Now with 3052 Participants!
[Thanks to all those who made a special effort to help the Brigada family grow past the 3000 mark! This week’s growth did it!!!!]
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA “FAMILY”
* PRESENTING . . . BRIGADA WORLDWIDE WEB’S NEW SEARCH ENGINE (PHASE I)
* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* FOLLOW-UP TO “IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD”
* PRE-TENTS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* HAVE YOU CAUGHT YOUR COPY OF CATCH THE WAVE?
* HELP HEAL AND RESTORE THE BALKANS … OR LEAVE IT TO THE UN
* MORE ON THE ACCUSED KUWAITI BELIEVER, HUSSEIN
* DON’T MISS THE GROWTH AT CALEB PROJECT
* NEW SOUTH ASIAN CENTRE ESTABLISHED
* TWO WEB SITES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA “FAMILY”
When you join the “top level” of the Brigada family of networks (the one that sends you this weekly update, Brigada Today), you’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg! Under this umbrella, dozens of interdependent discussions are ongoing! In some cases, they’re resolving issues such as language learning or missions mobilization, sometimes in particular regions. In other cases, they’re talking about trying to reach a particular people group or a specific family of peoples. Still others serve as voices for particular teams serving in different locations around the world. The list goes on. To get a full list of all the discussions in the Brigada family, send email to hub@xc.org with just one word in the text of the message body:
conferences

In just a few minutes, you’ll receive a reply to your email, consisting of a list of conferences. Skim down to the ones that begin with, “Brigada-…” and you’ll see the selection. To join any of the conferences, just send another message to hub@xc.org with this one line, where is the full name of the Brigada conference you’d like to join:
subscribe

That’s it! It’s that simple! So join in . . . and let’s start talkin’!

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PRESENTING . . . BRIGADA WORLDWIDE WEB’S NEW SEARCH ENGINE (PHASE I)
oil lamp Today we give gallons and gallons of thanks to Bob Mayhew for burning the midnight oil to prepare a super-fast search engine for the Brigada web site’s past issues index. To access it, click on Brigada Today at the Brigada site http://www.xc.org/brigada then click on the index highlight. Use this site to find that hard-to-remember phone number for some resource you’re trying to find. For example, you know we mentioned a video for JP2000 sometime in the past but can’t quite remember how to get it? Just fill in the blank with JP2000 and hit submit and in seconds, you’ll get a list of all the individual text items that mentioned the term, JP2000.
Note that this “Phase I” implementation only includes resources since January 1, 1996 but it does point to back issues of both Brigada Today and Advance. Future implementations will expand the search. Again, thanks Bob for making it easier for us all to find resources!!!

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DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
I know you’ve been on the edge of your teapots wondering about Chris McDermott’s perplexing question, “Why do tea leaves go to the middle of the cup when you stir the tea?” Well the answer came from a physics teacher in Guam: “Since the tea leaves are floating on the top of the cup of water, they must be lighter than the water. When stirring the cup of tea the substance with heavier mass (the water) is forced away from the center and the substance with lighter mass (the tea leaves) are forced to the center.” teacup
Thanks Ken Bertel!

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FOLLOW-UP TO “IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD”
Thanks to those who wrote to straighten us out on the correct address to IBM’s web site. David Householder pointed out that http://www.ibm.net gives a bit clearer presentation of the plan and makes it easier to understand how to follow through with subscribing. But even after getting this address correct, our users were still having trouble figuring out exactly how to actually subscribe. Doug Birch seemed to find the easiest way to plug into the IBM Global Network. He suggested that we just subscribe “to Dydax, the PK websters. You should be able to email info@didax.com or cal 1-888-AT-DIDAX. The blurb says they have over 600 access numbers to the IBM Global Network.” Let us know if you subscribe and like it! By the way, Doug says it’s $19.95/month. Thanks for helping us clear this one up, David and Doug!

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PRE-TENTS
[If these folks are going to have their conference before people actually go to INTENT, would they be PRE-TENTS?] “A pre-conference meeting for all international tentmakers attending the INTENT ’96 conference will be held at 9:30 am on Friday August 2. The meeting will be in the Continental Plaza Hotel near the Los Angeles airport (LAX). Berit Kloster, Director of the Norwegian Tentmakers Forum and an executive committee member of (TIE) Tentmakers International Exchange will moderate the meeting. You all come, everybody is welcome.” Thanks to Ken Smith kosmith@halcyon.com for the info. Write Ken if you need additional details.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
According to the latest figures released by Dr. David Barrett’s Global Evangelization Movement, every minute 163 previously unevangelized people hear the gospel in a form that they can understand and 114 … become Christians. In that same minute, 18 people are born, and six non-Christians die. This year the global population will increase by about 91 million.
(Source: George Otis, Jr., Frontline Feedback for May 1996, via Gene Brooks… Thanks, Gene!)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HAVE YOU CAUGHT YOUR COPY OF CATCH THE WAVE?
Looking for just the right resource book to help today’s young person appreciate the globe and its spiritual needs??? Try Catch the Wave, by Kevin Johnson (Bethany House Publishers). “Life is more than jet-skis, frisbees, and big screen TVs…. God is crashing in like a wave all over the planet. So how do you Catch the Wave? By learning how to grab your place in God’s plan to change the world. And there’s no better place to be than in the water with him. Don’t miss out on your chance to get wet!” Not only is this a great book to brew planet-minded spiritual young adults, but also, it mentions Brigada as a resource on page 137! Hand me my checkbook! :-)

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HELP HEAL AND RESTORE THE BALKANS … OR LEAVE IT TO THE UN
Bill and Amy Stearns want to know if you’re willing to try to get involved in healing the hurts in Bosnia. If so, want to accompany them on their “Bosnia Scouting Trip,” Oct. 21-Nov. 1, for pastors and church leaders. Their idea is to hold joint orientation in Budapest for 30 N. Americans and 15 E. European pastors, then to travel for 6 days into Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. We’ll link up there with local evangelicals to see what we as the Body might do to pray for, heal and help restore the Balkans in the name of Christ. North Americans pay their own way plus a stipend for their E. European counterparts. Bill says, “This is a no-frills, gutsy survey trip. World Christian isn’t a relief agency, so we don’t want funding funneled through us. The purpose is to see the harvest field potential and let leading churches set the pace to respond through their own mission channels.” If interested, contact Bill & Amy Stearns, World Christian (719/634-5310; e-mail 73502.3126@compuserve.com). Sounds like the kind of thing that could make some real grass roots differences in the lives of some real people with real hurts. Wha’dya think?

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MORE ON THE ACCUSED KUWAITI BELIEVER, HUSSEIN
If you’re interested in an update on the accused Robert Hussein, don’t miss this update. As it explains, “We are not interested in drawing undue attention to Robert Hussein, or in making him a star out of this situation, but we ARE interested in this case because of the precedent it may set. Though Robert is not the first case of a Kuwaiti Muslim converting to Christianity, he is the first to go public with his conversion and the first to have been challenged in the religious courts (most stay in hiding or just leave the country).” Today’s update explains how to use email to send a fax directly to the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait . . . for free! It also pulls together a summary of what’s been accomplished so far on Hussein’s behalf, via internet, faxes, air mail, and more. To get the update, send a note to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada hussein.960713

In a few moments, the update will be automatically mailed back to you.

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DON’T MISS THE GROWTH AT CALEB PROJECT
. . . at least at the Caleb Project web site, that is . . . http://www.goshen.net/calebproject. Over the last few days, they’ve added 27 articles on everything from language learning to support raising, from parents to debt, from the missionary lovelife, to tentmaking, to the missionary call. In addition, there’s a “Persecuted Church” set of pages with updates on Hussein (in Kuwait), Sudan, China, Pakistan and more. Finally, John Hanna used Global Mapping’s software to produce a map of the “Priority 1 and 2” unreached peoples from the JP2000 list (larger populations are shown by size and color), as well as 3 detailed maps showing where the top 100 least reached peoples live together with their names. These maps reveal priority areas where we’ll need to focus our final efforts for least reached peoples! John challenges, “See if you can find where the Kawar or the Takistani live! (Pray for advocates for these peoples while you’re at it!)” Thanks JHanna and Nate!

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NEW SOUTH ASIAN CENTRE ESTABLISHED
Watch your box these next few months for an exciting release about the establishment of a new “CENTRE FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES (with credits through Biola University, Fuller Seminary, or other participating colleges). The first course will likely be taught next April. For more information, contact CenSAS at 717 S. Brady Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022, Tel 213/728-4812; Fax 213/726-1951; or CenSAS@aol.com.

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TWO WEB SITES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Don’t miss Jews for Jesus’ site at:
http://www.jews-for-jesus.org
and the new YWAM’s newspaper on Olympic outreach:
http://atlanta.jubilee.co.uk

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hub@xc.org with only the following message:
subscribe brigada

TO UNSUBSCRIBE (Arghhhhh!:-O), send email to hub@xc.org with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhanna@cproject.com
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420.1057@compuserve.com
*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhew@xc.org
*Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhew@discover.net
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathan@xc.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!

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