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In this issue….
* GET THE WHOLE STORY ON REENTRY
* LOOK WHO’S TALKIN’!
* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* WANT TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT HUSSEIN?
* INDONESIAN MOBS DESTROY PROTESTANT CHURCHES
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ETHIOPIA
* THANKS TO THE MODERATORS! (Part II)
* TELEVISION, FILM AND THE UNFINISHED TASK OF EVANGELISM
* FOLLOW-UP TO “KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
GET THE WHOLE STORY ON REENTRY
I’m really proud of Kevin Paszalek who has gathered and reported on reentry (cross-cultural readjustment) issues. You can get his whole report by sending email to email@example.com with this one line in the text of the message:
get brigada reentry
Great job, Kevin!! Thanks for following through!
LOOK WHO’S TALKIN’!
Following last week’s item about Microsoft’s new NetMeeting software http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download/MSNETMTG.exe the people at Microsoft must have taken a real hit on their server! I took a few moments later that evening to experiment again with this new audio conferencing tool and saw several Brigada participants’ names in the server list! In fact, I struck up a conversation with one fellow I hadn’t seen since he was a missions grad student at a seminary I visited years ago! Once again, all you need is a microphone, speakers, an Internet connection (28.8 or faster works best) and some time. Arrange a meeting with a friend today!
DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
Your mail has me rolling in the floor! What originally started as an off the cuff joke (“Does water really go down the shower drain in the opposite direction when you switch from the north to the south hemisphere?”) has proven to be quite an item of curiosity for more people than I realized! Take Mike Stevens’ note for example. He says the whole thing is upside down anyway, since the original map got it wrong! “The Planet Earth is a magnet, right? Well, it is now possible to measure magnetic waves and determine which pole of the planet is magnetic North. Guess which magnetic pole is located at the geographical North Pole? Yes you are correct – it is in fact the South Magnetic Pole. So, we in Europe are in fact ‘down under’ and the ‘antipeodeans’ are really living on top of the world. We always wondered what it was about the colonial mapmakers :-).”
But the best response of all came from Ken Bertel of SAIC, who pointed out that if you live + or – 5 degrees from the equator (Papua New Guinea for example), water goes straight down the drain with no whirl pools! I mean, this guy even knew the scientific name for the whole discussion (the “Coriolis effect”??), which kind of made me feel more intelligent for having asked the original question! (Course, it didn’t do a lot to persuade my wife that it was an intelligent question! She thinks we’re all nuts for even caring! :-)) I just wish you could have all seen her face when I started reading excerpts from Ken’s response: “Water in the sink is really traveling from west to east at approx. 1000 miles per hour near the equator due to the rotation of the earth. And the water at the north side of the sink is traveling at the same speed as water at the south end of the sink because the surface of the water is parallel to the axis of rotation of the earth….” (This guy’s got to be a science professor somewhere! :-) ) So ANYWAY, thanks to our globe trotting friends who have helped solve this mystery about the water… and had some fun along the way! And thanks to Bob Hall’s web page that spawned the whole discussion. And by the way, don’t forget to check out Bob’s “new” page http://www.cmd.org.nz/new.html, which includes everything from book reviews to articles to missions opportunities and up to date missions info!
WANT TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT HUSSEIN?
Have you been following the news about Robert Hussein, a Muslim who became a follower of Jesus, now sentenced to death because of his outspoken witnessing for Christ? To get the whole story, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with this one line in the message:
get brigada hussein
INDONESIAN MOBS DESTROY PROTESTANT CHURCHES
To get the whole story on the destruction of ten Protestant church buildings in Indonesia by Muslim rioters, send email to email@example.com with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada mobs
GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ETHIOPIA
A tribe in Ethiopia, the Tarra, was not surprised when a missionary arrived in their village. They had had a vision that a man would come with a book and that they should listen to him. When the missionary first met with the tribe’s chief, he was given permission to stay and later given a plot of land to build a church. But the tribe’s witch doctors would not let him, and instead began building a temple there. On the day the temple was completed, wind and lightning destroyed it and the witch doctors left. The church then was built, but the burned-over plot remains as a reminder of the powers of God. About 70 tribe members became Christians in the past year.
(Source: Ves Sheely of the Worldwide Leadership Council, via NIRR 6/24/96 http://www.goshen.net/NIRR/current.html, Copyright 1996 Religion Today, Inc. P.O. Box 21505, Roanoke, VA 24018-0560.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
THANKS TO THE MODERATORS! (Part II)
As we said last week, without the help of dozens of moderators, the Brigada dream of working together would be impossible! Each “family” or network of Brigada participants depends heavily on a volunteer (a Moderator) to oversee the administrative concerns of that particular conference. These moderators receive no pay and, at times, little thanks for the hours they invest. So we’re publicly saying here that we really appreciate you gang!!! All the conferences below start with the word, “Brigada-“. The number following the conference/moderator is the current subscriber total for that conference.
russia Brugler 94
job-shop larryb 204
orgs-missionmobilizers firstname.lastname@example.org 239
pubs-missionfrontiers email@example.com 998
medicine-for-poor lwilson 54
orgs-cmdnet firstname.lastname@example.org 151
cities atruex 152
peoples-yemeni email@example.com 12
projects-louisianamobilizers nathanmartin 15
colombia-bogota jademps 26
peoples-latam EricDerry 77
ecuador-guayaquil firstname.lastname@example.org 30
projects-training coordmts 57
techsupport email@example.com 80
albania-durres chrisbushnell 55
cities-www MatthewGrant@xc.org 12
peoples-uzbek dm 103
projects-cells EricDerry 68
peoples-caucasus DougLarson@XC.Org 23
argentina-laplata firstname.lastname@example.org 34
cities-research steveburris 101
peoples-arab BillKelley 89
peoples-yanadi email@example.com 3
projects-dfwmobilizers johnanderson 35
uruguay-montevideo larrygriffin 41
By the way, thanks to RevisAnnMassey for handling the “customer service” (including moderating) for the top level of our networking family, Brigada itself. Instead of a few dozen or even a few hundred, she has a few thousand of us to worry about! Thanks Revis Ann!!!
Also, to get a list of conferences (at any time you wish), just send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with this lone word in the text of the message:
TELEVISION, FILM AND THE UNFINISHED TASK OF EVANGELISM
A consultation of media executives and producers from organizations interested in forming dynamic partnerships will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 10-12 1996. The consultation, called Television, Film and the Unfinished Task of Evangelism will have the following goals:
1. To discuss ways to work together in various aspects of media efforts…
2. To develop a database of Christian media ministries and personnel currently working in the 10/40 Window
The consultation, will be convened by Eric Watt, Chairman of the AD2000 & Beyond Media Track. Eric is also the Vice President of the International Division of the Christian Broadcasting Network. For more detailed information contact Tim Hulme by email email@example.com
FOLLOW-UP TO “KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE”
We continue to get mail regarding Raymond Rising, the missionary recently released after being held hostage for more than two years in Colombia. The latest, from Al Adan at Wycliffe’s Singapore office, urged us to give praise to the Lord for answered prayer in this regard! Al’s right! Let’s give thanks for Raymond’s release! There must have been thousands praying for this day!
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:
*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, firstname.lastname@example.org
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, email@example.com
*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Web Art: Patti Mayhew, email@example.com
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc firstname.lastname@example.org
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMassey@xc.org
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucas@TeamExpansion.org
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!