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Compiled by Doug Lucas, this week writing from Kenai, Alaska
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In this issue….

* GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
* DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
* HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
* INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
* COOL TOOLS
* CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
* YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
* UNITED PARSEE POST
* WEB WATCH
* TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
* SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
* DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
* FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
* NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
* BIBLES TO IRAQ
* TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
* LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
* HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
* THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
* STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET

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GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
Now there’s a new style prayer card that just might be a bit more affordable and unique — bookmarks! According to David Wedge, who ordered his from Ron Urbanovitch at MPS@xc.org, they were around $150 for 500 and he got them in an amazing 48-hour turnaround, including overnight shipping both ways! Now that’s fast business!

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DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
Want to try the new PGP freeware? Grab it at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html. And also, don’t miss the chance at a free 30-day trialware version of PGP for Personal Privacy (commercialware), Version 5.0 at http://www.pgp.com. According to dozens of reports, this new version is revolutionary in its ease of use. No word yet on the European/International version. (If you hear some news on that one, I’d appreciate getting a note on it so we can relay it here! Frank and many others want to know.) But the freeware at the MIT web site is apparently very friendly and very powerful and very free. :-) And Canadians are legally welcome to it as well! Yahooo!

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HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
Okay. This one tops it all. We’ve had readers compile reports on everything from security to tentmaking to ‘how do you file Brigada Today’ — but if memory serves, this is the first time we’ve interviewed pregnant folks. :-) But … then again you always knew we were a bit adventurous! :-) And after all, inquiring minds want to know! :-) Dr. I. Dale Carroll is doing a study on any USA residents who have had part or all of a pregnancy overseas since 1990 (including miscarriages). I know, I know. You’re saying, “What in the world does this have to do with missions?” Well — the good doctor has assured us that she’d send us an electronic form of the abstract — the summary of the survey results — which we can then make available to all missionary moms. If you’ve ever been involved in anything medical while serving overseas, I have a hunch you’ll understand that this is significant stuff. You can’t (nor should you) separate the family out of missionary life and work — they go together. So — if you’re game to be surveyed and if you qualify, contact Dr. Dale Carroll at TravDoc@compuserve.com, The Pregnant Traveler, 983 Miners Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085, phone 616-428-4996 (fax–616-428-0977). In case you were wondering, Dr. Carroll is a member of the Southwestern Medical Clinic in Berrien Center, MI, a 40-person multispecialty group with a heavy missions emphasis. She is a board-certified OB/GYN with considerable overseas experience and is also now certified in Travel Medicine, we’re also making plans for a Travel Medicine clinic.

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INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
Jeff Gulleson is kicking off a quarterly mailing called International Insurance Insights. Contact him goodnbor@juno.com if you’re interested in receiving a free copy. He sent a copy of the first issue which dealt with pre-existing conditions and provided a sample of a policy or two that he sells. Jeff’s not the only one out there making international policies available… but he’s at least one you should probably add to your list of options. Thanks Jeff!

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COOL TOOLS
Well, as of immediately, you can place secure orders at Caleb Project’s web site http://www.calebproject.org and your order is automatically PGP encoded. So no more need to send a check for some of the best mobilization resources around… just browse the web! :-)

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CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
Justin Long (of David Barrett’s office) is hard at work these days kicking off a new bulletin with general objective feedback on China. He wrote this past week, “This service will be moderated and screened, and will transmit regular bulletins on China. We will feature a Question & Answer forum where you can request information from long-time China observers, and information on the latest evangelistic opportunities and resources that are available. We expect to post 1 or 2 bulletins per week.” To subscribe, just e-mail your name, organization, country of origin, and e-mail address to JustinLong@xc.org with the phrase
CSCO China Mail List

in the subject line. You’ll be glad you did!

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YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
In cooperation with a local church in Berlin AIMS Germany plans to penetrate (with prayer and more!) Kreuzberg’s immigrant area, where tens of thousands of 10/40 window people live. We would love to welcome people from outside our city’s and country’s borders who want to join us in prayer during this event (October 6-10) to see a breakthrough in the area. Individuals and prayer teams who wish to come and even stay longer are more than welcome. We want to see this part of town that has the same number of mosques as churches to become once again “a hill of the cross” – that’s the literal translation of its name… For more info contact Kerstin at 100711.2622@Compuserve.com.

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UNITED PARSEE POST
The World Parsee Youth Congress (in UK) started today (July 4-11) with the Adult Parsee Seminar scheduled to follow immediately on its tail. According to one source, this is “an attempt to enslave Parsee youth, teenagers and students to false gods. If you’re interested and/or can pray, browse http//web2.airmail.net/babbitt/parsee/messages/ or write ferozegolwalla@juno.com.

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WEB WATCH
Check out the new Italian evangelical web site at http://www.aspide.it/freeweb/evancity/. Also, have you looked at http://www.midwinter.com/usox/showroom.html for great prices on software (like $40 for WordPrefect Suite 7.0) — Thanks to Paul Moreland sacm@xc.org. And don’t miss the free journaling/Bible study software for MAC users — http://www.macapp.com. In addition, we’re providing unlimited free tech support via e-mail at support@macapp.com. (Thanks Dennis Fahringer photo@uofn.edu )

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TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
Here’s a deal where you can’t go wrong! Just ask Roland Marshall rolandm@lightspeed.net for any of the following items and he’ll ship them to you free!

1. Access Travel: Airports A Guide To Accessibility Of Terminals, 11 pages
2. A Safe Trip Abroad, 11 pages
3. Fly-Rights — A Consumer Guide to Air Travel, 26 pages
4. Fly Smart — Make Your Safe Trip Even Safer, 4 pages
5. Foreign Entry Requirements (Passport and Visa Requirements), 33 pages
6. (HIV) Testing Requirements For Entry Into Foreign Countries, 4 pages
7. Using Credit and Charge Cards Overseas (A Travel Companion), 10 pages
8. Customs Hints for Returning Residents, 47 pages
9. Applying for Your U.S. Passport, 6 pages
10. Tips For Americans Residing Abroad, 15 pages
11. Tips For Travelers To The Caribbean, 13 pages
12. Tips for Travelers to the People’s Republic of China, 7 pages
13. Tips For Travelers To Mexico, 15 pages
14. Tips For Travelers To The Middle East And North Africa, 19 pages
15. Tips For Travelers To Russia And The Newly Independent States, 23 pages
16. Tips for Travelers to Central and South America, 11 pages
17. Tips For Travelers To South Asia, 6 pages
18. Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 pages
19. Travel Tips For Older Americans, 9 pages
20. Where to write for Vital Records Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces, 6 pages
21. Your Trip Abroad, 22 pages

Roland, thanks for your help with brigada-travel-bids@xc.org too!

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SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
Suzanne Melear newlife@swbell.net would like to assemble a sampler platter of your best ideas for decorating a “missions hall” at her church. “The right side is a solid wall about 40-50 feet, one door on the end of each. The other side is divided by several doors and then a glass wall case on one side (about 10 feet by 4). I really want it to be classy, but bold and to effectively communicate our missionaries to the body…and communicate the great commission.” You’ve probably tried something similar. We’ll ask Suzanne to knit together all the ideas she receives then send it in to us for posting here as a “get” file. So send her your best! Thanks Suzanne!

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DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
That’s a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life during this week of August 11-15, 1997 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM (see the ad in the June issue of Mission Frontiers), it’s $75 (includes materials, refreshments and one lunch, but doesn’t include housing). Space is limited. For more information email bsuscwmse@aol.com and put
PrayerLife-your city

in the subject line or call 919-787-3821, speak slowly while leaving name and address to receive brochure.

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FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
Check out infoprod@sancristobal.podernet.com.mx. For more info on the Sage Digital Library, or for a list of the additional books that you can unlock on the Logos 2 Vol CD set and their prices, just email infoprod.

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NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
Got a great follow up note from Mike (regarding last week’s item about vacation mail). “A little knowledge is dangerous! I recently went on a ministry trip and rushed to get the ‘vacation’ programme running on my internet providers server. They had made a small systems change since last time I used ‘vacation’ and when I came home a week later I had 23,459 messages waiting. Auto-responses went bouncing around the XC server and my provider like crazy. it took me 7 hours online to delete the junk error messages and save my real mail. Never again!!!” Word to the wise — unsubscribe before you enable a “vacation mail” reminder.

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BIBLES TO IRAQ
Praise God for the report from the United Bible Society regarding the largest Christian literature shipment yet to “The Last Frontier.” On January 22nd, sixty tons of books were convoyed from Jordan to Iraq. The shipment consisted of 31,800 Good News Arabic Bibles, 10,000 Children’s Bibles, thousands of Scripture calendars and other Christian biblical handbooks. Pray for the Christians in Iraq who received and continue distributing these gifts. Wow! Thanks to Mark Snowden Mark.Snowden(at)IMB(dot)org, Media Consultant for the IMB, for the item! (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

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TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
TeleAmigo is a telephone counseling which has proved successful as both evangelism and ministry. It uses a “dial-a-prayer” approach, but at the end of the message, another number is given for counseling. “This to inform you that in May, TELEAMIGO-Cali registered the highest number of calls in one month it has ever received in its 19 year history,” wrote John Magyar, media consultant, International Mission Board, SBC to Spanish South America in a note to Mark Snowden, a friend of ours from IMB headquarters. “A total number of 100,684 were registered for that month. In a normal year, this ministry registers about one million calls. Over the years, TA counselors have helped thousands, hundreds have come to Christ, and two churches were begun in Cali with strategic support from TELEAMIGO. TA has also helped launch similar ministries in Caracas, Venezuela, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can write Mark at Mark.Snowden@IMB.org.

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LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
Dave Dunlap stumbled upon some unreached people videos while attending a conference last weekend in Louisville. There’s a total of 8, 1 each on the Arab American people, Sudanese people, Minangkabau people, Rock people, Madurese people, Albanian people, Romany (gypsy) people, and the Pattani Malay people. At the conference, they sold for $4.95 each, or all 8 for $29.95! They’re very excellent quality produced by Randy Durham, CBN, in N.C., and priced to get them into the hands of us folks who will champion establishing churches among them! CBF offices in Atlanta can be reached at (888) 801-4223. Dave’s at 104165.2242@compuserve.com and produces videos on his own as well.

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HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
To successfully connect people into missions as a second-career, those in the know in missions all agree that training is needed. However, there is no consensus as to what that training should include and what outcome(s) are desirable. Further there is generally an incomplete or incorrect understanding as to what the various mission agencies, training organizations, and colleges provide in the way of training by those in mission agencies, training organizations and colleges.

Therefore, there’s this new momentum coming from the “Finshers Project” that’s trying to change all that. The Finishers Project is hosting a consultation November 7&8, 1997 on the campus of Fuller Seminary to consider what training is AVAILABLE and APPROPRIATE for second-career candidates to serve in mission by assignment type. The session will be conducted with Drs. Phil Elkins (Mission Training and Resource Center); Eddie Elliston (Fuller); Doug Kinne (Crossroads, YWAM); and Stacy Rinehart (CoMission Training Coordinator, Navigators). The NEXT STEP movement spearheaded by Woody Phillips of United World Mission will also be represented. That cooperative effort is designed to provide a standard of training and accreditation so that agencies will consider people trained if they complete in any participating training program. This is designed to set a consensus standard and eliminate training duplication so resources can be more effectively used on the front lines. There is no fee to attend the Fuller consultation. If you would like to participate and present what training approaches your organization finds useful, what works, what was tried and does not work, the successes and outcomes, contact Mr. Nelson Malwitz, Finishers Project Chairman, Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801; Fax: (203)-796-7377; e-mail: nelsonm@compuserve.com.

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THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
GCOWE in South Africa is in full swing. Those subscribed to the press release conference are getting some very exciting and thorough reports from Pretoria, South Africa. The opening session was held at Hatfield church with a capacity crowd of 5,000 people. Pete Holzmann, of AD2000’s Interactive Task Force, wrote, “For the nearly 4,000 delegates the opening worship songs were a culmination of a year of planning and a taste of what heaven will be like when people worship at the throne from every nation.”

From a look at the GCOWE 97 registration database some interesting facts and trends emerge (these also from Pete): 80% of the delegates are citizens of countries that formerly were viewed as missionary receiving countries. This consultation shows that the missionary leadership base is now firmly established in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Fact: GCOWE participants are 76.5% men and 23.5% women Observation: Women have a strong presence in missionary leadership.

Fact: Total GCOWE registration fees came 64% from Africa, Asia and Latin America. 36% came from Western Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Observation: GCOWE 97 is being financed primarily through citizens of Africa, Asia and Latin America. …

Fact: 11% of the delegates attended GCOWE 95 in Korea 5% of the delegates attended Lausanne 89. 3.7% of the delegates attended Amsterdam 86. Observation: New people are being exposed to this Global Consultation rather than just the same people attending consultation after consultation.

Fact: 30% of the delegates have an e-mail address. Observation: Missionary leaders are keeping up with new technology to network with one another.

Fact: 5% of the delegates are age 60 or older
18% of the delegates are age 50 to 59
36% of the delegates are age 40 to 49
30% of the delegates are age 30 to 39
10% of the delegates are under age 30

Observation: There is a pretty even age spread among GCOWE delegates. This shows that missions is benefiting from the wisdom of the older people. This also gives some indication that there will be enough replacements when the oldest generation retires.

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STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET
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