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In this issue….

* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* “THE WHOLE STORY” ABOUT HUSSEIN — CHAPTER TWO
* FINALLY! A TRAVELING TRAINING PACKAGE FOR JP2000 TEAMS!
* ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKMENISTAN
* WANT MORE INFORMATION ON USING PHONES ON THE NET?
* FREE EMAIL BENEFITS RURAL US POPULATION
* ADVONET HELPS PEOPLE-SPECIFIC ADVOCATES
* USE TV FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE!
* GERMANS EXPAND MOBILIZATION INVOLVEMENT
* PICTURE THIS!!!
* MARCH FOR JESUS A BIG SUCCESS!
* IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD
* EUROPEANS TO COMPUTE FUTURE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
Just as we thought we were about to settle the whole story on HDC (Hemispheric Drain Conditions), we’re faced with Chris McDermott’s perplexing question, “Why do tea leaves go to the middle of the cup when you stir the tea?” Even more gripping is the fact that much of the world doesn’t get to verify this phenomenon, since they don’t get to use real tea leaves anymore!

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“THE WHOLE STORY” ABOUT HUSSEIN – CHAPTER TWO
For those interested in following the story of Robert Hussein, be sure to check out the new Hussein update on the hub. Hussein is a new believer in Kuwait. According to the update, “Shortly after his conversion, his wife left him, his home was ransacked, and he was forced to go into hiding. Earlier this year, he was charged with apostasy and forced to appear without legal representation before religious courts in Kuwait. On May 29, an Islamic court in Kuwait pronounced Robert Hussein, a Kuwaiti citizen, an ‘apostate’ and declared that as such, he ‘should be killed.’ In today’s more extensive update, readers are asked to write two specific individuals in Kuwait to appeal for his fair treatment. To retrieve the update, send email to hub@xc.org with this line in the body of the message text:
get brigada hussein.960706

The Robert Hussein web site is at http://www.domini.org/hussein/home.htm. My understanding is that at this site, authors have figured out a way to build an on-line fax generator that automatically faxes Kuwaiti gov’t officials. According to Nick Hall, this fax-manufaxturer has already gotten the attention of the Kuwaiti government! They’ve apparently already written the domini.org webmaster and asked for relief!!! So get the hussein update (which includes a sample letter), then get on the fax-generator and send your note. And please bow for a moment and pray for this gentleman’s life!

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FINALLY! A TRAVELING TRAINING PACKAGE FOR JP2000 TEAMS!
Thanks to Caleb Project’s Shane Bennett for agreeing to present training for up and coming Joshua Project 2000 Research Teams! Now that AD2000 & Beyond has made a “live training experience” an integral part of the “official” JP2000 process, Shane will probably be one busy guy! But as an experienced trainer, researcher and prayer journey leader, he’s up to the task. We had him as a presenter at an Envision ’96 training event in January and he did a bang-up job. Evaluations from participants were very positive. As co-author for Caleb Project’s Research Expedition training manual, he’s well qualified. Caleb Project borrowed heavily from this manual in publishing AD2000 & Beyond’s JP2000 training book. Now, Shane’s seminars will bring to life the principles outlined in that book, Life-Changing Encounters. Contact Shane (soon! if you want him) at Shanedar@aol.com. And hey — you could have him come to your area once, hear him out, take good notes, then do it next time with local talent (maybe you?). Shane’s the kind of guy that wouldn’t mind seeing stuff re-used for the Kingdom of God. In fact, he’d love it! We’ve already written to try to book him or a colleague for an extensive research expedition-type training event in January… Participants from two different teams have already signed up!

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ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
The July Advance is ready to read! Here’s an executive summary:

ADVANCE Summary: July 1996

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — 20,000 “radio churches” started in China; Iraqi refugees in Jordan; Uduk refugees from Sudan at camps in Ethiopia; a church for Nepali traders; the urgency of reaching the cities; 500 churches started in Eastern Europe in 1995; 3,500 Bible correspondence students in Burkina Faso.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Kuwaiti believer sentenced to death; Chinese Christian beaten to death; Indonesia churches attacked; oppression multiplies Iranian believers; Sudan death toll at 3 million.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Dark forces threaten Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire; Arab terror financier expelled from Sudan; Australian diplomats accused in child sex scandal; a rising tide of corruption in Hungary; a setback for the forces of death; Episcopal church court finds in favor of homosexual ordination.

REJOICE! — SIL missionary Ray Rising freed; Bulgaria Baptist construction to resume; Romania gospel radio stations received reprieve; Nigerian seminary students record decisions; Yemen hospital’s God-sized ministry.

NETWORKING International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; prayer and fasting gathering; medical relief to developing countries and disaster areas; resource kit on physician-assisted suicide; a biblical response to suffering children; monthly e-mail summary of Global Prayer Digest; international adoptions, relief assistance in Russia, Albania orphanages; new e-mail forum for prayer ministry leaders; degrees by individual study anywhere in the world; on-line conference for local church mobilizers; e-mail edition of China News Digest; GO ’97 international missions conference; e-mail discussion list for World A locations in Asia; Web sites.

FRONT LINES — Israel’s choice

To get a complete copy of Advance, send email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the body of the message text:
get brigada advance.9607

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKMENISTAN
Turkmenistan had only a small handful of scattered believers several years ago, but today there are more than 150 with many new baptisms this year. Many of the young believers in this Central Asian republic are persecuted and some have been imprisoned for their faith, even though the 4.5 million inhabitants of Turkmenistan have “official” freedom of religion. Several literature projects are under way, including translating Josh McDowell’s popular book, “More Than a Carpenter” into the Turkmen language. Another exciting translation project is the colorful Turkmen Children’s Bible.
(Source: Caleb Project field report, July, 1996, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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WANT MORE INFORMATION ON USING PHONES ON THE NET?
John Redman john@adnc.com urges us to read http://204.7.54.2/fwd/new/faq.htm, which fills us in on a plan whereby an international committee hopes to set up servers in locations all over the world to make local phone calls via Internet Phone. The server in the “destination” country will “patch” the user through to the local phone company’s lines, allowing you to call users not equipped with Internet audio capability. If you don’t have access to the web, get the text copy by sending email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the body of the message text:
get brigada internet-phone-patch

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FREE EMAIL BENEFITS RURAL US POPULATION
Thanks to Dave Householder who reminded us that the free email service, Juno, especially benefits those USA residents living in rural areas where no on-line service or internet service provider provides a local dial-up to the Net. Why? Because from the beginning, Juno hasn’t charged a dime for accessing its service through a toll-free dial-up number. For more information, see Juno’s homepage at http://www.juno.com/ or call 1-800-799-JUNO.

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ADVONET HELPS PEOPLE-SPECIFIC ADVOCATES
Interested in trying to wave the flag for a specific least reached people group? See Caleb Project’s Advonet at http://www.goshen.net/calebproject/advonet.htm, with articles on

* Sojourn in Hunza
* Exploring the Land…
* An Advocate for the Qashqa’i
* A Single-Parent Advocate
* Researching People Groups in a Library
* People Group Research Via the World Wide Web
* Newsletters, Nations and New things
* What can you put in a People Specific Newsletter?
* Extra: The Mission Watch Newsletter
* Extra: An Interview with Victor Choudhrie
* Extra: Security: Letters to Friends in Muslim Areas

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USE TV FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE!
Interested in using TV for outreach? Get to the conference on “Television, Film and the Unfinished Task of Evangelism,” in Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 10-12 1996. For more information, contact DanHenrich@xc.org.

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GERMANS EXPAND MOBILIZATION INVOLVEMENT
Thanks to Kerstin Hack for clueing us in on the new bi-lingual German email conference on mobilization to reach the least reached! To subscribe to the bilingual conference, send email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe german-mission-mobilisers

For more information, write Kerstin 100711.2622@Compuserve.com or Ron Kernahan RonKernahan@XC.Org .

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PICTURE THIS!!!
Want more training using Christian comic books, illustrations, and graphics to reach the unreached??? Kingdom Comics is offering courses in Atlanta, September 23-27 and Colorado Springs, September 30-October 4. For more info, see http://members.aol.com/ChriCom/Index.html or write clcowan@xc.org.

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MARCH FOR JESUS A BIG SUCCESS!
Sources say 11 million people marched in 170 nations during this past May’s “March for Jesus.” “The angels have never seen a day like this: around 11 million people marched for Jesus in 170 nations,” according to Gerald Coates, leader of England’s Pioneer movement and member of the global March for Jesus committee. “They all prayed for a global pouring out of the Holy Spirit and an activation of God’s people to make Christ attractive and understandable for the people around them.” From the million participants in the Philippines, between 2 and 4 million in Brazil and around a million in the USA to the mini-march in Macedonia with 100 people and at least one newly converted ex-KGB officer, another March for Jesus (MFJ) was added to the annals of church history.”
Thanks to Steve Bufton 100752.274@CompuServe.COM of “Friday Fax” fame for the update. To get a full copy, send email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada mfj

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IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD
Thanks to Mark Dempsey, a missionary in South America, for tipping us off to IBM’s expansion as an internet service provider. “IBM’s ISP service also provides local dial access from more than 350 points of presence in the U.S., and, overall, more than 600 in 45 countries around the world. Once users register in their home countries, they can place local calls in any of the 44 other countries with no international traveling surcharges.” So the monthly flat rate of $19.95 allows unlimited access time in 45 countries!!! Where do I sign up??? :-) Check out http://reg.ibm.net/cc_svcplan.html for more info. Thanks Mark!

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EUROPEANS TO COMPUTE FUTURE
If you’re interested in computing and its benefits to the continent of Europe, don’t miss the upcoming conference on computing there, November 22-23, 1996. Designed as a practical working conference that tries to achieve real results, organizers hope for the formation of a European group that is able to utilize the obvious advantages of a strong network for the continent. For more information, write schnell@gep.de or check http://www.ekd.de/schnell/ on the www. You may also write churchnet@ucsm.ac.uk or examine http://www.churchnet.org.uk/churchnet/

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