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In this issue….
* JIMMY STEWART LUCAS: “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!”
* LUIS BUSH: “CALLING ALL GATEKEEPERS”
* COLORADO ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONSULTATION YIELDS FRUIT
* DID YOU KNOW…: BLIND CARBON COPIES
* KIDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD TOO!
* DOUG: “THANKS FOR THE CARDS AND LETTERS!”
* PRAY FOR THE WINTERS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT UPCOMING MUSLIM PRAYER MONTH
* SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSIONS CURRICULUM REPORT READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
* HAVE A HEART FOR MISSIONS… AT THE HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST
* JOHN ROBB SEEKS PRAYER FOR ETHNIC L.A.
* US CENTER FOR WORLD MISSION OFFERS SPECIAL ON MAPS…
* FREE SCRIPTS TO MISSION DRAMAS!
* RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
* WHAT’S A BODY TO DO!
JIMMY STEWART LUCAS: “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!”
Now I know how Jimmy Stewart felt! :-) The report came back from none other than Bob Sutterfield, coordinator for MAF’s electronic communications division. He wrote, “15.89% of your 3870 readers responded, and of those 615 respondents, 98.21% want you to carry on.” It’s a wonderful life! Thanks to all who read to the very bottom of last week’s Brigada Today. 15% isn’t a bad ratio of respondents to an informal poll like the one we took… and the fact that 615 people took time to say, “Please keep ’em coming…”, tells me that we should march forward. With fear and trembling, and with requests for your prayers, we’ll continue Brigada Today and the Brigada family of networks. And let’s hope we can keep talkin’! :-)
LUIS BUSH: “CALLING ALL GATEKEEPERS”
At a consultation on adoption this past week in Colorado Springs, Luis Bush and the two dozen or so delegates seemed to agree on several key issues:
1. God is working among us in a mighty way,
2. We must try to work more closely in concert with one another, and
3. We need desperately to create “front doors” for the Gateway Peoples to promote the sharing of strategy and resources.
Luis and the group nominated John Hanna, of Caleb Project, to chair a committee that would collect information on so called “Gatekeepers”… the name currently being used to describe a people specific advocate or a “front door friendly face”. As time goes on, these terms and others will be more carefully defined… but for the time being, if you are already serving as a kind of information-sharing agent for a particular people group (especially those on the JP2000 list), please email a note to John Hanna Jhanna@cproject.com to make sure you get info. on an upcoming consultation for these gatekeepers. (Don’t expect John to respond with a lengthy reply at this time… but believe me… your name will be counted.) And as time goes on, expect to hear more!
COLORADO ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONSULTATION YIELDS FRUIT
Sitting around the same table last week in Colorado Springs were executive directors of the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, the US Center for World Mission, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, representatives from the People Information Network, the JP2000 Editorial Committee, Caleb Project, Brigada, reps. from several large mission agencies, missions mobilization event coordinators, key authors and writers, and several other key people from people group mobilizing agencies. Just to get all these folks together at the same time was a major accomplishment… and to get them to hash out some commonalities and possible follow-up scenarios was a landmark milestone in the life of adopt-a-people development. Several working groups were established for on-going practical steps… but these are made up of some of the busiest people around… so please pray that the hopes and dreams of this group can be realized through God’s mighty power… Truly, this is the beginning of something – but there’s much yet to cover.
DID YOU KNOW…: BLIND CARBON COPIES
Roger E. Doriot email@example.com reminds us that while copying messages to sensitive addresses overseas, our email software often allows the use of “blind copy” addressing, which sends the mail to the sensitive recipient but does not reveal his/her address to others who might be receiving the message.
KIDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD TOO!
Now available (just in time for Christmas) is Vol II of the wonderful, illustrated, full-colour, hardcover missions book for young readers: You Can Change the World (kids edition of well-known Operation World by Patrick Johnstone). Get it at 20% discount! Better yet, get several (three or more) at 25% discount; they make great Christmas presents. They are excellent for home schooling, and introduce young readers to missions, foreign cultures and geography. They contain “A to Z” illustrated country and people group profiles, with stories and prayer points. Many of the people group drawings are again by free-lance illustrator, Mary Filidis. Retail price is $16.99 (one-copy sale price is $13.59). Place your order with World Christian News & Books, PO Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936; USA. Tel: 1 (719) 442-6409, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, WorldChristian News & Books also has access to over 300,000 other book titles (from Christian AND secular publishers).
Most of their hundreds of in-stock titles are offered at a 20 percent discount. Custom orders are welcome, and receive a 15 percent discount (with extremely few exceptions). Your orders help support Youth With A Mission. View a booklist of selected titles and prices on the web at http://www.ywam.org/books/books.html. If you know what books you want, send title and author’s name, and tell them if you want them sent by surface mail or first class / airmail – they accept visa and mastercard, but can also invoice you.
Here is ANOTHER DEAL: apply the same 20 and 25% discount levels as mentioned above for the brand-new Unreached Peoples book (for Praying Through the Window III). Claim your discounts by mentioning BRIGADA.
DOUG: “THANKS FOR THE CARDS AND LETTERS!”
Thanks to all who took time to write this past week… Here’s an example of the great encouragement given by many….
“We have been Brigada subscribers since the first month or so, and I want to thank you personally for all that Brigada has meant to me. When we first got on internet in Oct 94 it was only one month old as a public system here in Jakarta. Outside news and especially this kind of news was not available at all here. Over the last 2 years, we have come to look forward to receiving Brigada and sharing it with our friends that aren’t online. I teach in a seminary and the info is helpful to our students. With your help, we are creating an awareness of world mission that wasn’t possible before! Many times we have found resources, contacts and help that we needed via Brigada! Our prayers are with you, as I know this undertaking is major. But we are praying that it continues! Truly you are blessed to be a blessing, and we receive much because of you. May Envision 96 be as blessed! …” Thanks once again for the encouragement… and may God be praised as He seeks to use each of us in all our various roles!
PRAY FOR THE WINTERS
Most will recognize “Ralph Winter” as a “household name” in missions. It was Dr. Winter who helped rally a ton of early support for the frontier missions movement, starting in 1974 at the now famous Lausanne consultation in Switzerland. His key address there focused on the importance of looking at the world as people groups… and he wouldn’t quit at helping us see the world through “church growth eyes.” But now, his eyes are focused on another crucial issue: his wife’s bone cancer. Please lift up Dr. and Mrs. Ralph and Roberta Winter. Rick Wood, Editor of Mission Frontiers, recently wrote to ask us to pray…, ” that the Winter’s will remain strong in their faith and that the Lord will be their comfort, for rapid reduction in Mrs. Winters pain to enable her to discontinue the morphine…., for wisdom and insight … for the doctors … attending Mrs. Winter’s case…, and for wisdom for the Winters regarding what form of treatment to pursue.”
GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT UPCOMING MUSLIM PRAYER MONTH
As many as ten million people are expected to take part in the fifth annual global month of prayer for the Muslim world, which begins in January. Five hundred thousand copies of a daily guide for the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus are being produced, with Swahili and Chinese versions among the newest of 27 translations available. Coinciding with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as “an act of identification”, the next 30 Days event starts on January 10 and ends on February 8, with the guide highlighting different countries, people groups and issues for prayer each day. A separate children’s edition is also available.
(Source: YWAM News Digest, October 1996, Andy Butcher, YWAM Press & Media Services Tel: 719 380 0505 Fax: 719 380 0936 Internet: email@example.com )
Global Glimpse is assembled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
[By the way, . . . Bob Sutterfield reminds us that we can also send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with only the words,
in the text of the message, and we’ll receive a daily prayer guide during the period!
SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSIONS CURRICULUM REPORT READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
To retrieve a report on missions curriculum resources for Sunday Schools, send a message to email@example.com with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada sscurric
This report was compiled through Brigada contacts by Lyle Olson Olsonl@ur.sdstate.edu. Thanks Lyle!
HAVE A HEART FOR MISSIONS… AT THE HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST
Churches, missions agencies and others involved in the Great Commission are invited to plan towards the next Heartland MissionsFest, February 20-22, 1997, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference theme is “Light Your World” and will focus on international missions and prayer. Confirmed speakers include missions authors C. Peter Wagner, Prayer Warrior Series; Patrick Johnstone, Operation World; Steve Hawthorne, Prayerwalking; Neil Pirolo, Serving As Senders; Esther Ilnisky, What About the Children?. Shane Bennett from Caleb Project will also present training on Joshua Project 2000 Research Expeditions. The previous conference last February drew over 1,300 participants from 15 states, 20 schools, 100 churches, and 105 missions agencies. In answer to much prayer, the Lord of the Harvest gathered Baptists, Charismatics, Lutherans, Methodist, Pentecostals and Presbyterians for what organizers are calling the largest annual interdenominational missions conference in America. This three-day conference includes a variety of workshops targeted toward individual interests. Sessions include Steps to the Field, Support-raising, Cross-cultural Communications, International Business, Medical missions and Missions Strategies. Participants can learn from 50 workshops and 100 missions agency exhibits. Individuals may register at $15 per day or $7 for students. For more information about the eighth annual Heartland MissionsFest in Tulsa contact John McVay at (800) 366-6641, Fax (918) 587-1953, P.O. Box 50130, Tulsa, OK 74150, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, world wide web http://www.goshen.net/missionsfests.
JOHN ROBB SEEKS PRAYER FOR ETHNIC L.A.
LIFT (Lifting Intercession for Transformation) Southern California is an interdenominational and interethnic prayer effort scheduled for November 14-23. Dubbed “Ten Days to Change Southern California!”, organizers are asking concerned believers everywhere to pray that the powers of darkness which encourage violent crime, sexual immorality, racism, occultism, and a prevalent apathy for spiritual things will be bound and driven from this region and nation. Ask the Lord for a deep moving of the Holy Spirit bringing true repentance, racial reconciliation, overthrow of the pornography industry (a world center), purification of the movie, TV and other media outlets, and real renewal in the churches. Would you bow for just a moment and pray right now?
US CENTER FOR WORLD MISSION OFFERS SPECIAL ON MAPS…
Remember those global people group maps? The US Center is willing to offer a special discount to those ordering in quantities… 25+ copies of the 24″x36″ Poster size for $2.85 each, 25+ copies of the 36″x64″ Large size for $5.45 each. You won’t find them cheaper. Call 818-398-2236 or 1-800-MISSION for order/shipping cost.
FREE SCRIPTS TO MISSION DRAMAS!
Thanks so much to David Prata email@example.com for making available 3 very fine mission dramas to Brigada subscribers. To retrieve the complete scripts, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada missionplays
RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
Jim Sutherland email@example.com writes, “I’m researching why there are so few African American cross cultural missionaries. My method is to give a questionnaire to African American missionaries who are serving those who are NOT African American, in this country or abroad, and who have been on the field at least one year, currently or in the past. I’d appreciate the names and addresses of such missionaries, or whatever information your readers might have, including mission names. Also I’d appreciate suggestions for contacting others on the Internet with whom I might network regarding this problem. Thanks again. Sincerely, Jim Sutherland.” Please contact Jim directly at the address above. Jim, we’d appreciate a summary report once your research is done! Thanks!
WHAT’S A BODY TO DO!
I’ve been thinking this week…. just 5 days before a major event in my life… Envision ’96, of which I’m supposed to be President… and I’m perplexed as to what to do next. My task list is a mile long. I’ve got to prepare my Friday evening address, work out on-screen graphics for the IMAG projection system, help coordinate practice/sound checks, confirm exhibit arrangements, make telephone calls, continue to push for last minute registrations (which are now over 47,000 — representing 47,000 individuals who individually or as a church are offering a show of support for what we’re doing in Lexington, KY, Nov. 1-3!), prepare for a brief address at the kick-off of the torch run, help my buddy work out details for the all-day Friday “Pit-Stop” for congregations taking responsibility to plant churches among least reached peoples, . . . . and the list goes on. Suddenly it hit me. This is ridiculous. There’s no way I’ll finish this list. Had a long talk with my wife, Penny. Called a family meeting with the boys (10 and 7). Everybody was in favor… and willing. So… what am I doing? I’m taking a queue from Wesley. People say he used to quip, “I’ve got so much to do today, I dare not begin without an hour of prayer.” I figure if Wesley needed an hour, I can use two days! So… I’m headed to the woods to camp out… away from telephones, email, and the worldwide web. I’m praying that God will use Envision ’96 for His glory and for the expansion of His kingdom. As for my task list? Hey… we’ve been preparing for this event for two years. If I haven’t done it by now, then two days isn’t going to break me. :-) Besides… if it’s going to get done, it’ll take a miracle anyway! :-) So what am I going to pray for:
1. That God will anoint the times of worship and truly visit all who attend.
2. That He will cause a mighty river to surge… a river of response for unreached people around the globe.
3. That He will work within my own life to constantly renew me… and use this event to add more effort to that flowing stream.
4. and for all Brigada subscribers… that God will use them too.
I’ll try to pray for each one by name during the next 48 hours… and that includes you! :-)
[but don’t expect me to answer your email this week! :-) ]
PS. For more information about Envision ’96, see the web page at: http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96/
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