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Compiled by Doug Lucas , Louisville, KY — fresh back from a weekend soccer tournament… (sorry this one’s late)
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In this issue….

* NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON CD – REVISITED
* BRIGADA FREEBIES – YOU’RE GONNA WANT THIS ONE
* WONDERING ABOUT COMIBAM? WONDER NO MORE
* RUSSIAN BIBLE STILL RUSHIN’
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE WITH GLOBAL HOPE
* ALL INSURANCE-HUNTERS UNITE!
* PRAYER FOR THOSE TRAPPED….
* IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…. CHRISTMAS CARDS!
* SPECIAL TREAT FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE USA DURING OCTOBER
* WHAT KIND OF WITNESS TO THE WORLD CUP?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON CD – REVISITED
Just when you thought we were done talking about The Complete National Geographic, “we’re baaaaaaaaa-aaaack!” :-) This past week, growing deeper and deeper into this Bosnia research project, I decided to bite the bullet when I saw the entire 30-CD set on sale locally here at “Computer City” for $159. (Brigada price-watchers have seen it for as low as $149!) Got it home and unwrapped it, queued up the search engine for Bosnia, and — seconds later I was perusing the June 1996 article and pictures on screen. It’s worth every penny of the price if you ever have to look up pictures. And sure enough, it was good enough for my 11-year-old to skip desert for so he’d be first at the keyboard! As one reader pointed out, these are scanned pages, so you can’t “copy” and “paste” the text, and the pictures aren’t “objects”, but it’s still great if you have a big screen. Unfortunately, according to Rod, ” Woe to Mac Quadra AV users, for you’re likely to pull your hair out over crashes, at least if you’re still using system 7.5. I’m still trying to get to the bottom of this incompatibility.” We’ll hear back on that one, we hope. Several have asked how to call stores like Costco and Computer City from outside the USA. A better bet is to get on the web and do a search for “The Complete National Geographic”. I tested this approach and in moments had on-line stores that would sell me the title on-line in the right price range. Make sure you never send your credit card information over email — use only a web page with “secure sockets” layer or PGP email encryption.

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BRIGADA FREEBIES – YOU’RE GONNA WANT THIS ONE
Thanks to the anonymous Brigada participant who wanted to share his treasure trove of “freebies” with the Brigada world! You can get his list of finds by sending email to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada freebies
download now

The file that will be emailed to you automatically has everything from how to get web pages free by email to how to get free email period! It also gives banner exchange services and even free web page space for ministries! (Finally gotcha’ on that last one, didn’t we! :-)) So . . . get it today without pay! And thanks to the anonymous Brigada tipster who wanted all thanks to go to the Lord!

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WONDERING ABOUT COMIBAM? WONDER NO MORE
As you may know Hurricane Pauline struck Acapulco, Mexico, causing significant damage to the area. This is the site of COMIBAM ’97 where more than 4,000 delegates from across Latin America will be meeting October 27-31 to assess the development of Latin America’s missionary force since the historic declaration at COMIBAM ’87 in Sao Paulo, “From Mission Field to Mission Force.” This is seen as a vital congress to fully assess the emerging missionary force from Latin America to the rest of the world.

The latest word from Rudy Giron, outgoing Executive Director of COMIBAM, is:

1. The congress is going ahead as planned.

2. Please pray for the many families affected in the area. All delegates are being asked to bring to the congress something that can be donated to the people living in the area who have been displaced by Hurricane Pauline.

3. Please pray for the Mexican volunteers working to prepare for the congress.

The hurricane mainly affected the part of the mountain outside the tourist resorts. The structure needed to carry the congress is working properly with electricity, water, etc.

All the members the COMIBAM team already in Acapulco are OK and preparations are moving ahead as smoothly as possible in the prevailing circumstances. So the word at this time is that COMIBAM ’97 is DEFINITELY ON!!!!

For more information, Phone 800-272-2442 in the USA or on Net2Phone or call to the USA direct at 509-782-9200; Fax 509-548-6585 or 509-782-1229; or Email 73670.3435@compuserve.com WWW, http://www.mountcarmel.com ; no cost, including shipping, catalogs in plain white envelopes.

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RUSSIAN BIBLE STILL RUSHIN’
For those who wondered what happened to the Russian Bible program, you can still get the Base package of “Slavic Bible” 1.5 for Windows from ftp-server ftp.aist.net in directory pub/shareware/sbible/. The Base package is shareware and has the Russian Synodal translation of the Bible with deuterocanonical books, cross reference module, maps, photos of Holy Land and topical handbook. In addition, now the program has a two-language (Russian & English) interface, which the user can change “on fly” without restarting or dropping to DOS. Pretty slick! It also contains modules of Bible texts in Russian, Church-Slavonic, Ukrainian, Biblical Hebrew (OT), Greek (LXX & NT 4 editions), Latin, English (more 10 classic and modern versions), French, German and Italian. If you interest in this modules, please, contact with Sergej A.Fedosov, sergej@mova.donetsk.ua. Now… where will we find something similar in Serbo-Croatian! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE WITH GLOBAL HOPE
Two previously Muslim Palestinians report how God is moving in the midst of the troubles on the West Bank: “God has let a new spiritual hunger loose, and reveals himself to those who seek him,” says one of the pastors. “On average, one Muslim is coming to believe in Jesus each week. Eighty percent of the people in the Palestinian-controlled areas want peace, and only twenty percent have extreme views,” he says. A Muslim Sheikh has also become a follower of Jesus, explaining that he wants to understand the Word of God better and explain it to his “questioning brothers”.
(Source: Christian Friends of Israel, e-mail: cfi_jeru@netvision.net.il via FRIDAYFax, produced by DAWN Europe, part of the DAWN International Network: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn )
Global Glimpse breaks to the light of day each week because John Hanna, Caleb Project Littleton, CO, makes the time to send it to us!

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ALL INSURANCE-HUNTERS UNITE!
Brad and Sara Cronbaugh BKCSKC@XC.Org want to help those who have had trouble finding a good medical insurance for a great price! If you have a good provider (or if you are a good provider! :-)) send a paragraph to Brad and Sara regarding

1. the nature of your typical coverage
2. the typical price
3. any restrictions (like whether or not the policy would only work for those serving outside the USA and/or Europe or vice versa
4. contact information, including email address if possible

Brad and Sara will compile the information for us and rest insured we’ll be able to “get” it in a couple of weeks!

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PRAYER FOR THOSE TRAPPED….
Have you heard that Sunday, November 16, 1997, has been declared an International Day of Prayer for the Suffering Church? For more information, see http://www.persecutedchurch.org or email IDOP@xc.org. Thanks to Chris Bushnell for the tip!

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…. CHRISTMAS CARDS!
Can you believe it? Only 40 days ’til you’d better have those cards in the mail, gang! Well you’re in luck! In a special arrangement with Brigada, Kingdom Graphics is offering a special NEW Christmas Card design !!! The artwork on the cover is a NEW creative and exciting view of the town of Bethlehem placed on the arch of the earth …… the sky is explosive with stars and color …… the STAR over Bethlehem is a-glow with beauty and wonder as its cross-like shape shines down upon the quiet city. Each package contains 20 cards and envelopes
– The card size is 4.5″ x 6.25″ [folded]
– 1 -to- 4 packages cost $15. per pkg.
– 5 -to- 10 packages cost $14. per pkg.
– 11 and up cost $13. per pkg.

ViSA & MasterCard accepted. You can see this Christmas Card on the Kingdom Graphics Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com

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SPECIAL TREAT FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE USA DURING OCTOBER
You don’t have to face the perplexing question of how to deal with this weird American tradition of celebrating Halloween. What a strange nation we are, to lift up ghoulish spirits and goblins and laugh and poke fun at images of Satan’s real schemes. Our family sat down around the table last night after a visit to the local zoo last evening. Yikes. There were so many goblins, I felt queasy inside. We decided as a family that the whole holiday is nuts and we’re all moving to Bosnia by mid-month. Well, okay… maybe I’m exaggerating just a bit. But we did decide to try to forego all the scary stuff that reminds us of the devil.

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WHAT KIND OF WITNESS TO THE WORLD CUP?
Here’s an invitation to compile all efforts to pour in witness at the World Cup in France, next June and July ’98. If you or your ministry has plans to witness to players or spectators who will be arriving from all points throughout the globe, send a brief description and contact information to DLucas@TeamExpansion.org. Make sure you include details if you’re looking for additional volunteers and recruits! I’d sure like to have a great ministry excuse to be in Paris in July! :-)

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