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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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[Just 2 more editions ’til our one-year birthday! How many participants will we be able to muster by March 21st???!!!]
In this issue….
* MORE BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS THAN LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES!
* FREE JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 SOFTWARE — A BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE!
* GOT A JP2000 TEAM IN THE WORKS?
* GLOBAL MAPPING ON THE HUNT FOR INFORMATION PROVIDERS
* PRAYER PROFILES ON THE WEB
* YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED… FOR FREE! JUST ASK “IITT”
* 10/40 VENTANA EN ESPANOL
* TENTMAKERS — GOT A LOT AT STAKE???
* NEED A PHOTOMURALIST?
* SO HOW ARE THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD DIFFERENT???
* NEED HELP WITH BRIGADA???
* TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL
* READ ALL ABOUT THE LAUSANNE COMMITTEE
* YOU’VE BEEN CALLED TO PRAY
* THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
MORE BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS THAN LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES!
Thanks to Gene Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org who wrote this past week to point out “Just think, Doug–Now we have more subscribers on Brigada than Joshua Project peoples! Congratulations!” But the real thanks goes to the whole Brigada family, at work not only on line, but in the trenches, on site, and in offices across the globe in all their various churches, agencies and organizations who share a common vision for the nations of the world!!! Keep Marching On!
FREE JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 SOFTWARE – A BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE!
Got access to the web? Bob Whitney email@example.com has made it possible for you to search the many peoples of the Joshua Project 2000 Least Evangelized Peoples list — and his software is available here on Brigada! Just create a subdirectory (like c:\temp), download the files, execute them, and go! Full documentation… well… pretty full documentation is provided. If you like grab jpdoc.txt first for more detailed instructions. Bob’s only request is that you send a note to him at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can add you to the list of folks to notify when he does upgrades. (By the way, I took the liberty of checking them for viruses and they’re clean! :-)) Point your browser to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/world and download jpdbf.exe and jpprog.exe. They are self-extracting zip files. Bob’s program is DOS but works fine in a Windows session. Thanks loads to Bob Whitney! And again, a tip of the hat to MAFxc for making these online distribution technologies available to the 2000+ Brigada participants worldwide!!!
GOT A JP2000 TEAM IN THE WORKS?
Write email@example.com! As the JP2000 Coordinator at AD2000 & Beyond, she’d love to be able to track the movement!!! Don’t forget that you can join a special ‘announcements’ channel to stay tuned to advisories and updates. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with this one line in the body text: subscribe ad2-jp2-announce
GLOBAL MAPPING ON THE HUNT FOR INFORMATION PROVIDERS
GMI is in the process of preparing several key maps and maybe even a CD for those who are concerned for Muslims around the world. If you can provide information, ideas or funding sources, write email@example.com. Thanks and good luck, Harold!
PRAYER PROFILES ON THE WEB
After all the talk about prayer profiles on the web, somebody has actually put some there! :-) It should come as no surprise that it was our friends in Littleton. Check ’em out at: http://www.goshen.net/calebproject/upgpray.htm Thanks for your diligent work, John!!!
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED… FOR FREE! JUST ASK “IITT”
Get this. Free answers. Just when you thought no one cared!!! :-) Ray Holt wrote this past week to tell us, “The International Institute of Technology and Theology (IITT) continues to expand their FREE e-mail services to world missionaries. Recent addition of a Christian clinical chemist with over 30 years experience has allowed IITT to offer support to missionaries in many medical areas such as, explaining disease entities, health and nutrition, food and dietary supplements, and general and preventative health, etc. Currently, this new medical service is only available to missionaries outside the United States. IITT continues to offer its computer support in software, hardware and purchasing discounts to all involved in Christian service work world-wide. For more information and a registration form, send an e-mail to one of the following with IITT INFORMATION as the subject. Send to: IITT@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.”
10/40 VENTANA EN ESPANOL
Thanks to Editorial Libertad who has just completed the Spanish translation for Strongholds Of The 10/40 Window, edited by George Otis, Jr. with Mark Brockman, published in English by YWAM Publishing. For more info., contact Editorial Libertad at P.O.Box 23537, Richfield, Minnesota, 55423. Tel/Fax:612-861-3001. Thanks Dave!
TENTMAKERS – GOT A LOT AT STAKE???
You need resources. Thanks to Bill Taylor for recommending two key resources for training tentmakers from the World Evangelical Fellowship Missions Commission:
Working Your Way To The Nations: A Guide To Effective Tentmaking, Jonathan Lewis, Editor, Price: $12.95 — with chapters like Planning for Success, Critical Considerations of Deployment, and Team Dynamics and Spiritual Warfare. and now,
Working Your Way to the Nations, the video!!! Seriously – A 17 minute overview of tentmaking and how to effectively use the workbook for personal or group study. $7.95.
For more info., write WEF Publications, P.O. Box WEF; Wheaton, IL 60189, USA or call 708-668-0440, FAX 708-660-0498.
NEED A PHOTOMURALIST?
Need a Christian photographer for your Christian organization’s project or ministry? Have a spot for an intern to work alongside a Christian professional photographer in a business? Here’s a deal you can’t refuse!!! Dennis Fahringer writes, “I’m looking for opportunities for our missions-minded Photo School students (from YWAM’s University of the Nations) to be able to serve others. We’re particularly interested in ministries to unreached people groups. Students cover their costs of travel, food and housing. I’m also eager to find Christian pro photographers to teach for a week in our two schools.” Contact Dennis Fahringer, Director of Photo Schools, U of N, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, on the Web at ,fax: 808-326-4501. (By the way, Dennis and our other photographer friend, Mike Scott, mentioned in previous Brigada Today issues, are now working together thanks to their networking initiative as a result of Brigada! Way to go, guys!!!)
SO HOW ARE THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD DIFFERENT???
Well, at the least, try “age-grading, athletic sports, bodily adornment, calendar, cleanliness training, community organization, cooking, co-operative labor, cosmology, courtship, dancing, decorative art, divination, division of labor, dream interpretation, education, eschatology, ethics, ethnobotany, etiquette, faith healing, family, feasting, fire making, folklore, food taboos, funeral rites, games, gestures, gift giving, government, greetings, hair styles, hospitality, housing, hygiene, incest taboos, inheritance rules, joking, kin-groups, kinship nomenclature, language, law, luck superstitions, magic, marriage, mealtimes, medicine, modesty concerning natural functions, mourning, music, mythology, numerals, obstetrics, penal sanctions, personal names, population policy, postnatal care, pregnancy practices, property rights, propitiation of supernatural beings, puberty customs, religious ritual, residence rules, sexual restrictions, soul concepts, status differentiation, surgery, tool making, trade, visiting, weaning, and weather control.”
These 73 categories were first mentioned by Murdock in his “The Common Denominator of Cultures” (1945:124), then quoted in Christianity in Culture by Charles Kraft, 1979, Orbis Books. Murdock felt that every people of the world would possess these basic categories. Yikes. We’re a complex bunch of critters, if you ask me. By the way, I remember studying these in undergrad… but it wasn’t until I saw them mentioned on Brigada-peoples that I got interested again. You can join by sending email to email@example.com with only this line in the text of the message: subscribe brigada-peoples
NEED HELP WITH BRIGADA???
Don’t forget that you can get help with Brigada conferences at any time by sending this message to firstname.lastname@example.org in the text of a normal email message: get brigada help-detailed
If that doesn’t answer your question, you can also write MAFxc at email@example.com if your question deals with conference commands or the “how to” questions of using MAFxc conferencing.
TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL
One thing most of us have in common: Travel. As Brian sent us info. on Friendship Tours & Services, 209-294-1354, 812 W.Fairmont Ave., Clovis, CA 93612, fax 209-294-7316, it occurred to Brigada participant Steve Skaggs that maybe we should start a travel free-for-all… of sorts!!! Here’s the way it would work. First, we’d need a moderator who cared about getting people the best travel prices around… preferably someone who would be open and fair about pricing. That moderator would need an XC.org address ($52). Then we’d create a Brigada conference… say… brigada-travel. We’d try to get as many travel agents as possible to subscribe and monitor. Then, whenever you needed to travel, you’d join up temporarily, and send in your travel itinerary — a kind of Request For Bids (an “RFB”???). All the travel agents in the universe would pounce on it and within minutes (well, okay… maybe hours…), they’d send their “sealed bids” back to you in private email. So within a day or so, without having to make a single phone call, you’d have the best rates/itineraries/values in town!!! Wha’dya think???? So… anybody willing to step up to the plate and moderate that one???? If so, write DLucas@TeamExpansion.org and we’ll launch the thing by next week. Oh — and thanks for the idea, Steve! You get your first trip free! :-)
READ ALL ABOUT THE LAUSANNE COMMITTEE
…at http://goshen.net/Lausanne Says Fjeldstad Arne firstname.lastname@example.org, “The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) is an international movement for the purpose of encouraging Christians and churches everywhere to pray, study, plan and work together for the evangelization of the world. Many Christians know of the Lausanne Covenant. This important document is available at the Lausanne homepage not only in English but also in Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Russian and Spanish! The Manila Manifesto is also available in a number of languages. A lot of other Lausanne resources are also listed at the home page. … For more information about the Lausanne movement please email to: email@example.com or snail-mail to: Lausanne International Communications Center, St. Olavs gate 23, 0166 Oslo, Norway. Phone and fax: +47 22 20 03 58.” Thanks Fjeldstad!!!
YOU’VE BEEN CALLED TO PRAY
Dwight Anderson DwightAnderson@XC.org wrote this past week to tell us about “Call to Prayer, sponsored by the International Bible Society. It is a monthly mailing calling Christian to pray for the distribution of God Word around the world. The URL is http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/ctp March Call to Prayer is Revival and April will be Nations in Conflict. Thanks Dwight!
THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE
The Himalayan Evangelization Consultation, held in northeast India, brought together over 2,000 Nepalese and Indian pastors, January ’96. In 1961, Nepal had no church and only around 25 known Christians. Today, it has over 2,000 local churches with an estimated total of between 200,000 and 300,000 members. In the ’70s Nepalese church leaders had set the goal of reaching all Nepalese with the gospel. Despite persecution, the Nepalese church continues to witness miracles and the deliverance of people from the fear of demons.
(Source: Luis Bush, AD2000, via DAWN FridayFax, 7-96. http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html or http://www.ad2000.org
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO)
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