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In this issue….

* HEARD ABOUT POWERPACS? WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
* EMAIL TODAY, TRAVEL TOMORROW!
* WEBWATCH
* GOIN’ TO THE CHAPEL …
* THAT’S IT FOR HUSSEIN
* WANT TO DIRECT A COUNTRY? HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!
* NETWORK COMPUTER SPECIALIST WANTED
* GET YOUR MBA WITHOUT HAVING TO PUMP QUARTERS INTO THE PARKING METER
* HUNGARY CHRISTIANS HUNGER TO REACH THE WORLD
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* MICKEY WON’T MEET THE CHINESE! 8:-( [that’s a sad Mickey]
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HEARD ABOUT POWERPACS? WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
Now you can! MTI (Mission Training International), of Colorado Springs, is now offering the Rosetta Stone $395 language course for just $10 TO MISSIONARIES!!! (Yes folks . . . just remember we don’t promise you the moon, . . . but you might pick up a few “shooting starts” along the way!) It is important to note that this prices is only available to “missionaries and the ministry community”… not educational institutions, language schools, or the general public. But if you fit under that “ministry community” status, then you heard right . . . for $10 you get a top notch CD-Rom language training package of your choice, . . . for either Russian, French, German, Spanish (South American), English and Dutch. To order, you can contact Alan Ketcham at (719) 594-0687, email mintern@aol.com, or write Mission Training International, 5245 Centennial Blvd, Suite 202, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Having said that, you can apparently pay $25 and get more on-screen documentation (but who reads those long help files?!! :-) ), or pay $99 and get full printed documentation.
!!! DISCLAIMER: I haven’t tried this package yet . . . but for ten bucks, you can bet I’m going to! :-)

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EMAIL TODAY, TRAVEL TOMORROW!
At last, Steve Skaggs’ suggested conference is reality (Hey Steve, — it only took us six months to launch! :-) ! Beginning tomorrow, Brigada-Travel-Bids & Brigada-Travel-Tips conferences you can use these free conferences to save money & time! To get the best deal on air fare from tons of top notch travel agents, just send your proposed itineraries to brigada-travel-bids@xc.org, then sit back and let the bids come directly into you email inbox!

But now we need your help getting the “tons of top notch travel agents” online!! :-) Search high and low for your favorite travel agents, get them on email, then convince them to subscribe to the Brigada-Travel-Bids conference. Both the agent and traveler will benefit. The Brigada-Travel-Tips conference is a sister conference dedicated to sharing travel tips. The conference is a member driven conference. Members submit their tips and ideas to the conference for everyone’s benefit. For more information, email these commands to: hub@xc.org
info brigada-travel-bids
info brigada-travel-tips

Note that only travel agents need subscribe to brigada-travel-bids. They read the requests for bids that travelers need, then answer the traveler directly if they want to take a crack at the fare. Using this system, the traveler doesn’t get bogged down reading everyone’s proposed itineraries! :-) For the travel agent, it’s a winner . . . because he or she wants to find people ready to buy tickets! For the agent, Brigada-travel-bids is the place to be! (Those familiar with Brigada conferences might think… now how can a user’s message hit the conference if he or she isn’t subscribed, . . . but in this case, MAFxc folks and moderator Mark Fremer have overridden normal MAFxc protocol so that the user’s time is maximized. After all, maximizing communication and time is what MAFxc is all about! :-) )

To join Brigada-travel-tips and get all the latest advice on travel at home and abroad, email hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe Brigada-travel-tips

! CAUTION: Because these are “open” conferences, material submitted to the conferences is open for examination by anyone on the Internet, as is any Internet message. We do not regulate who joins the conferences. Hence, you may want to be careful what you disclose to the public. If you have any doubts, please write the moderator first, Fremer@xc.org (Mark Fremer). Or, if you’re traveling to a sensitive area and don’t want the world to know, just ask a friend with a “safe address” to send in the request for quotes and receive the bids for you. Have the secretary at your office pick it up . . . or get a MAFxc address for a few quarters and stay anonymous! :-) (For more information on picking up an anonymous *.xc.org address, write helpdesk@xc.org. And in case you’re wondering, I don’t work for MAFxc. :-) ) Now, the most important matter at hand . . . a big tip of the hat to Mark Fremer for taking on the moderatorship of these conferences as a ministry! By the way, in case you’re wondering, Mark isn’t a travel agent! :-)

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WEBWATCH
Keep your eye on a new site for Australia, The Christian Reporter and CRNews at http://www.strata.net.au/users/crnews/crn.htm.

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GOIN’ TO THE CHAPEL …
The 1996 Ohio ACMC regional conference will be held at The Chapel in Akron on Saturday, October 19. Get more info. and a brochure from regional rep. David L Mays 102100.2020@CompuServe.COM.

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THAT’S IT FOR HUSSEIN
The folks from WEF’s Religious Liberty Commission are now telling the world to stop advocating for Hussein, the Kuwaiti persecuted believer turned refugee in America. For our purposes on Brigada, we’re just going to report the quote and not get into a seat of judgment . . . According to the RLC, Hussein left Kuwait “without the knowledge of the church, and under circumstances that the Church would not have approved of had they known.” For the full report, send email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada hussein.960831

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WANT TO DIRECT A COUNTRY? HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!
You’ve always wanted to direct a country, right? . . . well now you can . . . at least you could direct Food for the Hungry’s operations in a country… :-) They state that Spanish or Portuguese language ability is preferred, but not essential. (Hey . . . what are you worried about! Just pick up that Rosetta Stone CD up in item (1) and you’ll be ready in a jiffy to snag this job! :-) To get full details, send email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada-job-shop angola.960831

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NETWORK COMPUTER SPECIALIST WANTED
A Christian network computer specialist is needed in Papua New Guinea for about three months to help complete an Internet server setup. For more information, send email to hub@xc.org with only this line of text in the message:
get brigada-job-shop png.960831

While you’re at it, you might want to just join job-shop by sending to hub@xc.org
subscribe brigada-job-shop

Who knows what the Lord would lay before your heart!

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GET YOUR MBA WITHOUT HAVING TO PUMP QUARTERS INTO THE PARKING METER
The Pacific Christian College Distance Education Program is now offering a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Nonprofit Management. The program is designed to strengthen the effectiveness of managers in nonprofit organizations everywhere by developing and enhancing professional skills and sound cross-cultural competence. You can now complete this MBA program from wherever you are. At home or work, assignments can be completed according to your individualized schedule. For more information or to request a brochure and admissions information, contact Nicholas D. Sherwin, Program Director, at nsherwin@xc.org or call Pacific Christian College in the USA at 1 (800) 762-1294 Ext. 604. You can also visit the on-line campus at: http:/www.pacificcc.edu. What’ll they think of next?!

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HUNGARY CHRISTIANS HUNGER TO REACH THE WORLD
At a conference in Hungary (May 1996, sponsored by the Great Commission Center) Hungarian Christians issued a conference declaration “For the 1100 Years old Hungary’s Evangelization AD2000 and Beyond”. Among other things it states: “6. We confess that – although we saw the great spiritual need around us, we didn’t do everything as members of the church to be renewed in our faith and now commit ourselves to the work of God – to save perishing souls. Therefore we make every effort to make an evangelistic strategy for the completing of the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ priority in our ministry.” The full text (in English) is available at “Great Commission Center, 769 Orchid Hill Lane, Argyle (Copper Canyon), TX 76226, USA. Our European correspondent (doesn’t that sound like some great big international media network??? :-) ), Kerstin Hack, reported, “Although it was only a small conference (180 attendants) it shows that there is a growing interest in Missions in Eastern European countries – which is a great encouragement as we need their input, faith and endurance to join the other nations in the task of fulfilling the great Commission.” Thanks for being there and filing a report, Kerstin!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
A year before Hong Kong reverts to Chinese rule, 1,800 delegates gathered in Hong Kong for the Fifth Chinese Congress on World Evangelisation (CCOWE), July 10-16. Held every five years, this conference is part of a movement to unify the Chinese church toward missions. Fai Luk, Hong Kong pastor and congress planning committee member, said that while CCOWE has helped to unify the church in Hong Kong “under one banner.” This is especially critical now as Christians across Hong Kong are looking toward life under Communist rule.
(Source: World Pulse, August 16, 1996, via Bob Hall and the CMD-Net.)
Global Glimpse is gathered each week by John Hanna Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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MICKEY WON’T MEET THE CHINESE! 8:-( [that’s a sad Mickey]
Remember reading (in Brigada Today, 16th of August 1996) that International Students, Inc., in conjunction with several other ministry partners will be hosting an evangelistic world view conference for Mainland Chinese students and scholars from June 20-27 in San Diego, California? The conference, entitled “China ’97…At the Crossroads” will highlight the legacy of Mainland Chinese students and scholars who have come to the United States to study and their achievements upon returning to China. Mrs. Ruth Graham, the wife of Rev. Billy Graham, has agreed to be the Honorary Conference Chairperson. The conference will challenge both non-Christian and Christian scholars and students to consider evidences for God and Christianity, Christian beliefs, Christian growth, China and Christianity. Also included is a track covering issues such as Biblical issues for family life and dealing with suffering and oppression. ISI and others are in the process of raising sponsorships to help defray the cost for the PRC students to attend this conference. The week long event will couple the experience of staying in American Christian homes and an opportunity to visit Sea World and other Southern California attractions. Our last communication said that we would be visiting Disneyland. However, after some helpful correspondence from Brigada readers, we have decided to participate in the boycott that is being held by the Southern Baptists, Assemblies of God and other Christian organizations because of Disney’s stand on a number of moral issues. ISI has also adjusted the price for students to $195 for the week. This is inclusive of airfare, lodging, meals, and all of the conference costs. We originally thought we could do the conference for $125. However, after some consultation with some Chinese student groups and workers, as well as some unanticipated expected, we are charging $195 for those who register before the January 15, 1997 early registration date. Those students who register after January 15, 1997 will pay $215. Again, ISI would love to invite any Brigada readers who are involved with PRC students to and either bring or send the students to the event. ISI is currently working on a price structure and program for those ISM workers who would like to accompany their students to the conference. Recruitment of students will be done on a low key basis for security reasons, through ISI staff and other ISM workers who have relationships with students. While we are trusting the Lord for 400 Mainland Chinese students and scholars, we do have room for more should the Lord provide. For info, see Bob Norsworthy, Vice President of Ministries of ISI at BobNors@aol.com. ISI is also putting together an advisory group of Mainland Chinese workers across the country to help give consultation into the event itself and the content. If you would like to be a part of this group, please let us know of your interest in this respect also. If you have key contacts in PRC ministry that ISI can contact, please pass those on by way of email, as we are seeking to broaden our contacts to make this event a success, both for the students and for the Kingdom.

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subscribe brigada
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unsubscribe brigada

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhanna@cproject.com
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*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhew@xc.org
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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