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In this issue….
* TALK AROUND THE WORLD
* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* DEATH SENTENCE FOR ROBERT HUSSEIN
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
* KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE
* BRIGADA-PUBS-MISSIONFRONTIERS APPROACHES 1000 PARTICIPANTS
* ENVISION ’96 MOBILIZERS’ LUNCHEON NEARS FULL HOUSE
* WANT TO START AN EMAIL CONFERENCE FOR SOME LEAST REACHED PEOPLE?
* THANKS TO THE MODERATORS!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
TALK AROUND THE WORLD
Thanks to John Redman for his urging that we try out Microsoft’s new NetMeeting software. Designed for Windows ’95, NetMeeting is the latest offering in a series of programs that allow you to use the Internet as a telephone! The difference is that this time, it’s pretty much real-time — and the program is free! I went to http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download/MSNETMTG.exe and grabbed a copy. It configured itself in moments to my Samsung Sens 810 laptop, but I’m told that it’ll do the same for anything with speakers and a microphone. Within 60 seconds of the end of the install, I was talking with a guy named Paul in Denmark (from Cincinnati, USA). John’s right. It’s pretty cool. As long as your access on the Internet is affordable, it’s a cool tool to try. Disadvantages? The party you want to call has to be on at the same time as you. (Kind of like our old ham radio calls back to the USA from Uruguay in 1982.) You also have to have the right equipment — a computer with a microphone. and speakers. But given the disadvantages, it’s still pretty cool. PLUS, some of these programs come with security built in from the ground up . . . so your conversations are supposedly free of the fears built into Internet email…. ie., monitoring stations between you and your friend supposedly can’t intercept and decode your message. [I say supposedly because eventually just about any security can break down somehow.] So . . . if you’ve got time, it’s worth a try. As John said, “I’ve spoken with pastors, among others with startling clarity, just as though I were speaking on a regular phone. Not only so, it is possible to have many people on at once. Can you imagine a conference being conducted on the Internet? This is absolutely amazing. I spoke with a professor at a university in Scotland and he said they were absolutely stunned at what is now possibly and the rapid advance of the technology. THIS CAN REVOLUTIONIZE MISSIONS, EVANGELISM & CHURCH PLANTING.”
(Note that my own experience suggests that, at least in the current version, once you add a third person to the conference, the microphones shut down and you go to only writing and the built-in white board. So those ‘conferences’ that John mentions would, in my opinion, be pretty much like a classic IRC chat.)
DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
Thanks to those who answered last week’s “UNDER-WEB” item . . . Andy Lyons responded, “Any rumors that you have heard about water going in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere down plug holes etc, are entirely correct!” :-) But Dwayne Rainwater countered, “Concerning your experiments as to which way the water goes down the drains South of the equator, when in [Papua] New Guinea I noticed that… the cold water knob is on the left and hot is on the right, opposite of in the US; the light switch is up for off and down for on; and the water goes straight down the toilet (I don’t know if this was due to the design of the toilet or if it was because we were only 300 miles from the equator) :-) Again thanks to you and your staff for the great information and the good humor. God bless to you, your family, the staff and their families. Grace and peace, Dwayne”
DEATH SENTENCE FOR ROBERT HUSSEIN
Open Doors is reporting that Kuwaiti convert Robert Hussein has been sentenced to death by an Islamic court. David Benley wrote, “The verdict was published in a Kuwaiti newspaper on June 9. He has 30 days in which to appeal, but he cannot be tried in the Constitutional Court. ‘The constitution respects freedom of religion…but it does not mean that a Muslim should be allowed to convert from his religion to another.’ Robert has not been able to obtain a lawyer, and as far as we know, is still in hiding.” Better bow and pray on this one.
GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
“If you want to win the world for Christ, you have to win every continent…, every country…, [and] every village,” said Rev. Daidanso, Associate General of the ‘Association of Evangelicals for Africa’ (AEA). Based on this reasoning, the Protestant denominations in Chad, one of Africa’s poorest nations, made an evangelistic plan in 1993 to plant a church in every Chad village without one by the year 2000. That’s 6.3 million mostly Moslem and Animist inhabitants! 1993 saw 35 villages get their first church. In 1994, 67, and in 1995, 211!
(Source: DAWN Europe, Friday Fax, 23-96 http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html , quoting AEA, Rev. Daidanso;
reported by Steven Downey, in “World Evangelization, magazine for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization” Tel/Fax (47)-22-200358.)
Global Glimpses are compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE
SIL (The Summer Institute of Linguistics) just announced that Raymond Rising, 54, has been released after being held hostage for more than two years in Colombia. Rising was released June 17 in Meta, Colombia. SIL reported that, “He is now resting comfortably in Colombia and undergoing medical checks.” Chalk one up for our team. Thanks to those who worked for endless months trying to secure this day! We appreciate your determination and your dream! It has now paid off for Raymond and all those who know him!
BRIGADA-PUBS-MISSIONFRONTIERS APPROACHES 1000 PARTICIPANTS
Congratulations to Mission Frontiers, just inches away from achieving the 1K mark — 1000 participants in its on-line forum. To join, send email to email@example.com with only this line in the body of the message text:
ENVISION ’96 MOBILIZERS’ LUNCHEON NEARS FULL HOUSE
If you’re wanting to attend the Envision ’96 Mobilizers’ Luncheon at noon on July 2 in Dallas, TX, you’d better call or email right away. Convention Coordinator Walter Birney reports that available seating is rapidly disappearing. Envision ’96 is a conference and celebration scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in Lexington, KY’s Rupp Arena (home of the national NCAA champion University of Kentucky Wildcats). 10 plenary sessions will focus on celebrating what God is doing around the world, church planting among the world’s last remaining least evangelized peoples, prayer, repentance, finishing the task, and dozens of other globally relevant topics. The luncheon in Dallas will preview additional tools, including the newly composed Envision ’96 theme song. On that day, the first 100 participants will have the option of purchasing (I think it’s for $6) the first release of the performance track of “We’ve Come to Envision.” For luncheon tickets or Envision ’96 registration information, call 800-972-1137 or email . For more information on Envision ’96, check out: http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96
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THANKS TO THE MODERATORS!
Without the help of dozens of moderators, the Brigada dream of working together would be impossible! Today we begin a series featuring that army of volunteers, scattered across the world. Thanks for pitching in! Here are the first dozen conferences, together with the moderators, and the total number of participants.
prayer-mobilizers dave2000ad 139
peoples-jews michaelhewitt 84
china China@xc.org 26
india email@example.com 100
peoples-kazak jheard 176
pubs-globalprayerdigest firstname.lastname@example.org 430
(for Antioch Network churches) EdMattson@xc.org 44
prayer-requests dave2000ad 98
strategy-tv-film email@example.com 54
us-ethnics DavidHousholder@xc.org 46
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