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In this issue….

* MORE ON INTERNET PHONING
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* GET EVEN SMARTER . . . VIA THE NET
* SO NOW THAT WE CAN FAX, HOW DO WE WRITE??
* WEB WATCH: SPEED THE NEED OPENS “MISSION TOOLBOX”
* TAKE AIMS AT “MISSIONSFEST!”
* OUR PITCH TO TENTMAKERS
* WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ROBERT HUSSEIN?
* THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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MORE ON INTERNET PHONING
The jury’s still out on Internet Phoning. One user wrote this past week to say that, from everything he could gather, there were many dissatisfied users out there. Bottom line: Don’t expect new technologies like Internet Phoning to be a cakewalk! If you live on the cutting edge, sometimes you’re bound to see some blood! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Believers in Vietnam continue to win others to Christ, despite official opposition. In a two-week period, 135 students made decisions for Christ after a teacher shared his faith. Over three months, one church group reported 450 public commitments and 200 baptisms. In many parts of Vietnam Christianity is strictly controlled.
(Source: Advance Newsletter, August, 1996, Copyright Kainos Press.
For information, contact Mark Kelly at 70420.1057@compuserve.com)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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GET EVEN SMARTER . . . VIA THE NET
Wheaton College Graduate School is at it again. In conjunction with the Institute for Chinese Studies, Wheaton’s presenting “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.

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SO NOW THAT WE CAN FAX, HOW DO WE WRITE??
Thanks to DavidHousholder@xc.org who reminded us of Compuserve’s ability to mail out paper mail via their closest server, just as we asked last week in “How Do We Write?” However, Ken Daniels 75754.2075@CompuServe.COM, the originator of the question, had already tried that service and had found it to be a tad on the pricey side of things. If you know of other options, write Ken directly.

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WEB WATCH: SPEED THE NEED OPENS “MISSION TOOLBOX”
Check out Speed the Need’s growing Mission Toolbox at http://netnet.net/~dhatch/speed/toolbox/menu.html

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TAKE AIMS AT “MISSIONSFEST!”
AIMS (Association of International Missions Services) and CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) present their tenth annual missions conference, to be held this year, Sept. 16-19, at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the CBN campus. Morning general session speakers, including AIMS president Dr. Howard Foltz and key ministers and pastors, will be followed by specific afternoon workshops. Workshops covering Strategic Alliances such as Africa, Buddhist Peoples, China, the former Soviet Union (CIS), Cuba, International Students, Music & Missions, and Home Schoolers will feature unreached peoples and church-planting information, alliance-building, and “idea exchanges” with experienced workshop speakers. CBN’s RevivalFest each evening will feature national speakers such as Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Carlton Pearson. The cost of the Missions Conference has been reduced to just $25 and RevivalFest is free!!! For more information on MissionsFest, contact Pat Foltz with AIMS at (757)579-5850 by phone or (757)579-5851 by fax or email aims@cbn.org.

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OUR PITCH TO TENTMAKERS
The 2nd TIE World Congress will present Tentmaking models, strategies, business ideas, training programs, networking, prayer and inspirational teaching. To be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, February 4-8. According to Ken Smith, “The purpose is to learn from each other so that we can better complete the task of global evangelism and speed the return of our King.” The cost will be from US$370 to US$490 depending upon accommodations. The Theme? “We must do the work of Him who sent Me as long as it is day” John 9:4. Registration forms should be available through your country Tentmaking Association or from
TIE
PO Box 45880
Seattle WA 98145, USA,
tie@gati.wa.com
or
AZTEM
PO BOX 90
Park Orchards, Victoria 3114, Australia.

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WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ROBERT HUSSEIN?
Reinaldo Crantschaninov would like to know! Fill him in on the latest — then Reinaldo, please send us a report, okay? Write Reinaldo, S.B.Campo – SP – BRAZIL, at reinaldo.crantschaninov@mandic.com.br.

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THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Thanks to all those who have been praying this week for healing from my August 6th surgery — and to those who didn’t know because we didn’t want to overdramatize the situation, I now ask prayer for healing and quick recovery. The surgeon felt good about the operation (but, . . . malpractice suits being what they are today, . . . Duhhh. . . what’s he gonna say!??? :-)), and now, some 3 days after the fact, I still have had very little pain and discomfort.

He laser-zapped and removed the noncancerous growth from my vocal chords with no problem. For months now, it had kept me from speaking clearly, rendering me constantly hoarse and frustrated when preaching, teaching or even coaching soccer. I was given a mandate — 7 days of complete vocal rest! I can’t talk for another 4 days . . (now that is pain! :-)), so I feel like the Invisible Man! (Does my throat still make noise?) We won’t really know if the surgery worked until next Tuesday or Wed., when they release me to start talking! I start voice therapy shortly after that to learn how to talk all over again, with my new chords! :-)

I never before had felt such a peace. On the night before the surgery, my 9-year-old (Christopher) asked if I was scared, and I could truly answer him, “Christopher, with you and all these people praying worldwide, knowing that I’m in the hands of the same God who created the universe and knowing that He has promised to work everything in my life out for the good, how could I be scared???”

So . . . it occurred to me, . . . why do we worry and fret about what’s going to happen tomorrow? At the end of it all, can we not somehow bring ourselves to accept the fact that the God of all peace, the one who shaped Mars, Jupiter and the moon, is our own personal God too? Is any problem too big for Him to handle? And if He permits something, is it not for our best interest? (Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12)

So again, thanks for the prayers . . and partnership — and remember the God who shaped the universe is the one in charge of you!
Your silent friend,
Doug

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