News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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Compiled by Doug Lucas , Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* NOW THERE’S A WAY TO GET INFO ON YOUR SELECTED PEOPLE GROUP!
* BRAVO TO BETHANY!
* HOW CAN YOU GET DAILY PTW3 INFO?
* THOSE YELLOW RECTANGLES FOR EVEN LESS!
* SO WHY DIDN’T WE EVER MENTION THE HARVEST?!
* NOW ET ISN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN PHONE HOME!
* WISH EMAIL ADDRESSES BETRAYED GENDER!!!
* MARCH-WATCH
* NOW YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE MUSLIM MIND
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM INDIA
* GET YOUR OCTOBER ‘ADVANCE’ TODAY!
* FIND OUT HOW TO CAPTURE GREAT FOOTAGE!
* WANT TO HELP JAPANESE RETURN TO JAPAN AS CHRISTIANS?
* IF LITURGIES ARE A PART OF YOUR WORSHIP, GRAB THIS!
* CHINA BRIEFING… COMING YOUR WAY!
* JEWISH PRAYER SITE
* WEB-WATCH
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NOW THERE’S A WAY TO GET INFO ON YOUR SELECTED PEOPLE GROUP!
This is a Special Edition of Brigada Today. Until now, how would you have discovered connections and options for getting “from here to there?” Most of the time, we rely on incidental relationships… or worse yet, pure serendipity. But now, through the magic of the Internet, a hard worker has made good use of Brigada technology to provide safe links to pioneer ministry among specific peoples or areas.

We told you in previous issues that something special was in the wings for October. Well, it’s October!!! The day is here!!! The “something special” is ready!!! And it’s free and ready to use! You’ve got all the software you need (nothing to buy, nothing to download, nothing to install) — and all the hardware you need. All you have to do is put it to use!

Over the last four years a great momentum has been building around the world to begin or strengthen ministry to the least reached people groups. More and more churches are focusing their missions efforts around adopting a people group. … As a result there are more and more people who want up-to-date information about specific ethnic groups. … At the same time many of the field workers in pioneer fields are organizing themselves into field-based ministry partnerships. … The problem, though, is that the field partnerships and advocacy teams need a level of security for them to be able to continue their ministry. … The Brigada Connections family of e-mail addresses seeks to help solve this problem. Caleb Project, in close partnership with Interdev and other major international missions initiatives, has been working to assemble MINISTRY KEY CONTACT TEAMS who are able and willing to assist a broad base of Christians to link up with pioneer ministry among specific peoples. This ongoing process has resulted in the formation of more than 40 teams of ministry leaders, people group advocates, partnership facilitators, and missions researchers who are committed to help the Body of Christ worldwide develop strategic ministry relationships for these strategic people groups. These are qualified, experienced, informed people with a good understanding of all aspects of ministry in their areas of focus, including the security issues.

Please look through the attached list and consider contacting one or more of these key contact teams. This is NOT an automated data retrieval system. Rather, it is a means by which you can begin a caring relationship with those involved in pioneer missions work. If you are involved or want to be involved with one of the groups listed below, please write them and let them know: who you are (they need to know they can trust you), what your current interest, activity, or commitment is, how you might like to be involved in the future in what ways you hope to assist in their area of expertise.

The Brigada Connections project is a WORK IN PROGRESS! If you are part of a ministry key contact team for an unreached group, city, or area, please let us know connections@cproject.com and we’ll contact you with more information about what is involved in this project.

Note: this program is made available entirely on a volunteer basis. If you would like to know how you can volunteer, or would like to support this project financially, please contact us.

So spread the word! Let’s put these teams to work!

Thanks to John Hanna, Advocacy Director with Caleb Project, Littleton, CO, for a job well done!!! (You can contact John via (303) 730-4170 (voice), or (303) 730-4177 (fax), or just write Connections@cproject.com.

For the most current list of Brigada Connections groups, send the following message to hub@xc.org
conferences brigada-connections

Then you can write a particular “connections” — e.g., send an email to . Note that through a special configuration of Brigada email conferencing, you don’t have to “join” this group for your email to land in their “in-basket.” The “connections team” for the group you want to contact will remain the only “members” — and they’ll all get a copy of your inquiry. As time goes on, John wants to launch additional connections forums as they are needed and as additional workers become available.

Do these “Brigada-connections” conferences do away with the existing “Brigada-peoples” conferences? Nope. The new “connections” conferences aren’t designed for press releases or free exchange. They’re only for referrals and inquiries. That’s the beauty of the system!

So — try it. Pick out a people that you’d like to know more about. Let’s test these connections conferences with all 6000+ Brigada participants!!! :-) These guys want to grow a movement!!! And… thanks John and all the connections teams!!!!

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BRAVO TO BETHANY!
Thanks to Rick Ward and the whole Bethany crew! This week they issued a press release proclaiming victory — “The most comprehensive prayer and resource material ever produced on the Unreached Peoples is now available through Bethany World Prayer Center…” 1739 people profiles are going out the door soon! This has been a monumental undertaking… over two years in development, over 50,000 man hours of work, over $450,000 invested in research & printing, and now over 2 million Prayer Profiles in stock. Call (504)774-2002 or check out their web site at http://www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html. Bravo to Bethany!!!!!!!!

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HOW CAN YOU GET DAILY PTW3 INFO?
Just subscribe to Global Prayer Digest! John Hanna reminded all of us this past week that the GPD is meshing their daily updates with Praying Through the Window III people groups, as the days of this month tick by. So — waste no more time. Send email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

You’ll receive daily reminders… along with about 1000 other people! Literally! :-)

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THOSE YELLOW RECTANGLES FOR EVEN LESS!
Last week’s item, ” WHAT IF YOU COULD OWN A COPY OF EVERY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC?” attracted quite a stir. At least one Brigada participant found the National Geographic CD compendium for an even better price via MicroWarehouse (800-367-7080 or fax 908-363-4834) — $179! (Thanks Lester!!!) So you might find it locally at a computer warehouse (if there’s one near you???) for something similar. Otherwise, find a friend who can order it for you from Microwarehouse and add 108 years of NG to your research library!!! That’s less than $2/year! :-)

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SO WHY DIDN’T WE EVER MENTION THE HARVEST?!
Carole’s a mobilizer in our office here and she walked in last week with the great little video, The Harvest and I realized, we’ve never even mentioned it here. Marketed by Integrated Resources (a division of Campus Crusade) out of Indiana University, you can get it in the USA (or via your fancy Internet telephone setups) by calling 1-800-729-4351 or by faxing 812-339-8389 from anywhere in the world. It’s like 15 minutes or so long… excellent quality . . . a parable about a boy remembering a very special harvest day after his father had passed away, when farmers came from all around to help get the harvest in on time. Incredible message, great application. $14.95 plus shipping & handling (which is $5 to USA addresses). Well worth your while to use it at your next missions rally or faith-promise! Forgive us for not profiling it before. It’s a 1996 film.

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NOW ET ISN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN PHONE HOME!
Norm Kluever norm.kluever@worldnet.att.net wants to make it easier for the people in your office to phone everywhere. He’s got a couple of small PBX phone systems (the “dial 9” type!) that he can donate to a mission group, Christian school, or other nonprofit. Any takers? If so, contact Norm directly. Thanks for your unselfishness, Norm!

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WISH EMAIL ADDRESSES BETRAYED GENDER!!!
Then I’d be saved from embarrassment like that of last week’s item, “CHILDREN’S MISSIONS RESOURCE FILE.” It thanked “Gerry Dueck at the US Center in Pasadena” for a job well done assembling children’s resources. Well the job was well done all right, but the editor was half baked! :-) Gerry is very much a lady! Sorry Gerry!

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MARCH-WATCH
Want more information on the international March for Jesus programs??? If so, there’s an email conference set up for disseminating information called mfj-news. To subscribe send a message to hub@xc.org with the message
subscribe mfj-news

This is a one-way conference where messages about MFJ will be posted a maximum of once a week.

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NOW YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE MUSLIM MIND
Part of sharing hope and help with Muslims consists of learning more about our similarities and differences. Arab World Ministries has a booklet entitled, “Understanding the Muslim Mindset: Questions about Islam,” which is a compilation of questions and answers about Islam by retired AWM missiologist, Sam Schlorff. The booklet is $2.95, plus $1.25 shipping and handling and may be ordered by calling 1-800-447-3566. See AWM’s web site for more details and more resources about Islam: http://www.awm.org

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM INDIA
New Life Fellowship (NLF) is spreading Gospel fire across India! From its small beginnings back in the 1960s in Bombay, now NLF has sent thousands of missionaries into hundreds of pioneer regions across India. Each day roughly 2500 missionaries take the Gospel to an average audience of 20,000 — souls that are witnessed to face-to-face in personal evangelism. On an average they see 270 people come to Christ daily. NLF has a goal to recruit, train and send 30,000 missionaries to cover every unreached region in India.
(Source: 1997, New Life Fellowship, PO Box 6497, Mahim, Mumbai 400 016, India, 91-22-445-4706 fax, newlife@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in )
Global Glimpse is submitted each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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GET YOUR OCTOBER ‘ADVANCE’ TODAY!
Here’s the Summary of Advance: October 1997. Get the full text edition by sending email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the message body:
get brigada advance.9710

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FIND OUT HOW TO CAPTURE GREAT FOOTAGE!
Attend the “Intermediate Video Production & Writing Workshop,” November 10 – 28, 1997, Jakarta, Indonesia, featuring Professor Daniel Henrich. Cost is Cost: $200.00. Topics covered will be documentary and dramatic scriptwriting, camera handling, lighting and editing. This course is designed at an intermediate level. To register or to inquire on the exact venue, contact Richard Buntario, Broadcast Design, Indonesia, Gedung Batik AFRI, J1. Gatot Subroto Kav 14 – S, Jakarta 12920. Tel 520-3224. Fax 520-3226. Email: Richard Buntario Medwin_Prihatini@mail.arco.com and copy DanHenrich@xc.org.

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WANT TO HELP JAPANESE RETURN TO JAPAN AS CHRISTIANS?
Then check out the “Equipper Conference,” December 26 – 30, 1997, at Camp Berachah, Auburn, WA. Contact them at tel. 303-730-4226 or fax 303-730-4221 or email ushq@jcfn.org for detailed information about main sessions and workshops, as well as the daily schedule. This conference is both for Japanese as well as English-speaking folks who would like to help reach them.

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IF LITURGIES ARE A PART OF YOUR WORSHIP, GRAB THIS!
Deb Sanders, with Caleb Project, has put together a great liturgy for those who rely on them for worship times. Get it by sending email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the email message:
get brigada liturgy

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CHINA BRIEFING … COMING YOUR WAY!
The Institute of Chinese Studies and the China Service Coordinating Office are co-sponsoring ‘China Briefing’, Thursday, November 13, 1997 from 9 am to 4 pm in Colorado Springs, CO. Designed for church and ministry leaders with an interest in what God is doing in China, it will feature participation by representatives from a wide variety of China ministries and allow for interaction with evangelical experts on China. Registration fee is $60 until 10/15; following that, $75. For further information, contact China@xc.org, phone 630-752-5951 or fax 630-752-5916.

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JEWISH PRAYER SITE
Intercessors and those interested in the Jewish people will be interested to learn that the Eternity’s Edge web site http://www.frontiermissions.org is hosting a special site for prayer for the Jewish people during the Ten Days of Awe. This site has been created by the folks at YWAM Jewish World Outreach and contains a sign-up calendar for those who wish to join us in prayer for the Jewish people during this special period, which begins with the Jewish New Year and ends 10 days later.

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WEB-WATCH
Vineyard Christian Fellowship will be having a conference in Manila in November. http://www.skyinet.net/users/vineyard gives all the details.

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhanna@cproject.com
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