Now with 1818 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….
* WHAT ARE THE ODDS!???
* ANNOUNCING THE PLACE TO GET ANNOUNCEMENTS
* HAVING TROUBLE GETTING STARTED WITH RESEARCH ON YOUR PEOPLE GROUP???
* GOT A CD??? GET A GRIP… ON THE WORLD!
* WANNA BE AN ADVOCATE??? GO TO INDIA!
* POLISH OFF THE 10/40 WINDOW
* A BIT TOO MUCH KEYING GOING ON
* NOW HERE’S A SPOT WHERE YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
* GERMANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE NET
* KINGDOM VENTURES MAKES IT EASIER FOR YOU TO FIND KINGDOM WORKERS
* NEW WEB SITES
* BOMB SCARE
* HAVE CAMERA, WILL TRAVEL
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
WHAT ARE THE ODDS!??? GROWTH BY 65 PARTICIPANTS AGAIN THIS WEEK! :-)
That’s right! Brigada participants jumped again this week by exactly the same amount as last week, 65 new users for a grand total of 1,818 co-laborers for the harvest! Welcome new members! We’re left with 7 more weeks before our 1-year anniversary, March 15. Thanks for whatever you’re doing to pass the word along!
ANNOUNCING THE PLACE TO GET ANNOUNCEMENTS
Want to stay in touch with AD2000 & Beyond’s Joshua Project 2000??? Tune in! Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with only the line
in the body text of the message and you’ll receive occasional updates on team formation, training, and progress. News is sent out only when there’s worthwhile news to share. This conference was opened directly by the AD2000 International Office and is the “official” place to stay in touch! So set those radio dials and listen in! See what the Lord is about to do around the globe!
HAVING TROUBLE GETTING STARTED WITH RESEARCH ON YOUR PEOPLE GROUP???
Help is on the way! At AD2000 & Beyond’s request this past week, a new “helper” page for the People Group Consultant was born. Dubbed the “Research Assistant”, it can be accessed from either the Brigada “Least Reached Peoples” page or from the PGC itself (though as of this hour, the PGC page had not been fully updated — for now, enter via Brigada by setting your browser to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html or go directly to the PGC RA by pointing to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/pgcra/
What will the PGCRA do? It’ll serve as a kind of collection point for new URLs on least evangelized peoples. If you find an interesting/helpful page, switch over to the RA and click on “tell us” and the URL will simultaneously be sent to the Bethany Prayer Center (which is compiling Prayer Profiles for the JP2000 thrust) and the PGCRA too. Shortly thereafter, your new site will be available for all in a people-indexed format. There is also introductory information to other searching tools beyond the worldwide web, e.g., archie, Veronica, telnet, and more, along with sites for each! So the People Group Consultant now has a Research Assistant! Check it out!
By the way, for those without web access, just send e-mail to email@example.com with only the following 2 lines in the text of the message:
get ad2-jp2-announce research-assistant
This pair of commands will
1. subscribe you to an e-mail message list for announcements relevant to Joshua Project 2000 teams
2. signal the hub that you’d like to receive a simple e-mail copy of the most pertinent and up-to-date online research tools. This message about research tools will arrive back in your in-box within 5-10 minutes, depending on the speed of your e-mail service. This is only the first release… but we’ll try to keep it fairly current in sync with the web page so you’ll always have the same access.
Thanks to Bethany for providing the initial start-up info. for this page, for AD2000 & Beyond for asking for its creation, and for Bob Mayhew for helping with the web publishing!
GOT A CD??? GET A GRIP… ON THE WORLD!
If you own a CD driver, check out Global Mapping’s 20:21 Library of Mission and Evangelism Resources on CD (Windows). The MAIN LIBRARY CD #1 contains Operation World, MARC Mission Handbook, The Ethnologue, World Fact Book, From Every People, Status of Global Evangelization, Christian Radio Broadcast data, [gasp for breath!] JESUS film data, the Bible in 6 languages, Greek/Hebrew Lexicons, 9 Bible Commentaries and a Mission Bibliography with over 235,000 records and that’s not all!!! [Whew… that’s a mouthful!] Special Brigada subscribers price is only $199.95. The GLOBAL MINISTRY MAPPING SYSTEM CD #2 contains ATLAS GIS 3.0 and detailed base/thematic maps on every country in the world for your ministry. Priced at $299.95 for Brigada subscribers, both are $100.00 off list price. Can you believe these guys giving us breaks like this? They’re going to spoil us for sure!!! Yahoooooooo! :-) E-mail to Harold Britton, Global Mapping International at: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
WANNA BE AN ADVOCATE??? GO TO INDIA!
That’s right. In just two weeks, the second People Group Advocate school (NRM) will be held in Pune, India. If your church or you has adopted a people group in South Asia then you really should come to this school. They’ll take you to University libraries to research your group, analyze the felt needs of your group, make you aware of worldwide Christian resources available to reach your group, and help you come up with 100 strategies to reach your group. (Wow. That’s a lot!) Powerful. Interested? Address a letter to email@example.com with just the message
get brigada pgas
POLISH OFF THE 10/40 WINDOW
That’s “Polish” not “polish”. :-) It’s a 10/40 Window prayer guide available in the language of POLISH. AIMS – Germany recently translated the prayer leaflet about the 7 major unreached people groups in the 10/40 window (Arab, Turcic, Iranian, Tibetan, Sahel, N.Indian, Malay) into Polish. It is available (free of charge – in print only – sorry for that) from AIMS-Germany. E-mail: 100711.2622@Compuserve.Com . Please do not forget to mention your postal address. Thanks to Kerstin Hack firstname.lastname@example.org for making this available!!!
A BIT TOO MUCH KEYING GOING ON
Did you notice the extra “L” at the end of the URL for AIMS and Regent University in the Jan. 12th Brigada Today??? John Anderson did! The proper URL should be: http://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/div-con.html Thanks to eagle-eye John!
NOW HERE’S A SPOT WHERE YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
Looking for a short-term experience with long-term impact? Consider EXPLORE ’96, Caleb Project’s summer missionary research team ministry. This is an opportunity to be personally involved on the front end of advancing God’s kingdom among an unreached people group. This is truly a “different kind of short-term!” It’s June 4 – August 7, 1996 (9 weeks: 10 days training, 40 days overseas, 15 days debrief/media production), in Central Asia, Indonesia. The teams will seek to discover new insights and opportunities for spiritually penetrating these cultures with the gospel. Regular activities will include befriending local people and interviewing them in relational settings and writing reports (ethnography), prayer walking, producing media resources based on information gained, etc. By God’s grace, the long-term fruit of this ministry will be the MOBILIZATION of new missionaries, new intercessors and new senders focused on these peoples to the glory of God. Want to know more? [I wish I could go.] Contact email@example.com or write to:
10 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
GERMANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE NET
According to Dick Chase, firstname.lastname@example.org , you German emailers take your influence seriously! You apparently protested Compuserve’s open access to pornography on the net and now they’ve done something about it! Thanks for your impact. And thanks to Ron Kernahan email@example.com for passing along the word! Ron suggests sending a brief “Thanks for your stand against pornography” letter to Compuserve’s CEO at Bob Massey, firstname.lastname@example.org . I suppose this would have special significance if you’re a CServer and can send it to simply 70003,1371. Way to go Germany!
KINGDOM VENTURES MAKES IT EASIER FOR YOU TO FIND KINGDOM WORKERS
Have you heard about Kingdom Ventures’ new database to find people “over there”? Called “OPNET”, it includes over 1,000 operations overseas. The initial software package can be purchased for $5, and is updated quarterly. Updates may be purchased when the user likes, for $20 each (25% discount for those who return their work-among survey). The database includes a listing of mission organizations and the countries they are working in. The software is read-only; data may neither be edited nor altered. However, subscribers to the updates may post advertisements which appear in the main menu, and which all readers will view, for $5/advertisement. They sent us a copy of Opnet here and it has lots of potential. It is a DOS interface — so to Windows users it will probably not look very intuitive. But if you have to look someone up and you’re willing to work at it, it might be just the thing. And you certainly can’t gripe about the initial price. :-) For more information, contact Kingdom Ventures, 5273-E Kilrush Court, Richmond, Va. 23228. For a sample disk, send $5 to the address. Email JDavidLong@AOL.COM for more information.
NEW WEB SITES
… Just keep popping up… Mission Discovery is one of the latest… with short-term opportunities for youth and adults… at http://www.goshen.net/misdis/ . (By the way, hats off to these folks for including a link to Brigada!) Also catch http://www.ywam.org/30daytxt.html with info. on the 30 days of prayer for our Muslim friends. By the way, don’t forget that you can still get in on the 30 days of prayer conference. Just send a note to email@example.com with this line in the body text:
One reader wrote this past week to protest the reference to an email bomb in the closing lines of last week’s Brigada Today. He was afraid someone might think we were really capable of sending a bomb through an electronic mail message. In case you’ve been wondering, that was a joke, son. Technology just hasn’t quite advanced that far yet… although I imagine it’ll be the subject of the next late-night sci-fi flick on one of those high-numbered UHF channels. :-)
HAVE CAMERA, WILL TRAVEL
Now here’s a guy worth his weight in gold… Kodak Gold, that is. Check it out. Mike Scott Mogulracer@aol.com is willing to accompany any JP2000 team to the field to do research/pre-search on a least evangelized people. He’ll be the team photographer and apparently brings home quite the album!!! He does appreciate the team chipping in on his expenses, but even that is negotiable, we’re told. Thanks to Mary Ann Stone (of the AD2000 & Beyond Office) and Steve Moore (of Kingdom Building Ministries) for the tip!!! Mike, grab your flash unit and get ready to head for the plane! Judging from his email address, he’ll be especially helpful in colder climates. :-)
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