Why Do We Use Ascii Text For Brigada’s Emailed Edition?

When we tried the switch (to HTML formatted email), the outcry was pronounced. And no wonder. Of the 1,173,109,925 Internet subscribers at the end of 2007, only 349,980,000 were said to connect via broadband. That means that the vast majority of the world is still looking at the Internet through a small pipe (dial-up).
(this last source will wrap; please reassemble it in your browser’s “To:” box.)

What’s more, many of these dial-up users have HTML disabled by default, which means — when they receive emails laced with http: links within them, the http: links complicate and confuse normal text like nobody’s business. Beyond that, many of the world’s broadband users have “download pictures in email” turned off by default, as well. (They’ve been taught to do so because of virus- and trojan-laced emails.)

What’s more, in an in-depth survey by Jupiter Research in 2006, some 1166 users asserted that they were more likely to open and read/respond to an email if it contained a) products or features that were interesting to them (54%), or b) written copy that attracted them (40%), or a subject line that caught their eye (35%) or a compelling offer (33%). Less than one-fourth even paid any attention to pictures.
(The source for these stats was: )

But what about using hot links to skip down to the individual items from the table of contents in the top-line summary? Wouldn’t that save time for all readers? Well if they have HTML functionality turned on, yes – probably. (I for one don’t; by default, I look at mail in ASCII text mode.) But why wouldn’t those users be able to click over to the web, then, and just use the corresponding web version to leap from link to link to their heart’s content? In this way, if they’ve decided to look at text-only email, they’ll like Brigada. Otherwise, they can always click to the web version for pictures, links, special features and lots more.

So our conclusion, after lots of consideration, was to preserve Brigada’s original ascii formatting by email, but continue to focus on sprucing it up some for those who are able to use the web. That’s all we have to say about that.

5) Download A New Children’s Prayer Journal From Wycliffe

That’s what you can do now at

The free, colorful Prayer Journal offers children a service-learning project to help accelerate the pace of Bible translation, since God answers children’s prayers just as He answers adults’ prayers. Children can pray for 12 different people groups featured in the book From Akebu to Zapotec. They learn about a balanced prayer life using the A.C.T.S. acrostic (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication), praying Scripture for people groups they learn about each day, week or month. Children also pray for a missionary, record requests and answers, and keep a keychain tag and bookmark as prayer reminders. Teachers who field-tested the journal said their students formed lasting prayer habits after just one month of repeated use! Need more information than the website offers? Contact

4) Meet Jason, As He Works On The Next Operation World

Curious about when the next Operation: World is coming out? Learn more at:

That’s where you’ll see the list of monthly newsletters of the “point man” to which Patrick Johnstone, the former Editor in Chief, has handed the baton. Go Jason! We’re with you, brother! According to Patrick (in the note he sent Brigada this past week), he’s currently shooting for a Sept. 2009 publication date. Patrick also wrote, “Thank you for Brigada. I appreciate your efforts to modernise, but also appreciate the reversion to the older format as well. I prefer the quick e-scan with the ordinary, but have the freedom to dig deeper on items of more interest to me. I [also] appreciate your warm affirmation of the Joshua Project List PG tree! It has taken years to get to this stage where at last people are beginning to see the value of this approach!” Here at Brigada, we’re a big fan of everything Patrick does… so this encouragement means a lot, coming from him. Thanks for the boost, Patrick!

4) The Purpose-Driven Death Mission Conference

To Every Tribe Ministries is pleased to announce that Dr. John Piper will be a featured speaker along with David Sitton, founder of TETM and special guests Alex and Brett Harris, authors of the new bestselling book, “Do Hard Things.” The dates are October 18-19, 2008, and the place is High Pointe Baptist Church, (Austin, Texas). Join the group in glorifying Christ, focusing on radical mission to the unreached, and praying that the Lord of the harvest would send out harvesters. On line registration is open

For more information contact Tommi

4) Hear Missionaries From Around The World

Story ’08 is a large-scale mission conference to be held in Orlando, Florida, December 28-31. Pioneers missionaries will be flying in from some of the hardest places around the world to meet and share with up to hundreds of attendees about what God’s doing among the unreached. Seminars will cover everything from business as mission and education to sex-trafficking and spiritual warfare. They will also be talking about the world’s major religious groups and how to reach them. This event is for all ages: A children’s program for kids up to age 12 will teach about missions while teens through retirees are welcome in the main sessions. To register or learn more about the conference, visit

For posters, DVDs (featuring a trailer and webisodes), and other promotional materials, contact

6) What Do You Look For In A Missions Agency?

That’s Steve’s question. He’s setting up a website to allow people “to easily compare the distinctives of missions sending organisations on about 20 dimensions including funding model, attitude to local church, denomination, team approach, member care policy, preferred length of service etc.” So the questions are: “What ‘dimensions’ do people care about when selecting an agency? How do agencies distinguish themselves? Are there already web sites that already describe these factors? If so, please give him guidance by writing your response at Just find this item in the list and click “Comment” under it. You can even write anonymously if you desire.

Missionary Training Camp by Elijah Company

It happens during four days from June 19-22 in Virginia, covering the major areas of need to go and stay in the call of God. They emphasize relationships, spiritual warfare, intercession and support, and, with Intercessors Arise, they offer mentorship and training in missions and prayer. Short- termers as well as furloughing missionaries have gained needed tools for their work. Their web site has a description of the training and curriculum and applications. Write to us at training(at)

elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-333-0446. (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

The Backpage: Who will Cast a Vision for the next 5 Years in Your Life?

We recently asked that question — and, thanks to our good friend, Greg, we learned about “Call2All Congresses.”

(Learn more at…

Check ’em out! There are upcoming conferences in Dallas, Nairobi, and Toronto.

Greg also filled us in on the “Finish the Task” initiative, led, in part, by Paul Eshleman. Learn more about them at…
In a form similar to AD2000 & Beyond, Finishing the Task is “an association of mission agencies and churches who want to see reproducing churches planted among every people group in the world. In 2006, FTT identified 639 unreached, unengaged people groups with populations above 100,000. Since then, 190 of these people groups have been selected, with church planting started in 60 of them.” (Thanks for the leads, Greg.)

Do you have other missions statesman in your midst? Anybody else casting that “big picture” vision? If so, please just click “Comments” below and fill us in! Either way, we can now be optimistic that more vision is in the pipeline!

Doug Lucas


Create International’s resource website at:

is focused on resourcing Christians around the world with a variety of evangelistic tools. Aiming to enhance one’s personal witness and provide effective cross-cultural tools in multiple languages, this website tool box contains more than 800 external links to resources and informative articles. They now have a searchable database of hundreds of people groups with links to audio, video, and literature tools for evangelism and mission mobilization. Create International has just completed a new section of “FREELY downloadable evangelistic films” for more than 30 of the largest and least reached people groups! They are available in both Apple and PC compatible formats which are playable on any desktop, laptop, or portable media player. Please visit their “Indigitech” website and get equipped to reach the nations! Questions? Send an email to admin(at)

createinternational(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the addresses onto one line.]


POSTINGS is a free, on-line newsletter from Catalyst Services chock full of practical ideas on how to help churches discover and fulfill their global mandate. To subscribe and review past issues, go to:

The January issue focuses on Rapid Response Teams, including the story of how one church has prepared to serve disaster victims in many places, along with information on training, free resources, and more. Other recent issues have featured articles on the essentials of successful international partnerships, new ways to structure the church missions team, and the church/agency/missionary sending triangle. Some issues of POSTINGS specifically address ways missionaries and mission agencies can better collaborate with churches.


The School of Missions Mobilization, a project of Hillside Missions, is accepting applications for teachers and students. The SMM’s vision is to train and prepare Latin American individuals to share the gospel with unreached nations and peoples. More than just a school, the SMM is a community. If you’re not looking to enroll as a student, there are plenty of opportunities to teach! Some of the subjects taught include Bible, Missiology, Anthropology, Theology and English. For more information and an application in Spanish or English, check out

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