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In this issue….
* CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE
* DON’T BE GUILTY OF CRYING WOLOF; DO SOMETHING!
* ONE-DAY MISSIONS SEMINAR IDEAS NEEDED
* PRESENTERS NEEDED FOR SEMINAR IN CRIMEA, UKRAINE
* INSIDER AT COMPUSERVE OFFERS HELP TO BRIGADA USERS
* DESPERATELY SEEKING SAUDI
* COME ONE, COME ALL TO PRAY WITH BRAZIL!
* CALLING ALL RADAR TECHS
* MARCH FOR JESUS HAS A USA OFFICE TOO!
* NEED NEWS ON THE MIDDLE EAST?
* NEED INFO. ON GOV’T LEADERS FOR YOUR PRAYER TIME??
* AFRICAN PROVERBS, I PRESUME!
* DECEMBER ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email
CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE
Searching for a special gift for that significant someone in your life? [Click HERE for special Java sound effects of sleigh bells and snow flakes] [What? No sleighbells??? Sorry. We were having trouble with that feature, so we’ll just have to be satisfied with the sound effects of the snowflakes. *** ] Tired of facing the crowds at the mall… or at the village market? Give the gift that keeps on giving. Give a subscription to Brigada Today! :-) Until Dec. 24th, subscriptions to Brigada Today will be on sale at 50% off the normal price! That’s a savings of half off the regular retail. Can we make 5000 Brigada participants by Jan. 1st? We can… if each person who receives this Brigada Today would buy a gift subscription for just one friend! So… invest in someone’s inbox… and recommend Brigada Today today! :-)
DON’T BE GUILTY OF CRYING WOLOF; DO SOMETHING!
Check out the new Wolof Home page at http://users.mildura.net.au/users/mjackson/ The authors wrote this week that they’re desperate for an ethnomusicologist who will help them reach the Muslim Wolofs. If you know of someone willing to join them, write Mark Jackson email@example.com down under. Thanks Mark!
ONE-DAY MISSIONS SEMINAR IDEAS NEEDED
Richard Malm firstname.lastname@example.org is trying to compile a resource list of all the one-day missions seminars in the world! :-) Like… “Harvest Connection” by AIMS and such. If you know of any, write Richard directly. Richard, can we count on a summary report in a couple of weeks?
PRESENTERS NEEDED FOR SEMINAR IN CRIMEA, UKRAINE
The place is Crimea. The time is May 19-21, May 22-24, early October 1997. The person is you, . . . or so hopes Georges Carillet, missionary with Team Expansion and Kentucky Christian College in Simferopol Ukraine. Georges works with Crimean American College there and is seeking scholars and specialists who can present a Christian perspective (to non-Christian professors and students) in the following areas:
1. Medical issues (particularly ethical issues and the sanctity of life; genetic engineering; euthanasia continues to be a hot topic; alcohol and drug treatment are constant concerns),
2. virtue (its place and function in society, its necessity, its sources, etc),
3. ecology/environmental issues (this is an important issue in Crimea with strong philosophical underpinnings, either closely associated with a mechanistic worldview or strongly influenced by ‘new age’ ideas), and
4. science and faith (or some such combination for an “apologetics” section, though apologetics ought to be represented in some form in the other sections as well; there is keen interest in a paper on genetics and evolution).
If you can help, write Georges directly email@example.com and he’ll fill you in on more details. Maybe you should be the next person in a summit in Yalta?
INSIDER AT COMPUSERVE OFFERS HELP TO BRIGADA USERS
Guess who’s reading Brigada these days??? Sharon is, that’s who! She’s a helpdesk & Systems Specialist at Compuserve (for the Christian Interactive Network) and has volunteered to help Brigada Today readers with questions related to Compuserve and its use with Brigada and all other issues. (She’s committed to us that if she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find someone who does!) Thanks Sharon! Write her with your CServe questions at: SRH 71712.3534@CompuServe.COM.
DESPERATELY SEEKING SAUDI
Here’s a guy who wants to open up marketing possibilities in Saudi (Arabia). He’d like to be able to visit and/or locate there in some tentmaking role, so he can show Christ’s love to the people He loves! Write David McDermott 75351.247@CompuServe.COM if you have options for buyers for stationery products, watches (he’s even got a series on the OT for kids! [serious!]), or other imports.
COME ONE, COME ALL TO PRAY WITH BRAZIL!
Here’s a guy who’d like to know your prayer requests. Milton firstname.lastname@example.org distributes (in Portuguese) edits a monthly prayer calendar newsletter and ships it to 4000 people in Brazil — for free! He’d like to know your prayer requests… but, . . . in Portuguese, if possible :-) We’ve already sent him info on how to join Brigada-prayer-requests, just send a message to email@example.com with only the following line in the text of the message:
But if you have specific requests you’d like to target directly at a Brazilian audience… or if you’d like to subscribe (and [very important] you read Portuguese! :-)), just write him Milton firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLING ALL RADAR TECHS
Seriously. An advocate for a Muslim people group in the Middle East has a job opening for a radar technician. Got any leads on a Christian radar technician who might be interested in this opportunity? For more information Email email@example.com.
MARCH FOR JESUS HAS A USA OFFICE TOO!
If you’ve been trying to contact March for Jesus from one of their overseas offices, you can also try firstname.lastname@example.org here in the USA too.
NEED NEWS ON THE MIDDLE EAST?
Try the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) news service on Middle East current affairs. According to Glen Howard, it’s free! To subscribe, just send an E-mail letter to: email@example.com. In the “Subject” box, write news in “main body” write “subscribe”. According to Glen, who is Pastor of the International Church of Budapest, “This is a new service that has only been available for 4 weeks.” Check it out if you like!
NEED INFO. ON GOV’T LEADERS FOR YOUR PRAYER TIME??
Bob Sutterfield, with MAF’s new electronic frontiers dept, suggests that we try http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/chiefs-toc-view.html which says it was updated November 4, 1996. That should bring us all up to day as of Nov. 1! Thanks Bob!
AFRICAN PROVERBS, I PRESUME!
Global Mapping Int’l is releasing a multi-faceted electronic research tool called the African Proverbs CD which contains: 27,000+ proverbs in 25 languages, 23 complete books, 35 unpublished essays, 200 proverb key page collections, a bibliography of 800+ collections, 42 maps identifying 200 languages, a biographical directory of researchers, an ethnologue directory of 1500 African languages, a list of collections in print with publishers’ addresses and much more. (Whew! That’s a mouthful! :-))
According to Harold Britton, a VP at GMI, “Proverbs are the distilled genius of oral cultures (perhaps even an encapsulation of the whole culture). They identify and dignify a culture, bringing life into wisdom and wisdom into life. Relating scripture to proverbs is a powerful tool for preaching and teaching. This will be a very significant tool for churches, colleges and organizations worldwide.”
Harold has worked with the rest of the folks at GMI to develop a special deal for Brigada subscribers. We can order the African Proverbs CD at a special discount price of $99.95. For more info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Harold!
ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL!
We continue to enjoy a great partnership with Mark Kelly of Kainos Press, who each month authors a succinct and gripping fact sheet called, Advance!. We post it on the hub so anyone in any Brigada conference can grab it. Below is an executive summary. To get the full text, just send email to email@example.com with only this line in the body of the text:
get brigada advance.9612
THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — God turns evil intentions to kingdomadvance; breakthrough in an Akha village in Myanmar; gospel advance in Mongolia; Billy Graham’s Christmas “peace plan”; pray for Russia religious liberty; Chinese National Christian Conference to meet.
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Pakistani believers thrown out of home; UAE court sentences believer; believers arrested, beaten in Nepal; Tashkent pastors, congregation arrested; Ghana believer driven from home, loses 2-year-old son.
SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Abortions increase risk of breast cancer; 250 million children in bondage; 18 million street children in India; Swiss voters approve heroin hand-out; WCC asks Zimbabwe to suspend laws against homosexuality.
REJOICE! — 1,500 people come to Christ every day in China; violence creates opportunity for Christian witness; Italian nun rescues kidnapped girls; Elizabeth Dole intercedes for kidnapped missionaries; Belgian officials organize anti-pornography campaign.
NETWORKING — Video shares persecuted believers’ testimonies; brief video introduces Perspectives missions course; video documents lives of Tibetan nomads; matching older adults with mission, ministry opportunities; prayer calendar for Sindhis of Pakistan; international consultation on plight of street children; profiles of 100 unreached people groups; Web site for short-term volunteers.
FRONT LINES — God’s power
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