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In this issue….

* FROM THE “WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO YOUR URL REFERENCES?” DEPARTMENT
* CALLING ALL DONATED CARS (FOR MISSIONARIES)!
* MORE ON INTERNET PHONING
* SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES AND SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS ON MISSIONS
* NINE MONTHS IN THE “HOT SEAT” IN CHILE
* THE HUNT IS ON FOR IFMA/EFMA MISSIONS ON THE NET
* PERSPECTIVES PERSONNEL UNITE!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* DISCOVERING THE PEOPLE GOD LOVES
* WEB WATCH
* GET SMART . . . VIA THE NET
* SO NOW THAT WE CAN FAX, HOW DO WE WRITE??
* WANNA BE IN PICTURES . . . MAYBE PICTURES IN A MISSION NEWSLETTER???
* ADVANCE SUMMARY
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FROM THE “WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO YOUR URL REFERENCES?” DEPARTMENT
Pardon my dust! I’m a tester for Qualcomm and their Alpha release #8 for Eudora Pro 3.0 took some liberties with the URLs in last week’s Brigada Today. Actually, you can fish out the proper URL though, if you’re just willing to weed through the garbage formatting commands. Sorry! I’m back to Version 2.2(32) today!

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CALLING ALL DONATED CARS (FOR MISSIONARIES)!
car Jim Huggins is curious. “We’ve heard that some auto manufacturers donate cars to non-profit organizations (e.g. cars used for testing have been donated to schools to use in auto repair courses). We wonder: could some of these cars be made available to missionaries? Has anyone out there heard of such a program, or know where to start looking?” Good question, Jim. E-mail responses to Jim Huggins huggins@umich.edu. He’ll then summarize any responses for a future Brigada Today. Thanks Jim!

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MORE ON INTERNET PHONING
In ongoing discussions about using the Internet to “talk” (like a telephone, if your PC has audio/mic), John Redman says the VocalTec product, Internet Phone 4.0, is the best. For more info, email info@vocaltec.com — but be aware that there’s a charge to this package: $50. I guess premium packages have premium prices? He also referred us to http://www.gxc.com where GXC can hook up your Internet Phone to any telephone in the world . . . for a price.

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SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES AND SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS ON MISSIONS
Looking for studies on missions for your small group? Check out the new 9-session, inductive Bible Study guide on the thread of missions from Genesis to Revelation called Witnesses to All Nations by Jim and Carol Plueddemann, available from Harold Shaw Publishers, Wheaton, IL for about $5.00. According to a referral from ACMC’s David Mays, “It is excellent.” Also available is Young Hearts for Missions, a curriculum containing 12 lessons for grades 1 – 5. This scripture-focused curriculum contains multi-cultural materials plus twelve true illustrated mission stories from around the world to engage active learning. Music, games, crafts, and reproducible sheets are included in the cost of $29.95. These lessons have been developed to stand alone or can be taught in sequence. Extra materials are suggested to provide enrichment or lengthen an hour presentation. Place your order by calling NextStep Resources 1-800-444-BOOK or write Fay at 102515.2756@CompuServe.COM for more info.

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NINE MONTHS IN THE “HOT SEAT” IN CHILE
Interested in finding out if overseas missions is for you? Contact Jim Green, phone/fax 011 562 537 7059, fcabezas@lascar.puc.cl about the 9-month “IberoAmerican Institute” in Chile. He promises, “We intentionally induce stress to maximize the cultural collision, always helping the students understand motivation and emotion.”

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THE HUNT IS ON FOR IFMA/EFMA MISSIONS ON THE NET
Know where Bob Wahlen can find a list of all IFMA/EFMA missions, via the Internet? If so, write him at Bobwahlen@aol.com. Let us know what you find, Bob.

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PERSPECTIVES PERSONNEL UNITE!
Don’t forget that if you’re interested in participating, hosting, or promoting a Perspectives course, then MAFxc has a conference for you! Tune in by sending an email message to hub@xc.org with only this line in the body of the message text:
Perspectives-Breakthroughs

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
By uniting, Sudan churches prevented a blood-bath this February. The Islamic Sudanese government has been forcing conversion of students between 6 and 12 years old. A regional government representative demanded churches in an area called Rank open their school for Islamic teaching. When the churches refused, he threatened to use force. Later, when the official arrived with the army, he found the members of all the local churches around the school. Because a military action would have caused a blood bath, he withdrew after arresting some of the leaders, who were released a week later. The churches celebrated this as a great victory, although persecution continues across Sudan.
(Source: DAWN Friday Fax, 28-96. http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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DISCOVERING THE PEOPLE GOD LOVES
How do you get information about a particular people group? We suggest you begin by subscribing to Brigada-peoples, the online people group research conference. Just email hub@xc.org with only this line in the body of the message text:
subscribe brigada-peoples

You’ll receive a welcome message that explains how to proceed from there. Basically, you just email brigada-peoples@xc.org with a simple request,
“Please help me learn more about the _(fill in the blank with your people group’s name)____ in __(fill in the blank with your people group’s country of origin)___.” Over 250 researchers and mobilizers will see your request and maybe . . . just maybe . . . one of them will have just the profile you’ve been searching for. If you have access to the web and you think your group might be one of the 1739 groups featured in the Joshua Project 2000 list, go to AD2000 & Beyond’s site at http://www.ad2000.org and drill down to the Joshua Project 2000 site. Either way, you can also go to the People Group Consultant at http://www.xc.org/pgc.html or via email, by sending the request “search __(fill in the exact name of your people group)___” to hub@xc.org. If you have trouble getting started or can’t find anything, write the folks at Brigada-peoples, since there might be alternative spellings for your group. Get more ideas at http://www.xc.org/brigada/pgcra/

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WEB WATCH
Don’t miss the new CRNews home page from Australia, the land on the other side of the world! http.//www.strata.net.au/users/crnews/crn.htm is the correct address, not http://www.strata.net.au/users/crnews/CRNews.htm as previously reported. Check ’em out! Also, want to list your organization for free in the new “Big Book”??? Contact homepage@bigbook.com for more info., or see them in action at http://www.bigbook.com.

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GET SMART . . . VIA THE NET
Wheaton College Graduate School and the Institute for Chinese Studies present CHINESE STUDIES ON THE INTERNET, INTR 682: HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA, September 23-November 22, 1996. Instructors are Samuel Ling and Brent Fulton. This two-credit, graduate level course combines the convenience of self-study with the benefits of ongoing interaction made possible through email communication. Taped lectures and course materials will be mailed in advance. Then students will proceed through the material and interact with one another and with the instructors via email. For registration information contact: Ics@wheaton.edu. Or ask for Brent Fulton at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Wheaton College Wheaton, IL 60187, tel. (708) 752-7951, fax (708) 752-5916 or email bfulton@wheaton.edu. Cool!

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SO NOW THAT WE CAN FAX, HOW DO WE WRITE??
Ken Daniels is searching for a “faxSav” type service that can send (maybe even for a small fee) letters (paper mail) out of email (like faxSav sends faxes). Anyone have a source? If so, contact Ken at 75754.2075@CompuServe.COM and Ken, let us know what you come up with.

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WANNA BE IN PICTURES . . . MAYBE PICTURES IN A MISSION NEWSLETTER???
Wanna send or be one of the 30,000 new N. American missionaries? Get into The LOOP of resources, opportunities and info on what God is doing globally. No cost. No fluff. No polyester. Get into The LOOP toll-free at 800 388 9915.
[Hint — this project has the name Bill Stearns attached; that should tell you that it’s gonna’ be sharp. Call today if you’re interested in working on-site among the least reached!]

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ADVANCE SUMMARY
This month’s Advance is ready for pickin’! Send email to hub@xc.org with this line in the text:
get brigada advance.9608

Here’s a summary. Thanks Mark Kelly!

ADVANCE: Praying for unreached peoples and persecuted believers

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — New believers in Vietnam; upheavals in Central Asia; floods affect 20 million in eastern China; Turkey approves Muslim government; “storying” in Calcutta; new Mongolian leader a believer; catastrophic rains destroyed North Korea rice crop.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Converted Islamic leader persecuted; Chinese believers imprisoned in USA; Robert Hussein appeal set; religious freedom in Russia; two Egyptian believers shot to death; Palestinian believers lose land.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Conflict between Muslims intensifies; 1 million children suffer from HIV, AIDS; 11-year-old girl dies after “circumcision;” unborn girls aborted; violence in Latin America; Australia court upholds voluntary euthanasia law.

REJOICE! — Dream, vision bring Ethiopian village to Christ; churches in southern Sudan multiplying; Chinese pastor, daughter reconciled; Malawi congregation grows, starts new churches; 500 new believers, 11 new churches in Zambia; 33,194 decisions for Christ in Minneapolis.

NETWORKING — “Catch the Wave,” young people!; world missions conference in Dallas, Texas; The LOOP; Robert Hussein site on Web; National Short-Term Mission Conference; free local Internet dial-up; electronic conference on persecuted Christians; character-based sex education program; Caleb Project’s Web site grows.

FRONT LINES — God’s solution for mankind’s rebellion.

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhanna@cproject.com
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