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20011209 Brigada Today

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OPERATION CHINA CD-ROM IS A HIT

GMI has just finished the CD-ROM version of Paul Hattaway’s incredible Operation China. This beautiful daily prayer guide for all the unreached peoples of China features nearly 500 people profiles with maps, along with 700 color photographs, the full content of the 700-page book, all word-searchable. The CD runs on both Mac and Windows and is priced at $29.95. But we’ve negotiated an exclusive pre-publication special offer for Brigada Today readers good through December 31, 2001 from GMI and Piquant. GMI’s special Brigada price of $19.95 plus $5 shipping/handling is available via the Web at www.gmi.org/brigada or by sending email to Lorri <infoatgmidotorg>. Europeans can send orders to Piquant <infoatpiquantdotnet> to get the special Brigada price of £12.95, plus £2.95 shipping/handling in the UK and £4.95 in the rest of Europe. For more information, see www.gmi.org/operationchina.htm or contact GMI at <infoatgmidotorg>; telephone 719-531-3599; or fax: 719-548-7459.</infoatgmidotorg></infoatpiquantdotnet></infoatgmidotorg>

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PAYPAL CAN BE FRUSTRATING

In last week’s _Brigada Today_, we asked for feedback on PayPal (Item 1, “CAUTION: RUMBLES ABOUT PAYPAL”). We received about 10 responses — not many, from nearly 10,000 readers. One reader responded, “I run a small business in the US, and use Paypal regularly. I send/receive well over $50,000 per month, and am VERY happy with the system. It’s quite reliable, and I’ve had little or no problems.” But do read http://www.paypalwarning.com/ for the kind of thing that can happen. One email said that the PayPal VeriSign certificate expired in July 2001. That’s probably not a positive thing. :-) Losses ranged, for some, up into the thousands of dollars. One Brigada participant responded in what was probably a very fair assessment: “I’ve had several complaints with paypal, but I also have had great success. Their response is slow, but they DO respond eventually. And they’ve resolved every issue I’ve had to my satisfaction. I get about 20-30 transactions per day, and have been very happy with it.. Just like credit card systems, there are problems.. But Paypal does a pretty good job of resolving the majority of them.” One thing is for sure — several users reminded us that it’s crazy to try to use PayPal from an overseas location where they don’t do business. (They lock up your account the moment they find out where you’re located.) The bottom line of the whole study is probably this: Keep your PayPal balance low, use PayPal only from areas where they have a presence, and be watchful of every transaction. And … I guess to be on the safe side, if you have any other possible way to do the business you have to do, consider it again. It does indeed appear that Paypal is beginning to show some cracks. Rats. Why is it that the really cool ideas that are also cheap end up being short-lived. What does that tell us about “cheap”? :-) (Thanks to those who responded!)

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DISTANCE LEARNING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES

Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web-based preferred). Does it exist? If so, Justin <jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg> would like to know. He’s part of a traveling team to recruit and train missionaries and he’d love to have the latest to pass along to others. He’ll also compile a report that we can make available as an auto-responder here at Brigada. Thanks!</jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg>

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CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Idea Ministries is forming a team to help with an on going project in the Middle East. The dates are May 29 to July 10 2002. The cost $1200 per person (plus airfare). Academic credit is available for students. This is a real cross-cultural opportunity — not a tourist option. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at Tel. (616) 698-8393, email <ideaminatideaministriesdotorg> or Dr. Jim Romaine at Tel. (803) 781-1126, email <jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet>.</jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet></ideaminatideaministriesdotorg>

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SCRIPTURE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

Catch this workshop for Local Ethnic Christian Musicians & Poets from the Greater Vancouver/Lower Mainland, BC (Canada) region in early Feb. 2002. The application deadline is January 20, 2002. For more info contact <gcwacathotmaildotcom> or check out http://www.skybusiness.com/rield/index93.html </gcwacathotmaildotcom>

The event is sponsored by the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center –

http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew

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FREE BIBLE COURSES LEADING TO CERTIFICATES

Grace Notes now has available verse by verse courses in Ruth, Titus, Ephesians, Hosea, And Mark. Other courses are Doctrine (Bible topics), History, and Foundations (the basics of Bible study). The course materials are delivered to you by email. To see course descriptions, and to register, go to the Grace Notes web site at http://64.226.87.51/, or send an email to Warren Doud <wdoudatbgadotcom>.</wdoudatbgadotcom>

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INFO ON “…SPRING BREAK EXPERIENCE (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”

Apologies to those looking for contact information on Item 5 last week, “WHERE ARE YOU GOING SPRING BREAK? (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”. Unfortunately, we clipped it by mistake! Sorry about that. The Spring Break experience is March 11-15 in Tucson. Browse to

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm for more information. To register contact <larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)826-6028 or <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)825-6078.</wade_remeratwycliffedotorg></larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>

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VIRUSES EVERYWHERE

I’m getting, on average, 10 virus-laden emails per *day* now. It’s definitely a new day for email. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but get Norton Antivirus 2002. It updates its own data files automatically, every time you’re on line. The day that gone.scr came out, it not only updated virus data files, it installed new filtering process software on my machine and asked me to reboot… all automatically, without me thinking about it. It not only spots viruses and worms coming *in*, but it also keeps them from going *out*. In other words, even if a Melissa-type virus-trojan-worm *does* sneak by, when it starts to send emails to everyone in your address book, Norton intercepts and stops the behavior. So it nips the *spreading* in the bud. This one simple $30 purchase would, single-handedly, make the Internet an incredibly safer place. Get it at your local computer store or at http://www.symantec.com . You don’t need the bigger “System Works”… just the Antivirus software will do. Watch carefully for all the little checkboxes if you use their site. You probably don’t need any mailings whatsoever… nor do you need any additional products to do the job.

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NETWORK SOLUTIONS FORGETS

Tony at <tonyatsoondotorgdotuk> wrote this past week, “If you have a domain registered with Network Solutions, it is reported that allegedly they have not been always sending reminders to domain holders to request renewal payments. Result – lost domain. And there is a po*n company which buys up non-renewed domains of any sort, if they think there will be plenty of inbound links. Go to: </tonyatsoondotorgdotuk>

http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois

and check your renewal date and make a note of it. And note that there are many cheaper domain registrars, and it is easy to transfer to them. (But choose one that others recommend to you as reliable.) And if you have a domain you no longer want, don’t let it lapse, try selling it or passing it on.” (Great input, Tony!) I like www.aitdomains.com .

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS NEEDED

Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada.</briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>

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REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE IN JAPAN

Work with a Japanese Church in Hiroshima! Here’s a unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children are preferred but all applicants will be considered. You just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost. Inquire with Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff toll-free or via Net2Phone at 888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or click to http://www.mup.org or email <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  >.

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ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, April 08 to May 31, 2002, on the mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. *Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”: Wk 1- The Religion of Islam (Dale Fagerland); Wk 2- Peoples of Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas); Wk 3- Folk Islam (Dr. Bill Musk). *Course 2: “Approaches to Islam”: Wk 4- Theological Approach (Dr. Ida Glaser); Wk 5- Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall); Wk 6- Practical Approach (TBA). *Course 3: “Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts”: Wk 7- Ministry to Muslim Women (Donna Smith); Wk 8- [Pastoral] Counseling in Ministry to Muslims (Faouzi Arzouni). Brochure available: E-mail <aptsatxcdotorg>. Or call (63)(74) 422-6977. On the Web: http://www.apts.edu . Registration deadline: March 01, 2002.</aptsatxcdotorg>

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Interested in finding ways to better connect to the global partnership movement? Interdev is offering a partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders seeking a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships. The training has been garnered by Interdev in over 16 years of practical hands-on experience, including facilitating the exploration, formation and on-going effective operation of over 70 currently operating partnerships and over 90 currently developing partnerships around the world.

“Kingdom Connections” will be held in Grand Rapids, MI Feb.10-13, 2002. It is being sponsored by Interdev with Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the Interdenominational Fellowship of Mission Agencies (IFMA), Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC), and World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). For registration information, contact <interdev-usatxcdotorg>. Space is limited, so early application is crucial. For those interested in International Kingdom Connection training, please e-mail <trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk>.</trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk></interdev-usatxcdotorg>

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NEW HELP FOR MISSIONARY LEADERS

Roland Muller’s new book, _Missionary Leadership by Motivation and Communication_ addresses many of the leadership issues that arise when leading teams of volunteer Christian workers drawn from a variety of cultures and denominations. It includes many practical concepts and a wealth of resources, along with original cartoons by Jon Clime. Get it at http://www.rmuller.com .

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TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII

The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  >.

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THE BACK PAGE: RESPONSIBLE EMAILING

Lately, I’ve been noticing that, with the increased volume of email that seemingly everyone is getting these days, I’m more and more appreciating those who can be lovingly concise. :-) So here’s a Christmas wish list — that we would get rid of these 4 “most unwanted” email characteristics:

*** Attachments: In short, lose them. Those which end in .pif, .scr, .vbs, and .exe can ruin our hard drives. And Office extensions can contain macro viruses. If you *do* have to send an attachment, it’s polite to write first to ask permission to send it. And the recipient should have antivirus software.

*** Forwards: We never had to deal with this before the email generation, because nobody wanted to go pay for photocopies. Now it’s too easy to just keep hitting forward after forward after forward, and well-meaning friends leave all those carbon-copied addresses attached. Yikes. When will we learn to in-quote only what is needed. Honestly, I know *many* people who now don’t even download forwarded emails from their POP3 server.

*** Hoaxes: Just when I think we’re starting to be able to recognize hoaxes, another round starts up. Get the Brigada “OPC” protocol so you can spot hoaxes and similar unwarranted emails.

*** Real virus-propagation: I just don’t get it. After Melissa and everything else that has come before and after, why in the world are we still clicking on those attachments!!!??? :-) And when we *do*, why don’t we have antivirus programs with up-to-date virus data definitions. Because then, all our friends have to deal with receiving the brunt of our sloppy computing. Yikes. If these issues were spilling out in the streets, the world would be a very ugly place. As it is, it’s just the information highway that’s getting clogged with wasted virus-worm-spam. If you *must* use Outlook, go to Microsoft’s site and download the fix. Turn off Windows Scripting Host. Engage macro protection in Office. Get Norton. Please. :-)

*** Subscribe/Unsubscribe requests: If you’re part of an automated email list (like Brigada Today), try to be a responsible list member. That means keeping track of how to subscribe and unsubscribe. Some ejournals even include reminders on how to do that… in every issue. Yet literally dozens of subscribers try to prevail upon list-compilers to do their housecleaning for them… to change addresses, or to unsubscribe. Many even become angry when they won’t help. So please… it’s the most basic of all Internet functions. Learn to use the unsubscribe commands of the lists to which you subscribe. Your editors & compilers will love you for it! :-)

Thanks to any and all who can help rid the world of these email problems! :-)

20011125 Brigada Today

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IN MEMORY OF BOB & PATTI MAYHEW, OUR WEB VOLUNTEERS

This past week saw the passing of a great couple for Christ, Bob & Patti Mayhew, both 52 years old. Bob had previously served as a professor at the University of California’s Riverside campus, where he was responsible for PC support for Academic Computing in the Computing & Communications department. Over the years, Bob had developed some *great* tools in Perl that gradually helped him transfer hundreds and hundreds of pages of Brigada issues into HTML language for the web. Patti was quite an artist in her own right. (The logo used for Brigada Today at brigada.org was her creation.) Their tragic deaths this past week, within minutes of one another, signals a great loss for the entire Brigada family. Here was a duo who worked without pay since August 18, 1995 (ever since Brigada participant Paul Lay had recommended them to the job — Thanks Paul)! Here was a married couple totally sold out to missions. Bob had entertained long-term visions of serving some Islamic community in a future era of his life. On behalf of the entire Brigada family, we’ve sent flowers to the memorial service taking place on this very day, Nov. 30th, at a church in Riverside, CA. On an enclosed card, we wrote a message thanking Bob & Patti’s 2 surviving (adult) children for their parents’ incredible and selfless service record, signed by the “Nearly 10,000 members of the Brigada online family.”
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IN HONOR OF BOB & PATTI, THE MAYHEW MEMORIAL FUND

In honor of Bob & Patti, Team Expansion has set up a special trust — the Mayhew Memorial Fund — with the proceeds to be used to specifically underwrite the expenses of the Brigada website and email network. (Team Expansion is a non-profit, 501(c)3 incorporation, so for those in the USA, contributions are tax-deductible.) At Bob’s request, we had always kept it a secret that Bob had funded most of Brigada’s expenses since about 1998. He never wanted any attention. In fact, in most cases, he refused to even publicize or even mention his own name on the website. So it seems somehow fitting that a gift in his name would continue the legacy for which he invested so much of himself, his time, and his treasure. Contributions in Bob & Patti’s name can be sent to: Mayhew Memorial Fund, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Please make the check payable to Team Expansion and write “Mayhew Memorial Fund” in the memo line. A tax-deductible receipt will be sent to USA donors and all others will be sent a thank-you note via email (please don’t forget to provide yours). Those wishing to use the web can go to
http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html and click on the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page to make a donation using a credit card or from a PayPal account. (If for some reason the Brigada site drops out during this transitional period, you could also use the “Donate” link at:
http://www.teamexpansion.org , on the righthand side of the page.)
Please be sure to mention in the “Special Instructions” box that the gift is for the Mayhew Memorial Fund. In addition, please make a note regarding how you’d like your name to be shown on the sponsors page. If you’d like the gift to be anonymous, just mark it as such. Note that it might take us a while to figure out Bob’s system to update everything. Thanks for your patience as we get it going again. Thanks in advance to any who feel led to contribute.
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BRIGADA WEBSITE RUNNING SILENTLY, WITHOUT ITS HELMSMAN

So, if I can speak candidly for a moment, it’s kind of strange today for me to visit www.brigada.org . Really, truth be known, that’s Bob’s site, not Brigada’s. It’s hard for me to put into words what I feel as I click there… the way the web pages still obediently pop up, one after another, running silently, just as if Bob is somehow in the background, serving them personally. To me, it’s almost haunting. It probably sounds corny, but I can’t help but think of some kind of old mystery movie, where the wheel of an old ship has been tied, with the sails set so the bow heads into the wind. The helmsman is missing, having deserted his post for the time being. But the ship sails on into the dark. Those hundreds and hundreds of files, representing hundreds and hundreds of late nights, stand today as his legacy. May God bless his grown daughter, son-in-law, and son. May He raise up others like Bob & Patti for the challenges of tomorrow… and may Bob’s name ever be remembered as synonymous with selfless servanthood and extreme endurance.

Our tribute today isn’t just to Bob & Patti, it’s to all those like the Mayhews, who serve daily in silent ministry for the good of the Kingdom, in hopes that unreached peoples everywhere can one day know Christ as King! To all those servants, we offer thanks . . . and hopes for God’s richest blessings. …

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SOME ARE RECEIVING 10 INFECTED EMAILS PER DAY

And I’m one of them. Believe it or not, there are some who are receiving literally 10 infected emails per day these days (i.e., over the past week). Most are due to incredibly virulent forms of w32dotbadtransdotbatmmdothtml . Read the full security alert on this one at:
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/ (click on the “Security Alert” for the badtrans virus). How does one avoid getting badtrans? You guessed it: Don’t click on the file attachment, make sure your virus definitions are up to date, and finally, make sure you’ve disabled Outlook’s tendency to automatically execute macros and visual basic scripts. The trojan worm attachment will typically have file names that look like:
CARD.Doc.pif or NEWS_DOC.mp3.scr. But the virus (or more properly, the worm) randomly chooses these file names from a list including names like “PICS, IMAGES, README, New_Napster_Site, NEWS_DOC, HAMSTER, YOU_ARE_FAT!, SEARCHURL, SETUP, CARD, ME_NUDE, Sorry_about_yesterday, S3MSONG, DOCS, HUMOR, and FUN.” The trick is… the final extension for the entire file name will *always* end in “pif” or “scr”. For the benefit of all your friends on the Net, *please* make sure your virus definitions are up to date and don’t click on any attachments ending in those extensions. Thanks!
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LET’S START TALKING

Have you heard of the ministry “Let’s Start Talking”? It’s a very specific form of TESL… Check it out at:
http://www.lst.org or call +1-817-684-7LST or write <lstatlstdotorg>
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IF YOU UPGRADE TO XP, TRY POWERTOYS

Over the years, many of us have come to appreciate “Powertoys”, a collection of helpful (but officially unsupported) programs from the hands of Microsoft employees to wring the most out of the Windows operating system. Now, if you’ve upgraded to Windows XP, there’s a new set of powertoys to help. Check ’em out at:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/downloads/powertoys.asp
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GOT CREATIVE FINANCIAL STRATEGY EXAMPLES?

Don in Colorado Springs is doing some research for a project dealing with creative strategic use of finances for kingdom work. If you know of any great examples of how people are defying the cultural norm of spending their resources on themselves and freeing up those finances for missions, please pass them along! Of particular interest would be people who have learned to live off 50% or less of their income, channeling the other 50% or more towards unreached peoples, OR people who have strategically invested for the express purpose of using the extra income for missions. In one example, two families decided to live together in a large house, sharing expenses, and freeing up thousands per year which they channeled towards the kingdom. If you know of other examples, please pass them to Don at <niemyerataoldotcom>. Once his report is completed he’ll send it in and we’ll make it available for all of us via an autoresponder.
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LIFE DIRECTION WEEKENDS

Operation Mobilization is offering US residents a Life Direction Weekend where participants look at their gifts and talents and how they can use them. The weekends help give clarity and vision about how individuals fit into the bigger picture of God’s plan. Plus, through a personality profile and gifts study, participants will better understand who God made them to be.
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OUT OF MORMONISM: A WOMAN’S TRUE STORY

Honest and eye-opening, OUT OF MORMONISM takes readers where few will ever see–behind the doors of the Mormon church and into the lives of a family seeking to leave. Part apologetic and part autobiography, the book begins with an explanation of how author Judy Robertson and her family were drawn into Mormonism, how they were constantly lived a life that never quite measured up even though they were “temple-worthy Mormons,” and how they finally found their freedom. OUT OF MORMONISM also compares Mormon beliefs with biblical truths. A great resource for those participating in the Salt Lake City Olympic Outreach in February 2002. Plus you can now get special rates for ministries! For orders: 1-800-328-6109 (int’l: 1-952-829-2500) or email <csatbethanyhousedotcom> More information at http://www.BethanyHouse.com .
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NEW BOOK ON ISLAM

Don McCurry has recently completed a new book on ministry to Muslims, _Healing the Broken Family of Abraham: New Life for Muslims_. It explores the roots of Islam through the family of Abraham, historical and cultural aspects of Islam, and effective ministry help. The book is available by contacting +1-800-447-4147 or +1-719-597-0609 or look for it at http://www.isionline.org . The retail price is $15.00 plus shipping.
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GOOD PRICES ON BOOKS FOR/ABOUT MISSIONARIES

This online bookstore has a niche for missions books, mission biographies, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (best price on web), Patch the Pirate story/song adventures for children, and many other books and gifts. (They accept credit cards and PayPal and ship anywhere in the world.) (Now through Dec 4th, use coupon code “4SALE” and save $4 on shipping.) The site is
http://www.baptist-books.com or email <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>.</bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>

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LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES

MissionPrep (Toronto, Canada) has a course coming on February 10,2002. For a detailed overview of this and other seminars email Robert <micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call him in Canada at 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

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LOOKING FOR GOOD CHRISTIAN VIDEOS?

Try GospelDirect.com . They’ve got tons.

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SEND YOUR KIDS TO THIS BIBLE STUDY WEBSITE

Here’s a site that makes the web worth it for kids. Check out
http://www.childrensbiblestudy.com . See the animations galore and the dozens of free games and puzzles.

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ANNOUNCING PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM

A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, is now being offered in seven cities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Columbia, SC; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Washington DC. Classes begin in January (Registration deadline for January classes are in mid-January.) or March 2002, depending on location. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to reach Muslims with the Christian message. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more please visit our website at http://www.PerspectivesOnIslam.org or email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg> .</infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>

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MINI-PERSPECTIVES COURSE AVAILABLE ON-LINE

The 2nd edition of the Path to God’s Glory “mini-Perspectives” Bible-study is now available on-line! You can check it out at http://www.pathtogodsglory.org . This study highlights the main points of the Perspectives material and has been used in over 40 countries to mobilize Christians to join God in His plan to bless all nations. This study can be used as either a 4 or 8-week study with individuals, small groups, Sunday school classes, short term and missions training teams. For more information contact the study’s author, Joe, at <infoatpathtogodsglorydotorg>.</infoatpathtogodsglorydotorg>

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NORTH KOREA INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

The World Center for North Korea Missions is releasing their long-awaited Investigative Report. This 10-part series features written testimonies as well as audio and video of North Korean refugees and mission workers. Receive the report by email by visiting http://www.nkmissions.com/world_network/ or for more info email <wnetworkatnkmissionsdotcom>.</wnetworkatnkmissionsdotcom>

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NEED CHRISTMAS PRAYER CARDS?

There are plenty of people who can do them. We just used http://www.occgrafx.com . They completed the job in one day — literally.

</csatbethanyhousedotcom></niemyerataoldotcom></lstatlstdotorg>

20010902 Brigada Today

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BE A PART OF THE JP2000 FOLLOW-UP

Joshua Project 2000 logo Want to participate in the follow-on work to Joshua Project 2000? Just click on over to http://www.joshuaproject.net/surveyintro.html. Joshua Project II welcomes survey participation by any ministry or organization working among one or more people groups. Users can download the survey cover letter and instructions and select from over 225 country survey forms in PDF format. This is still somewhat of a “paper-based” system as users must print off various reports, fill them in manually and return them to Joshua Project II via postal mail. JPII plans to upgrade this to a full on-line system where users can fill in survey forms directly on the web and submit batches of ministry activity updates electronically.
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“ASK A MISSIONARY FORUM” GROWS

WebWatch Ask A Missionary shares questions and answers on becoming a long-term missionary. In the last two years this free monthly email newsletter has grown from 400 to 1,600 readers. Browse http://www.askamissionary.com to subscribe, to post new questions and answers, and to read dozens of answers online. Six topics are discussed: Support-Raising, Selecting an agency, The Call, Tentmaking, Training, Singles/Families. In addition, each topic has a recommended list of books, tapes and websites. This can be an excellent follow-up for those who went on a short-term and are now interested in long-term missions. And agencies can get visitors to their websites since answers include the first name of the missionary and the agency website.
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USE THIS SITE TO PLAN YOUR CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY

Try browsing: www.childrensbiblestudy.com to get ideas for your next study. The artwork and “look and feel” is great for kids. Also check out: www.whowillstand.com for older teens, college-agers or young marrieds.
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EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

calendar The purpose of this year’s strategic conference is to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese from God’s Word to ‘Look Unto Jesus’ thus encouraging one another’s spiritual growth and faith. This conference is also dedicated to help equip those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA 92339. Sponsoring Organizations: International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, Navigators For more information go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 or e-mail ushqatjcfndotorg  (ushqatjcfndotorg)  .
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TEACH ENGLISH, SHARE THE GOSPEL, GET PAID

Vision International Alliance (VIA) is recruiting people to teach English for at least one year in Japan, South Korea and China. VIA provides all training and generous benefits. Teachers will work with local church leaders and have many opportunities to interact with students outside of the classroom. This is a wonderful opportunity for short-term missionaries and tentmakers. For an application and more information, look up http://www.viamission.org/teach or write to Lydia at ecbtatviamissiondotorg  (ecbtatviamissiondotorg)  .
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ARE YOU A TRAVELING MISSIONARY?

4x4 vehicle A&R Associates is a Christian business dedicated to serving the travel needs a missionaries traveling to international and domestic locations since 1996. They just installed self booking reservation system on their website. You can book your own international and domestic flights, car rentals, and hotels 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can also book flights back to the United States from foreign countries and from one foreign to other foreign countries. Click to http://ar-associates.freeyellow.com/travel.html or write to arassoc1atearthlinkdotnet  (arassoc1atearthlinkdotnet)   or tel. 805-739-0378, Fax 805-739-0689, 800-298-0198 Ask for Roland.
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HELP WANTED FOR MEDIA TYPES

movie camera Want to travel and learn? Media professionals are invited to travel to Asia for 2-4 weeks in 2002 to conduct workshops on web design, scriptwriting and/or video production depending on the country. Support of approximately $2,000-2,300 will be required. Contact Professor DanH Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom  (Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom)  .
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DON’T MISS AVIATION MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2001

calendar The dates are October 17 through 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a goal of bringing missions and aviation together by networking ministries, organizations, missionaries, etc. for the purpose of reaching the unreached. Alpha Aviation Missions Outreach Center is the host. A registration and exhibitor discount will be given to all subscribers of Brigada. For more info, see: http://www.alphaaviation.org or call Rod toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at Call toll free 866-GO-ALPHA or dial 918-438-7812 from anywhere or write him mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)  .
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10-40 WINDOW WORKERS!

10/40 window If you live and work in the 10-40 you may be interested to learn about OPEN Network, a network of workers serving in Creative Access Nations. The objective of OPEN is to help us share and learn from each other. Learn more at their website; www.OPENNetworkers.net
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DOCTORAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT

graduation cap “You have always wanted to earn a credible Doctorate but did not know how and from where. Your PRAYER is now answered. The learner-friendly doctoral programme is finally here: The International Council of Higher Education’s (ICHE) Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)– upgradable to a Ph.D, is now offered through the Singpaore’s graduate School, Bethany School of Missions in an Asian and African cultural setting. The unique feature of this programme: flexible, self-paced, cutting-edge, and minimal residence requirements. There are more than 12 areas of major concentrations that you can work under the able guidance of senior experienced and highly qualified missions professors based on your interest and need of missionary work. This doctoral programme is open to specifically missions-minded pastors, missions leaders, missions executives, full- time missionaries, missionaries on furlough, and generally for other categories of Christian workers.” If you are intersted, you may apply to Registrar bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg  (bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg)   , Bethany School of Missions, PO Box 143, Singapore-911705 (Tel: 65- 348-5546; F: 65-348-5547). And/or the Programme coordinator winstonelliottatpacificdotnetdotsg  (winstonelliottatpacificdotnetdotsg)  .
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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

20010225 Brigada Today

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DO US A FAVOR: ENTER THE DATES OF YOUR CONFERENCE

calendar Hey, could you do us a favor and jot down the dates of your upcoming conference or training course at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar Brigada participants are all the time asking for the dates of upcoming events. If we all just took a moment to post them, then we would be able to manage the tracking of these events much more easily. For an example of what I mean, check out Feb. 7-9, 2002 in the calendar there. You’ll see PACE-Lab 2002 entered, along with a web site for more info. Be sure to note the location of your event — along with the country in which it will occur. Remember — we have an international audience!
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A NEW (OLD) SLANT ON PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS

The International House of Prayer is a 24-hour/day, 7-day/week, inter-denominational prayer ministry located in the Kansas City area. It’s a great new concept based on an old model–the Tabernacle of David–with singers and musicians leading corporate intercession and worship 24-hours a day. They have particular sessions to pray for the Kingdom to come to the nations, cities, and college campuses of the world. They even have prayer training and a passion to send pray-ers to the nations. Write for information at infoatihopkcdotcom  (infoatihopkcdotcom)  , or check out more at http://www.ihopkc.com/new/ihop247.html. (Thanks Mark!)
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SEARCH BRIGADA ARCHIVES

Brigada Logo There are two ways to search past issues of Brigada Today. Without a doubt, the best way is to go to the Brigada web site: http://www.brigada.org Our amazingly consistent web-volunteer, Bob, has custom-designed a search engine there especially for Brigada Today. You can specify how many years back you want to search (all the way back to the beginning, if you like), as well as how exacting you want the search. What’s more, when you see the results, you’re looking at the item titles themselves, rather than the issue for that week. So when you click on an item that looks promising, Bob’s search engine takes you precisely to the item, even if it was originally at the very end of the issue in which it occurred. By the way, we’ve been running a couple of sister relationships along the way, and Bob’s listed helps for them as well — for Advance and the Web Evangelism Guide. Find it all by clicking on the “Search” line at the home page of Brigada.

So go ahead… give it a try. Click to: http://www.brigada.org/sbtas.html and search for “water filters”. You get 9 results, some of which go back as far as August ’98. If you drop the “s” and type in just “water filter”, the search engine finds an additional 5 items, 14 in all. Try it yourself with something you’d like to research. “TESL” finds a dozen items, “TESOL” finds 27. The term “Bush” is mentioned a whopping 75 times! :-) “Yahoo!” is there 7 times throughout the past few years. :-)

By the way, there is another way to search more recent issues. About the only time you’d want to use this alternative approach is when Bob hasn’t quite had a chance to post the most recent issue into the Brigada site. For example, you receive a particular issue of Brigada Today, then you delete it, then you wish you could get it back — about 5 minutes later. Odds are, Bob won’t be quite that fast (although he’s usually fairly quick! :-) ). In that case, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/messages At that site, the particular edition is available within about 30 seconds of posting time. Yahoo Groups has Brigada Editions going back to August of 2000. So you should be covered!

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DATE CHANGE ON TESOL SCHOOL IN CHINA

lighting the way Want to learn to teach English? Why not do it in China! Some 40 teachers will be needed at the SIAS University where a TESOL school will be held from June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province (dates changed from previous announcement). The school will provide you with the tools needed to Teach English and build relationships. Whether you are called to China, or other parts of the world, this professional course will prepare you. There are also opportunities to stay on and Teach English for the 2001-2001 academic year at SIAS University. For more information check out: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email TESOL2001athotmaildotcom  (TESOL2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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APOLOGIES TO JERRY RANKIN

lighting the way Oops… contrary to what we reported earlier, Dr. Jerry Rankin is at the helm of the IMB, not Avery Willis (see Feb. 16th edition of Brigada Today, “FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE” DEPT.“). Thanks to those who wrote with that correction. However — it was indeed Avery Willis who announced that the IMB was “opening up the store”, so to speak, at GCOWE ’95. Avery is, however, the Senior VP, not the actual point man.
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NEW ANIMATED BIBLE STUDY SITE FOR CHILDREN

WebWatch The vision behind Charles’ work is to include a dynamic, animated presentation of every major Bible character and theme in this new site http://www.childrensbiblestudy.com Looks to be a powerful tool to reach out to families all over the world. For more info, contact Charles cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom  (cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom)  .
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DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR PATTERSON CD

cd-rom Remember that the manufactured, revised edition of the George Patterson CD is now available for immediate shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, fax 503-517-1801, email bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . The price is US$29.95 plus shipping (volume discount available). While they can accept bank cards, they cannot do billing. [For Windows only.] Microsoft Windows
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ON-LINE REVEILLE SHOFAR IS MOBILIZATION TOOL

WebWatch The Jan/Feb 2001 edition of the Operation Reveille Shofar is posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm. This issue reports about work in northern Iraq, Japan, and the Ukraine as well as ways to study Islam, get map overlays, and help southern Sudan. The web version of the newsletter is cool because it is in color, and one can hyperlink to sites for the opportunities and resources mentioned. For more information on Operation Reveille, a ministry of Mission to Unreached Peoples, write Bruce operationreveilleataltavistadotnet  (operationreveilleataltavistadotnet)  .
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SURVEY REVEALS BEST TRAITS FOR TENTMAKERS

Here’s a great little study reported by Tim Parker tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg  (tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg)  , the Tentmaking Coordinator for Team Expansion. According to Tim, Don Hamilton (of TMQ Research) recently completed a survey among some 800 people who are serving or have served overseas in a tentmaking capacity. The study revealed that the most effective tentmakers…

  • had led an evangelistic bible study before going overseas.
  • went overseas mainly to share the gospel.
  • believed God called them to be tentmakers.
  • had experience in actively sharing their faith at home.
  • had strong relationships with their local home church.
  • recruited others to be tentmakers.

For further information on the survey, or for a copy of the full report ($10), Tim said we could write directly to Don Hamilton, TMQ Research, 312 Melcanyon Road, Duarte, CA 91010, 626-359-4048. (No email given.) Tim cited the info. with permission from the Canadian Tentmaker Network/Southern Ontario Tentmaker Seminar Workbook). Thanks Tim!

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MISSION ADVENTURE NOVELS?

WebWatch Here’s the latest in literature… a missions “ebook” adventure story. Check it out at: http://www.adventurebooksonline.com. In each AdventureBook novel, you will be exposed to new and informative insights about exotic cultures and places. The goal of these writings is to elevate the enjoyment level of readers to the point that you will learn things about important cultural and missiological truths without even realizing that they are being taught. (Note that we’re mentioning this site because of its cutting-edge approach to distributing missions information; we’re not necessarily endorsing the fact that the profit from the book goes to help a mission effort in the Philippines. As a general rule, we don’t publish fund-raising appeals. But we do highlight useful and innovative resources, practically all of which tend to result in someone making some small amount of money. Anyway… we thought this was a creative way to get the word out.)
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COFFEE SHOP: TRY AGAIN

lighting the way Some who visited The Coffee Shop following the recent announcement ran into a technical glitch. The problem has been fixed, and missionaries, former missionaries, and pre- missionaries are once again invited to join. The Coffee Shop is an email list service to discuss books, articles and ongoing topics related to life and ministry. To join, send a blank email to thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom  (thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or send questions to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  . For more information, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com.
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THE BACK PAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen Michael Jaffarian recently wrote us with a thoughtful evaluation, after having read the “Back Page” editorial from Feb. 16th (…Good Teams…). I remember meeting Michael on a bus once in Seoul, Korea — of all places. I’ve never forgotten his eye for detail, still apparent in this piece of transparent and honest evaluation:

“My interest perked up at something you wrote in Brigada Today. (So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. )

“Exactly. In our mission, CBI, we realized that we were keeping excellent statistics on finances, pretty good statistics on personnel, but not as good field statistics. In other words, we could report to our churches how much they were sending to us, but not much about what fruit was coming from all that, in concrete, specific terms. Our old field statistics system, of annually getting a count of churches, baptisms, etc., had sort of fallen into disrepair. For one thing, so much of what happens on the field is done by nationals, not by our missionaries. But there are ways to overcome that. So one of my major projects this year is to renew and upgrade that whole system for our mission. What to count, and why, and how.

“I spent a lot of time in January meeting with and talking to field leaders from many of our fields. Each is sooooooooo different from the next. I developed a lot of good, fresh ideas from that. I also spent some time going over our Mission Statement, our Purpose Statement, our Strategic Priorities, and etc., and on all these things asked, are there ways we can monitor this stuff? For most of it, there are. For example, we say that evangelization is a big priority for us as a mission. So I am going to ask every missionary, every year, how many people did you share the gospel with last year? (There are some complexities, definitions to that question, but still, I think I can make it workable). … I believe that just the asking of that question is going to increase the amount of evangelization we as a mission do every year. Similar with many other categories, in the life and work of the missionary, and field-by-field.

“I suspect a lot of missions could do a better job with this business of field statistics – gathering them, analyzing them, reporting them, and strategizing on the basis of things learned and opportunities revealed. The things we want to be doing as a mission, let’s quantify them if possible, and then learn. The point is not to make anybody look good or to make anybody look bad. The point is to give glory to God and serve him well.”

Thanks for your frank and honest sharing, Michael!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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