$ for 16 and above)! Can’t beat that! Get yours from the AD2000 and Beyond Movement, 2112 So Circle Drive, suite 2112, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (719) 576-2000. Postage is on top of the above costs. Expect $1.10 extra for postage for a single CD. This thing contains the full copy of the videos for Praying Through the Window II and III, as well as Part V of Generation (which is part of a set that sells for like $80!), and tons more. Full content of several web sites (including Brigada, Caleb Project, and AD2000!). This is a great tool for those who don’t have live access to the web, but would like to refer to these resources and others. Grab one today!

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LISTEN TO PTW III ON THE RADIO
During each day of October 1997, millions of believers around the world will participate in “Praying Through the Window III (The Unreached Peoples).” In support of this strategic initiative, World by 2000 partner Words of HOPE is pleased to offer a two-minute daily radio program which highlights each day’s list of the 10/40 Window’s least evangelized peoples.

For each day of October, the “Praying Through the Window III” radio program will focus on a missions and/or prayer-related Bible passage and apply it to the specific unreached peoples targeted for intercession on that day. The programs are adapted from this October’s Words of HOPE daily devotional booklet and feature a number of anecdotes drawn from World by 2000 outreach efforts throughout the 10/40 Window.

These programs will also be offered in text and RealAudio formats via Words of HOPE’s web site, which will also feature links to information about each day’s list of unreached peoples. (Start at http://www.wb2000.org and click your way there, or alternatively, go directly to http://www.gospelcom.net/woh/ )

Each of the 31 radio programs will be available to any interested North American stations via the Ambassador and USA Network satellite distribution systems. This special program series is also available free of charge on audio CD and analog cassette.

For more information or to order the compact disc, cassette, and/or printed booklet, contact Arnold Remtema, International Radio Research Office, World by 2000, 7899 Lexington Drive, Suite 200B, PO Box 62577, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-2577 USA, Ph: +1 (719) 548-7490 Fax: +1 (719) 548-7491, Email: Wb2000atxcdotorg, Web: http://www.wb2000.org.

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WEB-WATCH
Take a look at Intercessors Network’s experiment at http://www.crossnet.se/bonelaget.

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CHINA ’97 CONNECTS HERE AND THERE
Students and scholars from all across the US met with leading Chinese intellectuals, ISI and Horizon Christian Fellowship staff and volunteers in San Diego for a time of spiritual exploration and growth on June 20-27. The conference allowed believers the opportunity to become further grounded in their faith and non-believers a chance to consider the claims of Jesus Christ. Workshops during the conference explored topics such as evidences for and questions about God and Christianity and how Christianity is relevant to China, an especially timely topic considering the turning over of Hong Kong to mainland China.

Over 400 Chinese students and scholars came, about 200 of which were non-believers. Of this number at least 41 expressed a desire to receive Christ. Ninety-three asked to know more about God and the Bible, and another 53 asked to join an exploratory Bible study. Of the believers, 78 recommitted their lives to the Lord and 95 committed themselves to service to the Lord…. All in all, seems to have been a very successful conference!

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MAKE MUSIC FOR MISSIONS
Want to hit an ethnomusicology conference? Try the one scheduled for October 16-17, 1997 at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas. For more info., ask ken-judy_hollingsworthatsildotorg or call (972) 708-7517.

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SAVE MORE ON GLOBE-TROTTING WEB-WATCHERS
One source reports that http://netministries.org/churches/cm00181/homegate.htm is an even better source for global Internet connections. According to one Brigada participant, for 1 minute online, Netcom is $1.10, compared to $0.20 on Homegate; 2 minutes, $1.20, compared to $0.40, and so forth up to 10 minutes, when it is breakeven time. Yet another Brigada participant recommends IBM http://www.ibm.net and Compuserve. So — on your next overseas adventure, check ’em out!

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POSTERS OR TRACTS THAT PRESENT CHRISTIANITY! BUT WHERE?
That’s what Pete wants to know — at least for posters. He’s seeing tons of Muslim posters at the school where his kids attend. They promote the hajj, the five pillars… the works. But where can they get posters for the Christian bulletin board? Pete’s sure they’re out there… but he’d love to assemble the resource list and send it into Brigada. So — if you know where he can order Christian posters, write him at plewisatwhorizonsdotorg. Meanwhile, Wally WallyTSatcompuservedotcom is looking for similar stuff on tracts. Let him know if you’ve got a source for those little pamphlets! Thanks!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE WORLD
Two years ago the Joshua Project 2000 list of 1739 unreached people groups was unveiled. Today all but 172 of those ethnic groups have commitments for church planting by December 31, 2000. Many of these unclaimed peoples live in Sudan, Laos, or Chad, with the rest scattered across the 10/40 Window. While there is great joy at this progress there is also concern, both for the 172 unclaimed groups as well as the hundreds of others who were too small or overlooked on the original list.
(Source: AD2000, Aug 27 ’97 press release. More information is available at http://www.ad2000.org or from infoatad2000dotorg .)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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GOT A LINE ON MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
Bruce mfestvanatansadotcom would like to know. He’s looking to find out what’s available in the way of medical insurance for missionaries. So far, everything Bruce has found is either exorbitant or of little help to those living long-term overseas. If you have some leads, contact Bruce at davidhensmanatcalvarychapeldotcom. He’ll assemble a compilation and we’ll publish it here when he’s done… right Bruce?

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TENTMAKERS ISSUE FORTHCOMING
In about two weeks the International Journal for Frontier Missions will be publishing a Special Tentmakers issue. Included in the issue will be following:

* The Biblical Basis for Tentmaking, by Ruth Siemens
* The Role of the Local Church and the Tentmaker, by Danny Martin
* The Tentmakers Vision by Berit Kloster
* The History of Tentmaking and TIE by John Cox
* Just What is a Tentmaker by Carol Clarke
* Training, Endurance food for Tm’s by Derek Christensen
* Experience of a Sending Agency, by David Hupp
* Business Power for God by Heinz Suter
* Business TM Case Studies by Nordstrom and Nielsen
* The Crucial Role of Mission Boards by Christy Wilson
* The Internet, Coffee house for the ’90s by Doug Lucas

According to Ken Smith kosmithathalcyondotcom of TIE, “This should be an excellent resource and if you are not a subscriber to the journal and want copies, I should be able to furnish them to you at half the normal cost of USD5.00.plus mailing cost. If you want additional copies for your own distribution please let me know by the end of this week and I can still order on a pre-publication cost basis or US2.50.”

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, webservantatbrigadadotorg
*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!

19970824 Brigada Today

Now with 5954 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GCOWE 97 ADVANCES A CHURCH FOR EVERY PEOPLE
* FOR A LIMITED TIME, GET THE RUSSIAN BIBLE ON THE WEB!!!
* HYPHEN HERE, HYPHEN THERE . . . PICKY, PICKY, PICKY!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE JESUS FILM
* MY THUMB’S HEALED
* S/MIME IS DEAD???? PGP COULD BECOME AN OPEN STANDARD???
* BRIGADA SHORT-TERM MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES DIRECTORY
* HOW TO BEGIN A MISSIONS AGENCY, IN 5 EASY LESSONS
* CALLING TOLL-FREE NUMBERS IN THE USA CAN TAKE ITS TOLL
* BRIGADA HOY HOY
* A BETTER NUMBER FOR ACMC
* INTERNATIONAL WEB ACCESS FOR THOSE WHO ROAM
* ARE THERE NO MOBILIZATION MATERIALS IN BETACAM EUROPEAN FORMAT?
* RECYCLING LOW-TECH
* NEED A PC? … AT WHOLESALE PRICES?
* CASTING A GREAT IMAGE ON MISSIONS (SOURCES FOR MISSIONS GRAPHICS)
* BRIGADA CONFERENCES GROW IN NUMBER AND LANGUAGES!
* BRIGADA-TRAVEL ALIVE AND WELL
* NEW PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER CARDS — GOTTA’ HAVE ‘EM
* “FINISHING…” STRIKES A NERVE
* NEW TERMS, NEW HOPE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GCOWE 97 ADVANCES A CHURCH FOR EVERY PEOPLE
Just received this item from Luis Bush at AD2000 International Office in Colorado Springs. “During GCOWE 97 a list was unveiled of 579 ethno-linguistic peoples from the original Joshua Project 2000 list of 1739, who did not have a reported church planting effort underway. As a result of GCOWE 97, of the 579, only 172 remain unclaimed for any kind of commitment to church planting by December 31, 2000. This came after pledges made at GCOWE 97 by:

1. the African national initiative leaders who committed to church planting and
2. the mission executives who committed to encourage their mission agencies to church planting.”

Exciting news. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean we’re done with the Joshua Project list. Quite the contrary. These pledges indicate commitments, in most cases, to get started!

Luis went on to write… “Please pray for these 172 unclaimed peoples, … that mission agencies, churches and individuals around the world will be raised up to send and support a church planting team to be operative by December 31, 2000. As of June 1997, AD2000 data reflected that, of the original Joshua Project 2000 list, 579 of the 1739 peoples were without a reported mission agency church planting effort in their midst. AD2000 data was based on the results of a survey conducted over the year ending June 1997, resulting in the submission of more than 25,000 pieces of information received from over 450 distinct mission organizations from over 80 countries.”

Course, I can already hear what you’re some are going to say. They’re going to point out faults with the list. So Luis wrote, “This is an incomplete and an imperfect picture! However, it is a starting point toward ensuring that there is a church planting effort targeting the least reached peoples. The selected list of unreached peoples called the “Joshua Project 2000 List” includes those more than 10,000 individuals with less than 5% evangelical and 2% Christian. Several groups have smaller than 10,000 and others which exceed the percentages. As new information becomes available the list is being updated.”

If we get these final commitments, will world evangelism be finished? Sorry Charlie. No such luck. And Luis, to his credit, points out, “This in no way implies that these peoples have been reached or that the task is even close to being done among these peoples. From the beginning of the launch of the Joshua Project 2000 in December 1995, the goal has been to see, at a minimum, a church planting team and a church planting effort resulting in a life-giving church of at least 100 believers in one or more reproducing fellowships among every people on the Joshua Project 2000 list. This does not mean that the AD2000 & Beyond Movement is responsible for this progress. However, we can praise God that we are nearer to reaching that objective than imagined less than two years ago. Let us pray and work together to the end that there can be a church for every ethno-linguistic people by the year 2000. It can be done, it ought to be done, it must be done with your help.”

To get a complete ascii summary copy of the list of the remaining 172 peoples, send email to hubatxcdotorg containing this simple message:
get brigada unclaimedlist

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FOR A LIMITED TIME, GET THE RUSSIAN BIBLE ON THE WEB!!!
Now you can get the Russian Bible study software, “Slavic Bible”, 1.5 for Windows by downloading it from a web address!!! You’ll get the “Base package” (Russian Synodal text of the Holy Scriptures with deuterocanonical books, cross reference, maps and photos of Holy Land). You can use this package absolutely free for 30 days. If you decide to keep it, you need to pay a registration fee of 19 Ukrainian grivnas ($10 US currency). Christian colleges and seminaries not need pay registration. You also receive a 40-page Manual and information about additional modules: English, Ukrainian, Greek, Hebrew, German, French, Italian, Finnish, Church-Slavonic, Latin and more, more. Producer of the software, Sergej Fedosov, wrote Brigada Today, “We hope our software will help you in ministry.” To download the software, you can point your web browser to http://www.aist.net/ftp/pub/shareware/sbible/. Included are instructions about where to mail the $10. This is a very short-term opportunity. Sergej has sold complete distribution rights to another organization and once final payment is made to him, he’ll no longer be able to distribute it in this way directly. So if you want it, better grab it now. By the way, Sergej is searching for an organization in the C.I.S. to handle distribution of the software at a very low price. If you or your organization might be able to take part, contact Sergej at sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua.

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HYPHEN HERE, HYPHEN THERE . . . PICKY, PICKY, PICKY!
Okay… so I admit it. I left out a hyphen. But it’s just one measly (meazely??? Meezely??? How in the world is that spelled? :-)) hyphen. So okay… I admit you couldn’t download the “web evangelism” item without that hyphen, but . . . after all… I mean… picky, picky, picky. :-) (All kidding aside… last week’s WEB EVANGELISM AND ‘USEFUL FONTS’ ITEMS READY TO “GET” item had a typo. The correct command should be
get brigada web-evangelism

in an email to hubatxcdotorg . Sorry for any inconvenience it caused! And… seriously, thanks for the notes pointing to the problem.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE JESUS FILM
More than 1 billion people in 219 countries had seen the Jesus film by July 1997. It is currently in use by 680 mission agencies and denominations, and is available in 410 languages, with another 220 in preparation. More than 85% of the world population are able to watch and understand the film. Paul Eshlemann, the project’s director, says that black market copies of the film have also increased the circulation. “Our greatest aim,” according to Eshlemann, “is that every person will have had the chance to see the Jesus film by the end of the millennium. There is no reason why we should not reach that aim.”
Source: Campus Crusade for Christ press release, 18 August 1997, www: http://www.jesusfilm.org/news.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by one of my heroes and friends, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO, whose wife occasionally even allows him to discuss programming conundrums [complete with laptops between the plates] over the supper table with curious Brigada Today editors. :-) Thanks again Gwen. :-)

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MY THUMB’S HEALED
Already. Amazing how God heals us, isn’t it. Now if we can just be so patient for him to heal us of the emotional challenges we face! :-)

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S/MIME IS DEAD???? PGP COULD BECOME AN OPEN STANDARD???
Have you been following the developments in the email encryption world? Apparently, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an international body responsible for adopting Net standards, has dismissed a specification created by RSA Data Security and instead is considering a technology from RSA’s arch rival, Pretty Good Privacy. Although nothing’s set in stone yet, it appears that the S/MIME people (RSA) missed a deadline to propose something long-term to the IETF, who was already souring on S/MIME because of its owner’s seeming desire to hog its development rights. To put it in the IETF’s own words, “The truth is that S/MIME is out, as far as the IETF is concerned.” (Those were the words of John Noerenberg, chair of the proposed working group considering the PGP technology for the task force). Bottom line: Looks like PGP might have a chance to become a global standard after all! Stand by for later updates. And thanks, TC, for keeping us informed! In other news this past week (Thanks Tom!!!), http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=4627355-b58 told us about a ruling that a federal judge ruled that U.S. government regulations on the export of encryption software are unconstitutional. See the URL for more info.

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BRIGADA SHORT-TERM MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES DIRECTORY
That’s what Kerstin Hack is willing to compile! She needs

1. the name + full addresse + tel/ fax, Email of the organization sponsoring the opportunity
2. the kind of work they offer/ qualifications they need
3. the countries where people can go
4. the costs involved.

Send your opportunities to Kerstin at 100711dot2622atCompuServedotCOM and she’ll compile a directory for us to post online. Thanks Kerstin!!!

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HOW TO BEGIN A MISSIONS AGENCY, IN 5 EASY LESSONS
At least that’s what Jerry Witt Jr. halusaatwittydotcom wishes he could find. :-) In reality, he knows it won’t be that simple, so he’s asking for materials or references from as many who will give them. Write him if you have a favorite handbook on how to do it! He’ll send us the compiled list so we can publish it online for Brigada Today.

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CALLING TOLL-FREE NUMBERS IN THE USA CAN TAKE ITS TOLL
… unless you have options. Well don’t forget you can do it two ways — first, you can use call-back services like CrossLink (email them at Crosslinkatearthlinkdotnet. Or you can use internet calling services like Net2Phone (find it at http://www.net2phone.com. Both are quite reasonable, and the last method is probably even free. And … if you were wondering about that nasty rumor that those calling back from South Africa would have to pay a big penalty, the CrossLink folks tell us that it hasn’t actually been approved yet. So you can still use CrossLink without fear from South Africa.

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BRIGADA HOY HOY
Some have been asking about when the Spanish version of Brigada Today will finally see the light of day. Good question. Unfortunately, the fellow who agreed to head up this project — quite a qualified guy — was immediately transferred to another country where he hasn’t been able to get Internet access so easily. So… as of this week, we’re going to put the idea back out on the selling block again and reassemble a team to try this Brigada Hoy thing again… but this time, we’d like to see it today and not months from now! :-) So… if you’re serious about making a global mobilization contribution to a Spanish-speaking world, drop us a line at DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg and we’ll reassemble a new team and appoint a new team leader. Thanks! And… thanks again to the original gentleman who hasn’t been able to get Internet access — thanks for trying at least!

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A BETTER NUMBER FOR ACMC
Finally we’re getting to the bottom of the original request for a good toll-free number for ACMC resources, which include several helps for local churches wanting to upgrade their missions promotion/policy-making. 800-798-ACMC. Interestingly enough, it’s the same toll-free number that ACMC has had all along! :-)

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INTERNATIONAL WEB ACCESS FOR THOSE WHO ROAM
When roaming, do as the roamers do… choose Netcom. At least that’s what Fred said. He pointed us to a PC Magazine ad http://www.pcworld.com/market_watch/1.15/netcom.html which recapped Netcom’s new global roaming service (more info. at http://www.netcom.com/services/roam.html. Funny thing is that Netcom is my access-provider and I didn’t even know about the roaming options! :-) Apparently, by signing on, you can get web access from any of some 50+ countries for just $1/call + 10 cents/minute + $6.95/month. The charges (including the monthly $7) are only levied when you use the service… so there are no fees hanging around when you get home. Sounds like a no brainer, if you ask me. Course, the number of overseas pops is in the process of growing… but the concept is great!

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ARE THERE NO MOBILIZATION MATERIALS IN BETACAM EUROPEAN FORMAT?
That’s the question being asked by Les Norman 106075dot3655atCompuServedotCOM, who teaches for a ministry in Spain that operates a Christian TV station. Apparently, Les and his colleagues are finding woefully few Christian videos in the Betacam European format. They’re even willing to dub Spanish over the English (in everything but preaching, which, according to Les, is a bit too overwhelming right now). So if you’ve got a mission video in Betacam European format, drop him a line. He’s trying to mobilize the “old country”! Les, if you come up with a list, be sure to send a sample back our way for others who might be interested, okay?

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RECYCLING LOW-TECH
One Brigada participant wrote this past week to fill us in on a real “gold mine” he had found — a good ole’ fashioned film projector and some 16mm films to use in evangelism. His point? Why not “recycle” this old equipment back into ministry with a missionary or outreach that might really use it. If you have an old 16mm projector and/or accompanying films and you’ve “made the switch” to video, maybe you’d like to donate them (or sell them at a low price) to someone who would like to really use them. If so, how ’bout posting a message to brigada-strategy-tv-filmatxcdotorg. If you’re looking for such equipment, be sure to join that conference for the next week or so and watch for traffic!

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NEED A PC? … AT WHOLESALE PRICES?
Then try Daniel Bray at Mobile Media International, Email dnjbrayatmindspringdotcom or Call at (919)828-6792. Daniel and his wife served as missionaries in Asia and are in the process of opening up a wholesale distributorship that will be designed specifically to service mission orgs., non-profits, and individual Christians. Give ’em a chance to bid! :-)

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CASTING A GREAT IMAGE ON MISSIONS (SOURCES FOR MISSIONS GRAPHICS)
Got a favorite site on the web or some other source for clip art for missions? Jack Fussell JackFussatcompuservedotcom would like to know… and he’s already agreed to publish his compiled results with us here. So jot him a note with your URLs, phone #s and addresses, and he’ll list them for us right away! Thanks!

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BRIGADA CONFERENCES GROW IN NUMBER AND LANGUAGES!
This week we feature, brigada-peoples-tunisianarabs, a bilingual conference in English and Portuguese. Conference moderators, Larry & Stephanie Kraft LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg write, “It is our hope that by having two languages, more people will be able to partner to share information and pray for this large unreached people group, the Tunisian Arabs of Tunisia. The missions committee of a local church in Sao Paulo, Brazil is maintaining the conference and supplying a prayer request per week minimum.
Another church in Rio de Janeiro has also recently committed to praying for this group. Any communication to the conference in either English or Portuguese will be translated and sent out in both languages. We are excited about the bi-lingual aspect, because it allows more than one culture to cooperate toward reaching yet another one. Anyone interested in participating should send a message to
hu with the following text
subscribe brigada-peoples-tunisianarabs

Thanks Larry!

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BRIGADA-TRAVEL ALIVE AND WELL
One of the agents answering requests for Brigada-travel-bids would like to remind users to provide all the following email in their initial request for a quote:

* NAME of the person or persons traveling,
* DEPARTURE city and date of departure,
* DESTINATION city, and if more than one destination the length of stay at each location.
* RETURN date if this is a round-trip.
* Email address or telephone number.

To use the system, write an email to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg with answers to these questions in your email message. Up to well over 50 travel agents will then try to find you the best price possible and write you back with the news. All you have to do is sit back waiting for the response!

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NEW PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER CARDS
GOTTA’ HAVE ‘EM — Treva Kay Gibson is a desperate woman. :-) She wrote this past week, “The Consortium of Global Education, a collection of 47 SBC colleges and universities investing in international matters, will hold its annual meeting at Grand Canyon University September 26-27. For our banquet I have purchased small minority “people” for prayer reminders. Surely there already exists small cards with info on people groups which I can place with these little people. I would like several different cards to mix around tables which will seat around 10 people.” She added, “If no cards exist, what is my best and quickest source of this information for making cards?” Where would you send Treva? Write her at tgibsonatgrand-canyondotedu.

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“FINISHING…” STRIKES A NERVE
Last week’s item on finishing seemed to touch a nerve [ THE MYSTICAL ART OF FINISHING WHAT WE START]. For example, one reader wrote that he had served on the mission field for years, “…and upon returning home, our church had us stand up to be recognized. The following Sunday a team of highschoolers that had been in _____ [we’ll leave out the name of the country] for two weeks for a summer program were given the entire Sunday morning service to share.” This Brigada participant wrote that throughout his home service, he wasn’t “given so much as ten minutes to share our hearts in our HOME church. I DO understand the teaching value of such short term trips in the lives of our teens, but it seems something is wrong with our priorities when we cheer teams coming home after two weeks, who have no idea about cross-cultural struggles, who bring back sensational stories of the effectiveness of their practiced skit or pantomime, not having any idea their ministry really impacted the culture they were in, and can’t even find ten minutes for those who have sacrificed lives, who are running the race with the intent to finish. Many readers of Brigada Today are the kind who are running to finish. And this article was a precious jewel for us. Thank you, Doug.” So — next time you have a full-timer coming home from years of service abroad…. well, let’s just say, if the shoe fits…. :-) Give them equal time . . . or try to think about alternatives. … or something.

Another Brigada participant wrote with a tip — Finishing Strong (the book)! According to Neal, “To introduce his theme, the author gives statistics that one in ten who start in ministry, finish! Nine out of every ten who begin to minister, crash!” Neal went on to observe, “It is no wonder that Jesus mused, ‘Will there be faith on earth…!'” The book is authored Steve Farrar (Point Man; we’d better get it) and published by Multnomah Books.

Yet another Brigada participant wrote, sharing a song he had written — an exclusive release on Brigada Today. He’s a musician in Germany working with GEM. This song will be released on CD within a year and I his promise that, when it is released, he’ll let Brigada Today know about obtaining it! :-) For the meantime, you can at least read the words in your next sermon! And his current release, “Found Free,” is available now and, according to Don, has similar content. Don wrote, “The style is ‘James Taylor,’ southern pop/rock with country elements. We did it in Nashville but it’s not released in the states.” Yet. :-) You’ll have to email Don directly if you’re interested 106155dot2350atCompuServedotCOM. Either way, here’s the lyric that talks about finishing… (thanks Don!)

Hold On
by Don Newby

Deep within the jungle A hundred native cheers Lands a four-man Cessna alone. Unwritten language, Greeting drums and spears Suddenly a long way from home. Tropical diseases, Dietary change Begin to take their physical toll. Translate the message For the hungry hearts Hundreds come and drink till they’re full.

Hold on, hold on, Hold on in these days of strife. Hold on, hold on, Hold on to eternal life.

747 Runway wet with rain. In the concrete jungle alone. No one there to welcome Or say they’re glad you’re there. Suddenly a long way from home. Raise a little family, Work the nine to five, Blessed with all the comforts of home. Inoculated churches Intellectual rebuff. From deep within the heart a painful groan.

Hold on, hold on, Hold on in these days of strife. Hold on, hold on, Hold on to eternal life.

Four and twenty elders Before the shining sea, Bowing down in front of the throne. Two men on their faces Hear the words, “Well done.” Now at last they’re finally home.

Hold on, hold on, Hold on in these days of strife. Hold on, hold on, Hold on to eternal life.

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12, NIV).

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NEW TERMS, NEW HOPE
I’m writing today from Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado, where I’m speaking to Caleb Project’s staff at their annual staff retreat. I feel like a lion in a den of Daniels… and whew! — I’m learning a lot from them. First off, there are some new terms I feel obliged to mention to all those serving overseas, who might otherwise fall “behind the times” while they’re abroad. :-)

For example, if you have just experienced an incredibly great event in your life, you could say that it “blessed your socks off.” :-) Next, if you decide to do some work for someone online — like look up something on the web for them, for instance, or email them an important file — you can say you’re involved in “virtual foot-washing.” (Now when have you ever heard that term before???) Finally, if you’ve worked really hard trying to set up a new evangelistic approach and everything is prepared, then you could say you’re “ready to rock and roll.”

But — aside from the new terms you might want to sprinkle in your everyday speech :-) — I’m also learning something very important about the mission enterprise. I’m now fully convinced that churches across the nation . . . and probably around the world, too . . . are becoming more and more comfortable with the term and function of a “mobilizer.” There are over 100 people here at Caleb Project’s staff retreat and, with only a few exceptions, all are involved in ministry that affects the globe via an indirect, motivational and equipping basis. In other words, they recruit others, they equip them, they train them, they help prepare strong sending bases in congregations, . . . but very few actually go full time to establish new churches.

Is their ministry working? Without a doubt. I just spoke with the “People Specific Advocate” for a group in Central Asia (one which is fairly difficult to reach because of government restrictions) and learned that in one city to the north, there are some 300 believers gathering weekly for worship! That’s quite a shift from 5 years ago, when there were only a handful of believers from that people group. Certainly the advocate isn’t claiming credit for those new believers, but his contribution of prayer, a stronger sending base, and real live recruits is a partial ingredient to the fact that the ministry there is working well!

What does this say to the mission enterprise in general? Well for one thing, it probably means we need to view furlough time (“home service” and “support-raising” — or, to use a newer term, “partnership development”) in a whole new light. Previously, we were generally gearing up so that people would believe in us as individuals. If they learned to trust in us, we concluded, then they would support us. But this new model puts a slightly different twist on things, . . . and it’s probably a healthy one. You see, now we should be helping them to accept ownership and responsibility for reaching the unreached where we’re serving. After all, if they do that, then they’ll want to support someone going there, right!? … and that someone just might be you! :-) So — here’s hoping your socks will be blessed off. Hmmm. Seems to lose something in the translation when I say it. :-) Maybe you have to have an earring in your ear for it to work??? :-)

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

19970817 Brigada Today

Now with 5897 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* GET MORE INFO ON PIT-STOP RALEIGH
* LOSING SOMETHING IN THE TRANSLATION
* WEB EVANGELISM AND ‘USEFUL FONTS’ ITEMS READY TO “GET”
* MORE ON EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES
* INVITATION TO ALL MISSIONS MINDED MUSICIANS & ARTISTS
* FROM THE “I’VE SLICED MY THUMB BEFORE, TOO, DOUG” MAILBAG
* CHURCHMART (ACMC) TOLL-FREE NUMBER
* MISSIONSFEST PERTH 98 INVITES THE WORLD
* MALARIA’S DESTRUCTIVE GRIP
* HAVE FRIENDS WHO THINK THE 10/40 IS A GRADE OF MOTOR OIL?
* LATEST EMAIL VIRUS LEGEND
* THE MYSTICAL ART OF FINISHING WHAT WE START

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GET MORE INFO ON PIT-STOP RALEIGH
Want more info. on Pit-Stop Raleigh, Sept. 19-20 in Raleigh, NC? Now you can get it! Just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada psraleigh

in the text of the message. You’ll learn about speakers, costs, purposes, etc. This event hopes to equip new adopt-a-people visions (“PACE” projects) with the tools and skills they need to be most effective! Also see the web site at http://www.brigada.org/pace.

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LOSING SOMETHING IN THE TRANSLATION
. . . or maybe . . . just losing the translation all together! :-) That’s what we did last week in the item entitled, “CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE.” It described a new curriculum available in Spanish only, . . . so we put the item in Spanish since, well, if you couldn’t read the item, then the curriculum wouldn’t be much good to you . . . or so we thought. Actually, one Brigada participant wrote to point out that he serves as a resource referral worker for hundreds of other missionaries, many of which do work in Spanish-speaking environments. So even though he doesn’t read Spanish, a lot of them do! As a result, we’ve made a resolution to never speak publicly in a foreign language without a proper translation. (Yikes – almost sounds biblical! :-) ) Now. . . back to last week’s item…

Sunday School Course to serve you! — To be useful to God and to serve his people, Editorial Comunión invited more than 50 missionaries, college profs and native new witnesses, from five countries to write a special new course. Designed to work with six different graded levels, with an extensive & detailed exegetical teacher’s commentary. Designed especially to help communities reach all people, all nations. For more information, contact Ernesto Fuentes comunionatmexnetdotmcsadotnet. Available in Spanish only.

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WEB EVANGELISM AND ‘USEFUL FONTS’ ITEMS READY TO “GET”
Want more information about using the Worldwide Web for evangelism, at home or abroad??? Check out our new info. file by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada web-evangelism

in the text of the email message. Even contains some case studies on the web from real live top notch pages. To get the info. on fonts and browsers that can work in other languages, replace those words with
get brigada fonts

Thanks to SOON Educational Publications, Derby, England! A big thanks to Tony Whittaker!

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MORE ON EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES
Don’t forget http://www.hotmail.com. We haven’t mentioned it since this past April . . . and it’s one of the best. And as always, don’t forget MAFxc. They’re not free, but they offer tons of extra features, including a way to forward your outbound email through their server so your “From:” box contents converts to your XC.org address automatically! Pretty slick. They do charge $52/year for the full conferencing/forwarding service, but “forwarding only” is available for just $20 or so per year. Those funds are all used to keep MAFxc on the cutting edge… complete with human tech support and no ads! So when you’re evaluating forwarding services don’t overlook MAFxc, especially if you might eventually get into handling your own email conferences. Size of the list is of no consequence to the folks at MAFxc. Got 15 people who need to chat? They can handle it. Got a group of 6000? No problem. That’s Brigada! :-)

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INVITATION TO ALL MISSIONS MINDED MUSICIANS & ARTISTS
The AD2000 Worship & Arts Network is an international resource network with the following vision: “To declare the supremacy of Christ by raising up a generation of godly artists committed to the task of seeing God restore all nations to His original intention by means of their unique artistic expressions especially among the unreached people of the earth so that all peoples might worship Him.” If this describes the vision on your heart as well, or if you are interested, contact Grace Wiebe at gracewatidmaildotcom for more info.

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FROM THE “I’VE SLICED MY THUMB BEFORE, TOO, DOUG” MAILBAG
Apparently quite a few others have “sliced their thumb” on less-than-best tools too! (See last week’s item, ” THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS”) For example, one Brigada participant wrote, “Brother Doug, thanx again for your convincing, if not convicting, insight in your ” Thumbs Up….” editorial on mission tools. My wife and I serve in East Africa and are not just a little guilty of the “first-thing-we-can-get-our-hands-on” philosophy/praxis concerning field ministry. As you mentioned, it seems like an expeditious way to implement a God idea, but, in the long run (which IS what we are in this for!!), it is neither time-, cost- nor energy-efficient and, therefore, the Spirit inspired methodology is not nearly as effective as it would have been had we taken time to acquire the right tools. We need to remember that His calling is ALWAYS accompanied by His equipping. Ours is to trust and be sensitive/obedient to the leading of the Spirit Who will guide us into His provision for EVERY ministry need. In this way He assure/ensures us that every God idea WILL achieve its maximum potential effectiveness.”

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CHURCHMART (ACMC) TOLL-FREE NUMBER
We published the wrong number for Churchmart. Toll-free directory assistance gives 800-576-8159 — but as of this morning, there’s a fax on the other end of that number – 800-233-0001. Course, if you want to send them a fax, the price is right! ChurchMart is apparently handling all ACMC requests at this point. Remember that toll-free numbers only work in the USA. Write ACMC at 763771dot2066atcompuservedotcom.

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MISSIONSFEST PERTH 98 INVITES THE WORLD
Totally organized by local churches (but inviting all orgs.), this 3-day missions Fest is set for the May 1-3, 98, with international speakers, seminars and workshops, missions displays, and a Children’s Fest. Albert Gentleman wrote, “Our aim is see many people here in isolated Perth be raised up to full-time or part-time missions and move out north, east and west of Perth. Also we hope to increase missions awareness in the church in Perth so that more people can pray, send, support, and be involved in some aspect of missions nationally or internationally. We need your prayers and more volunteers.” They’ve got 18 sponsoring churches on board… and tons of enthusiasm. For more info., ask Albert Gentleman gentleattpgidotcomdotau or call down under to 61-08-94505627.

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MALARIA’S DESTRUCTIVE GRIP
Did you see the recent news release on malaria? We heard about it from several readers who were awestruck by the power and destructive nature of the disease. “HYDERABAD, India, Aug 20 (Reuter) – Some 700 scientists, public health experts and executives are meeting in southern India this week to take stock of malaria exactly a century after the discovery that mosquitoes transmit the disease. This info was released by the New York-based Malaria Foundation:

* About 2.5 billion people — at least 40 percent of the world’s population — are at risk in more than 90 countries.
* Malaria causes or contributes to three million deaths and up to 500 million acute clinical cases a year.
* Almost as many people die of malaria every year as have died of AIDS in the past 15 years.
* There are 20 times more deaths every day from malaria than from the 1995 ebola epidemic in Zaire.
* Four children die of malaria every minute.
* More than 20 million Western travelers risk malaria every year.
* The World Health Organisation predicts an extra 80 million cases of malaria each year by the end of the century, or a 16 percent increase in three years.
* Climatic conditions and increased immigration mean malaria could spread to Florida within 10 years. There have been reported cases in New Jersey, California, Georgia, Michigan, New York and Texas.
* Three decades ago malaria had been eradicated or dramatically reduced in 37 countries but the situation has been rapidly reversing itself.
* The direct annual commercial cost in Africa due to malaria is about $1.8 billion.
* Today there are few effective anti-malarial drugs. Most tropical countries rely on chloroquine, which is increasingly ineffective, primarily due to the low cost and limited alternatives.
* The main malaria parasite species are sufficiently different from each other that a vaccine based on one will probably not prevent malaria by another.
* For every person who died of AIDS in 1990, the world spent $3,274 on research into the disease. For malaria, the global research expenditure per fatal case was $65.

[The above was relayed via Reuters. Thanks for forwarding it, Bill!]

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HAVE FRIENDS WHO THINK THE 10/40 IS A GRADE OF MOTOR OIL?
Two fast paced 6-minute video’s (The 10/40 Window for Adults & The 10/40 Window for Kids) are putting a face to God’s heart for churches across America. They are available from Joey and Fawn Parish, 6673 Sora St. Ventura Ca. 93003 (805) 650-3511 on a suggested donation basis. Also available, Prayerwalking for Kids, (How to Pray For Your City). Write Joey and Fawn at jparishatjetlinkdotnet.

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LATEST EMAIL VIRUS LEGEND
The newest email virus legend is circulating in the form of “Join the Crew.” For proof that this (and virtually all other email virus warnings are a hoax, do a search on “Join the Crew” at your favorite web page search engine and see for yourself the volume of writers trying to get the word out. It’s always a good idea to do such a search before circulating any such warnings. Most of them turn out to be hoaxes.

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THE MYSTICAL ART OF FINISHING WHAT WE START
“Finishing.” In soccer, it means that you always try to wrap up every play with a goal. Imagine a player who out-dribbled his/her opponent, heard the cheers from the crowd, and enjoyed them so much that he/she decided to just turn around and dribble the other way [in the wrong direction] just to try to evoke more attention from the stands! The coach would not be very happy.

Last month, our family led classes at a VBS in Alaska. While there, we visited the headquarters for the Iditarod sled-dog race in Wasilla. Wow! What an experience. We heard old-timers recount their memories of that first great relay race to carry medicine by sled-dog to Nome in January, 1925. During some segments of the run, the storms were so fierce that the mushers (sled drivers) couldn’t even see their lead dogs, let alone the trail! They literally had to blindly trust the lead dog to lead them down the right trail all the way to save the children from Diphtheria epidemic. The Disney movie, Balto is about just one of those dogs. A statue in Central Park, NY, NY, commemorates his courage and fidelity in the face of danger. The lives which were saved in Nome (practically the entire city) speak out with even greater meaning, however.

How much more today do we need finishers. People who will risk their very lives to follow a trail that would lead to Christ’s amazing grace. Globally, we face challenges every day as a mission. It is our duty to figure out how to beat them… and move on from them. I guess we need people who will strive to run like Balto, Togo, and all the other famous Iditarod originals! For like it or not, starters are many . . . but true finishers are few!

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*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!

19970810 Brigada Today

Now with 5876 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FORWARDING SERVICES TAKE A STEP FORWARD
* DOING GRAPHICS FOR THE KINGDOM?
* DOING MUSIC AND THE ARTS? GRACE WANTS TO KNOW
* GET MISSIONARY TRAINING PLUS CROSS-CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
* MISSION FRONTIERS NOT “WORLDLY” AFTER ALL
* WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ACMC
* CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE
* UPDATE ON “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
* CONTENT-PROVIDERS NEEDED
* THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FORWARDING SERVICES TAKE A STEP FORWARD
Wow. Tons of email traffic on forwarding services (last week’s item ” ANOTHER LOOK AT FORWARDING SERVICES”). I didn’t realize this was such a hot topic. Several have their favorite service… including… http://www.four11.com, http://www.mailexcite.com, http://www2.cyberspace.com.ph/~mckinney/alias.htm, http:/ www.bigfoot.com>. But remember, we aren’t the source for more information on these or other email forwarding services. To learn more about them, contact them, not Brigada. :-)

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DOING GRAPHICS FOR THE KINGDOM?
Grace Wiebe says Bert VandenBos is one of the best. You can try him out at Kingdom Graphics, Fax: 215 657-4847, Voice: 215 657-5888, e-mail: 103210dot2503atcompuservedotcom. Grace says Bert does “gorgeous missions cards which can be used to send to folks like prayer/financial supporters, etc. I have sent out many of these! … excellent note pads with missions graphics, they have excellent clip art with missions graphics, and many many other items — basic missions conf. brochure layout ideas, etc., etc. — even logo development.” For a parallel bid, you could also try Communication by Design. They’ll help with your newsletter, graphics, slide presentations, and more. Owned & operated by a ‘missionary-in-training’ who would love to offer their services to all whose purpose is to proclaim the ‘kingdom’ to all ‘nations’. All jobs obtained through Brigada will be charged at reduced prices and proceeds will assist said ‘missionary-in-training’ to cover the cost of living in the states prior to overseas departure. Interested? Contact TAMoyerataoldotcom.

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DOING MUSIC AND THE ARTS? GRACE WANTS TO KNOW
… because he’s compiling a directory! Write gracewatidmaildotcom [new address] if you’re involved!

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GET MISSIONARY TRAINING PLUS CROSS-CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
Ever wish you could train your new mission recruits in skills while they’re building character? Now you can, thanks to a joint-venture between YWAM and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The Missionary Training Program (MTP) will combine Wycliffe’s expertise in cross-cultural work with YWAM’s teaching in discipleship training. Grow in your walk with Jesus and develop missionary skills. The Lecture phase (14 weeks) is at YWAM Harpenden, England. The Field placement (16 months) takes you to a frontier missions location. Starts: January 19, 1998 at YWAM Harpenden. For more information email: Hannes Steets dsteetsatovaldotcom, of AD2000 Mobilizing New Missionaries Network.

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MISSION FRONTIERS NOT “WORLDLY” AFTER ALL
Last week we incorrectly labeled the US Center for World Mission’s journal as being World Mission Frontiers when in fact it is Mission Frontiers. Apparently one reason for this common error is that the Editor’s email address is RickWMFataoldotcom (note the “WMF”). But the “W” is for Rick’s last name (Wood), not the world! Sorry Rick!

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ACMC
Looking for ACMC since their move to Atlanta? Look no more. Beth found them for us. :-)
P.O. Drawer 3929
Atlanta, GA 30269-7929

If ordering materials, check out their new partnership with Churchmart (20% discount on materials to ACMC members) at 1-800-233-0001 in the USA. Email 763771dot2066atcompuservedotcom.

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CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE
Para ser usados por Dios y servir su pueblo, Editorial Comunisn invito a mas de 50 misioneros, maestros de Colegios y nativos nuevo testamentarios, de cinco pamses escribir un curso especial. Diseqado pedagsgicamente para seis edades diferentes, con un comentario exegitico, extenso y detallado para el maestro, para que al enseqarles “todo lo que El nos ha mandado”, SU pueblo se multiplique, dando testimonio, defendiendo su fe con mansedumbre, siendo asm mejores mayordomos enviadores de misioneros.
Informacion: Ernesto Fuentes comunionatmexnetdotmcsadotnet.

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UPDATE ON “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
As mentioned in the last issue of Brigada Today, Jim Huggins jhugginsatgmidotedu is compiling a current list of Brigada participants who are interested in hosting missionaries on deputation/furlough. In addition, Jim is curious to discover which organizations out there are looking for hosts for their own missionaries? (i.e. what groups are out there to whom we could send this list of willing hosts?) Send your responses directly to Jim; he’ll summarize for us all. Thanks Jim!

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CONTENT-PROVIDERS NEEDED
Eternity’s Edge is looking for advocates & informed world-changers who can serve as “content-providers” for its web site. Justin Long writes, “Essentially we’re looking for people who are willing to write a brief (2-3 paragraphs max) update for each country on a semi-weekly basis. We are especially looking for this for all the 10/40 Window countries.” Those interested in helping can email JustinLongatxcdotorg. The China page serves as an example of the potential… http://www.frontiermissions.org/easia/china.phtml

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THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS
Last week, I cut my thumb open royally while cutting out signboard with a razor knife. The cause was right — I was making a VBS mission presentation showing the countries where our mission, Team Expansion, is laboring. But the tools were wrong — not being at home with my thick & heavy aluminum level, I was using a slender wooden yardstick as my straight edge, and when the knife climbed up the side on one of my quick slices, . . . well, let’s just say that 4 stitches and a tetanus shot later, I had learned new meaning to the word, “ouch.”

As I think back, I believe our ministries are like that sometimes too. We make noble efforts in the generally right directions, but maybe the wrong tools or less-than-best approaches sabotage what would otherwise be noteworthy results. For example, maybe we try to limp by on what little language we’ve picked up rather than really tying ourselves into a full-tilt language study program.

At the front end of the cycle, it always looks quicker to just pick up whatever tool is close by. But for the long haul, I’m convinced that good tools not only yield great results, but they also safeguard us from harm’s way. In my case, I’m convinced that my thick red level would have prevented a ton of inconveniencing pain and blood. In other cases, maybe one could substitute other kinds of tools or approaches for my red level, such as a great Bible correspondence course, an accountability group, or even a particular strategy (such as using Christian films in the town square).

When I visited the doctor earlier this week to have my stitches removed, I confessed to him that I had smashed my thumb while hammering on hardboard siding for our new shed — and not just once, but 3 times! He commented, “Hmmmm. I don’t think they used those kind of stitches. They were only concerned about keeping out the germs. They didn’t know you would need protection from hammer smashes.” I laughed, but he was right. Once I figured out how to drill pilot holes through that hardboard siding, the nails just slid into that shed as easy as pie.

So — bottom line: Production vs. Production capacity. Let’s be willing to invest some time in building our ability to produce — good approaches, solid foundations, right methods. Then let’s work our approaches with all the love we can muster, then commit the work to the Lord . . . and He will see that our plans are established! (Proverbs 16:3).

Have a great week out there. . . .and watch out for those razor knives! :-)

Doug

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*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!

19970803 Brigada Today

Now with 5834 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* TOP SECRET TOOL IN THE WORKS FOR PEOPLE GROUP ADVOCACY/RESEARCH
* A WAITING WORLD, A WILLING CHURCH
* NEW SERVICE FOR BRIGADA READERS – “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
* ANOTHER LOOK AT FORWARDING SERVICES
* WHAT’S THE LONG-TERM IMPACT OF SPEAKING ENGLISH?
* PREPARE FOR SHARING CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS AT CIU!
* CONFERENCES ON THE FAST TRACK
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE AIR WAVES
* USING COMPUTER LITERACY AND ESL?
* ARE YOU A COMPUTER PRODUCTS VENDOR? WILLING TO SET UP TENTMAKERS?
* WEBWATCH
* GATEWAY TO THE GATEWAY
* EVER HEARD OF INTERNATIONAL DEAF MINISTRY NETWORKING?
* RUSSIAN PARLIAMENTARY VOTE PENDING
* GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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TOP SECRET TOOL IN THE WORKS FOR PEOPLE GROUP ADVOCACY/RESEARCH
We’re not allowed to give the details yet… but over the past few months, developers have been putting together what appears to be a very effective tool for creating networks and obtaining good information on least reached peoples. It started in back rooms at the _____ People Consultation at the US Center and it’s still in process… but it’s far enough along to know that it’s really going to happen, and probably it’ll be released by October 1st, if not before. So — hold onto your seats. Help is coming! :-) (Please don’t write and ask for more details. I’m serious when I tell you I’m not at liberty to share details at this time. I will tell you

1. it’s an elegantly simple solution
2. you won’t need web access
3. it’s Brigada based
4. there’s no charge or subscription fee
5. I didn’t think it up. :-)

Those are five bells that ring my chimes!!! :-) )

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A WAITING WORLD, A WILLING CHURCH
Been waiting for the right opportunity to find out how to adopt an unreached people or how to begin an outreach to a least reached group? Your wait is over. Learn how at Pit-stop Raleigh on September 19th and 20th. Friday night opens with mini profiles of ongoing efforts to touch targeted peoples with the Gospel. This will be followed by a time of worship and singing, culminating in a challenge by Ajai Lall of Central India Mission. Following this dynamic speaker, the group will approach the throne in a Concert of Prayer together. On Saturday the group walks step-by-step through the PACE process — with some 250 action steps to be presented by folks who are out there doing missions mobilization and local church leadership. Church leaders will walk through steps in the PACE outline (Pray-Activate-Commit-Enlist), then take it home to their respective church bodies and organizations. Saturday’s speakers include Doug Lucas (Brigada) and Eric Derry (Team Expansion, just back from leading a presearch trip to a restricted access Asian nation) and Todd Allen of the US Center for World Mission. For more information, e-mail psraleighataoldotcom, or call 919-467-9159 and ask for info on Pit-Stop Raleigh from the hospitality/planning team at Cary Christian Church in Raleigh.

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NEW SERVICE FOR BRIGADA READERS – “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
Here’s a great idea spurred on by visionary jhugginsatgmidotedu, who is willing to compile a list of folks with room to host traveling missionaries and mobilizers ‘in route’ during furlough, home service, and vision-building trips. Send your name, email address, and city/state to jhugginsatgmidotedu, with 5-line description of your opportunity for housing. Jim will summarize and keep us up to date with a “get” file that you can download — and thereby save big hotel bucks on your latest furlough!!! Yahoo, Jim!!!!!!!!!!!! Great idea.

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ANOTHER LOOK AT FORWARDING SERVICES
Last week we took a punch at how missionaries can shift back and forth from a field email address to a “sending side” address (e.g., from a local address in a city in the former Soviet Union, and an AOL or CSi address in the USA or Europe). We suggested that you’d keep you email buddies (and online conference owners) a lot happier if you never had to change addresses, so we suggested a “forwarding service” that redirected your email to the address of your choice at the time of your choosing. We suggested Inet, reportedly “free for life.” But this past week, one Brigada participant wrote in with the surprising comment that Inet (see last week’s item, ” FREE FOR LIFE EMAIL ADDRESS (VIA A FORWARDING SERVICE)” might not remain free after all. After one year’s use of the “free” service, Inet sent him “several membership offers, including a lifetime ownership of your email name which cost approx. $40-$50, US.” This particular user judged that it was worth it. In fact, he wrote, “It’s still a steal! I bought it!” [If this is true, I would be tempted to call it a steal for other reasons. :-) ] To me, free for life means free for life. So… if you want to avoid the whole scenario, one user reminded us of NetAddress. We’ve profiled them before — but I forgot that I even have an address there too! (You guessed it… DougLucasatusadotnet You can arrange to have your NetAddress mail forwarded to any email address, or arrange to check it on the web itself in a nifty web interface (complete with rules & filters, and address book and folders). And unlike Inet, users of NetAddress say it really is free for life. In all these cases, you must already have an email account with an Internet Service Provider (or at least have web access) in order to use them. Check out other free forwarding services at http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Vista/8015/free.html. Thanks for the Brigada tipster (who wishes to remain anonymous) who provided that URL.

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WHAT’S THE LONG-TERM IMPACT OF SPEAKING ENGLISH?
… as a part of your church planting effort, that is. Ken Warwick EFCM_I_Netatcompuservedotcom asked, “Currently our team is discussing the role of English language ministry in the context of a church plant. We are particularly interested in the long-term implications for the culturally-indigenous foundation of a church when English is used in the initial stages of evangelism.” ( Yikes. He’s got me spooked. If the survey turns sour, I fear I’ll have to switch native languages just to be effective! :-)) If you or someone you know has thought or written about this topic, give Ken a jingle. He’ll send us a report on anything he gathers, . . . . eso es correcto, ?verdad Ken? :-)

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PREPARE FOR SHARING CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS AT CIU!
Columbia Biblical Seminary, the graduate division of Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina, now offers ministry preparation through a master’s degree with a concentration in Muslim Studies. Graduates with Bible training can complete a Muslim Studies concentration in just ONE year — and there are other options if you’re from a different background. For more information, those in the USA can call 1-800-777-2227, extension 3326, and anyone can e-mail the Muslim Studies program aduboisatciudotedu.

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CONFERENCES ON THE FAST TRACK
Maybe you hadn’t noticed that two other Brigada conferences have crossed the thousand mark. First there’s brigada-us-prayertrack, moderated by Eddie Smith eddiesmithatxcdotorg with a whoppin’ 1284 prayer warriors, and then there’s the ever growing brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers, led by Rick Wood at rickwmfataoldotcom with 2312 mission leaders from around the world. This last conference distributes the electronic version of World Mission Frontiers as well as special “back office” mailings from Rick, the Editor-in-chief of WMF. It has been one of the primary organs for fueling Brigada’s growth. Rick is always so faithful about suggesting that readers subscribe to Brigada, we were trying to think of a way to say thanks… when all of a sudden we realized that perhaps the best way to say thanks was to suggest you walk on over and subscribe to WMF-OnLine!!! To subscribe to this (or any other Brigada conference), just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
subscribe brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers

in the text of the email message. You’ll receive a table of contents for each Mission Frontiers edition (prior to the printed version even hitting the Post Office!), complete with instructions on how to download each respective article — and web access isn’t necessary to get the whole enchilada. So — don’t delay, subscribe for free today!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE AIR WAVES
Christian radio is being met with resistance in some parts of the world. Short-wave broadcasters H-C-J-B have been trying to “plant” more local Christian stations, but the group’s President, Ron Cline says that has some groups feeling threatened. “[Some] Muslims are pretty upset with our broadcasts because so many people are coming to know Christ and they realize that Christ is more than a prophet and so they leave the Muslim system. And that is a crime in many countries of the world.”
(Source: Mission Network News, Tuesday, August 5, 1997, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news/news.html )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by People Group Advocacy guru John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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USING COMPUTER LITERACY AND ESL?
Bob Wahlen Bobwahlenataoldotcom would like to know. If you have information on how to best use computer literacy classes to teach English as a second language and thereby do cross-cultural ministry, write Bob and share your time lines, expectations, objectives, and course outlines (especially as they relate to teaching keyboarding, Windows based computer literacy and MS Works and/or MS Office). Don’t forget to send us a summary, eh Bob? :-)

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ARE YOU A COMPUTER PRODUCTS VENDOR? WILLING TO SET UP TENTMAKERS?
If so, Ken bradleyatsuperonlinedotcom would like to know. Ken’s wanting to represent a computer supplier/vendor in a cross-cultural setting and all he needs are the products to sell! This could turn into a hot list of resources, names and addresses. So… send your info to Ken and I’m sure this will be one hot download… so don’t forget to send us a summary listing of key contacts for others who might be in your situation, okay Ken? Thanks!

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WEBWATCH
If you’re interested in evangelism on the web, Tony has a site for you to examine…. http://www.soon.org.uk provides ideas for evangelism on the web, links to other sources. It’s set up as an online magazine about Britain and a wide variety of topics, but has a “Bible page” and other areas that might attract someone’s attention toward the Savior. Check it out. Also, don’t forget about http://www.frontiermissions.org, which lists over 1,700 mission agencies, and the countries in which they work. It also provides hot links to a majority of these sites, as well as addresses and phone numbers. There is space available for current project listings and information on how you can become involved. Weekly polls and surveys too. Aims’ site at http://www.aims.org is growing too! If you haven’t been by lately, better check it out again. Lots of Praying Through the Window info., as well as other features on networks, least reached people, etc.

And have you seen World Vision’s site? http://www.worldvision.org. In addition to containing extensive information about the world’s largest faith-based relief and development organization, this fully searchable site also highlights news related to humanitarian emergencies and community development programs, updated on a weekly basis. Reportedly, some thirty separate content providers from within the organization push new content to the site daily, ensuring that it stays fresh and current. The site also contains information about volunteer opportunities in domestic ministry here in the U.S., as well as job opportunities internationally.

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GATEWAY TO THE GATEWAY
The gateway to the West is preparing a party… the Gateway MissionsFest, November 13-15 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Gateway MissionsFest is a regional missions conference with 24 workshops focusing on involvement in cross cultural missions both here and overseas. Rev. Russell Cephas will share on involvement of African-Americans in missions and Dr. David Shibley, founder of Global Advance will challenge the local church to reach for the nations. Contact Judy Lindow or Ken Shirkey at ks4gatewayataoldotcom or call 314-863-5503 in the USA for more information.

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EVER HEARD OF INTERNATIONAL DEAF MINISTRY NETWORKING?
Now you have! Earl and Shirley Eearl2ataoldotcom have been networking with deaf ministries in several countries around the world. However they have noticed a seeming complete lack of interest among most mission minded periodicals and agencies. Earl and Shirley write, “For example, Did you know there are Deaf missionaries teaching in Bolivia? That Korea recently celebrated 50 years of deaf ministries? That in Japan the Bible is being translated on to Video in Japanese Sign Language? That Wycliffe is encouraging Deaf to join their sign lang translation teams? That Deaf Churches are sending deaf to Russia? That Deaf Christians are going into many sensitive countries to witness? …countries that hearing Christians would have great difficulty getting into? That Campus Crusade has put the JESUS video into at least 5 sign langs.?” (Ed. Note: Yikes. I’m convinced. I haven’t heard any of that stuff!) Earl & Shirley continue, “A lot is happening in deaf missions. We have been compiling a list of deaf ministries and sharing with those interested. The ministries listed are reaching out to just about every country. Our vision is to encourage deaf ministries to network with each other. What I would like to see happen would be a Deaf version of Operation World, i.e. a prayer partner diary type book that includes vital info of deaf ministries in each country . We have the info to get started — anyone want to take up the idea.? There are over 100 deaf ministries, i.e. deaf mission organizations or hearing organizations that relate to the deaf.” If you’d be willing to help Earl and Shirley put together such a book, or if you want to provide more networking ideas for them, write them today!

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RUSSIAN PARLIAMENTARY VOTE PENDING
John Charlier, of MAF in Moscow, writes, “As you might well know Yeltsin did veto the purposed law to restrict religious freedom, but the law is in the Duma (Parliament) waiting for a 2/3 majority vote to override his veto. When the Duma returns from it’s summer recess, in a few weeks, it will be one of the first items to be acted on. Even though Yeltsin vetoed it because of a few unconstitutional items, it could be passed in the Duma. There still is a need to be in much prayer for this law to be done away with.” To see an English translation of this law and newspaper articles see the web site http://members.tripod.com/~russian_rf or if you’d like to see the originals Russian Language version see web page http://www.glasnet.ru/~mafrus.

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GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
Did you hear that international telephone call connection time rates should be headed down? Mercury Mail (now changing its name to InfoBeat) reported this past week, “Federal regulators Thursday approved rules to slash the price of overseas phone calls in a move aimed at saving American consumers and businesses billions of dollars a year. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt predicted his agency’s action will cut the average price of an international call from the United States to 20 cents a minute from the current 88 cents within five years. The FCC order takes effect at the start of next year and will be phased in over five years.” Chris Hart was one Brigada Today reader who celebrated that news story — and tons of others will be joining him, I’m sure. That’s the good news. Bad news? I couldn’t think of any. :-)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
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*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!

19970727 Brigada Today

Now with 5783 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WEBWATCH
* PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III COMMITTEE REPORT
* HAUNTED BY THE MEANING OF CAVEAT EMPTOR?
* DON’T FORGET YOU CAN STILL GET THE LIBRARY-TO-GO!
* FREE FOR LIFE EMAIL ADDRESS (VIA A FORWARDING SERVICE)
* AUGUST ADVANCE IS READY FOR RETRIEVAL
* ZONDERVAN RELEASES BIBLE BASED ON YWAM’S DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING COURSE
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM GUATEMALA
* ALMA READY TO PREPARE FOR REACHING OTHERS’ SOULS
* GRAPHIC ARTS HELP FOR MISSIONARIES
* LATEST URBAN LEGEND: “JOIN THE CREW”
* SINGLE SURVEY

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WEBWATCH
Still trying to track down that web page giving the USA’s policy on support of religious freedom? :-) Sorry the page we provided in last week’s WEBWATCH didn’t deliver. Try this one instead: http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/970722_shattuck_christians.html. (Sorry for any inconvenience!) Thanks for the rescue, Marc. Also, one tipster suggested we direct people to http://www.musictus.com/gratis/ , which is apparently a grab-bag of free stuff. Finally, one reader suggested we look at http://www.kerk.net/cmi/ , a good example of a Netherlands-based mission organization trying to minister to the needs of prisoners in the former Soviet Union.

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PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III COMMITTEE REPORT
Just received a new update from the Christian Information Network (July 1997 report):

UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: Luis Bush, International Director of AD2000 & Beyond reports that of the 1,739 unreached people groups identified 1995, ONLY 579 groups remain without an established indigenous church. Many groups were adopted at GCOWE and the new number will be announced in the near future.

PEOPLE PROFILES: Bethany World Prayer Center averages a translation of 30-35 unreached people groups weekly. Efforts are being made to have the group’s information translated into Spanish as well, for all Latin countries.

RADIO: PTTWIII committee members are pursuing radio as a medium to make more people aware of the “unreached people groups” of the 10/40 Window, and that these groups are being assigned for prayer and adoption through Christian Information Network. They are also approaching Christian recording artists to get behind the project for a “big push” as Fall 1997 approaches. Global Harvest did a large distribution to Spanish radio stations of the Praying Through The Window III book translated into Spanish.

CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT: Praying Through The Window III materials were made available to the GCOWE leadership in S. Africa to draw students worldwide into the 10/40 Window project, as they are being prepared for the next millennium. Approximately 300 students and deans heard the report. Christian Information Network mailed a letter to students of 400 English speaking seminaries and Bible Colleges in other countries. (Source: Christian Information Network , E-mail: CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom or 1-888-772-9104).

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HAUNTED BY THE MEANING OF CAVEAT EMPTOR?
Remember that item a couple of weeks ago, “NO FREE LUNCH IN CHICAGO”??? We parenthetically asked “what in the world does ‘caveat emptor’ mean anyway!?” Well Chris Istrati wrote, “‘Caveat emptor'” means ‘Buyer beware’ as in ‘Cave canem’ – ‘beware the dog’ – a sign that was found in the ruins of Pompeii. ‘Emptor’ probably has the same root as ’emporium’ – or maybe ’empty’ because the shops cleaned you out. :-) ” Thanks Chris! Revis Ann Massey, our Customer Relations Manager, quipped, “How does he remember these things!” Turns out he studied Latin under the same Latin teacher that taught John F. Kennedy! I can just hear her/him now… “Ask not what Latin can do for you but what you can do for Latin!” No wonder he became president (JFK, not Chris!) :-) So now you’re all going to rush out to Rover’s house and put up a “Cave Canem” sign, right? :-)

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DON’T FORGET YOU CAN STILL GET THE LIBRARY-TO-GO!
You can still “get” the collection of great CD reference “books” for cross-cultural church planters and those who love them — just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada library-to-go

in the text of the message (minus the quotes). There are dozens of options. If you want to add a resource to the file, or suggest a change, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the words,
LIBRARY TO GO

in you subject line, please. We regret that we can only process changes sent in this fashion.

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FREE FOR LIFE EMAIL ADDRESS (VIA A FORWARDING SERVICE)
It’s not that often you can get something for nothing, . . . but thanks to a Brigada tipster (thanks Faithe!), we learned this past week about http://www.yahoo.iname.com/, where you can get a free-for-life email address like . So from now on, regardless of which internet service provider you use, you’ll be able to redirect your email to the new address. This service would also be great for missionaries who switch to a local service provider while in the field, then change back to something like AOL or CSI during home service. Just publish your new “iname.com” address and you’ll never have to send out one of those “I’m-writing-to-inform-you-of-my-change-of-address” notes again! I went and tried it just for fun and, sure enough, it works great! You can now write me at DougLucasatinamedotcom. :-) (By the way, you can get this same service from MAFxc for $52/year, but with it, you’ll also gain some other nifty features, like email conferences and file archival.

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AUGUST ADVANCE IS READY FOR RETRIEVAL
Here’s the summary for Mark Kelly’s August Advance. To get the full version, send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada advance.9708

in the text of the message.

August 1997 summary

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Mozambique’s Makua people; Yemeni Arabs; the Sundanese of Indonesia; food aid to North Korea; call for peace in Algeria; strategic unreached people groups adopted at GCOWE

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Two Filipino believers beheaded in Saudi Arabia; Indian evangelist killed; two Arab Christians detained and tortured; house church leaders arrested in China; members of Nigerian church evicted; New Tribes Mission missionaries

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Sudan’s air force bombs refugee camp; Sri Lanka evangelicals open ministry to sexually exploited children; Ghanaian women and girls “slaves of the gods”; Church of Sweden minister fired for dabbling in magic and the occult; Militants protest San Francisco sex club regulations

REJOICE! — Solomon Islands “healing stone” split in two; temple closed in Sri Lanka; baptisms, new churches in Himachal Pradesh; India’s first Dalit president; 57,000 professions of faith in Chad

NETWORKING — New China primer; “Shattering the Silence” on persecution; help for Russian street children; comprehensive Christian data on India’s people groups; insight on missions progress worldwide; pictorial panorama of unreached peoples; two valuable prayer resources; Operation Mobilization bimonthly publication

FRONT LINES — Too familiar with Jesus

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ZONDERVAN RELEASES BIBLE BASED ON YWAM’S DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING COURSE
Take a look at http://www.ywam.org/books/feature.html, where you can learn more about (and order) Zondervan’s new study Bible based on YWAM’s Discipleship Training courses, taught in various countries throughout the world.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM GUATEMALA
Remember Lori and Eugene Nij, missionaries in San Raymundo, Guatemala? Eugene “Queno” was released from prison Tuesday, July 29th. Although he’d lost count of the converts in the prison (he’d run out of chalk to mark with) it turns out that the Prosecuting Attorney had sent men inside the prison to catch Queno doing anything wrong. Instead, they too were transformed by this man “who thought of himself last on every occasion.” However, these men kept record of the 260 conversions. Today is a day of joy for Queno’s family, those nearby, and all those around the world who petitioned and prayed on behalf of this family.
(Source: The Quino web page: http://www.zianet.com/dean/page2.html )

Here’s the original Global Glimpse describing the initial situation: “Lori and Eugene Nij have served as missionaries in San Raymundo, Guatemala for over a decade. Over that time with the help of the New Iberian Mission Association they have built an orphanage, a Free School and a number of churches despite governmental opposition. In spite of over 300 witnesses, including police officers, Eugene was arrested and put in with general prison population. Undaunted, Eugene has been preaching and evangelizing at every opportunity. Tonight this small Mayan preacher, in love with his people, is lying on a concrete floor, giving praise to his God that he was chosen for this ministry, praying that he can reach “one more” before his time is up.”
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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ALMA READY TO PREPARE FOR REACHING OTHERS’ SOULS
In Paraguay, “The Heart of South America”, the Lord is raising up a new ministry, called ALMA, to help fulfill the desire of His heart, the saving of souls around the World. [“Alma” means “soul” in Spanish.] ALMA’s strategy is to work in partnership with Latin American evangelical churches in order to prepare Latin Americans to serve effectively as cross cultural missionaries. According to Dan and Arlene Cool, who work with the ministry, “A beautiful campus is nearly completed and ALMA is now looking for staff to begin the program.” Specifically they are seeking: an Academic Dean, a Bible/Missions Instructor, a Language Instructor, a Computer/Resources Instructor, a Work Program Director, a Dietitian, as well as adjunct faculty. For more information about ALMA and or these positions please e-mail: richgwinatdatanetdotcomdotpy.

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GRAPHIC ARTS HELP FOR MISSIONARIES
Looking for quality, affordable graphic art and design for churches, Christian businesses, individuals, mission agencies and missionaries? Try Karen Peacock at kpeacockatfullerdotedu. She and her “MAC” are ready to serve!

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LATEST URBAN LEGEND: “JOIN THE CREW”
There’s yet another myth making the rounds . . . “Join the Crew.” There’s no such virus… so if you get a warning message about a virus by that name, just ignore it!

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SINGLE SURVEY
If you are a single woman missionary (currently serving on the field or trying to raise support to go) or are with a church that currently supports single women in missions, someone wants to know (and it’s not just a bunch of single guy missionaries! :-)). Revis Ann Massey writes, “We are researching areas of support for single women involved in missions and need you to fill out a short survey.” Please contact Revis Ann Massey at: RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg as soon as possible. We need to complete the research by September ’97. Thanks!

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

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

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

19970713 Brigada Today

Now with 5705 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* SOMEBODY’S PRAYING!
* SHORT-LIVED GRAPHIC SLITHERS INTO THE PAST
* HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF… IN GETTING VISAS
* SPANISH BIOGRAPHIES READY FOR PICKING
* JULY ADVANCE SUMMARY
* NO FREE LUNCH IN CHICAGO
* NAME THAT TUNE
* IF YOU HAD TROUBLE GETTING PGP INTERNATIONALLY …
* NEW STUDY BIBLE FOCUSES ON “KNOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT A GLOBAL CONSULTATION
* WEB WATCH
* NEW INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER TAPS INTO GLOBAL MARKET
* SERVANT-WATCH
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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SOMEBODY’S PRAYING!
In fact, more than 10 cell groups or churches are praying — for each of the groups on the Joshua Project List of Unreached Peoples! What started as a dream has now become reality! Dick Gaffney RGaff13817ataoldotcom The Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC, has now documented 10 churches for each of the 1790 people groups on the list and now they’re going around again in an effort to record 20 different churches or groups praying for each of the peoples! They’re already up to 19,300!!! Way to go, Manna! I’m finally going to meet these people at Pit-Stop Raleigh (a conference on how to adopt and reach a frontier people group), Sept. 19-20, Raleigh, NC) and I’m looking forward to it! (For more information about Pit-Stop Raleigh, write psraleighataoldotco. If you were looking for a good excuse to go, now you’ve got one! Dick Gaffney from Manna Church is going to be there with a live session, along with Eric Derry of Beavercreek Christian Church, and others!!)

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SHORT-LIVED GRAPHIC SLITHERS INTO THE PAST
So, someday years from now, those four Brigada Today issues with the graphic logo will have become, I’m sure, collectors’ items. You’ll be able to recount to your grandkids, “I remember when Brigada Today tried that logo in ’97 — you remember, the one that would never format correctly ’til you switched the font to Courier New!” :-) Sorry for the four-week experiment. We’ve learned that we don’t live in a Courier New world any longer! It’s history. :-) Thanks to those who spoke out on the survey, asking for its release into posterity.

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HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF… IN GETTING VISAS
Dennis Shelly DennisShellyatmafdotorg is perplexed. He’s trying to figure out how to talk the Nigerian government into giving his organization, the Christian Witness Team, Inc., a fair visa quota for entry into Nigeria. Dennis writes, “Over the past months our CWT leaders have spent much time and money by making many trips to Abuja to solve this matter, but no approval has been given yet. We believe the real reason relates to Muslim leaders not wanting Christian missionaries to come into the country. We will not give them a bribe.” Have you faced similar situations — in Nigeria or other countries? If so, how in the world did you resolve it? Dennis is looking for feedback — and Dennis, if you get some input, please knit together a compilation for us to make available here on Brigada, okay? Thanks . . . and Godspeed.

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SPANISH BIOGRAPHIES READY FOR PICKING
Jon Ekblad, Cuenca, Ecuador ekbladatuiodotuiodotsatnetdotnet has finished the list of Spanish missionary biographies he’s been compiling. You can retrieve the list by sending this line of text in an email to hubatxcdotorg
get brigada spanbios

Thanks Jon!

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JULY ADVANCE SUMMARY
Thanks to Mark Kelly for his July Advance. You can retrieve it by sending
get brigada advance.9707
to hubatxcdotorg .

While you’re at it, you can also get the June issue, which was only made available to us this past week, by sending
get brigada advance.9706
Here’s the July summary!

Summary of “ADVANCE!” for July 1997

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE–Intercede for believers in Hong Kong; first seeker from an unreached people group in Indonesia; Buddhists in Sri Lanka coming to Christ; Algeria’s Tuaregs; China’s Hui; new leaders for China’s registered churches.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH–14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl abducted, forced to convert; leaders of Bogota, Colombia, church attacked; Ethiopian believers seriously by mob; members of Mexico church told to revert or leave town; Russian law restricts believers’ rights

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS–Christian Dayaks in Borneo revert to head-hunting ways; homeless man burned alive in Brazil; children to be dedicated to pagan Parsee gods; Nepalis oppressed by Hinduism.

REJOICE!–cable TV station in Guatemala airs “Jesus” film; breakthrough among Muslim Susu of Sierra Leone; gospel advance in northwest India; church in China’s Sichuan province repairs potholed road.

NETWORKING–To register protest over new Russian law; pamphlets profile more than 700 of the world’s 1,739 unreached people groups; International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

FRONT LINES–By minding our own business and neglecting the Kingdom, we betray our brothers and sisters who suffer each day for their commitment to Christ — as well as those enslaved by the Oppressor.

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NO FREE LUNCH IN CHICAGO
One of those (Jonathan Marsden) evaluating the “free internet access” (“freeaccess.net”) in Chicago pointed out that they could go “belly up” at any time. Since by then they will have grabbed your thirty bucks sign-up fee, maybe there’s no free lunch. :-( And as Jonathan put it, the web page says it will be “operational after Apr. 21st — and it’s still not operational. Not a good sign.” Still, if you’d like to take the risk, send email to infoatfreeaccessdotnet. Caveat emptor… [Just what exactly does that mean, anyway? Mrs. Judd (my 9th grade Latin teacher), where are you when I need you! :-) ]

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NAME THAT TUNE
Give Grace your best shot. Grace is compiling an ongoing list of resources and networks of Christian music and the arts throughout the nations so that the nations can worship Jesus with their own expressions of worship to His glory. If you’ve got a favorite resource or CD or whatever, email Gewiebeataoldotcom or GracedotWiebeatCCMAIldotLFAdotCOM or both, for that matter :-) In a couple of weeks, Grace, don’t forget to send us the compilation so we can make it available to all. Thanks!

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IF YOU HAD TROUBLE GETTING PGP INTERNATIONALLY …
Try again. This site makes available the free version of PGP internationally. I just verified the following page and it’s there: ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/pc/windows95. MAC users can look at ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/mac/. This will appear as a file list.. not extremely informative. Other pages can fill users in regarding PGP and its uses. By the way, I’m beginning to figure out that this particular copy of PGP has apparently been exported without permission and perhaps just a bit illegally. One source told us that it wouldn’t be the least bit illegal for you to use this version, but it would have been unethical for you to be the one who exported it. A fully legitimate version is being prepared for use at another overseas location and should be available within the next month.

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NEW STUDY BIBLE FOCUSES ON “KNOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN”
According to Paul Filidis, “Knowing God & Making Him Known” is the theme of a new NIV study Bible, available at http://www.ywam.org/books/books.html. Paul says this Bible’s study program is modeled after YWAM’s proven Discipleship Training approach. It reportedly features a 30-path study program with in-text notes, mini biographies, unreached people profiles, a center-column cross ref. system, book intros, concordance, index and more. It’s brand new — July ’97 release date from Zondervan. So if you were already planning on purchasing a gift for someone, why not make it a study Bible — $25 for the soft cover edition. Contact Paul at wcnatxcdotorg or fax (719)380-0936.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT A GLOBAL CONSULTATION
The first week of July brought the world one step closer to global evangelization. The 1997 Global Consultation on World Evangelization (GCOWE) brought together 4200 Delegates from 135 countries to Pretoria, South Africa. 80% of the delegates were from countries that WERE missionary receiving countries — the missionary leadership base is now firmly established in Africa, Asia and Latin America! When the results were tallied, 390 ethnic groups previously with no church or church planters now had missionary agency leaders who had adopted them. It was reported on the last night that now 90% of the 1,739 Joshua Project unreached peoples now have either a church planting movement or a commitment to mobilize a team of church planters.
(Source: AD2000 web site, http://www.ad2000.org )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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WEB WATCH
Now that GCOWE ’97 is written into the history books, you might want to take a look at what some of those majority world churches are saying. Check out http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/5796 for one example, fresh from Gereja Persekutuan Maranatha Indonesia, Yogyakarta. And thanks to Arie “Denmas Marto” Saptaji ypkd-indatyogyadotwasantaradotnetdotid for the tip about your church’s website!

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NEW INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER TAPS INTO GLOBAL MARKET
Terry Ware terrydotwareatusadotnet likes http://www.homegate.net as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), because they deliver 1,000+ Points Of Presence (POPs) in 155 countries. With all those pops, this new service might just explode in popularity… if they don’t snap or crackle first! :-) (Note that they aren’t delivering a “flat rate” suicide plan a la AOL!) Terry and Alice serve in Croatia and need international connectivity. I have a hunch that several other _Brigada Today_ participants do as well! :-) Check ’em out, especially if you average more than 30 minutes per month on email outside North America! Thanks Terry!

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SERVANT-WATCH
How does one learn humility? We all need it… everybody admires it… but where do you get it? Well I’m beginning to realize that some of this stuff is better caught than taught. I saw it in action this past weekend at the work day we were hosting at Team Expansion’s new location in Louisville, KY. Some volunteers from a local church had gathered to help us get started on the big job of cleaning, scraping, painting, and remodeling the old church building we’ve purchased on the outskirts of Louisville, KY, to use as a mission headquarters here in the USA. Picture some of our volunteers. Here was one of Louisville’s top anesthesiologists [he says his job is to go from room to room all day putting people to sleep; sounds like some of my preaching! :-) ] wiping out cabinets beside one of Kentucky’s foremost heart surgeons — and the cardiologist happened to be on call. Several times I would see them there on their knees scrubbing cabinets, cell phone in one hand, sponge soaked in Formula 409 in the other, taking calls from forwarding services and emergency rooms. “No, I don’t think I’d administer that together… better use 10 cc Lydocaine drip with….” (You get the picture — in spite of my improvisational prescriptions. :-)) This is the stuff humility is made of. There we were on a hot and sweaty Saturday morning, when many doctors would want to be out on water skis, watching ESPN, or shopping for some new car… anywhere but a musty kitchen cabinet of a 100-year-old church building. But hey — the building has tons of character, and so do these volunteers. So — missions department and volunteers at Southeast Christian Church, we salute you… but on a larger scale, we salute the doctors, missionaries, and volunteers worldwide who are “wiping down cabinets” (and performing tons of other servant-like tasks) worldwide today. You might not all be talking on cell phones while you scrub on sinks, but for whatever it is God has called you to do with Christlike servanthood, you’ve all got my thanks and the appreciation of zillions of folks from Louisville to Liberia, all saying, ‘thanks!’ for your attitude of service, humility, and Christlike life!!! And by the way, the cardiologist and his wife are due back tonight with the wife of the anesthesiologist — and dozens of others. The work marches forward around the world, thanks to humble hearts.

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19970112 Brigada Today

Now with 4449 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….

* LATIN AMERICANS SAY “SI” TO WORLD EVANGELIZATION
* THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
* AN APPEAL FOR SECURITY PROTOCOLS
* “LOOK OUT! THE HEAD HUNTERS ARE COMING!”
* RADIO-EMAIL FROM SOUTH AFRICA FOR FREE!
* BUSINESS ON THE NET . . . FOR HIS GLORY
* GET READY FOR THE “NIGHT OF POWER” (PRAYER FOR MUSLIM FRIENDS)
* WANT TO HELP WITH URBANA FOLLOW-UP? – You can!!!
* WANT TO KNOW WHERE’S THE NEAREST PERSPECTIVES CLASS???
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM MONGOLIA
* CALLING ALL TRAVEL AGENTS FROM EUROPE!
* HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT “PRAY USA”?
* RAMADAN… THE FREE POSTER
* WEBWATCH
* MAYBE ASK ONE QUESTION AT A TIME?
* DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE FREE MOBILE HOME BRIGADA IS GIVING AWAY?
* WANT A GREAT CD ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR $79?
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* HUB-CAPS

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LATIN AMERICANS SAY “SI” TO WORLD EVANGELIZATION
From December 27-30, Panama City, Panama was host to Christian leaders and university students for LatinoAmerica 2000, a conference on world evangelization sponsored jointly by AD2000 and Beyond Movement and Campus Crusade for Christ. Over 3600 people from nearly every country in Latin America heard the challenge to take a vital role in world evangelization from well-known speakers like Bill Bright, Josh McDowell, Luis Bush, and Loren Cunningham. In the end, all delegates stood and then knelt to consecrate themselves to go and do whatever God might ask to bring “a church for every people and the gospel to every person by the year 2000.”

Is this goal possible? “According to your faith be it unto you,” challenged Dr. Bright.

Latin America has 60 million evangelical Christians, with thousands of seminaries and megachurches. Many speakers emphasized their gifts of passion, of creativity, of cultural diversity, and of faces which can pass as Middle Eastern, assets which bring strong enabling for cross cultural witness. Speaker Peter Wagner noted the spiritual maturity of Latin American intercessors able to support the work of missions.

Three hundred delegates put feet to their commitment right away, and agreed to stay on in Panama for three weeks in order to take the Jesus Film to every area of the country.

(Thanks to Debbie Wood, of the AD2000 & Beyond International Office staff, for submitting this summary and her daily updates to Brigada!)

For a daily journal or a more complete press release about LA2000, go to http://www.ad2000.org or Email DebbieatAD2000dotorg. To get a copy of the complete text of the conference “Declaration,” send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada la2000dec

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

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THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
We continue to be very impressed by Mercury News and its free feed to email inboxes! For more information, write NEWSatMERCdotCOM or visit their web site at http://www.merc.com. The summaries can be selected by region… so you get only the focus you want, and each little “Brigada-like” summary paragraph has a URL to click on to get the entire new story. All for free! Incredible bargain. If you’re taking cable just to watch CNN, I bet you’ll unsubscribe after you start reading this!

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AN APPEAL FOR SECURITY PROTOCOLS
Do you have a one-page summary on security protocols for your organization, church, or project? I’m talking about ideas like, “Don’t ever use the ‘M’ word in email to us. Instead, call us ‘on-site workers’ or anything else. Avoid asking questions like….” Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated. Send your security recommendations to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject, “PROTOCOL” and we’ll assemble a copy for all Brigada readers. Thanks to Bev (a Project Coordinator for an adopt-a-people project) for the request!!! (Bev, we’ll make sure you get a copy!)

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“LOOK OUT! THE HEAD HUNTERS ARE COMING!”
Thanks to Paul & Joy Hattaway, who recently shared the following story on the Brigada-Peoples conference: “Look out! The head hunters are coming! Until recently, this was the cry of countless inhabitants of the mountains of northern Burma and southern China, who lived in utter terror of the Wa minority group. Amongst all the tribes of Asia, the Wa are one of the most bound and desperately needy. … The Wa are well-known for their practice of head-hunting, which is rumored to still continue today in some of the remote parts of Myanmar’s Shan State. For centuries the Wa head-hunted for the purpose of ensuring a good harvest. The demons that grip them demand the sacrifice of humans to assure the crops will not fail. … But God looked down from heaven and prepared the hearts of the Wa to receive the Gospel of His Son. An amazing testimony of God’s love and power took place in northern Burma in 1906. … At that time a witch-doctor in a certain Wa village owned three white donkeys. He laid his hands on the middle donkey and told the village elders, “If you follow this donkey, it will lead you to the True God.” For weeks the elders followed the donkey for a distance of 200 miles across remote terrain. One day it stopped outside the house of William Young, an American Baptist missionary who was working amongst the Lahu tribe. Young became the first to take the Gospel message to the Wa. Salvation swept many areas as hundreds of hearts already prepared by the Holy Spirit converted to Christ.” Thanks Paul! (Paul Harvey eat your heart out!)

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RADIO-EMAIL FROM SOUTH AFRICA FOR FREE!
That’s right! Have you heard about the guy in South Africa that has set up a ham radio station that is somehow linked to the Internet to receive email, convert it to ham radio signals, then send it out into the air waves for the intended receiver to pick up, re-transmit back into email text??? What a system! To use this system, you’d need a ham radio license (which means you’d have to learn morse code and theory/laws), the ham radio rig (nice antenna and transmitter/receiver can cost $1000+), and the time to get it all figured out… but once you were up and running, imagine how great it would be if you’re, say, out in Northern Luzon, beyond the end of a telephone’s reach! That’s exactly the way it is for one missionary who is serving there in the Philippines, receiving email from his father-in-law on a regular basis! So… if you’re interested, check out the South African ham operator’s web site at http://goofy.iafrica.com/~joost or, if you don’t have web access and if you’re absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt interested in using the service and you have a ham license and an antenna/receiver, you could so write the South African guy’s direct email address at joostatiafricadotcom. But please be sensitive and don’t just write him with mere chit-chat. The guy is doing a tremendous service and we don’t want to take him away from his ministry! For more information about how the service works in practical ways (yes – it really works!), write the father-in-law (Dale Leathead, of World Team, in Warrington, PA, at 102626dot3217atCompuServedotCOM ). Remember, you heard it first on Brigada! Thanks for the tip, Dale!!!

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BUSINESS ON THE NET . . . FOR HIS GLORY
Have you heard about the Business Executives Consultation that’s going to happen in Pretoria next summer (in conjunction with GCOWE 97)? Check out their new web site at http://www.iccc.net/ad2000. “As believers in the marketplace, many of us are burning to take the Gospel to the nations, using our businesses as the vehicle, or if you like, as a weapon in God’s hands. ‘Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, ‘I am strong!’ Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O Lord!’ Joel 3:10-11.” Thanks to James Lockett, Vice President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce! (See their site at http://www.iccc.net. )

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GET READY FOR THE “NIGHT OF POWER” (PRAYER FOR MUSLIM FRIENDS)
Have you heard about Day 27 of Ramadan (approx. Feb. 5), which apparently is a special night for Muslims? They evidently consider this a “Night of Power”? Anyway, one Brigada participant suggested that we organize prayer vigils that evening in hopes that Muslim friends would learn about the power of the Christ, the true Messiah. For more information about the possibilities for Feb. 5th, write Missionary Action/FLAME (Fund for Latin Americans in Muslim Evangelism) maflameatjunodotcom. Thanks Lee!

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WANT TO HELP WITH URBANA FOLLOW-UP?
You can!!! … via the web! Phil & Teri Barker, of Word International Net Services wordintlatxcdotorg, are brainstorming about options that should be placed on the Urbana follow-up web pages. Wow … they’re first class. See the ACTION follow-up page at http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/urbana/action.html and the RESOURCES follow-up at http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/urbana/resources.html. Great book list, good articles, and tremendous job taking it into html! Good work, Phil and Teri! Anyway, if you have some ideas to send them, or would like to volunteer, join by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the message command:
subscribe urbana96-www

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

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WANT TO KNOW WHERE’S THE NEAREST PERSPECTIVES CLASS???
Now you can find out. Just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada perspectives

A full list/schedule will automatically be mailed to you within moments. Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg! Thanks Steve!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM MONGOLIA
Not long ago, some very strangely dressed people burst into a Christian meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. It turned out that they were from the Gobi Altai, a region hardly reached by the gospel. They had once seen the “Jesus Film” and since then had been meeting in one of the village leaders’ houses to read the Bible. The question, that they made the long journey to ask, was: when can someone come to start a church?
(Source: DAWN Friday Fax, 49-96, © DAWN Europe; WWW: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn/ for more info.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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CALLING ALL TRAVEL AGENTS FROM EUROPE!
A recent participant to brigada-travel-bids remarked, “… I live in Croatia, I was willing to travel to Germany or Austria, or Italy for departure, but no bids. Perhaps we could recruit agents in Europe???” Amen! Let’s put the word out. Travel Agents in Europe please write to hubatxcdotorg with only this line of text in the message:
subscribe brigada-travel-bids

By the looks of it, this has been the most active of all Brigada conferences so far this month, with some 173 messages! Only travel agents need join. All others just mail their RFQ “request for a quote” to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg. Travel agents, please be ready for business!

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT “PRAY USA”?
April of 1997 has been designated PrayUSA!, 30 days of prayer and fasting for the United States. PrayUSA! is a partnership of national prayer ministries, churches, parachurch groups, and denominations seeking to mobilize prayer and fasting throughout the whole Church for revival and spiritual awakening in the United States. PrayUSA! is a Mission America prayer initiative chaired by Steve Bell, Concerts of Prayer International; and coordinated by Eddie Smith, of the U.S. PRAYER TRACK. For more information or to volunteer to help, write 104224dot3107atcompuservedotcom. Maybe you’d like to organize a “Pray___!” campaign for your own country??? I’m sure they’d give you ideas!

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RAMADAN… THE FREE POSTER
Just a few days ago, I was meeting with friends in a small restaurant in N. Africa as the news started traveling the streets of the city we were visiting. The Muslim cleric in charge of the country had seen the moon in just the right position… Ramadan had begun. Sirens wailed, and soon the call to prayer mustered the citizens to begin their 30-day fast. We joined them throughout their first day of Ramadan… and many have been praying for them ever since as a part of the fifth annual international “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” (Jan 10 to Feb 8). Over 30,000 adult Prayer Guides (and 5,000 “Just for Kids” booklets) have been distributed during the last few weeks within North America alone! To further promote prayer for the Muslim world, the North American office for the “30 Days” is now offering illustrated two-color posters for postage & handling charges only (a $7 value)-over 1,000 are available. U.S. $1 for the USA, Canada and Mexico; U.S. $2 for the rest of the world. To get your 14 x 22 inch poster, send your request with the postage cost to:

WorldChristian News & Books
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs
CO 80936, USA

And don’t forget to pray for your Muslim friends throughout the world!

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WEBWATCH
Have you checked out http://www.xc.org/helpintl/mrd.htm, http://www.sim.org, and http://www.gmi.org/research/websites.htm? They all offer some good links to cross-cultural ministry. Thanks Bob! And thanks for your page at http://www.xc.org/world-christian.html Also, check out http://www.bible.org for “The Net Bible.” Thanks Terry!

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MAYBE ASK ONE QUESTION AT A TIME?
We get mail. Boy do we get mail. We recently received this request: “Could you send me information on Manila Philippines, Mexico City, Bogota Colombia, and Sao Paulo Brazil? I would also appreciate up-to-date information on Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia and Mozambique? The information I really need is the situation with the evangelical church, number of missionaries, etc.” I mean, why don’t we just broaden the question a bit… “Define the universe; be brief, be precise. Give examples.” Tip of the week: If you write a volunteer for help, ask a specific question to get a specific answer. Brigada volunteers can come up with some great help – but they aren’t miracle workers! So – the best place to ask questions about specific people groups or cities is in brigada-peoples and brigada-cities. To join those conferences, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only these two lines in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples
subscribe brigada-cities

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

Read the welcome messages. They will explain how to get more help and how to use the system. You can unsubscribe at any time. And . . . yes… if you send a message to the brigada-peoples conference, there are hundreds of volunteers there ready to try to help you get information on a specific people group (probably better than hitting “reply” to this copy of Brigada Today). But even to the hundreds of volunteers in brigada-peoples, maybe you still ought to just try one question at a time??? :-)

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE FREE MOBILE HOME Brigada IS GIVING AWAY?
(I’m not kidding, sort of.) It’s true. Overheard on the brigada-medicine-for-poor conference, . . . “A relative of mine has a mobile home 12X68 that he is willing to donate to a charity. …This unit is available for donation to a charity. … Merry Christmas … Robert Jaquiss robertjatteleportdotCOM ” Merry Christmas indeed! The ultimate stocking stuffer – a mobile home! [ ] Try wrapping that baby under the tree for junior! :-) How ’bout that for marketing giveaways… “Brigada – the people who give away mobile homes!” (Actually, it was a Brigada participant giving it away, . . . but when you have no marketing department, you have to take advantage of any possible angle you can get, right?) So… if you’re interested in a mobile home for your charity, just write Robert. Hope you’re not too late! And yes, you probably would have to move it from its current site in Oregon. :-) (that’s like saying, “batteries not included,” O=== right? :-) )

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WANT A GREAT CD ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR $79?
[][] Greg Parsons, Exec. Dir. of the US Center for World Missions, recommends that you run (don’t walk) to call (in the USA) 800-747-2194. (If you live overseas, ask a friend in the USA to call for you.) The normal price for the Encyclopedia Britannica is $800 – but for a limited time, try getting the on-line CD for $79!!! Shipping should be about $8. And they even have a MAC version! Windows req. on a PC. This is a great deal… with perhaps 10 times as much info. as other CD encyclopedias on the market. They say it has the entire text of the written version!!! I just ordered my copy!!! Still $79 instead of $800! Thanks for the tip, Greg!

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
From a reader living in Ukraine we begin a regular 4-line column called, “Did you Know?” These are the kinds of lines that I’m sure will make their way onto the wall beside your desk. They’re the items that you’ll ponder all day long. Why, I wouldn’t be surprised if board rooms of agencies and churches across America become so involved with conversation on these issues that we see a complete doubling of mission efforts within the coming 12 months. ( :-) Actually, maybe we’ll smile once and awhile and it’ll help take our minds off the problems we’re facing?????? :-) )

This week’s “Did you know?”

[drum roll please]:

Did you know that 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

[Are you excited or what!!! :-) Thanks to Chris in the Ukraine! You win this week’s prize for the most amazing “Did You Know?” item. Your subscription to Brigada Today has been extended for a full year absolutely free!!!]

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HUB-CAPS (Recaps about computing with Brigada)
Brigada is a system of email “conferences” (some people refer to these as “list servers”, but we prefer the word conference, in most cases, since it better illustrates that there are dozens of people working together to solve problems and address needs). It is run totally by volunteers. There is no “office”. (You can’t “dial Brigada.”) There is no budget. There is no marketing division. The “hub” email computer is located in Columbus, Ohio, and where it is operated by MAFxc, a division of MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship – the people with the airplanes). The MAF people who run it are actually located in Redlands, CA. They are very much partners in the work, especially as it relates to developing technical wizardry that we can all use. But at the same time, they would be the first to admit that Brigada doesn’t belong to them, per se (they host 937 such conferences in all, some quite busy!). They’re the hardware/software/connectivity providers – and each of them has a passion for world evangelism! This is their ministry! A couple of us in the Brigada network voluntarily pitch in the money to pay them the $160/year for the web page – and conference-moderators pitch in $52/year for their xc.org addresses. Every once-and-awhile, we’ll pitch in $80 to ‘hire’ them to develop some new conference capability. E.g., it was the Brigada family who pitched in the cost to help offset the time to develop the “get” and “put” commands.

There are several conferences that have experienced significant growth.
Brigada-peoples has 281 participants,
brigada-job-shop has 301,
brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers is next with 307,
brigada-pubs-gcowenews has 354 and
brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest tops that with 634!
Brigada-us-prayertrack now has grown to 870 participants, and
Brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers is the second largest group with 1625 subscribers.
And this conference (which is actually more like a list-server, I suppose) is the conduit for Brigada Today (the publication you’re reading), which attempts to tie together the “family of conferences” below it in the hierarchy. There are currently 4449 readers each weekend. If we were to mail this news bulletin via the postal service to 4449 readers within one particular country (say, the USA), we estimate that the cost would be around $1000/week just for postage alone. Add in paper and printing cost and before long, you’re talkin’ some major bucks! Subscription would run you around $25/year if there were no salaries involved, but there’d be tons more work doing the printing, labeling, sorting, grouping, and posting. All together, over $100,000/year would be required to keep it running, and that’s just for the top level of Brigada alone! Try multiplying that times the zillions of messages being exchanged in every conference in the Brigada family and before long, it makes you ask…

Assuming we already have email access, how is it we can get all this practically for free?

(Okay – I’ll admit; they charge us $52/year for the xc.org address and the ability to create conferences. But with that $52, we’re mailing to thousands of people every week!!!) Whoever said computers didn’t save us money? Thanks to the visionaries who started MAFxc! (If you’d like to invest in MAF and/or start your own email conference for your mission or project, write helpdeskatxcdotorg. And by the way, we are not employed by MAF nor do we get our xc.org address at a discount for bragging on them. We just like what they’ve created!!! :-) Oh and by the way – did we tell you about their web page hosting ability? :-) )

For a complete list of MAFxc conferences, send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
conferences

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

Thanks to all those moderators who are working to make the Briagda family of networks a reality!!! We appreciate you! Thanks, too, to all the contributors who send in items for Brigada Today (esp. Mark Kelly, John Hanna, Kerstin Hack, and the AD2000 IO), to volunteers Bob Mayhew (for the amazingly consistent volunteer work on the web page) and Revis Ann Massey (for her tireless volunteer ministry as the Customer Service Manager for this “top level” conference, the one that sent you this message), and to all the others that make Brigada a reality!

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

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

19970706 Brigada Today

Now with 5709 participants!!!
(. . . and as of this issue, over 500 pages of resources since we began in March, 1995!)
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, this week writing from Kenai, Alaska
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GCOWE SUMMARY REPORT
* PREGNANCY SURVEY REALLY DELIVERS!
* HOW ONE CHURCH HANDLED ITS PUBLIC “ADOPTION” CEREMONY
* CSi (COMPUSERVE) GIVES YOU A SECOND CHANCE
* CALLING ALL UNHAPPY KALLMART USERS
* HOT TIP — PGP 5.0 NOW AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY!!!
* GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT PGP? SEE THE PGP FAQ
* BUT I’VE NOTHING TO HIDE — WHY USE ENCRYPTION?
* HOW TO CONTACT YOU FAVORITE BRIGADA MODERATOR
* WEB WATCH
* GCOWE PARTICIPANT ALMOST KILLED
* FINISHERS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
* CALLING ALL NON-WESTERN CHURCH PLANTER TRAINERS
* FREE UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS FOR CHICAGO???
* THAT MESSY NEW BRIGADA “GRAPHIC” LOGO
* WANT TO STUDY STRATEGIC CHURCH PLANTING?
* REACHING YOUR CITY – THROUGH PRAYER
* 101 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD
* EMERGENCY SITUATIONS REQUIRE EXCEPTIONAL RESPONSES
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GCOWE SUMMARY REPORT
(/) Wondering what’s been happening in South Africa at GCOWE 97? Well here’s the report, written anonymously via an interview with a delegate who is working in a very closed part of the world and actually attended GCOWE under a pseudonym. Here we go! “Thank you to the Brigada family for your prayers during GCOWE 97 this past week in Pretoria, South Africa. It was quite inspirational to give God praise in a room of 4,200 people reported to be from 135 countries. Personally I don’t like conferences but I left happy that I had made over 10 key ministry contacts that are usually very hard for me to make since I live and work in a very restricted part of the Muslim world. One of these new contacts with a politician who attended the Business Executives sub-consultation may very well lead toward the placement of workers in a currently very closed country. I attended the Mission Executives sub-consultation and I was concerned it would be yet another inspirational time with little work done. My fears melted away when Luis Bush handed us all a copy of the new book compiled for GCOWE by the AD2000 and Beyond Movement called the “Global Guide to Unreached Peoples.” The book was the catalyst for arranged small group work over the next two days in groups by regions of the world. When the results were tallied on the final day 390 previously unengaged groups from this unreached peoples list now had agency leaders who had adopted them as peoples to present to their organizations in hopes of sending new church planting teams. I was encouraged by this but more optimistic when it was reported that the leaders in the African National Initiatives sub-consultation had taken on 222 of the peoples in Africa still without known church planting teams. Since these were mostly African leaders adopting peoples in their own countries I am quite optimistic that something will come of this commitment. Luis Bush reported on the last night that now 90% of the 1,739 peoples in this book (though some data not shown for security reasons) now have names and addresses registered indicating a church planting movement in their midst or at least a commitment to mobilize a team of church planters. Though this “Global Guide” book will not be for sale to mission leaders who did not attend GCOWE for another month or so I heard that the Southern Baptist International Mission Board had already ordered 150 copies to give to all their regional leadership.” Now we’re talkin’! That’s the kind of “nuts and bolts” tangible outcome that we’ve all been waiting for! Bravo Luis Bush! Bravo GCOWE 97 delegates! And thanks to the anonymous interviewee!!!

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PREGNANCY SURVEY REALLY DELIVERS!
(/)Well, I guess you could say that this particular baby was a real hit! :-) In fact, it almost seems like Brigada participants were breathless waiting for this inquiry to come along! :-) Seriously, remember last week’s item, “HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE” ??? Dr. Dale Carroll (who is very much a “he” and not a “she” as we reported; yikes; Sorry Dr. Dale! Will you ever forgive me? :-)) reports over 100 immediate responses to the request for those who were pregnant or delivered or miscarried overseas. He hastens to add that all reports will be considered very confidential and that snail mail addresses will be needed so he can send out the actual survey. He’ll be ultra-careful to guard identities and roles for those in sensitive countries. If you’re interested in participating or learning more, contact Dr. Dale Carroll at TravDocatcompuservedotcom, The Pregnant Traveler, 983 Miners Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085, phone 616-428-4996 (fax–616-428-0977). Dr. Carroll has agreed to make available an abstract for all Brigada participants to “get” as soon as the project is completed. Thanks!

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HOW ONE CHURCH HANDLED ITS PUBLIC “ADOPTION” CEREMONY
Have you wondered exactly what other churches do when they hold these “adoption ceremonies” for unreached people? Find out on brigada-peoples by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of your email (Note that if you’re not a member of Brigada-peoples, you’ll have to join first by using the “subscribe” line listed first):
subscribe brigada-peoples
get brigada-peoples church-people-group-adoption.001

If you’d like to unsubscribe, just send another message later that reads,
unsubscribe brigada-peoples.

Thanks to Eric Derry for bringing this file to our attention!

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CSi (COMPUSERVE) GIVES YOU A SECOND CHANCE
Okay. So I admit I’ve ragged some on Compuserve (CSi). But they deserved it. :-) Now before you write me [again] and jump me for criticizing them, note that I used past tense — “deserved.” Maybe they’re turning over a new leaf… or realizing their wicked ways. :-) Recently, they’ve picked up some improved features… For example, you can now send and receive binary files — graphics, documents, spreadsheets, and the like — seamlessly over the Internet. You can also personalize your e-mail address, turning your User ID number into a name. With a click here and a click there, you can transform 70006,101 into JSMITH. Oops! Don’t like that Personal Address anymore? Now you change it so JSMITH can become J.SMITH or Jim_Smith. All of these features are part of CompuServe’s new mail system and are part of CSi’s ongoing commitment to bringing you the very best e-mail. To take full advantage of these rich features, you must use CompuServe’s new mail system. To learn about this and switch to new mail if you haven’t already done so, GO NEWMAIL. Thanks to Sharon, our official Brigada Compuserve Help Specialist, at 71712dot3534atCompuServedotCOM, for sending this tip! And for those CSi loyalists who have written, I promise to stop raggin’ on CSi. :-)

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CALLING ALL UNHAPPY KALLMART USERS
Have you ever used “KallMart” as your long distance calling or callback service? Were you unhappy because you felt they overcharged (based on their claims)? Sharon Gardner wants to know. She’s head of CrossLink Communications, a Christian based company that helps missionaries select the dialback company best suited for their international calling patterns. Their mission is to help those in full time ministry conserve their resources by finding cheaper ways of staying in touch with the “folks back home”. At one point, they had apparently used KallMart as one of their offerings. But no more. There have apparently been too many complaints about calls costing more than what KallMart promised, fees being assessed, etc. As a result, CrossLink is currently trying to get KallMart to resolve these problems and give refunds. (CrossLink does its best to keep their clients from being defrauded.) Sharon wrote Brigada this past week, “If ANY missionaries have a complaints against KallMart, we encourage them to contact us with the details, even if they are not a CrossLink customer. We will be happy to “plead their case” along with our own customers. There is strength in numbers.” So… write Sharon at CrossLink Communications, 9216 Independence Loop, Austin, Texas 78748, USA, tel. 512.292.3308, FAX 512.282.5877, crosslinkatearthlinkdotnet.

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HOT TIP – PGP 5.0 NOW AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY!!!
As far as we can tell, this is a Brigada Today exclusive, thanks to a hot tip from TC! (Thanks TC! As long as there are people like you around, Brigada Today will be valuable for the nearly 6000 subscribers who receive it each week!!!) PGP version 5.0 is now available internationally via anonymous FTP at ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/pc/windows95. (PGP is a program that allows you to encode your email so no one can read it except the person to whom you’ve sent it. For this process to work, both the sender and receiver need to be able to use PGP.) What this means is that international users no longer have to wait for all that OCR/source code/re-write stuff that we all thought would have to happen first. If you’re in the USA, you can get PGP version 5.0 at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html and if you’re outside the USA, you can get version 5.0 at ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/pc/windows95 today! Thanks TC!

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GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT PGP? SEE THE PGP FAQ
Thanks to Rod who refers readers to http://www.pgp.net/pgpnet/pgp-faq/ for answers to frequently asked questions about PGP. Also, don’t forget http://www.ifi.uio.no/pgp/ or http://axion.physics.ubc.ca/pgp-begin.html if you want to learn more about what might be the world’s best encryption program. And remember that the freeware version is available at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html for Win95/WinNT users. Win 3.1 users start at http://axion.physics.ubc.ca/pgp-begin.html then go to http://www.seattle-webworks.com/pgp/. Rod writes, “From here, advice is given on downloading and configuring PGP262 and the AEgis Pretty Good Privacy Windows Shell. Since PGP262 operates from DOS and looks a bit strange, a shell makes PGP much easier to use.”

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BUT I’VE NOTHING TO HIDE – WHY USE ENCRYPTION?
I felt the same way. Then this Brigada participant approached me one day and asked me why I should ever expect others to start using encryption when I didn’t’ use it myself. He used the logic that PGP’s author uses, “What if everyone believed that law-abiding citizens should use postcards for their mail? If some brave soul tried to assert his privacy by using an envelope for his mail, it would draw suspicion. Perhaps the authorities would open his mail to see what he’s hiding. Fortunately, we don’t live in that kind of world, because everyone protects most of their mail with envelopes. So no one draws suspicion by asserting their privacy with an envelope. There’s safety in numbers. Analogously, it would be nice if everyone routinely used encryption for all their E-mail, innocent or not, so that no one drew suspicion by asserting their E-mail privacy with encryption.” Made sense to me. So I bit the bullet and started trying to learn PGP262. Yikes. It wasn’t easy. So I began using a “shell” program and it got lots easier. Now with version 5.0, it’s easier still — in fact, now it’s almost like fallin’ off a log! So my commitment is that if anyone is willing to write me using PGP, I’ll always return the reply in the same form. So will you take the dare and use PGP? Today, with this new version, there are no more excuses. And there are versions for everyone, including MAC users. :-) Want more info? Get Rod’s latest help file by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada pgp-info

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HOW TO CONTACT YOU FAVORITE BRIGADA MODERATOR
You can write the moderator of any Brigada conference by emailing <owner-conferenceatxcdotorg>. For example, if you sent a note to owner-brigadaatbrigadadotorg, you’d get Revis Ann Massey, who serves voluntarily (ie., as a labor of love) as the Customer Relations Manager for the nearly 6000 Brigada Today readers. If you write owner-brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg, you’ll get Dave Nesmith, of Global Mapping, who serves as the moderator for Brigada-Peoples. Write owner-brigada-pubs-missionfrontiersatxcdotorg and you’ll get Rick Wood himself, the Editor of Mission Frontiers at the US Center. These moderators serve the community of the saints because they have a passion for the lost around the world. Treat them with deep respect — because they give their all! If you dare ask them to execute a personal favor for you (like manually unsubscribing an old email address that you can no longer access), please let them know how much you appreciate their ministry!

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WEB WATCH
Want to make the most of search engines? Gill says to check out http://searchenginewatch.com/.

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GCOWE PARTICIPANT ALMOST KILLED
Did you hear about Pete Holzmann? He’s the Interactive Task Force Coordinator for the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. He wrote Brigada this past week with this: “Don’t know if you heard, but I was hit by a fast-moving car here in Pretoria last Friday afternoon. Smashed leg, smashed windshield, two flips through the air and dead (no pulse no breathing) for a full minute after landing far away. And I’m only one of several people involved in tragedy here. Satan’s fighting. BUT GOD is performing miracles, turning every bad situation into victory! I’m doing great, and each problem has been turned around for His best! I could list a whole page of God’s blessings in my accident. (Just a few, besides the fact that my pulse/breathing started again :-) … it happened 5 minutes from the best hospital in Africa; car had unusual bumper that caused my leg to break in a “good” place, and flipped me up rather than running over me and crushing me; no brain damage (did my hat protect me? I don’t remember :-)); I’ve had time to realize some good lessons from the Lord, perhaps with wide application; others were motivated to give my presentations, which helped them turn out well; I’ve had lots of opportunity to be Christ’s light in others’ lives here at the hospital; What a JOY!!!” So how did this happen? Pete summarized, “So I looked both ways before crossing the street. But when someone yelled “look out!” I had to react; no time to think. And my reaction was exactly wrong: I looked to the right instead of the left [because Pete’s orientation was USA, but drivers use the other side of the street in South Africa?], and ended up almost dead. Literally.” What has he learned from all this? “In new situations (x-c ministry, a changing world, “tentmaking”, new friends, new paradigms, new locations, etc etc), if we have time to think about our situation we usually do OK. But when we must react without thinking, we often make terrible mistakes! Some conclusions (lots more than this…): In new situations, give yourself time. Absorb the “new” quickly so that you’ll react well. Don’t assume you’ve adjusted to the new just because you feel like you fit in: will you react properly in an emergency?” Thanks for taking a lemon and turning it into lemonade, Pete! Pete’s homepage is http://www.xc.org/pete. He’s one very busy guy at PeteatXCdotOrg.

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FINISHERS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
(/)Remember last week’s item, “HOW DO WE GET THEM ‘FROM HERE TO THERE’???” Well don’t forget that you can access the Finishers Project online at brigada-projects-finishers by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-projects-finishers

According to “Finishers” leadership, “The Finishers Project is a movement involving leading mission agencies to give mature candidates (35 to about 55) the information and challenge necessary to consider an assignment from the Lord somewhere in the missions infrastructure – before the conventional retirement at 60 something. The method to accomplish the task will be to hold “Urbana”-like conferences for second-career people.” Sounds like a super idea. They’re planning their first major face-to-face conference in Chicago, September 17-19, 1998. For more information, join the on-line brigada-projects-finishers conference today!

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CALLING ALL NON-WESTERN CHURCH PLANTER TRAINERS
Wade Robertson writes, “Are you a Non-Westerner with cross-cultural church planting field experience and with some good frontier experiences to share? Have you ever wanted to visit historic Scotland, a land from which many pioneer missionaries were sent in former generations to the ends of the earth? Do you want to be part of a team training a new generation of missionaries for church planting in the 10/40 Window? You may even challenge someone to join your team! At the moment our staff are all from western nations, but we want those we train to benefit from staff with a greater diversity of backgrounds and experience. You could have a really valuable input through the insights you would be able to share both in and out of the classroom. The opening is for Aug 31st 1997 to 19th December and you would need to find staff fees of about L175 per month. Interested? Contact Wade Robertson 100556dot60atcompuservedotcom for more details.” This is a great sign for all of us. . . globalization, internationalization, . . . it looks more like Revelation 7. :-) Thanks Wade.

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FREE UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS FOR CHICAGO???
Somebody has to try this to find out if it can be true. In a tip from Gene, it looks like you can email infoatfreeaccessdotnet and sign up for unlimited internet access if you’re in the Chicago area… for free!!! We’ll look forward to hearing back from someone on this one. If you’re willing to try it, write us with your results at DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg and please make the subject line read,
CHICAGO ACCESS

and we’ll get to the bottom of this hot tip!

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THAT MESSY NEW BRIGADA “GRAPHIC” LOGO

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Okay. So the new graphical Brigada logo at the top of each issue is totally unreadable in your email client??? Sorry about that. Well I’m a missionary, not an artist. :-) Actually, to see it, you’d have to set the default font to something “fixed” like Courier New (as opposed to proportional, like Times Roman). If you don’t like it, just ignore it… (after all, it’s only five lines! :-) ). However, if it’s really in your way and you’d like it cut from all future issues, please send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the message:
subscribe brigada-vote-c

The “c” in this case stands for “cut”! :-) Here’s your chance to speak out! :-)

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WANT TO STUDY STRATEGIC CHURCH PLANTING?
You’re in luck. The Center for InterCultural Studies (CICS) has a course for you! :-) August 20 to October 3, they’ll run a 5-week training course to help new and veteran missionaries understand the cultural context of their people group and how to develop a relevant cross-cultural ministry strategy. Tuition $600, Lodging – $ 25 per week, Instructor – Dr. Richard G. Lewis. For more information, contact: Center for InterCultural Studies (CICS), 71035dot704atcompuservedotcom or look at their website at www.ixctraining.com. Wow — that’s a great price on housing. I think we might sell our house and just move in at their Center! :-)

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REACHING YOUR CITY – THROUGH PRAYER
Did you hear about the Reaching Your City Conference, July 17-19, 1997, Norwalk CA, at Southern CA Community Bible College, 12400 Studebaker Rd, Norwalk tel. (562) 868-0072??? Well now you did! :-) Hear John Robb and a zillion other prayer and unreached peoples specialists — and the registration is just $25 if you do it in advance. Write Prayercntnataoldotcom for more info.

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101 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD
You thought we’d list them all here? Why should we, when Geoff Tunnicliffe has done so in his new book by that name! :-) Revis Ann, our Customer Relations Manager just finished reading it. She reports, “Easy to read and practical. He gives one idea per page of ways to get involved in world missions. The goal is to encourage grass-roots involvement in missions. The special offer for Brigada Today participants is $4.50 U.S. (plus shipping costs) when purchased directly from:
Geoff Tunnicliffe
International Teams
5059 SE Marine Drive,
Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5J 3G5

72072dot3310atcompuservedotcom
Tel.: 604-437-8000
Fax: 604-437-8089

You can also try 1-800-708-5550 toll free if you’re in the USA or Canada.” By the way, Revis Ann tell us he lists Brigada in the Internet Resources in the back!!! So — everybody should order this book! :-) Thanks Geoff and thanks for reading it Revis Ann!

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EMERGENCY SITUATIONS REQUIRE EXCEPTIONAL RESPONSES
Not long ago, Eric Derry brought the following story to my attention, originally from Chicken Soup for the Soul by Mark V. Hansen:

In 1989 an 8.2 earthquake flattened Armenia killing over 30,000 in four
minutes. After the first tremor, a father rushed to the school where his
son attended only to find the structure totally demolished. As he looked
at the ruins he remembered the promise he made to his son: “No matter what,
I’ll always be there for you.”

The father went to the corner of the building where his son’s classroom was and began digging. For the next 37 hours he searched through the rubble. Many people tried to stop him but to each he replied, “Are you going to help me?” No one did.

Then on the 38th hour he screamed his son’s name and a voice came back. “I’m here! It’s me Father.” Fourteen scared, hungry and thirsty children emerged out of the devastation.

I think what strikes me the most about this story is the father’s incredible determination. It’s probably not uncommon for parents to make amazing sacrifices during these kinds of emergencies. But this guy took it to the max. He dug and dug and dug and then dug some more. Obviously, his love for his son motivated him beyond the norm.

In our work in world missions, we have been called to do some outlandishly difficult tasks. Sometimes, those tasks require all the gusto we can manage to pull up from our inner being. We need to be like the father in the story… and when you stop and think about it, we get to pull people from ruins for a living! Every person — one at a time — that we can snatch from the fires of Hell is just like the little rescued boy in the story above… only instead of helping them regain their earthly lives, we’re helping them climb to eternal life.

So today, when you walk out the front door and enter the street or path where you serve, don’t lose sight of the reason you’re digging… and . . . may you have many happy rescues!!!

Doug
Writing this week from Kenai, Alaska

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

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

19970629 Brigada Today

Now with 5676 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, this week writing from Kenai, Alaska
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
* DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
* HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
* INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
* COOL TOOLS
* CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
* YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
* UNITED PARSEE POST
* WEB WATCH
* TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
* SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
* DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
* FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
* NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
* BIBLES TO IRAQ
* TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
* LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
* HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
* THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
* STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET

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GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
Now there’s a new style prayer card that just might be a bit more affordable and unique — bookmarks! According to David Wedge, who ordered his from Ron Urbanovitch at MPSatxcdotorg, they were around $150 for 500 and he got them in an amazing 48-hour turnaround, including overnight shipping both ways! Now that’s fast business!

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DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
Want to try the new PGP freeware? Grab it at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html. And also, don’t miss the chance at a free 30-day trialware version of PGP for Personal Privacy (commercialware), Version 5.0 at http://www.pgp.com. According to dozens of reports, this new version is revolutionary in its ease of use. No word yet on the European/International version. (If you hear some news on that one, I’d appreciate getting a note on it so we can relay it here! Frank and many others want to know.) But the freeware at the MIT web site is apparently very friendly and very powerful and very free. :-) And Canadians are legally welcome to it as well! Yahooo!

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HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
Okay. This one tops it all. We’ve had readers compile reports on everything from security to tentmaking to ‘how do you file Brigada Today’ — but if memory serves, this is the first time we’ve interviewed pregnant folks. :-) But … then again you always knew we were a bit adventurous! :-) And after all, inquiring minds want to know! :-) Dr. I. Dale Carroll is doing a study on any USA residents who have had part or all of a pregnancy overseas since 1990 (including miscarriages). I know, I know. You’re saying, “What in the world does this have to do with missions?” Well — the good doctor has assured us that she’d send us an electronic form of the abstract — the summary of the survey results — which we can then make available to all missionary moms. If you’ve ever been involved in anything medical while serving overseas, I have a hunch you’ll understand that this is significant stuff. You can’t (nor should you) separate the family out of missionary life and work — they go together. So — if you’re game to be surveyed and if you qualify, contact Dr. Dale Carroll at TravDocatcompuservedotcom, The Pregnant Traveler, 983 Miners Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085, phone 616-428-4996 (fax–616-428-0977). In case you were wondering, Dr. Carroll is a member of the Southwestern Medical Clinic in Berrien Center, MI, a 40-person multispecialty group with a heavy missions emphasis. She is a board-certified OB/GYN with considerable overseas experience and is also now certified in Travel Medicine, we’re also making plans for a Travel Medicine clinic.

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INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
Jeff Gulleson is kicking off a quarterly mailing called International Insurance Insights. Contact him goodnboratjunodotcom if you’re interested in receiving a free copy. He sent a copy of the first issue which dealt with pre-existing conditions and provided a sample of a policy or two that he sells. Jeff’s not the only one out there making international policies available… but he’s at least one you should probably add to your list of options. Thanks Jeff!

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COOL TOOLS
Well, as of immediately, you can place secure orders at Caleb Project’s web site http://www.calebproject.org and your order is automatically PGP encoded. So no more need to send a check for some of the best mobilization resources around… just browse the web! :-)

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CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
Justin Long (of David Barrett’s office) is hard at work these days kicking off a new bulletin with general objective feedback on China. He wrote this past week, “This service will be moderated and screened, and will transmit regular bulletins on China. We will feature a Question & Answer forum where you can request information from long-time China observers, and information on the latest evangelistic opportunities and resources that are available. We expect to post 1 or 2 bulletins per week.” To subscribe, just e-mail your name, organization, country of origin, and e-mail address to JustinLongatxcdotorg with the phrase
CSCO China Mail List

in the subject line. You’ll be glad you did!

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YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
In cooperation with a local church in Berlin AIMS Germany plans to penetrate (with prayer and more!) Kreuzberg’s immigrant area, where tens of thousands of 10/40 window people live. We would love to welcome people from outside our city’s and country’s borders who want to join us in prayer during this event (October 6-10) to see a breakthrough in the area. Individuals and prayer teams who wish to come and even stay longer are more than welcome. We want to see this part of town that has the same number of mosques as churches to become once again “a hill of the cross” – that’s the literal translation of its name… For more info contact Kerstin at 100711dot2622atCompuservedotcom.

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UNITED PARSEE POST
The World Parsee Youth Congress (in UK) started today (July 4-11) with the Adult Parsee Seminar scheduled to follow immediately on its tail. According to one source, this is “an attempt to enslave Parsee youth, teenagers and students to false gods. If you’re interested and/or can pray, browse http//web2.airmail.net/babbitt/parsee/messages/ or write ferozegolwallaatjunodotcom.

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WEB WATCH
Check out the new Italian evangelical web site at http://www.aspide.it/freeweb/evancity/. Also, have you looked at http://www.midwinter.com/usox/showroom.html for great prices on software (like $40 for WordPrefect Suite 7.0) — Thanks to Paul Moreland sacmatxcdotorg. And don’t miss the free journaling/Bible study software for MAC users — http://www.macapp.com. In addition, we’re providing unlimited free tech support via e-mail at supportatmacappdotcom. (Thanks Dennis Fahringer photoatuofndotedu )

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TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
Here’s a deal where you can’t go wrong! Just ask Roland Marshall rolandmatlightspeeddotnet for any of the following items and he’ll ship them to you free!

1. Access Travel: Airports A Guide To Accessibility Of Terminals, 11 pages
2. A Safe Trip Abroad, 11 pages
3. Fly-Rights — A Consumer Guide to Air Travel, 26 pages
4. Fly Smart — Make Your Safe Trip Even Safer, 4 pages
5. Foreign Entry Requirements (Passport and Visa Requirements), 33 pages
6. (HIV) Testing Requirements For Entry Into Foreign Countries, 4 pages
7. Using Credit and Charge Cards Overseas (A Travel Companion), 10 pages
8. Customs Hints for Returning Residents, 47 pages
9. Applying for Your U.S. Passport, 6 pages
10. Tips For Americans Residing Abroad, 15 pages
11. Tips For Travelers To The Caribbean, 13 pages
12. Tips for Travelers to the People’s Republic of China, 7 pages
13. Tips For Travelers To Mexico, 15 pages
14. Tips For Travelers To The Middle East And North Africa, 19 pages
15. Tips For Travelers To Russia And The Newly Independent States, 23 pages
16. Tips for Travelers to Central and South America, 11 pages
17. Tips For Travelers To South Asia, 6 pages
18. Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 pages
19. Travel Tips For Older Americans, 9 pages
20. Where to write for Vital Records Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces, 6 pages
21. Your Trip Abroad, 22 pages

Roland, thanks for your help with brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg too!

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SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
Suzanne Melear newlifeatswbelldotnet would like to assemble a sampler platter of your best ideas for decorating a “missions hall” at her church. “The right side is a solid wall about 40-50 feet, one door on the end of each. The other side is divided by several doors and then a glass wall case on one side (about 10 feet by 4). I really want it to be classy, but bold and to effectively communicate our missionaries to the body…and communicate the great commission.” You’ve probably tried something similar. We’ll ask Suzanne to knit together all the ideas she receives then send it in to us for posting here as a “get” file. So send her your best! Thanks Suzanne!

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DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
That’s a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life during this week of August 11-15, 1997 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM (see the ad in the June issue of Mission Frontiers), it’s $75 (includes materials, refreshments and one lunch, but doesn’t include housing). Space is limited. For more information email bsuscwmseataoldotcom and put
PrayerLife-your city

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

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FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
Check out infoprodatsancristobaldotpodernetdotcomdotmx. For more info on the Sage Digital Library, or for a list of the additional books that you can unlock on the Logos 2 Vol CD set and their prices, just email infoprod.

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NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
Got a great follow up note from Mike (regarding last week’s item about vacation mail). “A little knowledge is dangerous! I recently went on a ministry trip and rushed to get the ‘vacation’ programme running on my internet providers server. They had made a small systems change since last time I used ‘vacation’ and when I came home a week later I had 23,459 messages waiting. Auto-responses went bouncing around the XC server and my provider like crazy. it took me 7 hours online to delete the junk error messages and save my real mail. Never again!!!” Word to the wise — unsubscribe before you enable a “vacation mail” reminder.

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BIBLES TO IRAQ
Praise God for the report from the United Bible Society regarding the largest Christian literature shipment yet to “The Last Frontier.” On January 22nd, sixty tons of books were convoyed from Jordan to Iraq. The shipment consisted of 31,800 Good News Arabic Bibles, 10,000 Children’s Bibles, thousands of Scripture calendars and other Christian biblical handbooks. Pray for the Christians in Iraq who received and continue distributing these gifts. Wow! Thanks to Mark Snowden Mark.Snowden(at)IMB(dot)org, Media Consultant for the IMB, for the item! (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

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TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
TeleAmigo is a telephone counseling which has proved successful as both evangelism and ministry. It uses a “dial-a-prayer” approach, but at the end of the message, another number is given for counseling. “This to inform you that in May, TELEAMIGO-Cali registered the highest number of calls in one month it has ever received in its 19 year history,” wrote John Magyar, media consultant, International Mission Board, SBC to Spanish South America in a note to Mark Snowden, a friend of ours from IMB headquarters. “A total number of 100,684 were registered for that month. In a normal year, this ministry registers about one million calls. Over the years, TA counselors have helped thousands, hundreds have come to Christ, and two churches were begun in Cali with strategic support from TELEAMIGO. TA has also helped launch similar ministries in Caracas, Venezuela, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can write Mark at MarkdotSnowdenatIMBdotorg.

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LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
Dave Dunlap stumbled upon some unreached people videos while attending a conference last weekend in Louisville. There’s a total of 8, 1 each on the Arab American people, Sudanese people, Minangkabau people, Rock people, Madurese people, Albanian people, Romany (gypsy) people, and the Pattani Malay people. At the conference, they sold for $4.95 each, or all 8 for $29.95! They’re very excellent quality produced by Randy Durham, CBN, in N.C., and priced to get them into the hands of us folks who will champion establishing churches among them! CBF offices in Atlanta can be reached at (888) 801-4223. Dave’s at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom and produces videos on his own as well.

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HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
To successfully connect people into missions as a second-career, those in the know in missions all agree that training is needed. However, there is no consensus as to what that training should include and what outcome(s) are desirable. Further there is generally an incomplete or incorrect understanding as to what the various mission agencies, training organizations, and colleges provide in the way of training by those in mission agencies, training organizations and colleges.

Therefore, there’s this new momentum coming from the “Finshers Project” that’s trying to change all that. The Finishers Project is hosting a consultation November 7&8, 1997 on the campus of Fuller Seminary to consider what training is AVAILABLE and APPROPRIATE for second-career candidates to serve in mission by assignment type. The session will be conducted with Drs. Phil Elkins (Mission Training and Resource Center); Eddie Elliston (Fuller); Doug Kinne (Crossroads, YWAM); and Stacy Rinehart (CoMission Training Coordinator, Navigators). The NEXT STEP movement spearheaded by Woody Phillips of United World Mission will also be represented. That cooperative effort is designed to provide a standard of training and accreditation so that agencies will consider people trained if they complete in any participating training program. This is designed to set a consensus standard and eliminate training duplication so resources can be more effectively used on the front lines. There is no fee to attend the Fuller consultation. If you would like to participate and present what training approaches your organization finds useful, what works, what was tried and does not work, the successes and outcomes, contact Mr. Nelson Malwitz, Finishers Project Chairman, Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801; Fax: (203)-796-7377; e-mail: nelsonmatcompuservedotcom.

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THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
GCOWE in South Africa is in full swing. Those subscribed to the press release conference are getting some very exciting and thorough reports from Pretoria, South Africa. The opening session was held at Hatfield church with a capacity crowd of 5,000 people. Pete Holzmann, of AD2000’s Interactive Task Force, wrote, “For the nearly 4,000 delegates the opening worship songs were a culmination of a year of planning and a taste of what heaven will be like when people worship at the throne from every nation.”

From a look at the GCOWE 97 registration database some interesting facts and trends emerge (these also from Pete): 80% of the delegates are citizens of countries that formerly were viewed as missionary receiving countries. This consultation shows that the missionary leadership base is now firmly established in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Fact: GCOWE participants are 76.5% men and 23.5% women Observation: Women have a strong presence in missionary leadership.

Fact: Total GCOWE registration fees came 64% from Africa, Asia and Latin America. 36% came from Western Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Observation: GCOWE 97 is being financed primarily through citizens of Africa, Asia and Latin America. …

Fact: 11% of the delegates attended GCOWE 95 in Korea 5% of the delegates attended Lausanne 89. 3.7% of the delegates attended Amsterdam 86. Observation: New people are being exposed to this Global Consultation rather than just the same people attending consultation after consultation.

Fact: 30% of the delegates have an e-mail address. Observation: Missionary leaders are keeping up with new technology to network with one another.

Fact: 5% of the delegates are age 60 or older
18% of the delegates are age 50 to 59
36% of the delegates are age 40 to 49
30% of the delegates are age 30 to 39
10% of the delegates are under age 30

Observation: There is a pretty even age spread among GCOWE delegates. This shows that missions is benefiting from the wisdom of the older people. This also gives some indication that there will be enough replacements when the oldest generation retires.

For more information and the regular press releases, send an email message
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STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET
Planet 1 (sm) is the first portable, affordable, personal satellite communications service that connects you to virtually anywhere in the world. You can make and receive voice calls, fax, and email your family and prayer partners anytime and from anywhere. Proposals, project plans and schedules, and documents can be sent instantly from a compact battery powered satellite phone. You can enjoy the benefits of these phones today! For a limited time–through July 31, 1997, MAF is offering the Planet 1 Premier Package. Call 1-800-359-7623 and ask for Paul Lay or Rex Howard Planet1atxcdotorg and tell them you are responding to this special offer. Discover how easy it is for you to have a satellite phone, fax, and email service that keeps you in touch with the rest of the world.

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

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

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

19970622 Brigada Today

Now with 5672 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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

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WANT TO SAVE $1800?
Want to save $1800? Don’t attend GCOWE 97 which starts today, June 30, and runs for a week. Skip the 18-hour flight to South Africa and standing in food lines with 4,000 people from 130 countries. Instead, get daily highlights and feel you are a part of this cutting-edge missions conference by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg and putting
subscribe ad2-announce

on the first line of the message. If you want to really feel like you are there, visit the GCOWE 97 web site at http://www.ad2000.org. All virtual attendees are encouraged to pray that the physical attendees will rise to the challenge of Luis Bush to adopt the remaining 579 peoples still without a known church-planting effort. Wouldn’t Luis sleep well on the flight back to America if he knew that all 1,739 peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list had church-planting teams assigned to them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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