Prayer

20020106 Brigada Today

Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY, USA
(See your subscription information at the end under “Closing Stuff”!)

In this issue…

1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA
2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC.
3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1
5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE
6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO?
7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING
8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON
10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE
12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES
14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS
15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES
16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS
17) CLOSING STUFF

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1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA — The “Intercessors for China 2002” prayer calendar is available at

http://www.prayforchina.com

or by calling 1-888-462-5481!

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2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC. — A Christian film and video library in Minnesota, USA is preparing to close its doors after nearly 30 years of ministry. One of the items it has to dispose of is 16mm film checker, cleaner and previewer. This is a free standing model. There are also cleaning and splicing supplies included. The checker is available free of charge but must be picked up in Minneapolis or you will need to arrange for shipping to you. For more information you can contact: Don Lundeen at gtf media resources, 701 Decatur – Ste. 110, Minneapolis, MN 55427, 763/545-5344, 763/545-5498 fax, <donatgtfmediadotcom></donatgtfmediadotcom>

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3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER — You can still order copies of “Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices From Around the World.” This new book is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations and member care workers are providing missionary care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from both the Newer Sending Countries (NSCs) and the Older Sending Countries (OSCs). It has 50 chapters, 576 pages, (a few surprises), and is presented in three parts: The Member Care Context (5 articles); Regional Issues and Insights (15 articles from Africa, Latin America, the Arabic World, Asia, and India); Providing and Developing Member Care (30 articles categorized according to the books transcultural model of member care). To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit

http://www.membercare.org

Retail price: $24.99; Until Jan. 10: 1-9 books: $15.00; 10-25 books: $12.00; 26-50 books: $11.00; 51-100 books: $10.00; 101+ books: $ 8.00. Prices exclude shipping. For ordering info: Kelly O’Donnell<102172dot170atcompuservedotcom>

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4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1 — If you’ve switched to Office XP, might as well make your way to:

www.office.microsoft.com/productupdates

for Service Pack 1. I didn’t notice a ton of differences, but there are supposed to be some security things handled.

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5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE — Do you struggle with using and understanding English? Help is available! The international mission, Operation Mobilisation, has a school in the UK aimed specifically at those wanting to learn or improve their English for Christian service and missionary work. They promote a friendly atmosphere and small classes. Each day starts with spiritual input. Courses run throughout the year. Minimum stay is 2 weeks. For info email

<englishatrhyldotomdotorg>.</englishatrhyldotomdotorg>

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6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO? — To Every Tribe Ministries is the church planting ministry of the Sitton family, but it shows what one family can do! They focus primarily on church planting among unreached tribes in Papua New Guinea and Mexico. However, they hope that their web site to become a valuable tribal missions resource for the entire Body of Christ. Check out the extensive tribal and general missions information they have put together at:

http://www.toeverytribe.com

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7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING — This two week seminar will help to equip the new missionary with knowledge, skills and attitudes in overcoming the formidable challenge of cross-cultural hurdles. Learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques. Study cross-cultural adaptation & communication, handling stress, Interpersonal relationships, spiritual warfare and much more. A highlight of MissionPrep training is exposure to other cultures through visits to ethnic centres such as “Little India”, “China Town” in the heart of Toronto. For more information contact Robert,

<micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

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8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE — The tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th have set off a whole series of global disruptions that are powerfully impacting how we do cross-cultural ministry. The Columbia Biblical Seminary Extension at Toccoa Falls College in NE Georgia, is concerned that God’s cross-cultural servants be uniquely equipped to respond effectively to the whole array of challenge and opportunity that are being presented. To that end, they have scheduled three of the world’s pre-eminent theologian-missiologists to come teach one week modular graduate courses in June 2002. June 3-7, Dr. Bill Larkin (Professor of Theology and Mission) will teach “Acts in Historical, Theological and Missiological Perspective”, June 10-14, Dr. Ken Mulholland (Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary) will lead “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” and June 17-21, Dr. Timothy Tennent (Associate Professor of World Missions and Director of Missions Programs Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) will lead “Biblical Contextualization”. For complete information call Lynette at 1-800-868-3257 Ext. 5423, outside the US call 011-706-886-7299 Ext. 5423, email them at: <gradstudiesattfcdotedu>, or visit the web site at </gradstudiesattfcdotedu>

http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/default.htm

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9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON — Here’s a very 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 preferred but all applicants will be considered, you just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost! Please inquire with us today! Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at

http://www.mup.org. Our email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg>.</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS — Here are transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The MATS “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost, while the New Field Units for NGO missions are built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. They’ve got all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Find MATS International at Inc. 4444 National Road E Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email

<caratmatsdotorg>, web: mats.org.</caratmatsdotorg>

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11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE — Grab free content for webmasters. You can now incorporate over 30 pages of detailed resource material directly into your site – just by adding a few lines of code to one of your pages. The pages are completely integrated – they match the appearance of other pages on your site. The material helps Christians to understand the issues involved in effective online communication, and stresses the importance and potential of online cross-cultural evangelism. It also includes a customized poster for the webmaster’s own site.

http://www.web-evangelism.com/yourpage

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12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE — The Christian Economic Development Institute is upon us — May 20-31, 2002. If you are seeking a way to help the poor transform their lives, but don’t know how or where to start, this training is for you. Whether you serve on the foreign missions field or in the inner city in the US, their trainers will start you in the right direction. Faculty and facilitators are experienced practitioners who have served both overseas and in the US. The Institute is sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, in partnership with Food for the Hungry, World Relief and Christian Community Development Association and will be held on the campus of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia (USA). For full details and an application, see the Chalmers Center’s website:

http://www.chalmers.org.

Or, contact us at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 31 May 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. Their schedule for this year is: Week 1: 8-12 April Introduction to Islam – Dr. Tan Kim Sai; Week 2: 15-20 April Building Relationships with Muslim & Apologetics – Daoud Irasaneous; Week 3: 22-26 April – Narrative Approach to Reaching Muslims -Dr. Paul Parks; Week 4: 29 April-4 – Muslim Worldview and the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic Law – Sam Solomon; Week 5: 6-10 May – History of Missions to Muslims Sandra Chiew; Week 6: 13-17 May – Church Planting Among Muslims Roger Dixon; Week 7: 20-24 May Muslim Evangelism – Phil Parshall; Week 8: 27-31 May Christian Use of the Quran – Harry Morin. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. All applications need to be in by March 1.</seaiisatmaildotcom>

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14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS — What are the questions we fail to ask in multicultural teams? What are the identity issues of the workers unique to these teams? Are there extra stress factors? What role do the different forms of logic play? How does this play out in relationships? decision-making? leadership? And what about the things that trip us up so easily – retreats and relaxation? And the Achilles heel – finances and lifestyle? Are there advantages to working in multicultural teams?

What issues need to be attended to most in selection and training people for these teams? How can leadership prepare their workers for such teams? These and other related subjects will be handled in a workshop from 27-31 May 2002 offered by Lianne Roembke in Limassol, Cyprus. Dr. Roembke has been involved in training such teams for over 25 years and it was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. For more information see

http://www.memct.org or contact <timatmemctdotorg></timatmemctdotorg>

This workshop is offered in German in Korntal/Stuttgart by Seminare für Missionarische Fortbildung, 2.-6. September 2002. Contact <mboeddinghausataemdotde>.</mboeddinghausataemdotde>

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15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — With the tragic events of 9/11 it may be prudent to review your life insurance program and determine if your family will be financially provided for in the case of death. Adams & Associates International (sm) can arrange a 5-year level premium, level term life insurance policy for overseas missionaries through Lloyd’s, London. The initial application proposal is subject to medical underwriting and possibly rated for geographical location including current political and world events. Once the application proposal is approved, the terms agreed to by the applicant and a policy issued, the annual premium rates are level for the 5 year term. The policy is renewable if overseas service is maintained. The cost of international life insurance is now, more than ever, based on world events and location, which we all know, can change quickly and without notice. For complete information, contact Adams & Associates International (sm) at <aaiataaintldotcom> (if in a sensitive area, please type “Restricted” in the subject line) or call 1-800-922-8438 / (803)-758-1400.</aaiataaintldotcom>

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16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS — Today I’m wondering what you ask your prayer partners to pray for. Sometimes I hear missionaries poke fun at those who pray, “Lord bless the missionaries.” But in reality, don’t we have to accept some of the responsibility for our friends and loved ones not knowing how to pray? Some of our Team Expansion missionaries have long ago figured out that prayer covering can mean a *world* of difference. Others are still at the starting gate, wondering how to begin. How ’bout taking some of these idea-starter prayer requests and sending them to a select group of a dozen friends or so. Ask them to pray. Some will write back and say they will. Those could become your new prayer group! (These are written from “First person” point of view.)

When traveling…

*** That we will pass through customs and immigration lines without incident
*** That our planes will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
*** That we’ll make all our connections

Health and Safety

*** Protection from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous animals
*** Protection from all kinds of sickness
*** That we’ll find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise
*** That our food and water needs will be met by the Lord

Spiritual Watchcare

*** Good times of intimacy with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship
*** Protection from dark forces in spiritual realms
*** Protection from discouragement, fear, and doubt
*** That we’ll demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit

Teamwork

*** That our team will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts
*** That we can resist temptation toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride
*** That we’ll be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy.
*** That God will grant us wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that we’ll be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in this land.

Verses to Read as you Pray

*** Exodus 4:12; 33:14
*** Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
*** Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11
*** Zechariah 4:6
*** Acts 1:8, 4:29,30
*** Ephesians 3:16-20; 6:10-20

(* Portions of the above prayer requests adapted from original prayers by Gail Seiver, as featured in _World Christian_, Vol. 14, Number 4.)

By the way… if you get a chance… 4 of us from Team Expansion are heading into Central Asia tomorrow. We’d actually really appreciate your prayers for us as we travel.

20011111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) HOW TO INCREASE PRAYER SUPPORT?

2) OPTIONS FOR TRAINING YOUR SHEPHERDS?

3) HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS?

4) GLOBAL YOUTH MINISTRY REPORT

5) A CASE STUDY IN PARTNERSHIPS

6) CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AT A DISTANCE

7) EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS

8) NEW EMAIL LIST FOR UK MISSION STAFF

9) WANT TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A PARTICULAR WEBSITE CHANGES?

10) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

11) GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD

12) CLOSING STUFF

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1) HOW TO INCREASE PRAYER SUPPORT? — Most cross-cultural workers agree that their number one need is a high level of prayer support. However, transforming that need into a consistent reality is often an ongoing challenge. If you have a method or idea that has worked well for you or your organization, Kerry would love to hear about it. Possibly you know a website with some creative ideas. Send your best ideas to <khawkinsatteamexpansiondotorg>. In a couple of weeks, he’ll share his findings with us and we’ll publish the results here as an auto-responder. Thanks Kerry! </khawkinsatteamexpansiondotorg>

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2) OPTIONS FOR TRAINING YOUR SHEPHERDS? — The International School of Ministry offers a 159 hour International Curriculum for the training of shepherds. In cooperation with Vision University of California, they offer not only their own diploma, but an Associates of Biblical Studies to all registered students. The International Curriculum is available in over 50 languages on VHS, VCD, Audio Cassette and via internet. Some of the contributors are Jack Hayford, Reinhard Bonnke, Dick Eastman, A. L. Gill, LaMar Boschman, etc.

It is the work of Pastor Berin Gilfillan who traveled with Reinhard Bonnke for more than three years. In those travels he saw the mass conversion of 100s of thousands and he also saw how small was the available body of Christ to absorb such huge numbers of new believers. There are presently over 3000 schools operating around the world. Only 300 of them are the United States. One of the newest is in Corpus Christi (Body of Christ), TX. ISOM is part of Good Shepherd Ministries Intl. P.O. Box 368, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0368, USA, 800.901.8175 or 001-562.594.9123 or fax 001-562.594.6143. Their website is http://www.isom.org . Their email address is infoatisomdotorg.

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3) HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS? — Suppose you knew someone who wanted to find… “The Mystics” (originally used by Campus Crusade), “The Lie”, and “He Restoreth My Soul” — three films from the past. Is there a web-search tool that can help? A Brigada participant wants to know . . . and the answer might be useful for many. Drop us a line if you’ve got a solution and we’ll publish the answer for all. Thanks!

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4) GLOBAL YOUTH MINISTRY REPORT — Doing youth ministry outside the USA or training youth workers globally? A new free service, “The Global Youth Ministry Report” sends out an e-mail to find out what’s working globally in such areas as “Training Student Leadership,” “Reaching Lost Youth,” or “Developing Indigenous Worship for Youth.” Then, a writer compiles this global wisdom and e-mails back a free report. In this way, youth workers glean ideas from practitioners in various cultures that may well work in their own setting. Finally, each report will be archived at http://www.reach-out.org in the “ARTICLES” section (Whew! What a great site!) so that further input from readers can add to this global I.Q. of youth ministry. Interested in this free wisdom exchange? E-mail Steve, in cooperation with Reach Out Youth Solutions, at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

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5) A CASE STUDY IN PARTNERSHIPS — Nepal, the only official Hindu kingdom in the world, was closed to the outside world until the 1950’s when the king opened the country for development and education. The 1990 democratic revolution further opened the doors to the gospel. Reportedly, for the first time in Nepal history, the Nepal government has turned over a district government hospital to a community based non governmental organization (NGO). The organization, ‘Human Development and Community Services’ (HDCS), is a Nepali Christian NGO. HDCS is partnering with MMD, a European medical mission that will send equipment and medical personnel. Future Nepal government – Nepali Christians relationships will depend upon positive results. There will be much attention on HDCS. More information can be obtained about HDCS, the Lamjung District Community Hospital Project and opportunities for service by logging on to the HDCS website: http://www.hdcsnepal.org .

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6) CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AT A DISTANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (USA) is offering an email-based distance course that trains missionaries and Christian Development workers in basic principles and practice of microenterprise development and microfinance for poor people in the Two-Thirds World. The 8 week course is taught by staff of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (USA) and has weekly readings, short written assignments, and interaction with other learners in the course from around the world. More advanced MED-Microfinance distance courses are available following completion of this introductory course. Course Dates: January 14 – March 8, 2002; Registration Deadline: December 7, 2001; Course Fee: $250 (which includes tuition/registration, course CD, readings and texts). Contact Person: Mrs. Cathy Dreger <cdregeratcovenantdotedu> Phone: 706-419-1805; Website: http://www.chalmers.org </cdregeratcovenantdotedu>

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7) EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is taking nominations for EuroTrain 2002 – an innovative training experience for North American young leaders! EuroTrain (for leaders age 16-22) is a completely unique experience…and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. During July 2002, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry skills, getting a grasp of their destiny, gaining a heart for unreached peoples around the world, and creating a plan for long-term personal and leadership growth. Get the details and nominate a young leader (or request to be nominated) at http://www.ExperiencingLeadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership at <eurotrainattopflightdotorg> or 817-568-2711. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

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8) NEW EMAIL LIST FOR UK MISSION STAFF – Global Connections (formerly Evangelical Missionary Alliance) in UK has started an email support list. It is to assist and encourage UK-based mission staff to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) including the Internet for all aspects of mission support and also for evangelism. A conference is proposed for Spring 2002. To subscribe, send a blank email to

<gc-ict-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> or visit http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/GC-ICT </gc-ict-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

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9) WANT TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A PARTICULAR WEBSITE CHANGES? — Try using http://www.web2mail.com . You can even register to have the web information itself sent to your email address! (Thanks Keith!)

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10) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE — Learn tips on how to become a student of culture and how to enter and figure out ministry. In this 3-week course, students will gain both the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in a cross-cultural context. This class, taught at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina by international trainer Dr. Richard Lewis will be held from Jan. 14-Feb. 1, 2001. To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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11) GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD — Wycliffe Canada has crammed tons of mission education material onto one delightful little CD. You get all 30 lessons from the three bulky Bright Ideas! notebooks, plus an extra 24 lessons from Wycliffe UK. PDF lets you print them out and teach a lesson to Preschoolers, Grades 1-6, or Teens through Adults. They’ve also included interactive games in Shockwave and several videos in Mpeg format. The new “I Say Old Chap” video is smart, funny and appeals to younger audiences. Canadian residents may contact <mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca> to order the Great Commission Toolbox CD for $15 Canadian plus GST and shipping–a real deal! Or order from the Wycliffe Canada web page: http://www.wycliffe.ca/store/soft.html#toolbox . US residents and others can order for $7.95 US plus shipping and handling at these addresses: e-mail Dennis Cable at <dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg> or ask for extension 3778 at 1-800-WY! CLIFFE (800-992-5433) or 1-407-852-3600. </dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg></mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca>

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20011104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”)

3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA

5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE

6) WEBWATCH

7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS

8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW”

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED — Interested in learning more about what really happened on Nov. 4th in India? (Had you rec’d the email asking for prayer for all those lower caste folks searching for a new religion?) Read all about it:

http://www.aiccindia.org/

Thanks to Rick Wood of the US Center for the tip on this article. The summary? Well… not as many as the press releases promised… but still… some positive outcomes.

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2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”) — How can you pray effectively for the Muslim world? How can you join some 20 million other Christians doing so? Simple! Pray during Ramadan, 17 November – 16 December 2001. The 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus guides are short, daily, and full of information and prayer items. This 10th anniversary edition is especially relevant to the needs of today. To subscribe to the email edition, just send any email to <30-days-onatlsdotpmbxdotnet> or use the simple secure server at http://www.pmbx.net/subscribe.html . Thanks Ron!

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3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 1 June 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. The purpose of SEAIIS will be to provide and in-depth academic Islamic program each year in the region. It will operate in a city in southern Thailand located one hour north of the Malaysian border and is facilitated by a working committee whose members are from the region of South East Asia and who represent many organizations. The instructors this year will include Sam Solomon, Phil Parshall and many others. There will also be instructors from the region to “localize” the subject matter whenever possible. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. </seaiisatmaildotcom>

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4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 8-26, 2002, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Earn a certificate for around $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/944-0351 x 5694 or contact <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu> or visit www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

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5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE – Want to reach those in SE Asia? Mission to Unreached People is looking for Teacher Trainers with a Masters degree (preferable). For more info., contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or on the web at http://www.mup.org or write <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

And as always, look for more of these kinds of opportunities by joining Brigada-opportunities. It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to

<brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. </brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

That will make you a member of the email conference, where you will be able to sit back and receive occasional announcements about mission needs.

And if you’ve got an opportunity, please subscribe to publish your job option or ministry need, even if you only stay on the conference temporarily. Just join per the above instructions, then once you’ve heard that you’re subscribed (probably about 2 minutes later), email a note to <brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>. You’ll be placing your notice in front of many who are searching for opportunities like yours! When the prospective volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). So go for it! I hope your need will be met *today*! (Apologies to those who try to list job opportunities for specific roles; we just can’t possibly publish all of them.) </brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>

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6) WEBWATCH — Looking for ideas for your agency’s webpage? Check out

http://www.gfa.org . Notice how many things the visitor can do with one click. Look at the clear site navigation, using the bar at the left-hand side. Notice how many different kinds of readers are served… those wanting to sponsor a national, those looking for news, there’s a free book offer, you can read past articles, find out what’s new, even sign up for free web mail! I think the GFA site significantly raises the bar for mission web pages. Great work GFA!!!

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7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS — An excellent source of news about world current affairs (secular and religious) is available from Wycliffe Associates (UK) News Abstracting Service, which provides twice-monthly e-mail news digests to subscribers via Yahoo! To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to one or more of the following:

NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 01)

NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 02)

NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 03)

NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 04)

NewsAbstracts-CIS-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 05)

NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 06)

NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 07)

NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 08)

NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 09)

NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zones 1-9;ZIP file)

NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 11)

To see a description of, for example, the Africa e-mail list, go

to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsAbstracts-Africa . If you

are a member of the list, you will be recognized. If not, you’ll probably have to join first. Great stuff. thanks Alan!

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8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001 — This conference is for Japanese Christians and those ministering to them: to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese, and for 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 include International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and Navigators. For more information e-mail <ushqatjcfndotorg> or go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 . (By the way, if you don’t want to install Japanese, just hit cancel if your browser asks.) </ushqatjcfndotorg>

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9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW” — Have you seen the service at:

http://toolbox.airsecurity.com/ . What a great site. You can quickly click to news sources, US government resources (some of which might be helpful regardless of where you live in the world), travel tools, and even some cool software to keep you “in the know”. Check it out! (Thanks to the Brigada participant who contributed this site… and asked to remain anonymous.)

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20011021 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT

2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE

4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO

5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI

6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE

7) FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER

8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR

9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES

10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT — HCF would like you to be part of the Intercessor’s database in Zambia who will be praying for people in the Healthcare field (Nurses, Doctors and all paramedics and their patients) for salvation. A database for intercessors is being developed. For details contact the Chairman, Kedrick <kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm> or <hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom> or ring the Chairman on Cell: 260-96-788463. </hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom></kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm>

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2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST — Make plans now to come to Budapest for a time of instruction, practical training, and spiritual renewal within the context of genuine Christian fellowship. Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. If you are looking to further your education (earn an MA without leaving Europe!), gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk, come to Budapest. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7-18, 2002 and perhaps there’s still time for you to get in on that class… however… if you’re interested, you’d better inquire *immediately*. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail <jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>. </jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>

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3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE — In the light of recent tragic events insure your domestic and/or international trip against everything from luggage that never arrives to planes that never leave. Coverage is for trip cancellation, interruption, delay, lost baggage, medical evacuation, flight accident, medical, 24hour AD&D coverage. Apply online at http://www.onlinetripinsurance.com . For international health insurance contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO – Efforts are well underway to launch Arise Shine Morocco (ASM), an International Year of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples in 2002. Volunteer coordinators and translators are still needed. A website is now up and running in five languages. Full-color English-language brochures are available for mass distribution. A nearly hour-long ASM Resource Video containing seven short videos about Morocco and its peoples including one for children has been produced in both NTSC and PAL formats. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is now available. Bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information or to order materials please go to the ASM website at:

http://www.interum.org/ASM or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

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5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI — The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages )will be held at the University of the Nations – Kona 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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6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE — Living in Europe and no time to travel to the US for continued education? Here’s your chance to get 1 Course in 2 Weeks for 3 Credit Hours. Here’s a Graduate level two-week intensive course on “World Church Growth” taught in English!

Where: German Branch of Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions at Korntal (near Stuttgart, Germany)

When: January 7 – 18, 2002

What: MIS 6080 World Church Growth with Dr. Craig Ott (Dean at Korntal, 18 years experience as a cross-cultural church planter)

Cost: EUR375 for the three semester hour course; Room and Board: EUR124 per week. For further information contact Mrs. Carmen Crouse <ccrouseataemdotde>. </ccrouseataemdotde>

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7) FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fundraising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. To begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

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8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR — Registrations are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. A special 3 night and meal package is available at a cost of $199 (double occupancy) and low cost airfare is available through COMMIT Ministries Travel. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information by e-mail: <commitatjunodotcom>. </commitatjunodotcom>

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9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — Global Mission Medical Insurance SM is designed for individuals or families not covered by an international group medical plan. Coverage is worldwide for non-US. Citizens and for U.S. Citizens serving outside the USA (excepting furlough periods). GMMI SM includes a (US) $5,000,000 lifetime maximum with a full range of benefits and deductible choices. Also, group medical insurance is available for as few as 2 units through Mission Plus (MP+). To obtain additional information, please send an email message to Adams & Associates International SM at <aaiataaintldotcom>. Adams & Associates International SM is an independent insurance agency specializing in missionary insurance, exclusively since 1980. </aaiataaintldotcom>

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10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS — Is your organization like ours? We see press releases about how important it is to do emergency response planning… so then we draw something up… but then years pass without its use… and everything gets out of date. If the events of Sept. 11th have taught us anything, they’ve taught us to be prepared for disasters beyond our imagination. No one in the FAA or FBI imagined the evil that could be carried out against the civilized world… until they saw it unfolding on their own office televisions. I guess… it’s time we dusted off those emergency response procedure instruction manuals again, eh? For us in Team Expansion, we’re going back to basics with simple stuff. We’ve had written instructions for all our teams now for 15 years… but few have actually implemented them. We don’t have fingerprint cards… or even data cards completed on every worker yet. But we’re about to re-start with new energy. My hunch is… there are many others feeling the same burden these days. May God grant us all mercy as we cautiously proceed forward.

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PEOPLETEAMS KEEPS ON GROWING

People Teams PeopleTeams now has 402 total websites! 220 websites are actually hosted by PT, 162 sites are links and 20 sites were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a presence. They are averaging about 280,000 to 310,000 hits every month. Here’s a list of their top ten (busiest) websites for August 2001. http://www.peopleteams.org

Path to Directory Hits Visitor Sessions
1 Miao 8,880 1,171
2 Biwap 5,456 841
3 Palestinians 8,049 816
4 Yarsi 3,153 777
5 Batangas 14,080 715
6 mixteco 6,724 713
7 Ukrainians 6,120 651
8 Czestochowa 7,880 629
9 Extremaduran 9,471 590
10 Scots 5,795 549

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“LÁMPARA” FOR THEIR FEET

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and Spain is the European country with the fewest number of evangelical believers. Now, an evangelistic web page has been launched at http://www.lamparaes.com with the theme “Practical Wisdom” targeting the unchurched in Spain. “Lámpara Es” is the Spanish translation of the opening phrase of Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a LAMP unto my feet…” Gregg infoatlamparaesdotcom  (infoatlamparaesdotcom)   describes the site as “pre-evangelistic” and is part of the larger strategy of the Spanish organization “Evangelismo En Accion”, which has a 27-year history of church planting in Spain. EEA’s home page http://www.evangelismoenaccion.com is in Spanish and English.
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FREE EMAIL THAT SUPPORTS MISSIONS IN ASIA

letter and ligntening bolt Gospel for Asia is pleased to announce it’s free online email account! This service is similar to Hotmail and provides key features such as email forwarding, pop email check, spam filters and more. By signing up for your youatmygfadotorg  (youatmygfadotorg)   email account, you will help spread the word about what God is doing in Asia through the ministry of Gospel for Asia. To sign up, simply log onto http://webmail.mygfa.org and click on the “new user signup” near the top of page. For more information, please contact GFA’s Web Staff webservantatgfadotorg  (webservantatgfadotorg)   or call 800-WIN-ASIA and ask for the web department.
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DISCOUNTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UPGRADES TO LOGOS SERIES X

Logos Research Systems, Inc. is currently offering discounts on their new line of software to registered users. This software (Series X) is a brand new product, not just a simple update. Take your entire library with you on CD-ROMs that don’t weigh a thing, that don’t mold and mildew, and are completely portable. The top of the line package New Scholar’s Library Series X has over 230 titles in it representing about a $5,000.00 library for pennies on the dollar. For more info. visit: http://www.logos.com/products/ldls/upgradeletter.asp or call 800-875-6467 / 360-679-6575 or email salesatlogosdotcom  (salesatlogosdotcom)  .
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INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED TESOL TRAINING

graduation cap International Training Network, based in Bournemouth, England is Europe’s only Christian TEFL/TESOL training centre working with on of the two internationally recognized examining boards, Trinity College London. The course lasts for five weeks and is very intensive. There are seven courses each year in the UK. Over 800 Christians have been through this training and many are now serving all around the world. Over 25% have come to the UK from other nations to get this training. Teaching English is the greatest mission opportunity that exists. This qualification opens up the world for service. For more information contact lenatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk  (lenatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk)   or visit www.internationaltraining.net Tel: +44 (0)1202 789089
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GET YOUR GUIDE TO THE HEART OF GOD

book “Until The Whole World knows” is an informal but surprisingly intense 8 week guided interactive journey that explores the missionary heart of God. The author’s goal is to mobilize a generation to live missionary in purpose and strategic in placement wherever the Lord of the harvest plants them: in the marketplace, in the home, and around the world. Details, ordering information, and reviews from field tests are available at http://www.onewholeworld.com/resources.php or by emailing the author directly at aliciaatonewholeworlddotcom  (aliciaatonewholeworlddotcom)  . Graphically, the book will capture your attention and engage your heart and mind. 120 pages, perfect bound. $12.00 USD on-line.
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LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS

Last year at Fuller Seminary, a relatively small group of missions leaders helped us all to be more precise and, well, Christian in our communications. This is not “bleeding hearts” stuff to be ignored. Do these words look familiar: “target,” “conquer,” “army,” “crusade,” “mobilize,” “beachhead,” “advance,” “enemy,” and “battle?” Given the events of the past month and watching world leaders try and stumble, it seems timely to resurrect such reminders. Here are some of their conclusions:

  1. Metaphors are potent in shaping thought and compelling action. “Warfare” metaphors and terminology have been misused in Christian mission communications.
  2. People are responding to the call to glorify God among the nations, follow Christ into servanthood and sacrifice, and lift up the downtrodden to a life of great purpose and meaning. These are themes around which we need to develop metaphors to summon God’s people to God’s mission.
  3. The new dynamics of globalization and instant global electronic information technologies are rapidly changing the context of our communication. The world will read or hear whatever we say. The group closed by summarizing, “We desire to honor God and glorify Him as we engage in communicating His love to the peoples of the earth. Where reflection on our words has revealed less than Christlike attitudes or circumstances where we have unintentionally hurt others, we are eager to repent, apologize, and do better.”

We’ll try to follow their recommendations here — and suggest others do also.

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WEBWATCH: HAVE A LOOK AT “POWER TO CHANGE”

WebWatch If you have access to the web, have a look at http://www.powertochange.com. And if someone you know (near or far) still haven’t accepted him, maybe this page will speak in a way your friend has never heard. Great testimonies. Great website. (Thanks Wes!)
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PRAYER FOR MISSIONS

letter and ligntening bolt If you would like to receive a weekly prayer email with 4-5 current mission prayer requests, send a message to Mert mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)   with “subscribe prayer-poem” in the subject line or in the content. List members are the source of the prayer requests, so missionary newsletters from those serving among unreached and underevangelized peoples are welcome. Each email also includes a recent poem or parable written by the editor of the list or by someone who has submitted a good poem. Archives of the list may be found at http://lists.everybody.org/archives/public/prayer-poem/.
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20010909 Brigada Today

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PRAYING FOR VICTIMS OF THE SEPT. 11TH DISASTER

praying hands A helpful aid in praying for all involved in the terrorist attack on the USA is the site “A Prayer Experience – Praying for Disasters using Photos” at http://www.ozemail.com.au/~sjhop/pe-intro.htm. To show your colors, check out http://www.christiancrafters.com/prayforAMERICA.html for craft ideas. Note, for Brigada Today‘s “Special Edition” regarding the Sept. 11th attack, you’ll actually need to look at the edition dated Aug. 24th. To see that edition, go to http://www.brigada.org/today/2001/bt20010824.shtml because we’re, well, … behind. (Apologies!)

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SIXTH ANNUAL MEDICAL MISSIONCONFERENCE

syringe On line registration is available now for the sixth annual medical mission conference to be held November 2-3, 2001, in Louisville, Kentucky. Featured at the conference are two full days of lectures with over 80 workshops; 50-75 mission agencies and more than 1200 participants! There is something for everyone! From student to career professional; from short-term worker to career missionary; from domestic to international missionary — a workshop is available for every profession in the health care field. With so much information to disseminate, the best way to receive all of the details is to visit the web page: www.medicalmissions.com The plenary speakers are among the most well-known in medical missions: (including Paul Brand, Robert Foster, David Thompson, and David Stevens). Saturday is STUDENT DAY. Get continuing education credits, along with workshops in nursing, OT/PT, pharmacy, tech, health care for the poor, and community health care. This conference is designed for the individual who has never really participated in any medical mission service as well as for the career professional that has been on the field for thirty years. For more info, visit the conference website or ask a friend to visit then fill you in.
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STILL LOOKING FOR OPERATION WORLD IN PRINT?

book Look no further: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/index.asp?inc=books&page=detail&book=1325 or call 800-328-6109 or email csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  . If you haven’t already ordered the CD version, better hurry. GMI has told us that “within 12 hours of the Brigada Today hitting the electronic newsstands, we had received orders for hundreds of Operation World CD- ROMs!” They won’t last forever. Check ’em out at: http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm or contact Lorri infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 ext. 599 or by fax: 719-548-7459.
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A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR HINDUS?

An amazing turn of events is taking place in India. Anti-caste leaders, tired of living under the oppressive tenets of Hinduism, are persuading lower caste Hindus to renounce Hinduism. Ram Raj, one such leader, is encouraging oppressed Hindus to convert to a religion (such as Buddhism, Islam or Christianity) that will give them social, educational and vocational freedom. Raj is inviting millions of lower caste Hindus to a massive conversion rally that could trigger a religious sea-change in India, launching a tidal wave of Hindus out of Hinduism. For more information click http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=ed&edid=120
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WRITING TIPS YOU CAN USE

pencil writing on paperIf you need quick relief from writer’s block, log onto newWWay.org this month. There are tips you can use right now to help you write better for your mission advocacy materials like newsletters, brochures and websites. There’s even a handy tip sheet for taking better pictures. Plus, on newWway you can always find useful helps for missionaries that are surprisingly simple to use. The newWway.org site has many good things you need for communication media planning for evangelism and advocacy. There are even free downloads for your Palm Pilot, Word, etc too! This month download the book Spontaneous Expansion of the Church by Rolland Allen. Available in Palm, Word and Pdf formats. It’s all free and all made for and by missionaries! http://www.newWway.org
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‘SHAME BASED CULTURE’

book It’s becoming a new missionary buzzword. Discover what it’s all about in the third book of Roland Muller’s trilogy on Muslim Evangelism. ‘Honor and Shame, Unlocking the Door’ is refreshingly original and controversial. But it’s not just for those working with Muslims. Muller’s material applies to most of the cultures in the 10/40 window, plus the cultures of many aboriginal people around the world. Available from: http://www.rmuller.com. If you don’t have web access, ask a friend to check it out there and send you details.
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A GREAT TIME FOR RENEWED FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

John reminded us this past week that, with all the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks, maybe now’s a great time to take another look at aiding international students. See http://www.isionline.org for ideas.
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WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?

And what in the world does this have to do with missions? Well I’m not exactly sure, but surely someone can think up a way to use this kind of technology for a good global cause. :-) Check it out at http://www.kurzweilAI.net.

index finger pointing upHint: Her name is Ramona. Ask her about her parents. :-) Can’t you see her doing a benefit concert to raise money for an international feeding project or something? :-)

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MISSIONS GIFT CARDS

Bosacker Design has missions-focused, colorful gift cards presenting 24 unreached peoples from the 10-40 Window. The front of each 5″ x 7″ card has a high-quality pencil illustration of a person from that people-group, created by artist Julie Bosacker. These are some of the many illustrations featured in the YWAM Prayer Diary for the last 15 years. The back of the card presents the people’s name, country map and information about the people. Use these for prayer, education, encouragement, notes, Christmas cards, etc. These are available at http://www.bosackerdesign.com or by mail order. Enquire about brochures, wholesale rates and terms by emailing mailtoatbosackerdesigndotcom  (mailtoatbosackerdesigndotcom)  .
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ORU INVITES YOU TO ESTABLISH YOUR OWN BIBLE INSTITUTE

graduation cap Oral Roberts Univ. wrote recently, offering to supply the curriculum while you supply the instructors. Several joint diplomas and certificates are available. Contact Dr. Paul King, ORU Bible Institute Coordinator, at 918-495-7097 or e-mail at: pkingatorudotedu  (pkingatorudotedu)   Check out http://www.oru.edu/university/departments/ALSCweb/htmlpages/bip.htm
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SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

graduation cap PLANTS is a second-language acquisition training course which builds upon the principles developed in MTI’s PILAT Program. This two-week module is available October 14 – 26 2001 in Toronto and November 5-16, 2001, at the Center for Intercultural Training in Union Mills, North Carolina in conjunction with MissionPrep. PLANTS includes a toolbox of 25+ activities and techniques for learning languages and cultures. Participants are equipped to engage in their own learning styles, which PLANTS helps them discover. While student’s ears are trained to distinguish fine differences between sounds, their mouths will be prepared to make new sounds. Gain speech flexibility and a basic understanding of the structure of words, sentences, discourse and meaning, and of the social functions of language. To learn about the October course in Toronto, contact Robert Cousins 416-284-5645 micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or visit our web site at http://www.timcentre.com/missionPrep. For more information on the Nov. course in NC, contact CIT at citmailatcit-onlinedotorg  (citmailatcit-onlinedotorg)   or call 800-887-1786 or visit our website at www.cit-online.org.
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AQUAPONICS COURSE

graduation cap Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydro-ponics. These versatile systems are ideal for food production in almost geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, November 6 – 9. For a brochure, contact Aquaculture International at cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus  (cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus)   or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if you are a missionary. Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.
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TENTMAKER SEMINARS/COURSES

graduation cap Global Opportunities is offering it’s “Light to the Nations” tentmaker training course on Oct. 17-21, 2001, AND a free one-day seminar Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. For information and registration go to: http://www.globalopps.org/ltn and http://www.globalopps.org/seminar Alternately you can call 626-398-2393 or email them infoatglobaloppsdotorg  (infoatglobaloppsdotorg)  .

note (Note: Global Opportunities partners with mission agencies and churches in co-hosting training courses or one-day seminars at your location. For information, please contact Executive Director, David English daveatglobaloppsdotorg  (daveatglobaloppsdotorg)  .)

If you can’t make one, take the other! Northshore Baptist Church in Bothell, WA, will offer a tentmaking seminar October 26th for mission pastors and lay leaders. Speakers include Ari Rocklin of Global Opportunities, Cliff Moon, Steve Richards, and some seventeen mission agencies that will be present to support the seminar. Tentmakers International Exchange and Mission To Unreached Peoples are the other hosts besides Northshore Baptist Church. For further information or for reservations contact tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)   or phone 206-781-3151.

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

20010826 Brigada Today

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ANNOUNCING: THE 2001 OPERATION WORLD CD-ROM!

cd-rom You’ve heard about the new edition of Patrick Johnstone’s incredible Operation World… well, the CD-ROM version created by GMI gives you an incredible view of the data… electronically! It contains the full (English language) text, as well as all maps, charts, and tables from the book; the huge Operation World research database (the same database Patrick and Jason used to create Operation World); the latest country profile information from the World Factbook; and related Web links for every country. The CD is designed as a sophisticated Web site, and runs on both Windows and Mac. It is available at the incredibly low price of $17.99 (plus shipping and tax) from GMI. More information is available on the Web at http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm or contact Lorri infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 ext. 599 or by fax: 719-548-7459.
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THIS IS MORE THAN “YOUR FATHER’S OPERATION WORLD”!

I remember the very first Operation World I saw… way back in 1981 or so, I believe, and wow was I bowled over by the research and the care that Patrick Johnstone had invested in the data. Well guess what — that hasn’t changed a bit. Sure… maybe there’s more raw data in one of the big encyclopedic works on missions… but then… this one doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, either. And what’s more, I actually think there’s more practical material here than there is in the big books anyway.
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CARRY OPERATION WORLD WITHOUT THE PAPER

Now you don’t have to carry around the big Operation World book any more! Just leave the CD in your laptop and go! Until now, my “default” CD (the one I leave in my laptop most of the time) has been Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2002. Not so anymore. Now the Encarta CD will travel in the CD carrier pouch in my briefcase. The CD slot in my laptop will now carry Op. World. Hands down.
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HOW PRAY-ERS CAN USE OPERATION WORLD ON CD-ROM

Suppose you’re a dedicated pray-er. When you get up each morning, just hit “Start|Programs|Operation World 2001”. When the CD opens, it’ll already be focused on the prayer request data for the particular day you open it! Click on the Summary to get the big picture, or get close-ups of the Geography, Peoples, Economy, Politics, Religion, and Challenges for Prayer. We’re all familiar with the Op. World prayer approach… one country per day… but this CD makes it so much more useful — and lightweight! :-)
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IF YOU LIKE STATISTICS

You’re in luck. It’s loaded! As mentioned above, you get the same database files that Patrick and company used to make the book! I mean… it’s like having the international census information at your fingertips. Plus, I think they must have enclosed the entire CIA Factbook for each country too. So on your next trip to Michigan, take along a friend to drive . . . and you read CIA reference material for Portugal — or whatever.
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HOW MISSION MOBILIZERS CAN USE IT

It gets even more interesting if you’re a missions mobilizer. Get this — Patrick and the GMI folks have given you permission in advance to utilize these resources in your newsletter or website (within reason; you can’t charge more than actual cost of production… and it’s a limited use policy; read the details on the CD). Can you imagine? They’ve thrown the whole “let’s make as much money as we can” thing out the window and shared their years of labor with the world! I love it! So you’ve got maps and charts, big and small — plus links to the Operation World website!
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IT’S A THING THAT GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS!

Now the really interesting part. When GMI wrote the interface with the CD, they integrated the CD with the web site in an incredibly close fashion. (In fact, sometimes I forget which one I’m viewing!) And users can add links to the website interactively!!! (They point the user to the website in tons of places.) The authors also point the user to tons of other external sites too, including the site for the particular mission organization that is being described at the time. And using the web form, it’s really easy to send in errata.
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WHAT ABOUT SECURITY?

They’ve covered it. Rather than feature specifics, when talking about sensitive places, they use general principles and general examples rather than specific ones with known names or streets. And yet… every mission agency in the world must be listed in the directory.
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WHAT IF YOU WANT THE REAL PRINTED VERSION?

book No problem. You can even order it on the webpage for Operation World!!! Or get it at your local Christian bookstore. Otherwise, pick up a copy for $17.99 (672 pages, ISBN 1850783578) by calling (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-328-6109 or emailing csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  . (As always, Brigada cannot recommend sending credit card information via email. Fax it or mail it, use PayPal or a secure webpage, but never email your credit card numbers.)
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20010715 Brigada Today

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LIBRARIES AS A MODEL FOR EVANGELISM

Have you started or do you know of public Christian libraries which have been established as a basis for evangelism anywhere in the world? Jim and Laurie would like to hear from you — you can contact them at JLEBarnesatcompuservedotcom  (JLEBarnesatcompuservedotcom)   or christianlibrary.cz. They are also specifically interested in being in contact with other English language theological/Christian libraries in Europe and especially CEE and finding out if there is an established consortium or, as a starting point, if there is interest in establishing an e-group through which resource information and ideas can be shared. They’ll prepare a report for us to post here in Brigada Today in a couple of weeks.
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WORSHIP, ARTS & MISSIONS (WAM!) WORKSHOP IN ORLANDO

graduation cap Dave Hall, of Pioneers International, will be leading WAM! Orlando on August 11, 2001 at Reformed Theological Seminary from 8:30 to 5:30. The workshop is for worship leaders, musicians, artists, missionaries, evangelists and anyone with a heart for using the arts to reach the nations. Topics covered will include: God’s heart for all nations to worship Him, Biblical perspectives on worship, and the role of worship in missions and cross-cultural church planting. For registration or more information, see the links below or contact wfn_pioneersatyahoodotcom  (wfn_pioneersatyahoodotcom)  .

For more info on WAM! – Orlando, see: http://www.worship-arts-network.com/NET-WAMorl-inv-letter.html For more info on Dave Hall, see: http://www.worship-arts-network.com/DAVEHALLsite.html

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EVENING OF PRAYER FOR JAPAN

The persecution of Christians has occurred at least three times in Japan’s history. Some Japanese Christian leaders see recent developments in the country as an indication that it could happen again. Therefore they are asking fellow believers around the world to join with them in praying for the leaders of Japan in An Evening of Prayer for the Nation on August 14, 2001. For details, see http://www.japanccc.org/english/pray/pevents.html or write to Kevin with Japan Campus Crusade for Christ at: jcccprayatd2dotdiondotnedotjp  (jcccprayatd2dotdiondotnedotjp)  .
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ADVANCE! SUMMARY FOR JULY 17, 2001

Here’s a summary for the ADVANCE!:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE 3.5 million lost souls in Guiyang, China; student volunteers working in Senegal; teams working among unreached people groups in a World A this summer; God answers prayer for more workers among the Bedouin

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH World A government closing churches, orphanages; Chad authorities pressing Islam on the country; India census threatens Christian untouchables

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS Paramaribo, Suriname steeped in witchcraft, voodoo, and false religions; Fertility clinics pushing ethical and moral boundaries; Internet extending pornography’s hold on weak souls; American film industry degrading society

REJOICE! Worker in China sees 300 students saved; 250 believers become 4,000 in seven months; Australian credits prayer for safety during attack; God’s spirit moves during illustrated paint-talk in Brazil; God provides meeting place for new congregation; 60 saved in Trinidad outreach; believers protected in World A country

NETWORKING Small-group curriculum shows how every believer fits into God’s plan to bring the world back to himself; seminar for church and organization leaders interested in evangelism and church planting partnerships; spiritually preparing short-term missions teams; 2003 Unreached Peoples Calendar; youth event focuses on persecuted church; persecuted testify in video

To subscribe, send the following message to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .

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QUARTERLY E-MAIL BULLETIN ON INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE

This bulletin, International Insurance Insights, gives advice on all aspects of international insurance, e.g. insurance jargon, how to choose a good health insurance plan, how to maximize your insurance dollar, what plans offer maternity or med-evac, insurance for furloughs, short-term teams, short-term workers, career workers, groups etc. To subscribe and/or for more info about personal insurance for yourself contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom  (jeffatgninsurancedotcom)   or call 480-813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866-636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com.
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CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN JAPAN

ROX35 COMIX will be holding another comics (manga) training in Japan on August 3-4, 2001. This will be a seminar/workshop on creating short comic strips and tracts, held at Kyoto Chapel in Japan. All Christian writers, artists, literature ministers, and interested individuals are invited to attend. The teacher will be cartoonist Nate Butler, President of ROX35. You can learn more about the ROX35 COMIX training ministry at this web site http://www.rox35.org or by emailing ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  . For specific information on this particular seminar, please email blocksomatkcndotnedotjp  (blocksomatkcndotnedotjp)   or call (0)774-64-0754. (replace the plus sign with the “international exit code” in the country from which you’re dialing; so for example, from the USA, replace the plus sign with “011”)
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MEDICAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES

graduation cap Elim Bible Institute is slated to begin a two year program to train “International Health Technicians”, classes beginning September 2001. With this training an a medical degree, you could open your own clinic or work alongside an overseas doctor, diagnose and treat diseases specializing in “Tropical and Third World Medicine”, learn to deliver babies, give injections and do minor surgery. It includes Emergency Medical Technician State Certification. This Certificate Program consist of one year of “Missions and Cross Cultural Studies” and one year of intensive medical training by an Experienced Faculty of Medical Specialists. Transfers accepted for the first year from approved Bible Schools or training programs. International Students Welcome! Seats will be limited. Call today for more information. Admissions USA 800-670-ELIM or 716-582-1230, e-mail admissionsatelimdotedu  (admissionsatelimdotedu)  , Check out: http://elim.edu.
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TAKEN TO TASK OVER THE TERM, “FORMER SOVIET UNION”

Last week, after including an item that used the phrase, “former Soviet Union”, I was taken to task by someone …. a Russian now living in Minnesota… who didn’t want to be known as a former anything, let alone a former Soviet. So… I guess we should consider a new term — maybe “Eastern block” or “Russian-speaking world” or … even… Central & Eastern Europe. The brother asked… “How long does it take to change perspectives?” I guess… longer than 20 or 30 years, apparently, because “former Soviet Union” seems to have stuck so far! Still, our own mission is in the process of making the change and maybe yours should too!
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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!

20010610 Brigada Today

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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap A two-month full-time missions school will be conducted from July 9th-August 31st in Hampton, Virginia. USA. It’s not too late to get involved! The sixteen courses include Cross- Cultural Communications & Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your mission call both around the block and around the world. Part-time students are welcome. For more information phone Greg Baust at Global Ministry Teams on 757-868-1268/9 or e-mail him gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)  .
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TO MOTIVATE ADULTS TOWARD MISSIONS

Brigada autoresponder Joseph has done his job. Among the resources you’ll see in his long report are items from the US Center, Caleb Project, John Piper, Next Step Resources, Paul Borthwick, Henry Blackaby, and many others. Get the full report by sending an email to: motivate-adultsatbrigadadotorg  (motivate-adultsatbrigadadotorg)  . Thanks Joseph!
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A 2ND LANGUAGE IN HAWAII

graduation cap Check out the TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of the Nations (Kona, Hawaii) beginning Feb. 18, 2002. 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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“LIVE THE CALL!” (GLOBAL WORSHIP MOVEMENT)

calendar Livethecall.com and New Life Christian Fellowship of Chesapeake, VA are partnering together July 19-21 to create a platform for a global worship movement designed to ignite a passion in believers to change the world. Eric Watt, executive director of The Network for Strategic Missions, will teach on the revolutionary lifestyle of walking intimately with God, and worship leaders will lead delegates into God’s presence using various worship expressions: art, dance, instruments, intercession, video, etc. A 24- hour intercession room and worship art gallery will fuel the worship. For more info email blakeatlivethecalldotcom  (blakeatlivethecalldotcom)   or click here: http://www.livethecall.com/index.html?a=waevents&aa=waevents If you’ve got a broadband connection to the web, it’s worth checking out the site just to watch the streaming video! Whoa. It rocks!
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SAHARAWI PEOPLE PRAYER GUIDE HOT OFF THE PRESS!

praying hands The 30-day prayer guide (English or Spanish edition) is in a (professionally-printed) format that can be used by churches to educate their congregation on this needy people group from Western Sahara OR for a particular prayer emphasis of one month. Limited quantities of the guide are available by request from siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom  (siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom)  . Please send an ordinary mailing address with your request. OR the guide can be downloaded from the brand new web site in .pdf format (English or Spanish): http://saharawi.strategicnetwork.org.

note (Notice there is no ‘www’ in the URL!!). To access the guide and other “Documents” on the site you will need to fill out a brief form (for security reasons).

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LEARN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT ON THE WEB

graduation cap Topics include: Understanding the MED Movement Microfinance Principles and Practices Implementing Church-centered, and other issues in Christian Microenterprise Development (CMED). For complete information see the Chalmers Center’s website http://www.chalmers.org, or e-mail chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  . Applications can be downloaded from the website and must be submitted by July 13.
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TESL RESOURCES UPDATED

Brigada autoresponder Have you downloaded a fresh copy of the TESL Resources autoresponder lately? Check out the new additions as of tonight by sending a blank email to tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotorg  (tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotorg)  .

(Note the use of the underscore character as a word separator.)

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CREATE CHURCH WEBSITES EASILY

WebWatch Relatively few churches have websites. Perhaps some people are put off by the technicalities involved. But there is an easy alternative – pre-designed template church sites which are edited using a normal browser webpage. The Web Evangelism Bulletin has published a review of these church site systems. Church pages can be used for evangelism, if carefully designed for this purpose. To obtain a free copy by email autoresponder, send a blank email to: web-evangelism-getdot35atlistsdotgospelcomdotnet  (web-evangelism-getdot35atlistsdotgospelcomdotnet)  .
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SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

graduation cap International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A few of the upcoming workshops are: June 24-28 in Taiwan; June 25-29 in Minneapolis; July 9-13 in Nigeria; August 27-31 in Ivory Coast; September 2-7 in Puebla, Mexico. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Ken at itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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INSURE YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY

When serving overseas, insuring your personal property is as important as homeowners insurance is in the USA. Adams & Associates International offers a Missionary Personal Insurance Plan to cover personal property and household effects. This coverage includes All Risk insurance for damage to your property for such perils as fire, windstorm, vandalism, and theft with Full Replacement Valuation (subject only to the $500.00 deductible). Also available is Personal Liability and Personal Accident. Adams & Associates International has many years of experience in handling personal insurance matters, having served the missionary community, exclusively since 1980. Contact Adams & Associates by email at aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)   or visit their web-site at www.aaintl.com.
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PEOPLETEAMS UPDATE

People Teams PeopleTeams.org is pleased to announce that more than 375 missionary teams can be located by dropping the “www” and entering a simpler address: http://peopleteams.org. PT is averaging nearly a quarter of a million hits every month and greatly appreciates the support from the missionary community. The toolbox section has really ballooned as a number of missions groups have been linked up. PT is the service that offers free website hosting for teams of missionaries who are focusing evangelistic efforts upon a people group, a population segment or city. And now it’s easier to access than ever! (Email them at peopleteamsathotmaildotcom  (peopleteamsathotmaildotcom)  ).
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OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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

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

20010520 Brigada Today

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QUESTION OF ‘SILENT SPRING’ ELICITS WIDE-RANGING RESPONSE

Brigada autoresponder Just as the seasons change from winter & spring to summer & fall, so flowed the wide-ranging responses to the recent Backpage editorial, “SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?” You’ll recall that in my original editorial, I observed that there seemed to be a kind of “lull” going on out there — at least in some circles — when it comes to large-scale missions mobilization. By and large, it seemed that many agreed. What was notable was the rationale behind the silence. (There were a ton of responses. To read a compilation, send a blank email message to: silent-springatbrigadadotorg  (silent-springatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy of the 38K compilation will be automatically sent to your email inbox immediately.

In her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson effectively raised the national consciousness on all things regarding pesticides, ultimately forcing the government to ban DDT and spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. In addition, Carson’s book was instrumental in launching the “environmental movement.” According to many observers, it is one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

Unfortunately, the little item in Brigada Today won’t end up making such a big impact. :-) That’s a shame. First of all, it’s a shame because instead of dying birds, we’ve got eternally lost civilizations. Second, it’s a pity because it seemed we had such momentum going (95-99)! And third, it’s a shame because Rachel Carson became such a famous hero. By contrast, whoever heard of Doug Lucas? :-)

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THEORY 1: MAYBE THERE’S NOISE, BUT WE CAN’T HEAR IT

In this camp were the “it’s-becoming-international” crowd. These folks theorize that the reason it seems so “quiet” is because the mobilization is no longer USA-based — or perhaps because of security issues. Mark (Cleveland, OH) pointed to websites like http://www.jesusfilm.org as proof that world evangelism is actually happening! Another friend in Eastern Europe wrote, “…I can’t tell you how exciting things are here! Not only that thousands are turning to Christ (though they are), but also seeing people from former communist countries dedicating themselves to serving cross-culturally. There’s a big pool of potential missionaries right here in Europe. How neat to see God’s hand at work!” A long-time friend (and former employee of AD2000!) wrote, “…Maybe things are silent because many people went to work among Unreached People Groups and aren’t so interested in loud mobilization efforts. That’s me. Maybe they are working in restricted access countries and don’t want to make loud noises less the authorities notice. …”

I’ll admit that I see some anecdotal evidence of this, now and then, but I’ll hasten to add that, in my travels so far, it seems this non-Western-based mission effort is, at best, “uneven,” in that there are still vast uncharted territories where no one is venturing to set up shop. And dare I say that it seems to mostly be happening in partnership with Western projects rather than totally in isolation of them. Do you agree? If this is the case, the implications are far-reaching. For… (and I know it’ll sound colonial and patronizing, so I’ll only mention the possibility) if we back off, then could it be that we’ll lose whatever ground we’ve gained in helping mission-receiving churches to become mission-senders?

The other side of this theory comes from the “now-it’s-a-grass-roots-affair” believers. These folks argued that the current situation is actually healthier, because instead of having to follow a vocal, motivational leader (like… maybe… Luis Bush???), churches and agencies (Western and non-Western) have caught the vision and they’re functioning in and near unreached peoples with high security — so no wonder I wouldn’t be hearing about it. Okay. Maybe. But in my limited experience, we hear feedback on the field side quite easily, even if we’re not hearing much on the sender-side of things. And on the field side, I must say, I don’t think I’m seeing throngs of new career-oriented cross-cultural witnesses. Lots of short-termers, maybe… in fact hordes of short-termers, in some cases. But, in some areas, I have to wonder who will become the five-year-folks — or better yet — the fifteen year folks — that we so desperately need.

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THEORY 2: MAYBE THE MAGIC MOMENT HAS PASSED

These folks mostly sounded rather like realists. They basically “called a spade a spade.” Having heard lots of “noise” in the latter decade, they’re now wondering what’s become of it all. To these folks — and there were several — the huge groundswell of new full-time workers never really materialized. In its place are the short-term visitors who never really fully integrate. So long-term church-planting and leadership training, at least among the least reached, will suffer. “Jeff” wrote, “Three college grads who caught my missions obsession in 1995-2000 are now raising support and going [to work among unreached peoples]. But I notice that I am not mobilizing new folks as quickly. I have noticed an increased concern and sense of fear that missions is intolerant and destroys native cultures (typical mantra).” Rats. And lest we pat ourselves on the back too much about short-terms, another wrote, “We have had a summer intern program since 1989. For only the second summer, we will not have any this summer.” Yikes. Has the “magic moment” passed?

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THEORY 3: MAYBE THE BEST IS YET TO COME

There were at least a couple of starry-eyed optimists who felt (at least said) that we now stand on the brink of what could turn out to be the greatest decade of missions of all time. These observers point to the perspectives classes (with enrollment at new highs, I might add), the tons of short-termers (already mentioned), international participation (mentioned above), and patient seed-sowing among mission-sending churches. Bit-by-bit, they build a strong case for believing in the tomorrow of world missions. As an example to this group, Dennis (Portland, OR USA) writes, “Perhaps we’ve been motivated enough for a period of time and need to apply some of the theory for a while and then move to the next level where we will need more education/motivation/whatever. I think that we know all we need to know to do what God wants us to do at this time for our particular church anyway. I don’t know how much impact our congregation will have on fulfilling the Great Commission but we seem to be starting to understand that we do have a part.” And Tom wrote from Houston, TX, “I wonder if we are in a sort of “pregnant pause” right now. Perhaps God is on the verge of initiating something new that will demonstrate His power and grace to a waiting world. He did say that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Oh, that it would happen in our cities, in our nation and in the nations of the world. Perhaps this is just a time for some of us to catch our breath before the next big wave.” One very encouraging Brigada participant described the ongoing (rather amazing) mobilization in his congregation, then closed by adding this… “Here’s to a veritable flood of emails like this one, that will encourage your heart, and help you to see that we are ringed about with mighty warriors of God who are standing all around us, and joining with us in the battle that not only rages on, but has already been won. This is not a silent spring at all! All around me I hear the roar of battle, and the praises of newly-born children of God!”
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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Do you have access to the web… or do you know someone who would assist you? If so, head on over to our Brigada-Today poll at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/polls. Mark one of the choices and let’s see what the 10,000 or so Brigada-Today audience believes? The poll closes June 9th (two weeks). More on this possible phenomenon later…
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HARVEST TIME FOR JAPAN?

Harvest Fields Ministries has begun a campaign to recruit 200 church planters for Japan and 50 for the island nation of Taiwan. Harvest Fields is also looking for an Area Director for each country. Contact mikeathfministriesdotcom  (mikeathfministriesdotcom)   or write: Harvest Fields Ministries, PMB 170, 610-A E. Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65807 USA. Meanwhile, Team Expansion is praying God will raise up workers for Tokyo in particular. If you’re interested, write to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)   and/or visit the Team Expansion website at: http://www.teamexpansion.org Prospective recruits can begin with the summer in Tokyo during 2002, at which time they’ll help with church growth research and outreach.
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CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) is accepting paper proposals for the 2002 annual conference Feb. 21-23 in Louisville, KY at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The conference theme is “Refining Responses to New and World Religions in the 21st Century.” Proposals should address issues relevant to cults of Christianity, new religious movements and world religions. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to issues of missiological importance. Papers demonstrating up-to-date research, familiarity with and use of primary sources, the integration of history, theology, the social sciences and strategies from a soundly evangelical missiological perspective will be given primary consideration. Proposals shall include an abstract of not less than 250 words and must be postmarked by September 30. Please send all proposals to John Morehead at Watchman Fellowship, P.O. Box 227, Loomis, CA 95650-0227, or via e-mail at moreheadatquiknetdotcom  (moreheadatquiknetdotcom)  . For more information about EMNR visit http://www.emnr.org.
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NEW IDEAS FOR BIBLE TRANSLATORS

Bible Here’s a resource (Thanks Keith!) which may help Bible translators. It’s The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals The Hebrew Source Of English, by Isaac E. Mozeson, 2000. According to the author, Hebrew may be the source and key for all languages. Those outside of American need to put .us on the web addresses and email, after .com. http://www.hebrewworld.com/theword.html http://www.amazon.com for reviews http://www.swrc.com for past audio broadcast and book; http://www.cftinet.com/~mordecai for author’s web site, and email, mozesonatyahoodotcom  (mozesonatyahoodotcom)  .
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TRANSPLANTED AND CONTEXTUALIZED CHURCHES

The article “Transplanted and Contextualized Churches” is the subject for this Monthly Missiological Reflection by Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen. This is a timely topic because many missions churches, like banana plants in a cold climate, are unable to reproduce and need special care just to survive. You can read this article at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/mmr17.htm You can subscribe to future Missiological Reflections at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/subscribe.asp.
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CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK ON “MISSIONPREP”

lighting the way Well, I had heard that “dot com” companies were dropping like flies, but this is ridiculous. Earlier, “CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING IN TORONTO THROUGH MISSIONPREP“, we neglected the “dot com” in the URL! The proper address should be: http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep/ Please pardon us for any inconvenience! (Thanks for catching it Chris!)
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PRAY ‘ROUND AFRICA

praying hands Have you heard about 2001PRAY? Time to get involved. Check out their website www.2001PRAY.org. According to one researcher, this is one of the biggest prayer efforts for Africa in the 20+years out here. (Thanks Larry!)
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SPECIAL PRICES ON SPECIAL BOOKS

books Bill Berry is pulling out the stops to offer some partially dated stock at rock bottom pricing. Get “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations”, by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor, for half-price in case lots of 38 copies for just $4.00/copy + shipping charges. “The Short-Term Mission Handbook” (288 pages, 1992 edition, $10 cover price) has dropped to $1/copy, plus UPS charges (same as above). Get Into All The World, 2001 Edition in case lots of 50 copies for $25/case (includes UPS charges). For more information, write Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)   or call 626-798-8582 or fax 626-798-2712.
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CONTEXTUALIZATION

“What Color Is Jesus? How Can We Present Jesus to a New Culture without Bringing Our Own?” is a key article from David Learner, published in Mission Frontiers: http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&id=5299 (Thanks Tony!)
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PRAYER FOR SOUTH ASIAN HINDUS & MUSLIMS IN NORTH AMERICA

praying hands On June 15 and 16, 2001 in the Twin Cities (MN) South Asian Resources will host its first Prayer Conference for South Asian Hindus and Muslims in North America and the unreached peoples of South Asia. All believers burdened for these peoples are welcome. With increasingly large numbers of South Asian professionals, immigrants, students and tourists coming to North America we need to pray for the Lord to open their minds to His light and to open the hearts of the North American church to welcome them. No registration fee but please register with PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom  (PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom)  . For details call 651-426-4687 (Central Time).
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WANT TO IMPACT THE WORLD?

If you speak standard native English, you are already equipped with the skills needed to teach English all over the world. All you need in addition to those skills is a love for people of other cultures, a little appetite for adventure, a measure of flexibility, and a short, six-week course to train you in teaching methodology. Then you can effectively help others learn English or improve their English ability. Try out the Tesol School from June 15- July 27th, 2001, Henan Province, China. Click to: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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LEARN HOW TO RIDE THE TECHNOLOGY TIDE

Just as a surfer needs to learn to read the waves, we need to learn to read the ‘waves’ God sends our way. In the providence of God, we are in the midst of a huge technology wave that may come roaring down on top of us if we are not prepared. Bob L has prepared and article about “Globalization and Its Challenges for Christian Media” You can read it now on http://www.newWway.org or download it to read on your PalmOs platform! (There are also three more free books for your PDA on newWway.org)
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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR WALLET IS STOLEN

Traveling overseas seems to “up the odds” that you’ll be pick-pocketed. What do you do if your wallet is stolen? As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately. To do that, you’ll need all those toll free numbers and your card numbers. So write them down somewhere in advance — and not just in your wallet, silly. :-) File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, so you can prove to credit providers that you were diligent. If you’re from the USA, call (or have someone in the USA call) the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS# — to keep your credit clean. The numbers for the credit bureaus are: Equifax 800-525-6285; Experian (formerly TRW) 888-397-3742; Trans Union 800-680-7289. Again, if you’re from the USA, you might also call the Social Security Administration at 800-269-0271. (Thanks Alan!)
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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap A two-month full-time missions school will be conducted from July 9th-August 31st in Hampton, Virginia. USA. The sixteen courses include Cross-Cultural Communications & Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your mission call both around the block and around the world. For more information phone Greg Baust at Global Ministry Teams on 757-868-1269 or by e-mail at gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)  .
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FRENCH LANGUAGE MISSIONS TRAINING

graduation cap A bilingual French English Discipleship Training School is being offered September 23rd 2001 to February 22nd 2002 by Youth With a Mission in Dunham, Quebec. Experience French culture and language during the 3-month intensive lecture phase followed by two months of international outreach. You will be exposed to French language speakers from a variety of backgrounds — Europe, Quebec and Africa. Experience ‘missionary’ meals too! Cost is $3000 Cdn, not including airfare. (Approximately $2000US depending on current rate of exchange). For more information contact jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca  (jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca)   or check it out on the web at: http://iquebec.ifrance.com/jemnet/.
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CHRISTIAN PHOTOJOURNAL

“Worldscope from the field” offers a free monthly e-zine dedicated to showing people “a window into the church around the world.” Don’t miss this month’s coverage of MAF is Lesotho. Visit Worldscope’s web site at http://www.wspublications.com to subscribe and to find out how to contribute articles and/or photos to share a story from your corner of the globe. You may also subscribe by sending an e-mail entitled “subscribe” to wsfromthefieldataoldotcom  (wsfromthefieldataoldotcom)  . Please note that you will receive the free monthly e-zine as an attachment of about 0.9 M.
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FREE SPANISH NEW TESTAMENT IN AUDIO

Bible Now the Spanish NT is available for free on the internet! An audio recording of the Spanish New Testament has been released on the internet at http://www.audiobiblia.org in the popular mp3 audio format. The narration was recorded and donated to the net by Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Hampton, Virginia. The audio files of the Reina Valera edicion 2000 can be freely copied and distributed for non-commercial use. The site plans to offer the entire Spanish Bible in mp3 audio and windows media formats by early next year.
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EXPATRIATE MINISTRY

Dan is doing a doctoral project on ministry to English-speaking expatriates living abroad. He is also the pastor of the International Christian Fellowship of Caracas. It seems that little has been written about this strategic ministry in the mega cities of the world. If you have any leads on books or articles on the subject, contact him at icfmissionatcantvdotnet  (icfmissionatcantvdotnet)  . He’ll put together a report to distribute as an autoresponder from Brigada.
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THE BACKPAGE – SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?

books and pen Is it just my imagination, or is the silence beginning to roar? Maybe I’m not as “plugged in” as I need to be. (That’s hard to imagine with the quantity of emails I receive.) Maybe this is just a “lull” before more storms. Either way, it just doesn’t seem that there is as much mobilization for missions going on these days. Where are the big prayer pushes, … the big promotions, … the new books on unreached peoples. Yes… there’s an occasional CD, and… Operation World is coming… but for now,… if I’m not mistaken, we seem to be in a strange kind of muted silence, don’t we? Maybe that’s okay. Maybe 1995 – 2000 was actually too much glitz and glamour. Maybe the better part of valor is the discretion of pulling together new mission teams through patient and intentional step-by-step efforts. Time will tell. As for our own mission, I’ll have to admit — we have the biggest response ever to our summer internship program (80 summer interns compared to a previous “high” of 50 or so annually since 1984). So … I shouldn’t complain. Still… it’s silent enough to make me wonder… Was it just the new millennium… or did we just experience a ripple in the mobilization sine wave?

What’s happening where you sit? Send us your opinion. Write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   — with subject line: ” SILENT SPRING

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GOT BUSINESS CARDS? GET ‘EM FREE

I saw this URL float by my inbox, but I didn’t give it much thought ’til my buddy actually used it to order a set of 250 free (free) business cards of his own! Well I’ve got a copy of his right here on my desk and . . . guess what! They look GREAT! Colorful, substantial, and . . . you actually lay them out over the web! They’re pretty snazzy. And you can’t beat the price (FREE! :-) ). Here’s the disclaimer. My buddy got one free dollar bill when I ordered my business cards from his referral . . . and . . . I guess Brigada would get one free dollar bill if a reader orders cards using the link below. The great part is… here’s a chance to order something free . . . and help Brigada. (The downside is… it’ll set you back $4.95 for the postage to send them to you. :-) ) So anyway… bottom line… if you need 250 business cards and you’ve got $5, you’re in luck . . . and Brigada is too! :-) :-)

http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click?bfmid=36985903&siteid=38374542&bfpage=homepage

Thanks in advance, if you’re one of the folks who needs cards! And hey… set up your free cards, get signed on so you can refer others, then those $1 referral bonuses will come your way as well! :-) And here’s the greatest part of all !!! International participants are more than welcome to order cards and participate in the referral program! Yahoooo! Yahoo Finally, life is good for international folks! :-) :-)

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ARISE, SHINE MOROCCO!

praying hands Today only about one in fifty thousand Moroccans is a believer and in fellowship. Yet after more than a century of missionary endeavor, many believe the time is ripe for breakthrough in Morocco. Expat workers and national believers in Morocco have announced plans for an international Year of Prayer for Morocco and its peoples (YOP4M) in 2002. A video resource, a “52 Weeks of Prayer” booklet, and other materials are being produced for distribution. Prayer requests and praise reports from all regions of Morocco will be sent to participants around the world throughout 2002. Short-term teams will be coordinated. A global network must now be established. If you can help with this need or are interested in YOP4M please contact the International Facilitators at YOP4Mathotmaildotcom  (YOP4Mathotmaildotcom)  . You are invited to play an important part in this effort.
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OPERATION WORLD 2001 BULK PURCHASE BY MAY 10TH!

book If you’d like to partner with the US Center on Operation World bulk purchases, you’d better act fast. The publishing company has given them a May 11th deadline. Operation World is coming out in the fall, and you can get in on bulk pre-publication pricing. The U.S. Center for World Mission is again offering Operation World at cost (or as close as they can get!) which should be $4.95 or less including shipping to you (sorry, U.S. addresses only). Last time we all got together and purchased 100,000 copies before the presses started rolling. If you are interested in 100 or more copies of Operation World 2001 for (about) $4.95 delivered to U.S. addresses, email to ow2001atuscwmdotorg  (ow2001atuscwmdotorg)   with your contact information (name, address, phone) and a quantity. You can also call 626-398-2328. They cannot go for fewer copies, so it would be a waste of Internet bandwidth to ask. :-) And just in case you were wondering, the book is not out yet, but should be sometime in September.
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RESERVE A WEBSITE IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCRIPT

WebWatch Thanks to Rod, who tipped us off on the fact that if we’d like to reserve a website domain name for use in a foreign language script, we can now do so at the following domain:

http://global.networksolutions.com/en_US/help/multi-lingual-learnmore.jhtml

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BREAD FROM BETHLEHEM

book Brigada subscriber and fellow missionary, John O’Malley, has written a devotional series on the book of Ruth. It is called “Bread from Bethlehem”. Each book contains more than one month of devotions. The series is written to encourage the heart of those who serve the Lord and enjoy taking a practical look at scripture. John will make the book is available to Brigada subscribers for a gift of $4.00 (US$) to his ministry. This offer represents 20% off of the regular price of 5.00. You must go to this special page http://www.omalleybooks.com/brigadaoffer.htm or email to Brigadaatomalleybooksdotcom  (Brigadaatomalleybooksdotcom)   to receive the discount. He accepts Paypal and credit cards.
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PAKISTAN IS WAITING FOR YOU

calendar The Shalom Church Ministry is going to host a Pastors’ Leadership Church growth Seminar in July and August. They’re expecting some 500 people to be present. For more info, contact Rev. Shahbaz anjuumatyahoodotcom  (anjuumatyahoodotcom)  . As always, be sure that Shalom’s doctrinal values are in line with your own before making any definite plans. (Brigada Today is not in the position to evaluate doctrinal positions of all those who contribute items.)
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A TOOLBOX FOR EVANGELISM

tools Have you ever needed a specific resource to share your faith and did not know where to find it? Visit The Evangelism Toolbox at http://www.evangelismtoolbox.com. Its creators specialize in trying to find just the right tool you’ll need for the culture you’re trying to reach!
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NEW BOOK ON MOBILIZING INTERCESSORS

book The U.S. Prayer Center’s Eddie Smith has just released a new book,”Intercessors: How to Understand and Unleash Them for God’s Glory.” C. Peter Wagner writes: “This is a one-of-a-kind book! Eddie Smith has helped me to understand intercessors and their ministry in a whole new way. This electrifying book will send positive shockwaves throughout the whole Body of Christ!” For more, send a “blank” email message to intercessorsatusprayercenterdotorg  (intercessorsatusprayercenterdotorg)  .
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WHAT TO DO WITH JOB OFFERS/REQUESTS

Brigada Logo We sometimes receive notices for job openings, many of which are in 10/40 window nations. In general, it’s difficult to publish all those, since this list is typically reserved for news that would hopefully impact larger numbers of users rather than one user at a time. For example, here’s a school for the children of Christian workers located in Ankara Turkey. By this fall, they need at least 3 more elementary teachers and at least 2 more junior high teachers (state certification required; experience preferred). They even provide enough stipend to cover housing. (Teachers need to raise the remainder of their support. For more info, write Rhonda kwiestatattglobaldotnet  (kwiestatattglobaldotnet)  .) But unfortunately, we just can’t make this newsletter into a “job line.” There are nearly 10,000 subscribers… and this notice would eventually impact just 5 of them. However, we have launched a service that can help in this and many other cases. It’s called “Brigada-Opportunities.” It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re searching for the right opportunity, just send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . And if you’ve got an opportunity, just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)  . (Those with opportunities don’t actually have to join — their email will float into the conference even though they’re not subscribed! That way, they get to place their notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the mail! When the volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). So… those with job options — please try Brigada-Opportunities! And if you’re searching, please subscribe there.
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GET THE “INSIDE SCOOP” ON MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD!

Christian Aid invites you to subscribe to the Missions Insider Report, a free, weekly e-newsletter detailing the work and move of God among the nations through thousands of indigenous missionaries. Read reports from missionaries most of us never hear about, as they labor for our Lord and reap His harvest in some of the most difficult, obscure, and unreached nations. To subscribe to the free, Missions Insider Report, send a blank email to insider-subscribeatchristianaiddotorg  (insider-subscribeatchristianaiddotorg)  . Visit their website at http://www.christianaid.org or visit their XtremeMissions site at http://www.xtrememissions.org.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010415 Brigada Today

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SPECIAL NEWS ABSTRACTS ABOUT YOUR PART OF THE WORLD

Wycliffe Associates UK http://www.wycliffeassociates.com has been producing News Abstracts about World Regions for some years, and would now like to make these available to the broader missions community. If you’d like to receive these news items please send an email to the address below of the group(s) which interest you most. The news is sent out approximately every two weeks.

North & Cent America NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
South America NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Europe NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Africa NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Former Soviet Union NewsAbstracts-FSU-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-FSU-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
East & SE Asia NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Mid & South Asia NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Australia & Oceania NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Special Categories NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
World (All Zones) NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Health Bulletin NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  

(Thanks Wycliffe Associates!)

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EVANGELISTIC CDs

cd-rom CD-roms have big potential in evangelism, yet are not often used. This new page reviews several that are available, and includes resources for making CDs and PowerPoint presentations: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/cd-evangelism.html
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FOR THOSE OVERSEAS IN BUSINESS/SECULAR WORK…

What can be done for Jesus Christ while one is furthering national or business interests overseas? This month’s Operation Reveille Shofar feature article describes how to multiply ministry opportunities with low intensities of engagement. There’s also an area study of the Balkan Peninsula as well as news and testimonies about what God is doing overseas and how you can be involved. You may read the on-line version of the Operation Reveille Shofar at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm or request a hard copy from operationreveilleataltavistadotnet  (operationreveilleataltavistadotnet)  .
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RESEARCH ON REACHING POST-COMMUNIST YOUTH

If you are working with youth in Eastern Europe or Russia, you might benefit from reading the results of some research done among Russian young people, regarding their religious attitudes prior to hearing the gospel, their experience of “being evangelized” by Westerners, their own descriptions of their conversions, and their evaluations of Western evangelistic methods. Many of their comments are applicable to Westerners doing evangelism anywhere. You can freely download and use the papers, which are found on http://www.westernseminary.edu/mrg/dmiss/harris/ Or you could contact Mark at markatcmcdotryazandotru  (markatcmcdotryazandotru)  .
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THE “USE” MINISTRY

Unlimited Strategy Evangelism, in existence since 1977, has as its main focus, at this time, the assisting of Pastors and Church Leaders in areas of the world where they have not had the opportunity for formal training. This is accomplished through one or two week long seminars consisting of Bible study, equipping, workshops, problem solving, and Q & A sessions. USE has ministered through out the USA and into Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand. Currently, ministries are scheduled for Mexico (June) and Kenya (Sept). Check out http://www.members.aol.com/aranyas/use-tac.htm The Director, Charles Aranyas may be contacted at Aranyasataoldotcom  (Aranyasataoldotcom)  .
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MINORITIES OF CHINA HANDBOOK

book Paul Hattaway has recently completed what will certainly be the definitive introduction to China’s 400+ minorities, Operation China: Introducing all the Peoples of China. As you can infer from the title, this book is a prayer guide (Patrick Johnstone wrote the Foreword and will use much info from this book in the new edition of Operation World), introducing 1-2 minority groups per day to be prayed for. Hattaway, based on more than 10 years of research, packs this book with info on each minority: population, alternate names, location, religion, languages, status of evangelization, customs, and history. This book is a must for anyone desiring all the “nations” of China to know the Savior. (Thanks to the volunteer reviewer of this new book for Brigada Today — a strategic leadership trainer working in Mainland China since 1989, who wishes to remain anonymous.) (To buy your copy, contact infoatpiquantdotnet  (infoatpiquantdotnet)   or order from IVP, Norton Street, Nottingham NG7 3HR, UK – tel.+44 (0)1159 781054; retail price £320.00 / £35.00 – Piquant PalPacks: buy two copies and get the second one half-price!
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JUNE CONCERTS OF PRAYER FOR TURKEY

praying hands International Turkey Network would like to invite you and your church to participate in an “International Concert of Prayer for Turkey.” Its members are asking churches and individuals around the world to set aside some time during the weekend of June 1st – 3rd for a time of prayer focused on the nation of Turkey. We will be posting some suggested items for intercession and general formats that you might want to use. We will suggest a two-hour concert of prayer, but will also offer ideas for formatting a one-hour meeting and a 15-minute section of a worship service. If you have any questions, you can call Linda Pallone at 480-464-3995 or send her an email at GoYeN2ataoldotcom  (GoYeN2ataoldotcom)  . If you schedule a time of prayer let us know how approximately how many will be participating. We want the believers and workers in Turkey to be encouraged by knowing how many will be praying on their behalf. When you respond, we will send you further information.
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DENTAL SUPPLIES FREE FOR THE ASKING…

If your mission needs dental equipment and supplies, here’s an inside track! Chris Malott, the Logistics Director for Accu Bite Dental Supply, has many supply and equipment items that can be either donated or sold at or below wholesale cost (items that are scratched or dented). He can even pay freight costs within the USA. Give him a call at 517-655-5000 x333, or email cmalottataccubitedotcom  (cmalottataccubitedotcom)   (submitted by Rod, Mission Finder www.missionfinder.org )
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SIXTY THOUSAND REASONS TO GO – TODAY

Approximately 60,000 people die each day in the 10/40 window with most of them never having heard the Good News of Jesus. Now you can receive specific training to GO and do something about it at YWAM Jacksonville. YWAM Jax exists for the purpose of forming, equipping, sending, and supporting church plant teams to unreached people groups in the 10/40 window. They are FOCUSED on the unreached. Contact Mark at 904-994-2733 or Mark1615atCompuservedotcom  (Mark1615atCompuservedotcom)   or check them out on the web at http://www.ywamjax.com
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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!

20010401 Brigada Today

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FREE NEWSLETTER on HOUSE CHURCHES AVAILABLE

Of particular interest to Canadians but others may be interested as well (it is being produced by the Canadian House Church Resource Network – readable at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/housechurches.htm. You can subscribe by sending your request and why you would like to receive the newsletter, to chcrnathotmaildotcom  (chcrnathotmaildotcom)  . Or you can find most of what will be included in the email version on the Internet at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index87.html
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STUDY ABOUT MUSLIMS BY EXTENSION!

graduation cap For one-time only (April- June/01), take a “20/20” discount of 20% off tuition and selected materials for two, 3 sem. hr. extension courses: Introduction to Islam and Women in Islam. These courses are designed for independent learning anywhere; help pre-service and in-service workers understand culture, tradition and strategies for reaching Muslims; credits apply toward MA and MDiv (Muslim Studies) at CIU or transferable to other schools. For more Information, write extoffatciudotedu  (extoffatciudotedu)   or visit http://www.ciuextension.com or tel: 800-777-2227; 803-754-4100, ext. 3710; fax: 803-754-9119.
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GET THE LATEST AD2000 PRESS RELEASE

AD2000The AD2000 office sent to us last week a kind of “press release” that you can now download for free. It explains the “shut down” of their Colorado office . . . as well as “where do we go from here.” Just send a message to ad2000atbrigadadotorg  (ad2000atbrigadadotorg)   and you’ll receive the 7K file in your inbox within minutes.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP ON AN UNREACHED FRONTIER

graduation cap The Elijah Company, Inc. will conduct another Missionary Training Camp from June 1-11, 2001 in the Spanish Campo de Gibraltar. The Camps are designed to give practical, scriptural, and experiential training toward a missions career among unreached peoples. Call 757-474-2054 #1 for information, or write to TrumptCallataoldotcom  (TrumptCallataoldotcom)  . ECI web page is http://www.elijahcompany.org.
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DON’T FORGET TO PRAY FOR OPERATION WORLD

praying hands Don’t forget to lift up Patrick Johnstone and staff as they put the finishing touches on Operation World, the prayer guide to challenge all prayer guides. (See “OPEN LETTER FROM OPERATION WORLD AUTHOR“, in the March 23rd 2001 Brigada Today.)

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BRIGADA EVANGELISM RESOURCE IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Brigada Logo The Web Evangelism Guide is also available in other languages:

The English version comes with a twice-monthly newsletter about online evangelism, Christian communication strategy and webmaster tips. The French and German versions have two-way discussion email lists.

If you want to help 2nd-language speakers to your website, see the options available at the English version. It is possible to offer your visitors the ECTACO multilingual dictionary: http://www.ectaco.com/ It is also possible to add a one-click translator for French, German, Italian and Spanish to your webpages with a few lines of code: http://www.wordreference.com/forWebsites.htm

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MUSLIM STUDIES INSTITUTE IN COLUMBIA

graduation cap During the time of July 9- August 3, some 6 Intensive courses offered during two, 2-week sessions (scholarships available for courses by credit) in Columbia, SC, but deadline is May 1. Introduction to Islam; Folk Islam; Muslim Evangelism –July 9-20 Apologetics for Muslim Ministry; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions; Islam in N. America–July 23-August 3, 2001. For more information, write muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)  ; or visit http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies tel: 800-777-2227; 803-754-4100, ext. 3325; fax: 803-786-4209.
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TOTAL IT UP!

graduation cap TOTAL (Taste Of Translation And Linguistics) is a 5- day course that returns to the Portland, Oregon, office of Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 21-25, 2001. Introductory classes in phonetics, phonology, grammar, language & culture learning, and translation & semantics, are all taught by experienced linguists and translators from around the world. Try it on for size, total it up, and see if Bible translation might be a good fit for your unique gifts, interests and talents! Hear field reports, videos, personal testimonies, prayer, devotions and group living build meaningful relationships between staff & students. Tuition, materials, housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and delicious ethnic dinners) are all provided for $100. Scholarships are available. Phone … Lee Higdon at 503-652-1662, toll free 800-269-2007, or e-mail Jim Stair at jim_stairatwycliffedotorg  (jim_stairatwycliffedotorg)  . Or visit http://www.wycliffe.org/nwro.
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NEED PRAYER CARDS?

Feel free to do a one-time visit to their New And Improved Website! It’s all new and better than ever! Their newly designed site is clearer and easier to use, featuring security to allow on-line ordering, digital uploads, and answers to questions frequently asked as customers plan and design their cards. Check it out and let them know what you think. Visit them online: http://www.creativeplus.com or call toll free in the USA, 800-347-2848, for more info.
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WEB-WATCH: LIVING IMPACT

WebWatch Living Impact is an international non- denominational evangelical mission targeting the 10/40 window for church planting. Their strategy to help fulfil the Great Commission in the 21st century is unique. Check them out at: http://www.livingimpact.org for more information.
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ACHIEVE PROFESSIONAL LOOKING MEDIA YOURSELF!

Look at what newWway.org just uploaded: more practical media tips that you can share with your team! Three great articles by Butch, a Media Strategist in W. Europe. “Do I need a Website?”; “Take Better Pictures!” and “Better PowerPoint Presentations’. All three make your communication a surprisingly simple joy. Great links for more in-depth study too! Log onto http://www.newWway.org to read them all.
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KIDS AROUND THE WORLD MISSION

movie camera It’s called “Families of Japan”(Part of “Families of the World” series) a 30 minute video with 2 15-minute programs for ages 5-10. They now have 12 videos from different countries and are working on 4 more (they’ve been waiting for clearance into Vietnam!). These are not “Christian” videos but do a wonderful job of letting the viewer see into the daily lives and families of children around the world. Each video highlights the life of 2 children – generally one city child and one from the country. Check at your public library or call 800-765-5885 for more information (Master Communications) or visit: http://www.ardenmedia.com/order_blank.html
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CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK AVAILABLE NOW

book The world of micro enterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. If this is how you are feeling, then this handbook is for you. Co-authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. Using original research as well as the current literature, this handbook sheds light on the wide array of issues and challenges associated with the implementation of Christian MED strategies. Readers are introduced to the foundational theory behind microfinance for poor people and are introduced to the principles of best practice emerging from Christian MED programs around the world. This pre-publication edition is available in limited quantities for the price of $10 plus shipping and handling. Last call for pre-publication editions – very limited numbers left. Contact the Chalmers Center at chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  , or call 706-419-1805 (USA).
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA OR ELSEWHERE!

graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. 45 teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Please be language sensitive when writing. Unsecured Internet site in China. For more information go to http://www.tesoltraining.com or write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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SPECIAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS

International workers, organizations are looking for insurance for the following: Career Coverage that starts 6 months before leaving home country, reduced rates for single women, coverage for pre-existing conditions, 6-12 months of furlough coverage. Get short term individual plans for as little as $34 a month and a short-term team plans for $1.08 a day. Also, they have med-evac plans, trip protection plans, and term life plans. For more info contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom  (jeffatgninsurancedotcom)   or call 480-813-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com.
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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!

20010325 Brigada Today

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“WHOA!” – THIS IS A KEEPER – “PEOPLESFILE CD-ROM”

CD romGlobal Mapping (GMI) has done it again, with this great new resource for ministry to unreached peoples. They’ve integrated the latest and best information from the leading global missions databases, along with maps of thousands of people groups, to produce this “factbook and atlas of the world’s peoples and languages from a mission perspective.” As soon as I opened a copy of “Peoplesfile”, the first thing I did was search for information on a particular unreached people group our mission is currently trying to research. Lo and behold, they not only had it listed but also plotted! Here was a beautiful full color map with a polygon showing exactly where the [somewhat obscure] people group lived! We had searched tons of sites on the Internet and weeded through page after page in libraries… but nothing could have been so quick and easy as this beautiful little CD. If I were to have had this information in 1984, I could have saved weeks. Granted, now it’s 2001 — but this CD will still save me hours. I’ll be honest — if your work includes any research or mobilization for unreached people groups, it would seem this program should be on your “top ten must-have list.” It should be shipping by mid-April, and is priced at under $40, with bulk quantity discounts available. Read all about it at http://www.gmi.org/products/peoplesfile.htm or contact GMI infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599.
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“HOUSE CHURCH” NEWSLETTER

letter and ligntening bolt Now you can receive a free quarterly email newsletter on house churches with particular interest to Canadians (but others may be interested as well). It’s produced by the Canadian House Church Resource Network, on the web at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/housechurches.htm You can subscribe by sending your request and why you would like to receive the newsletter, to chcrnathotmaildotcom  (chcrnathotmaildotcom)  . Or you can find most of what will be included in the email version on the internet at: www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index87.html
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WHERE DOES YOUR MK GET FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS?

John sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom  (sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom)   is trying to find all scholarships, resources and/or funds available for MKs. Since not all missionary families are able to live close to appropriate schools, it would seem that options for schooling are often very limited … and prohibitively expensive (even for elementary school students). Any suggestions, information or ideas are welcome. John will gather all this information and make it available to everybody interested.
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JOIN IN PRAYER FOR THE HAKKAS OF TAIWAN

praying hands This May the YWAM Hakka church planting team, in co-operation with intercessors from around the world, will sponsor their fourth month-long Hakka Prayer Net. Their desire is to raise up at least 1500 faith-filled intercessors who will pray at least 15 minutes every day during the month of May for this unreached people group. Sign up and find out more on the web at: http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2001/signup.htm Spread the news! Of the nearly three million Hakka Chinese who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. For more information about this prayer project please write hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg  (hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg)  .
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ONE DAY TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN VANCOUVER BC

calendar The Finnish Bethel Church of Vancouver BC and Global Opportunities are hosting a free one- day tentmaking seminar on Saturday May 5, 2001. Learn more on the web at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar or contact AJ at ajatglobaloppsdotorg  (ajatglobaloppsdotorg)  . (If you would like to attend/host one of these seminars in your area, write AJ.)
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap A “Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need),” offered by Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations, is slated for Camaragibe (Recife), Brazil, June 03- October 27. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 2 months practical in Recife. For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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WEST AFRICA REGIONAL CONSULTATION – “CRAF 2002”

calendar The next West Africa Regional Consultation will take place May 05-12, 2002 and will continue to help to focus the attention of the Church on the needs of frontier church planting among unreached people groups in West Africa. Just as in Dakar and Bassam (sites of previous consultations), organizers hope to provide a forum where key mission leaders can meet, interact and make plans for more effective evangelism among West Africa’s least reached people groups. For more information, write Younoussa YDjaoatcompuservedotcom  (YDjaoatcompuservedotcom)  .
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MISSIONS COMPUTING CONFERENCE (ICCM)

calendar The 11th annual International Conference on Computing and Mission is scheduled for June 8-12, 2001 at the JAARS headquarters in Waxhaw, North Carolina. ICCM provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone seriously interested in the use of information technology in international missions to learn and network with others. Get more info. on the web at: http://www.iccm.org or write to infoaticcmdotorg  (infoaticcmdotorg)  .
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BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

movie camera The new Video Cross-Cultural Training series, “Bridges of Understanding”, is now available through Mission Training International. It is composed of eight video sessions conducted by experts in cross-cultural training and was produced with the format of being video-driven without the need of an experienced facilitator. Though not designed to give one a complete understanding of cross-cultural skills, it should at least serve as an introduction or bridge into another culture. To order call 800-896-3710 in the USA or via Net2Phone or 719-594-0687 from anywhere. Otherwise, write Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or look on the web at: http://www.mti.org.
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WHERE DOES ONE FIND INFO. ON CONFERENCE CENTER OPTIONS?

That’s what Ian idevilliersatvivadotorg  (idevilliersatvivadotorg)   would like to know. For example, he needs a spot for 150 or so participants from South and South-East Asia in 2002 for a conference focusing on ‘children at risk’. So where does he get info. on affordable hotel sites with lots of break-out rooms in a country with visa availability for other Asian nationalities and an international airport? If you know of directories or web sites or whatever, drop Ian a line and he’ll assemble a report for everyone to grab here on Brigada.
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STOPPED IN FOR WEB-PRAYER

Finally, maybe there’s a good reason for this “instant messaging” stuff! :-) Last Thursday night I stopped by the chat room over at: http://www.strategicnetwork.org for a “live” prayer session on Nepal. It was indeed encouraging to “hear” so many people lifting up needs in this one nation… and the same thing has happened recently for Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia. I’ll admit… there was something stimulating about knowing all these folks were praying from somewhere in the world… and they do it every Thursday night. I think this concept is about to explode sky-high. And … while you’re visiting their chat room, check out the growth in groups at Strategic Networks. They’ve been busy!
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WHO WANTS TO BE A MISSIONARY?

Ever fancied a go at “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or the opportunity to prove you’re not “The Weakest Link?” OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched it’s very own “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” quiz online. Designed to test your knowledge as a world Christian and potential missionary, the quiz comprises of 15 multiple choice questions on various topics like geography, religion and the history of mission. Anyone achieving a score of 10 or more will be entered in the bi- monthly “High Scorers” prize draw. Confident? Why not give it a try and see how globally-minded you really are? Go to http://www.oscar.org.uk and click on the “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” link or, if you only have email access, send an email to infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)   with “GET QUIZ” in the subject line.
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CHRISTIAN CHURCH/CHURCH OF CHRIST “ALL-AFRICA” SEMINAR

calendar On October 15-19, 2001, Dr. Leroy Lawson of Hope International University will be the featured speaker at the All Africa Missionary Seminar of the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches (other interested missionaries welcome). The Seminar will be held just outside Cape Town. Ron Butler, veteran missionary, will lead a workshop on “Spiritual Warfare”. For more info, ask Alice fishbackatyebodotcodotza  (fishbackatyebodotcodotza)  .
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THE BACK PAGE: SIX YEARS OF BRIGADA

books and pen That’s right… this issue marks the sixth year anniversary of Brigada Today. Though there were some initial “email conversations” among a handful of individuals as early as January 25th, 1995, we actually “went public” on March 21, 1995. It’s a simple story, really. In November 1994, I was asked to serve as the president of a missions mobilization event that was to take place a couple of years later in Lexington, Kentucky. To prepare for the event, my colleagues and I began to try to find information about unreached peoples. We were aghast that it was still so hard to find good information. To make matters worse, we found it nearly impossible to effectively create or nurture networks among those trying to reach common nations of people. I remembered that a tech from a group called “CrossConnect”, based in Colorado Springs, had helped me send a binary file over the Internet to one of our mission staff in Ukraine. His email address had a funny “xc.org” domain. :-) Boy was I in for a ride. :-) For whatever it was worth, when we began to wonder whether or not the Internet could offer a set of tools for collaboration, I dug out that tech’s name and gave him a call. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. The Internet was something like the “Wild wild West!” And the web was so new, few of us guessed its potential. Over the next few months, that tech — Jonathan Marsden — became one of my closest friends, even though we had never even personally met! He pretty much single-handedly gave us the nuts and bolts and the technical vision for launching a family of interconnected networks via the Internet. When there were no tools for interacting, he would write them. When we had a need for doing something new, he would create. It was truly a time I’ll never forget. Our subscriber base, which started at 2 — Jonathan and I — soon grew to 50 and then, following GCOWE ’95 in Seoul, to 100 and . . . finally thousands. Some of you… many of you… have been with us ever since. There have been Brigada boosters — those who helped us grow the idea. I think of encouragement from people like Luis Bush who gave us a real forum with AD2000’s GCOWE conference. Greg Fritz, of Caleb Project, personally flew at his own expense to several of the initial “launches” for Brigada and the related “PACE Project” meetings. We have received tons of moral support from friends like Eric Derry and Chris Bushnell and many others who actually read this stuff. Amazing. :-) And the mission for which I work (the one which actually pays me! :-)), Team Expansion, has given me lots of latitude to use free time to follow this star. Many other people have helped make the dream a reality down through the years. Revis Ann Massey, an early “tech support” volunteer, answered tons of help questions in a labor of love. Later… and still through the present, Don and Judy Pratt have stood strong in her legacy of offering real live human answers when needed — helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

Many have asked… where’d you get the funny name? :-) Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino (who knows what other languages)! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message — like the old-fashioned bucket-brigades for putting out fires or like my Crimean Tatar friends in Ukraine when they’re passing gravel to build a new house together, helping one another. We needed a name for the service and… it just seemed like something unique and appropriate.

Well, back to the story, as time passed, there were the inevitable changes. CrossConnect was a brilliant idea but no one knew for sure how to pay for it. What’s more, the “free-wheeling” (pun intended) style of the Internet just made it that much harder for CrossConnect leaders like Pete Holzmann to make ends meet — seemingly everyone wanted a free ride. So in the end, the entire department was sold off to MAF (the airplane people) in Redlands, California. By this time, Brigada had spawned literally dozens of “sub-groups”. There were tons of people-specific conferences, along with role-specialized groups. I suppose they were the true precursors to the “YahooGroups” of today. Though there was no real “web interface”, no one really cared. We didn’t have time to use the web anyway… and few of us had fast connectivity anyway. The web seemed, well, overkill for what we needed — at first. For those who wanted to use it as an archive of past issues, God raised up Bob Mayhew — an amazing volunteer staff-person who is still churning with us today. He’s the single-handed reason that you can go to www.brigada.org and look at all six years of back- issues… and even search them instantly.

The high-tech leaders and the financial numbers-crunchers at MAF’s headquarters were truly caring people. I remember, for example, one week that they flew me out to Redlands to speak in chapel there for the MAF staff. They just wanted to build the relationship all the more. I got to meet with Jonathan and all the others. It was a great celebration… 10,000 subscribers… dozens of functioning sub-groups. We seemed to be flying high. But soon the question was rearing its ugly head again … how do we pay for this technical hardware-heavy, software-laden, connectivity-based cooperating!? MAF finally had to make a tough decision — to start charging either by the byte, or by the message, or by the group, or something. And when they switched over to a fancy new software (remember Lyris?) that was intended to provide new bells and whistles for sub-conference operators, for some reason, many were confused and seemingly left in the cold. As I look back, I don’t think the subconferences every recovered from that shock.

Meanwhile, the web was hot with advertisement-based features at spots like eGroups.com. The very week MAF determined that it had to switch to a fee-based approach, for better or worse, we moved Brigada to eGroups, where we could operate for free. Many sub-group subscribers moved with us. Many found other homes at spots like topica.com. And some probably just disbanded. In the end, with AD2000 hoopla seemingly cooling down and the reality of day-by-day operations setting in, some of the sub- group euphoria just didn’t make the transition. “Brigada” largely settled down to a weekly issue of Brigada Today. [yawn] yawning face [just kidding] :-)

But since those days, StrategicNetwork.org started up… (see item #11 above) and don’t forget www.peopleteams.org (check it out if you haven’t been there lately). These networks filled a real need… and probably did it all the more efficiently using their web interfaces. And since they were run by professionals who were doing it for a living, the staff there had more time — than a Brigada approach, run totally by volunteers, who actually made their living as full-time missionary-types, doing all this Internet stuff on the side as a kind of overgrown hobby. And for those with web access, they probably resonate better than the tools we used to try to pull together in the old CrossConnect days, when a “friendly face” like John Hanna (Caleb Project) had to try to actually manually answer every inquiry personally at the “People Group Consultant” service (remember the “PGC” email on August 25th 1995? If so, you’re showing your “Brigada age”! :-) ).

So today, when people ask, “Where are all the subconferences I’ve heard about on Brigada?”, I just smile to myself and remember the “good ole’ days.” They were filled with high-flying, adrenalin-pumping, marathon all-nighters. They’ll always mean a lot to those who took part in them.

But as always, the real “proof of the pudding” for Brigada (or any other service trying to lift up the needs of the unreached… and the tools for reaching them) isn’t really based in the tool itself… but rather in the act of reaching them. And everywhere we go these days, we see churches and agencies working together to complete the task of world evangelization. As long as that’s happening with gusto, the Brigada dream will still be alive.

But, I must close. We’ve got another six years of Back page editorials to think up. :-) Thanks for being a part of Brigada. I truly hope it’s the best free service you’ve ever bought into. :-) As a final “hoorah” for our sixth-year birthday party, here are three lessons out of many that I’ve learned since those wintery fateful days in January of ’95:

  • RESOURCES — Many Brigada readers seem to like hearing about new resources… maps (remember those 100 Gateway Cities maps from August ’95?), videos, CDs, and even books. Maybe promoting these resources has become one of the key roles of Brigada.

  • RELATIONSHIPS — In the end, it’s not the maps or videos or even the hoopla. It’s the relationships we establish that will last… and those are Brigada-strong.

  • RESOLVE — Many have asked how we’ve managed to keep at it. Though nearly every issue of Brigada Today is “late” :-), we have for better or worse (you be the judge) always gutted it out. In six years time, through thick and thin, sometimes from Africa, Asia, South America, or wherever we happened to be in the world, … we’ve always managed to email you a message… six years times 52 weeks/year… yikes gulp… now there’s a scary thought. 25,733 paragraphs, 85,340 lines, 723,191 words, for a total of 5 megabytes of just verbiage (no pictures)… makes me tired just thinking about it. And speaking of tired, it’s 4:36am. Time to hit the sack.

Oh… did I mention… a lot of Brigada readers like … brevity. Oops. :-)
Yours always,
Doug

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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!

20010318 Brigada Today

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OPEN LETTER FROM OPERATION WORLD AUTHOR

Here’s your chance to help bring out a new edition of Operation World, one of the most effective and time-tested ways to mobilize and pray for global missions. This past week, we received this note from Patrick Johnstone, the author of OW:

“Greetings, and thanks for Brigada!

“Thought I would drop you a line about progress towards completion of OW.

“For prayer: Operation World nears completion, but in the final months before our deadline of 30 June 2001 we must squeeze in about 6 months of work! We value prayer. The huge printing press in the USA is booked for July and we cannot miss our long-fixed slot. Publication is due in early September and the book will be launched on Logos 2 in London Sept 8 and at the EFMA/IFMA jamboree in Florida a few days later. Pray that this may happen! It involves five of us working flat out – me often 14 hours a day.

“Progress to date. We have now completed the draft of the text for every country, and these have been distributed to thousands of respondents for checking. This edition will be the most checked of any hitherto – because of the gift of e-mail, but mistakes, unnecessary errors needlessly painful comments are all possible for we are human! Please pray for objectivity and incisiveness as well as speed!

“We are now writing up the Special Ministries and the Regional summaries. I have just completed Africa and am now tackling the Americas then comes massive, complex Asia.

“In this edition we are beginning the text on most countries with Answers to Prayer – God has done so much in our world over the past decade and we want to ensure He gets the glory for His power revealed in answer to our prayers! Regional totals emerging show that for Evangelicals the 1990s was probably the greatest harvest ever.
Yours in Jesus,
Patrick Johnstone

Here at Brigada, we hold Patrick in the highest respect, so when he takes time to personally write and ask for prayer, we listen! So we urgently covet your prayers on his behalf and on that of the entire OW staff! Please take a moment right now to remember his requests!

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GREAT RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS MOBILIZATION MATERIALS

Here’s a great resource for missions mobilization materials if you happen to live in the USA or know someone who does: 8MORE-BOOKS (866-732-6657) or Fax 706-554-7444 or email orderatomlitdotomdotorg  (orderatomlitdotomdotorg)  . Ask for a catalogue. (Remember that we highly discourage using email for credit card orders.) Noting the obvious lack of a website, we wrote them and they were nice enough to respond, saying that one was in the works. In the meantime, http://www.omlit.om.org says two words “OM Literature” :-).
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ENCOURAGEMENT / DISCERNMENT DEVOTIONALS

If you have any suggestions on devotionals or studies that would help missionaries recharge and refocus, Paul needs your help. In approximately three weeks, he is leaving on a ten-day journey to visit missionary friends who are in a time of transition and who seek the Lord’s clarity in their current location. Send suggestions to michalikattexasdotnet  (michalikattexasdotnet)  .
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TENTMAKER TYPES TAKE NOTE

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Ken kennethwesataoldotcom  (kennethwesataoldotcom)  , the tentmaking archive has just been significantly upgraded. To get your copy, send a blank email message to: tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)  . The rest is automatic. You’ll receive a copy of the 16K file in your inbox… in minutes. Thanks Ken!!!
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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HTML

Here’s a great website for enlightenment on the good news: http://www.thegoodnews.org/HeresHope/default.htm This is produced by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. (Thanks for the tip, Mark!)
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‘PARADOX’ IN MONTREAL

“Connected to culture, conformed to Christ” will be the theme of a two-month experimental missions internship in the Canadian city of Montreal this summer. Sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, “Paradox” is designed to deepen students’ devotion to Christ and develop a team for innovative evangelism in a postmodern, cross-cultural setting through arts, personal relationships and other formats.

Participants will be ministering in the largest city in Canada’s predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, which several evangelical ministries have labeled as the least evangelized area of North America. For more information, contact David at brazzealsatcanadadotcom  (brazzealsatcanadadotcom)   or check out http://www.prayforquebec.com.

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PRAYER FOR CHILDREN AT RISK

praying hands “The WorldWide Day of Prayer for Children at Risk”, held on the first Saturday on June each year, is sponsored by Viva Network, PO Box 633, Oxford OX2 0XZ. A prayer information pack is available by mail or on the web at http://www.viva.org. The pack is free and has lots of imaginative suggestions for organizing a prayer event including stuff for the kids. Don’t miss the 2nd June 2001. Contact Alan areedatvivadotorg  (areedatvivadotorg)  .
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SEMINAR ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA

calendar The second edition of this 2-volume reference work is now hot off the press. The WCE2 gives detailed information on the status of Christianity and the status of evangelization in every country, religion, people group, language, city, and province in the world – as well as many other valuable resources. It is a goldmine of strategic information for world evangelization. It is also big, complicated, detailed, and sometimes technical. ACMC, Caleb Project, and CBInternational are co-sponsoring an interactive, half-day seminar on the WCE2, on 27 April in Littleton, Colorado. It will be led by Michael Jaffarian, an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia. For more information, contact Lauri Dennis at LDennisatcprojectdotcom  (LDennisatcprojectdotcom)  . If you would like to see the seminar offered in your city (even outside the USA), contact Michael at michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet  (michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTREACH ADDS “E-MAIL ONLY” INTERFACE

letter and ligntening bolt Those with unreliable or expensive Internet service can now interface with GEO by e-mail. GEO recruits Christian craftsmen, hobbyists, artisans, and professionals to give practical information and assistance to missionaries. “Email only” clients can begin by sending an email to Indexatteamgeodotorg  (Indexatteamgeodotorg)  ; an automated response will give further information. Those preferring secure communications can send an email to Smalltalkatteamgeodotorg  (Smalltalkatteamgeodotorg)  ; this automated response contains no sensitive language or information. All others should interface with GEO through their website http://www.teamgeo.org or regular e-mail address mailatteamgeodotorg  (mailatteamgeodotorg)  .
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INFORMATION REQUESTED ON MINISTRY TO THE DEAF

The Wollongong (Australia) Deaf Church is interested in knowing where in the world there is established ministry to the Deaf, particularly in relation to their planned visit to a Russian Children’s Camp in July 2001. Thousands of Russian children go to the summer camps. This particular camp has about 200 deaf children, who have never ‘heard’ the Gospel. They want to be sure that the Deaf children reached at the camp can properly be followed up. Send replies about this region and others to Michael churchesmaatcyberelectricdotnetdotau  (churchesmaatcyberelectricdotnetdotau)   and they will be compiled into a single report for use by Brigada members. People who are able to share in prayer support for this venture should also contact Michael as above. Thanks Michael!
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NO MORE WARNINGS ABOUT MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR

Brigada readers are reporting having received several warnings recently about a supposed effort by atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair to have the word “God” banned from the airwaves by the FCC. This would supposedly result in the termination of the television program, Touched by an Angel. These and all future warnings are bogus. Ms. O’Hair has passed on to the hereafter. See the article in the Wall Street Journal’s obituary page: http://www.opinionjournal.com/wsj/?id=85000748. Apparently she was kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from the account of her organization, and then sadly murdered… Not a great ending. But the Wall Street Journal piece is well worth the read. Check it out! (Thanks Justin!)
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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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

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

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