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In this issue….

* FORWARDING SERVICES TAKE A STEP FORWARD
* DOING GRAPHICS FOR THE KINGDOM?
* DOING MUSIC AND THE ARTS? GRACE WANTS TO KNOW
* GET MISSIONARY TRAINING PLUS CROSS-CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
* MISSION FRONTIERS NOT “WORLDLY” AFTER ALL
* WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ACMC
* CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE
* UPDATE ON “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
* CONTENT-PROVIDERS NEEDED
* THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FORWARDING SERVICES TAKE A STEP FORWARD
Wow. Tons of email traffic on forwarding services (last week’s item ” ANOTHER LOOK AT FORWARDING SERVICES”). I didn’t realize this was such a hot topic. Several have their favorite service… including… http://www.four11.com, http://www.mailexcite.com, http://www2.cyberspace.com.ph/~mckinney/alias.htm, http:/ www.bigfoot.com>. But remember, we aren’t the source for more information on these or other email forwarding services. To learn more about them, contact them, not Brigada. :-)

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DOING GRAPHICS FOR THE KINGDOM?
Grace Wiebe says Bert VandenBos is one of the best. You can try him out at Kingdom Graphics, Fax: 215 657-4847, Voice: 215 657-5888, e-mail: 103210.2503@compuserve.com. Grace says Bert does “gorgeous missions cards which can be used to send to folks like prayer/financial supporters, etc. I have sent out many of these! … excellent note pads with missions graphics, they have excellent clip art with missions graphics, and many many other items — basic missions conf. brochure layout ideas, etc., etc. — even logo development.” For a parallel bid, you could also try Communication by Design. They’ll help with your newsletter, graphics, slide presentations, and more. Owned & operated by a ‘missionary-in-training’ who would love to offer their services to all whose purpose is to proclaim the ‘kingdom’ to all ‘nations’. All jobs obtained through Brigada will be charged at reduced prices and proceeds will assist said ‘missionary-in-training’ to cover the cost of living in the states prior to overseas departure. Interested? Contact TAMoyer@aol.com.

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DOING MUSIC AND THE ARTS? GRACE WANTS TO KNOW
… because he’s compiling a directory! Write gracew@idmail.com [new address] if you’re involved!

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GET MISSIONARY TRAINING PLUS CROSS-CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
Ever wish you could train your new mission recruits in skills while they’re building character? Now you can, thanks to a joint-venture between YWAM and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The Missionary Training Program (MTP) will combine Wycliffe’s expertise in cross-cultural work with YWAM’s teaching in discipleship training. Grow in your walk with Jesus and develop missionary skills. The Lecture phase (14 weeks) is at YWAM Harpenden, England. The Field placement (16 months) takes you to a frontier missions location. Starts: January 19, 1998 at YWAM Harpenden. For more information email: Hannes Steets dsteets@oval.com, of AD2000 Mobilizing New Missionaries Network.

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MISSION FRONTIERS NOT “WORLDLY” AFTER ALL
Last week we incorrectly labeled the US Center for World Mission’s journal as being World Mission Frontiers when in fact it is Mission Frontiers. Apparently one reason for this common error is that the Editor’s email address is RickWMF@aol.com (note the “WMF”). But the “W” is for Rick’s last name (Wood), not the world! Sorry Rick!

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ACMC
Looking for ACMC since their move to Atlanta? Look no more. Beth found them for us. :-)
P.O. Drawer 3929
Atlanta, GA 30269-7929

If ordering materials, check out their new partnership with Churchmart (20% discount on materials to ACMC members) at 1-800-233-0001 in the USA. Email 763771.2066@compuserve.com.

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CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE
Para ser usados por Dios y servir su pueblo, Editorial Comunisn invito a mas de 50 misioneros, maestros de Colegios y nativos nuevo testamentarios, de cinco pamses escribir un curso especial. Diseqado pedagsgicamente para seis edades diferentes, con un comentario exegitico, extenso y detallado para el maestro, para que al enseqarles “todo lo que El nos ha mandado”, SU pueblo se multiplique, dando testimonio, defendiendo su fe con mansedumbre, siendo asm mejores mayordomos enviadores de misioneros.
Informacion: Ernesto Fuentes comunion@mexnet.mcsa.net.

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UPDATE ON “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
As mentioned in the last issue of Brigada Today, Jim Huggins jhuggins@gmi.edu is compiling a current list of Brigada participants who are interested in hosting missionaries on deputation/furlough. In addition, Jim is curious to discover which organizations out there are looking for hosts for their own missionaries? (i.e. what groups are out there to whom we could send this list of willing hosts?) Send your responses directly to Jim; he’ll summarize for us all. Thanks Jim!

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CONTENT-PROVIDERS NEEDED
Eternity’s Edge is looking for advocates & informed world-changers who can serve as “content-providers” for its web site. Justin Long writes, “Essentially we’re looking for people who are willing to write a brief (2-3 paragraphs max) update for each country on a semi-weekly basis. We are especially looking for this for all the 10/40 Window countries.” Those interested in helping can email JustinLong@xc.org. The China page serves as an example of the potential… http://www.frontiermissions.org/easia/china.phtml

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THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS
Last week, I cut my thumb open royally while cutting out signboard with a razor knife. The cause was right — I was making a VBS mission presentation showing the countries where our mission, Team Expansion, is laboring. But the tools were wrong — not being at home with my thick & heavy aluminum level, I was using a slender wooden yardstick as my straight edge, and when the knife climbed up the side on one of my quick slices, . . . well, let’s just say that 4 stitches and a tetanus shot later, I had learned new meaning to the word, “ouch.”

As I think back, I believe our ministries are like that sometimes too. We make noble efforts in the generally right directions, but maybe the wrong tools or less-than-best approaches sabotage what would otherwise be noteworthy results. For example, maybe we try to limp by on what little language we’ve picked up rather than really tying ourselves into a full-tilt language study program.

At the front end of the cycle, it always looks quicker to just pick up whatever tool is close by. But for the long haul, I’m convinced that good tools not only yield great results, but they also safeguard us from harm’s way. In my case, I’m convinced that my thick red level would have prevented a ton of inconveniencing pain and blood. In other cases, maybe one could substitute other kinds of tools or approaches for my red level, such as a great Bible correspondence course, an accountability group, or even a particular strategy (such as using Christian films in the town square).

When I visited the doctor earlier this week to have my stitches removed, I confessed to him that I had smashed my thumb while hammering on hardboard siding for our new shed — and not just once, but 3 times! He commented, “Hmmmm. I don’t think they used those kind of stitches. They were only concerned about keeping out the germs. They didn’t know you would need protection from hammer smashes.” I laughed, but he was right. Once I figured out how to drill pilot holes through that hardboard siding, the nails just slid into that shed as easy as pie.

So — bottom line: Production vs. Production capacity. Let’s be willing to invest some time in building our ability to produce — good approaches, solid foundations, right methods. Then let’s work our approaches with all the love we can muster, then commit the work to the Lord . . . and He will see that our plans are established! (Proverbs 16:3).

Have a great week out there. . . .and watch out for those razor knives! :-)

Doug

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