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* FROM THE “YOU’VE-GOT-TO-ORDER-THIS-VIDEO DEPARTMENT”
* THE BEST FREE EMAIL FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS
* LUIS BUSH REQUESTS PRAYER…
* MORE ON TRAVELING EMAIL
* WEEKEND MISSIONS CONFERENCE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS IN S.E. USA
* CIN ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL PRAYER TRAINING CONFERENCE
* NEW MOVIE ABOUT PROBLEMS FOR MUSLIM CONVERTS
* AUSSIES LAUNCH NEW FRONTIER MEDIA SCHOOL
* AUDIO SCRIPTURE ORGS TO MERGE
* NOW YOU CAN GET GENERATION X INFO IN MAGAZINE FORM!
* NEED HELP WITH PROBLEMS??? THIS CONFERENCE CAN ANSWER!
* CLARIFIED ADDRESS FOR CYBERSPACE STUDY CANDIDATES
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
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FROM THE “YOU’VE-GOT-TO-ORDER-THIS-VIDEO DEPARTMENT”
Remember Light the Window, which riveted us to pray for the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window?? Well there’s a sequel!!! And it’s going to be available moments after this announcement! In a Brigada Today exclusive, the producers of To the Ends of the Earth were willing to allow us the privilege of announcing this first class newest prayer video. It’s the resource you’ll use over and over again during the coming 12 months. The story??? “PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III: THE UNREACHED PEOPLES.” This prayer initiative introduces and develops the concept of “unreached peoples” and challenges the church to be involved in strategic prayer in order to see the Gospel presented, and a culturally relevant, reproducing church established in each of the least evangelized people groups of the 10/40 Window. As in last October’s “Praying Through the Window II: the 100 Gateway Cities”, there is a 30 day prayer guide book available to use with the professionally produced video. The book, simply titled “The Unreached Peoples”, is a 120 page guide focusing on gateway people clusters mainly from within the 10/40 Window and leads the reader through informative prayers for each of these peoples. The video, To the Ends of the Earth , expresses God’s heart from Genesis to Revelation that all peoples (nations or ethne) would worship him. The mobilization of massive, informed, heart felt prayer is the foundation upon which all successful evangelistic efforts for the remaining “unreached people groups” must be built. As in last year’s “Light the Window” video there is a long version suitable for broadcast (approx. 28 minutes long), and a shorter version (approx. 12 minutes long) that you could use for Sunday Schools or worship services.
When I heard about this production, I wrote the producers and asked for a special advance copy to preview, in preparation for a special event we’re launching on Nov. 1st — Envision ’96. They were kind enough to send one pre-production. Wow! First class gang. Same stunning footage, same fast-paced music/video, same heart-piercing message…. pray, pray, pray. This is one to get, gang. Ordering Information: Christian Information Network is the primary distributor of these tools. The book, “The Unreached Peoples” is $8.99 plus Shipping + Handling. You won’t find anything more earthshaking. Bulk order pricing is available. The video, “To the Ends of the Earth” is $9.95 plus S+H. Bulk orders for the video (in case lots of 50) are $5.00 each plus S+H. Credit card orders can be faxed to 719-548-9000. For more information, email email@example.com. Or send check orders to:
Christian Information Network
11025 State Hwy 83
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Available immediately. And that’s when you’ll want it. :-)
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THE BEST FREE EMAIL FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS
… if you live in the USA and are willing to switch back to AT&T for your long distance carrier, then it’s a no-brainer! Run… don’t walk… to call AT&T WorldNet toll-free at 1-800-431-0800 ext. 21627 or see their web site at http://www.att.com/worldnet. With over 300 POPS (“points of presence” — or local phone nodes where you can log on) in the USA, they’ve got most cities covered and you can’t beat the price: FREE!!! If you’re an AT&T long distance customer, you get up to 5 hrs/mo. access for free, and even after that it’s just $2.50 per hour. What’s more, their help desk people told me that you can use any winsock program — so you can use Pegasus, Eudora, Email Connection, Pronto or whichever email program you choose!!! And have you been trying out Juno or Freemark but you’ve been disappointed because they don’t have web access??? Fret no more… AT&T WorldNet lets you have full connectivity — which includes full access to the web. No ads… no gimmicks. Straight www connection. Let’s see. You were subscribing to Compuserve previously, so you were spending $9.95 for 12 months or some $119.40. Now that you’ll be switching to AT&T mail, you first of all pay off your Brigada Today subscription price FOR THE NEXT YEAR with the money you saved right up front! Let’s see… now you’ve got $119.40 remaining. :-) You subscribe to MAFxc so you can have your mail forwarded when you switch addresses like this :-) and so you can start a cool Brigada conference for the unreached people group you want to reach (if you’re interested write to email@example.com — don’t write to Brigada; we don’t work for MAF!), . . . that’s $52 for a full year … which still leaves you $67.40. Can you believe you were about to pay more for your email service than you would have for an xc.org address and a cool Brigada email conference of your own???? Next, you can take your wife (or husband, . . . whichever the case may be :-) ) out to eat at a nice restaurant three times … spend about $20/instance, . . . and still have $7.40 left over to open a bank account to start saving for your next family car!!! Now what a deal, folks! :-) And that was money you were going to spend anyway!!! Seriously, why would anyone want to keep paying $9.95 for a Compuserve or AOL connection… which is still only going to give you the same number of hours of free connectivity to the Internet????!!! Duh… Get it for free folks.. from AT&T. If they want to give this stuff away, gang, I say we support their crazy habit! :-) One catch… after the first year, they start charging. :-( But if you buy the xc.org address, then next year this time, you switch to some other looney tune who is running the same kind of special… and none of your friends even know it because you’ve got a stable email address with MAFxc! Too good to be true??? Check me out. It’s for real.
LUIS BUSH REQUESTS PRAYER…
Luis Bush, Director of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, wrote this past week to request prayer for the National Consultation of Evangelism, which continues through September 29. According to Luis, “This is a crucial meeting with great potential for harvesting of the fields of India over the next few years. In the words of Ebe Sunde Raj, General Secretary of the IMA, the sponsoring body for the consultation, ‘The Lord has enabled us to see the progress in several fronts and failures and mistakes in others. We trust that this consultation will facilitate all of us to share our success and failures, wisdom and blunders to learn from one another, plan together and enter into partnership to reach our mother land with the gospel.’ Please take a moment right now and bow in prayer for Luis and all others who have gathered there. In his opening, keynote address, Luis wrote, “This is a unique moment in India. The Spirit of God is moving, perhaps as never before. The church in India is stirring and reaching out. And the threat of militant Hindu fundamentalism looms across the landscape. For now, there is a window still open in India. Let us say with the Apostle Paul ‘And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand:’ (Romans 13:11-12) We must do what we can when we can. Now is India’s time. We dare not let it pass.” We agree Luis. 100% with you.
MORE ON TRAVELING EMAIL
Last week we mentioned that several services would provide you with a forwarding function… so that whichever email address you chose to use, you could redirect your mail to that address. What we didn’t mention was that MAFxc’s service can make it look like you’re writing from that address, even if you aren’t! :-) You send your outbound email through their server with a special command and the mail actually looks like it originated from your xc.org address. Pete Holzmann, who reminded me of this difference, doesn’t know of any other service on the net that’s letting you pull that off. Thanks for the clarification, Pete. In other news, Bill Crandall (a missionary in Ecuador) suggested we look at http://netaddress.usa.net as a possible alternative. These guys give you a free address forwarding service, then tack on a small advertisement at the end of each forwarded note. I tried it for awhile, … and for the most part it works. It did introduce quite a delay in the mail at times, evidently depending on how busy their hub is. Thanks Bill!
WEEKEND MISSIONS CONFERENCE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS IN S.E. USA
Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to be challenged to pour out your life for the cause of Christ. 500 students will meet at Rock Eagle to consider together God’s commission. Cost for the weekend is only $55. Please pass this on to anyone who is interested in mobilizing students to complete the great commission. The annual Global Outreach conference (“GO”96) will be held at Rock Eagle campground (one hour east of Atlanta) this November. For information: 803-735-8343 ext.3461 (GO office) Email: 74211.3033@CompuServe.COM or firstname.lastname@example.org
7435 Monticello Rd.
Columbia, SC. 29203.
CIN ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL PRAYER TRAINING CONFERENCE
Bev Pegues wrote yesterday afternoon to clue us in on a conference that sounds like it should make its way onto the calendars of all worldwide prayer intercessors! She wrote, “An international prayer training conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 12th, through Saturday, February 15, 1997, entitled “Praying With Power: Empowering Ordinary People for Extraordinary Exploits.” The conference will be held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is sponsored by the Christian Information Network and the World Prayer Center. This practical training conference is for prayer journeyers and home-based intercessors (those who stay home and pray) and is designed to equip believers to pray effectively and to empower teams to pray on the field. C. Peter Wagner will be convening the conference. A list of speakers and plenary sessions will soon be released, along with details of cost and schedule. Please contact Christian Information Network at email@example.com and give them your mailing address. That way you can be sure to receive the information as soon as it is available. Please reserve these dates on your calendar for this conference. This will give you the training you need for participating in PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III: THE UNREACHED PEOPLES, the prayer emphasis that takes place from October 1, 1996, until October 31, 1997.” Spread the news!
One user recommended we look at http://members.tripod.com/~jroberts to see more info. on the issue of ANONYMOUS traveling email addresses, which encode email with a password so that only the intended email recipient can read the message. And Chris Hart recommended http://www.four11.com/ for “finding people” — like your long, lost Uncle Bob??? :-) And here’s something interesting. Our Brigada web specialist (may he live forever! :-) ) uncovered a “Spanish, Portuguese, And Catalan Search Engine at http://www.ogilvy.com/spanish/hisplink.htm. Evidently, you can delve through “all 31 search engines of the Spanish/Portuguese/Catalan world.” Email Luis Delboy firstname.lastname@example.org for info. Thanks Bob!
NEW MOVIE ABOUT PROBLEMS FOR MUSLIM CONVERTS
Open Doors has produced a video called “Behind the Sun”. According to Rick Nolte, “It is an excellent presentation of the problems that national believers in Muslim countries are facing. The video chronicles the adventures/trials of a man returning to his home (Muslim) country after converting to Christianity during his college days in the US. It is about 1 hour long, and is extremely well done (I’ve heard over $1 million was spent to make the video). Although the man’s story is fictional (I think), the events/situations that he encounters are not – according to those familiar with the middle-east.” Rick “highly recommends” this video. It is both informative and exciting. Open Doors can be reached at 1-800-788-5574 in the USA. Rick can probably direct you to other contact points — write him at Rick.C.Nolte@den.mmc.com. Thanks Rick!
AUSSIES LAUNCH NEW FRONTIER MEDIA SCHOOL
Straight from down under comes this note: “To Every Peoples…Together we Can do it! All of us are needed to do our part and implement new initiatives to finish the task of world evangelization. In answer to that call, we have started a yearly School of Frontier Media (SFM) in Perth, Western Australia. The next school runs from January 12th to June 27th, 1997. It has been fully accredited with the University of the Nation, both under the College of Christian Ministries and the College of Communications. For more information, contact ConkeyCreate@XC.Org or see the web site at http://www.iinet.net.au/~createit.” Way to go Aussies!
AUDIO SCRIPTURE ORGS TO MERGE
In just a few short days, Audio Scriptures International (ASI) and PRM International (PRM-I) will merge. The name of the new organization will be AUDIO SCRIPTURE MINISTRIES (ASM), an organization committed to making a major worldwide effort to see that all translated New Testaments available in print form are also recorded and made available in audio form. According to Harvey T. Hoekstra, former President of ASI, “This effort arises from a conviction that we now have the means to give non-readers the same opportunity to learn God’s word by listening as readers have by reading. It is a doable task and ASM hopes to network with others in a revitalized effort to help facilitate this foundational effort.” The home office of the new organization will be in the former PRM-I facility in Holland, MI. The audio Scripture distribution/resource center will be from the former ASI location in California. For more information about ASM’s free catalog and its special arrangements of Scripture on cassette for use as evangelistic tools to cross the linguistic barrier in ethnic ministries, see their website http://www.goshen.net/AudioScriptures.
NOW YOU CAN GET GENERATION X INFO IN MAGAZINE FORM!
Thanks to Michael Schwartz, of Caleb Project, who has launched VOX Magazine. According to Michael, “It is the first-ever GenX magazine challenging Christians to live radically for Christ and take the Gospel to the world! It is written by Gen X to Gen X. Our first issue is going to print mid-October and will be FREELY distributed to 20,000 by November 1. If anyone wants a free copy they can email me at email@example.com or check out our web site at www.goshen.net/calebproject/vox. ” Thanks for your work, Michael!
NEED HELP WITH PROBLEMS??? THIS CONFERENCE CAN ANSWER!
MTI is hosting an Interpersonal Skills Workshop for Missionaries, Colorado Springs, October 21-25, 1996. A few openings are still available. This is a very interactive, practical workshop designed especially to help missionaries and missionary leaders become more effective. The four and one-half days deal with issues such as confronting, conflict management, stress, drawing others out, problem solving, handling grief, moral purity, and more. This workshop is for active missionaries, missionary candidates and trainees, and missionary leaders. Trainers will be Ken Williams, Ph.D., an International Trainer with Wycliffe, Leta Van Meter, M.A., Coordinator of Career Development with OC International, and Karen Carr, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and experienced missionary trainer. For more information, contact Missionary Training International at 800-896-3710 in the USA, or at Mintern@aol.com. Another such workshop is planned for March 10-14, 1997.
CLARIFIED ADDRESS FOR CYBERSPACE STUDY CANDIDATES
If you were interested in Trinity’s online theological education, please don’t contact . Write to Dr. Dennis Frey firstname.lastname@example.org instead. Dr. Frey is Dean for the cyberspace program. I guess Brigada Today readers really do read this stuff! The first address was “overwhelmed by requests” and got tired of forwarding them! :-) Sorry!
“Missions researchers have agreed on a working database of 1,739 ethnic groups from 133 countries as those who most need missions efforts. This, the Joshua Project 2000 list, is the first ever database with wide acceptance in the missions community which actually puts a priority on certain unreached groups. Of the 2.2 billion people on the list, almost half of the world’s population, a full 7% have no reported Christians or Christian work among them at all. 430 million (more than half of 1,739 the groups) have no church whatsoever. The good news is that 85% of that 2.2 billion have some kind of ministry tools in their language, including Bibles, Bible portions, cassettes, radio programs or the Jesus film. Unfortunately, half of the people groups do not have any such tools. It is also of note that 14% (246) of the JP groups (6% or 128 million of the JP population) have an established church, but no ministry tools. How can it be that people are coming to Christ and forming churches without Bibles, Bible portions, cassettes, radio programs or the Jesus film? Hmmmm…”
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna JHanna@XC.Org, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO. You can see Caleb Project’s web site at http://www.goshen.net/calebproject. What a faithful partner he is to Brigada Today. Thanks John.
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