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In this issue….

* FREE BUYER’S GUIDE
* REENTRY BIBLE STUDY READY FOR REENTRY USE!
* “EXPOSITORS ARE US”
* SHORE UP YOUR SHORTWAVE LISTENING
* GOT EMAIL? GET THE WEB
* DON’T FORGET YOU CAN GET BRIGADA IN SPANISH
* “30 DAYS” IN RUSSIAN???
* GET THE LATEST ON THE HOSTAGES
* AIMS TO SPONSOR RETREAT FOR MISSION AGENCY LEADERS
* NOW HERE’S SOMETHING YOU WON’T FIND AT YOUR CORNER WALMART
* COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* HOT BOOKS ON HIINDU MISSION
* ADD MORE TRAVEL AGENCIES TO YOUR ROLIDEX
* WEB-WATCH
* ADVANCE READY TO RETRIEVE
* UPGRADING SHOULDN’T BE SO HARD TO DO
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FREE BUYER’S GUIDE
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REENTRY BIBLE STUDY READY FOR REENTRY USE!
Have you heard about “Fishers of Men”??? I hadn’t — until Donna walked in this past week to show it to me. She’s the Vice-Pres. of Missionary Care at our mission org. and she was struck by how easy it would be to plug this book into our program. I can’t figure out why we’ve never run across this one before. It’s available from Howard Lisech, 2100 Red Gate Rd., Orlando, FL 32818; tel 407-293-8666; email: HLisech@aol.com. Designed for use over a 14-day period, it gently cushions the blow of a hard return home after missionary service — reentry and debriefing sort of thing. Lots of Bible study, lots of fill-in-the-blank and journaling. Great stuff — and affordable. $4.50 for the spiral bound book… and they apparently have two versions, one for “Overseas returnees” and one for “stateside returnees.” Write Howard for more info.

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“EXPOSITORS ARE US”
For those who have to teach or preach and take commentaries along, Jeff recently passed along the tip that Zondervan’s Expositor’s Commentary (all 12 volumes) has now been published on CD-ROM and though the normal price is $199.95, they’ve placed it at an introductory price of $79.95 for a limited time only. See http://www.zondervan.com/ebccd.htm for more details. Thanks Jeff!

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SHORE UP YOUR SHORTWAVE LISTENING
Apparently you can write to english@hcjb.org.ec and find out the latest broadcast info. for HCJB in English. Pretty cool.

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GOT EMAIL? GET THE WEB
Here’s a definitive article on how to get the web via email! So now… even if all you have is email access, you can grab any of these web pages that we mention in Brigada Today! Thanks to “Doctor Bob” for the great research… and to “the drifter” for relaying it to us! To get Dr. Bob’s article, send email to hub@xc.org with only these four lines in the text of the message (the first is 30 K, the latter 3 about 10K each):
get brigada web-via-email-1
get brigada web-via-email-2
get brigada web-via-email-3
get brigada web-via-email-4

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DON’T FORGET YOU CAN GET BRIGADA IN SPANISH
They’re up to the October 3rd issue… To subscribe to the Spanish version, just send email to hub@xc.org that reads,
subscribe brigada-hoy

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“30 DAYS” IN RUSSIAN???
Now we have “30 Days of Prayer” in Spanish (See last week’s item, ” YOU CAN WIN MILLIONS WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOUSE!!”) but one Brigada participant is inquiring, “Do we have a version in Russian?” :-) Any takers want to publish such a thing?

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GET THE LATEST ON THE HOSTAGES
There’s a big meeting Nov. 7th, and New Tribes is asking for your participation in gearing up. For the latest on the New Tribes hostage situation, send email to hub@xc.org with only this text in the email message (8K):
get brigada hostages

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AIMS TO SPONSOR RETREAT FOR MISSION AGENCY LEADERS
Feb. 5-7 in Dallas, Dr. James Engel (of the Engel Scale of receptivity) will address agency leadersat a retreat in Dallas, TX. For more information, write aims@aims-usa.org.

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NOW HERE’S SOMETHING YOU WON’T FIND AT YOUR CORNER WALMART
If you’ve been sitting at home at night, being tempted to mope around ’cause you can’t get your hands on a Russian/English version of the Qua’ran for your laptop, fret no more. Just write sergej@mova.donetsk.ua for the Qua’ran module and get the Base package of “Slavic Bible” 1.5 for Windows from ftp-server ftp.aist.net in directory pub/shareware/sbible/. Mope no more. :-)

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COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
Sons of the Sons of the Pioneers, be glad! You can have cool, clear water again! One Brigada participant just gave us a heads up on a new product that purifies water in a 5 step system that cleans at 1/2 gallon per minute. It connects to a kitchen faucet and with plumbing adaptation to other water supplies. The company plans to soon release one for missionaries to carry in a backpack that works on solar energy. It is reportedly not just a filter. Email Barbara Moon betterair@juno.com for more information. If someone is willing to try this out, we’d love to get some “user feedback” on it.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
As a result of the recent GCOWE ’97 meeting, African Christians are discovering a new passion to reach every African tribe and language group. Each AD2000 national coordinator has received a copy of the participants’ intended action steps for his or her region, and each country’s leaders have reviewed their country’s status of evangelization and their contribution more broadly to world evangelization. From all accounts these action steps are being vigorously pursued. Five or six regional meetings are being prepared to continue this unprecedented spirit of cooperation and the momentum for reaching the unreached.
(Source: AD2000 press release, 10/14/97, info@ad2000.org .)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HOT BOOKS ON HIINDU MISSION
Interested in contextualized missions to Hindus? Then check out this page on the web, setup by a man who’s labored among Hindus for years–a veritable wealth of resources! INDOLOGICAL BOOKS — http://www.paonline.com/jkearns/catalog1.htm. (Thanks for the tip, Rod!)

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ADD MORE TRAVEL AGENCIES TO YOUR ROLIDEX
Get this file from Andrew and add a dozen new travel agencies to your rolodex, some of which appear to be giving very good prices to Brigada participants. Just send email to hub@xc.org with this line (6K)
get brigada more-travel

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WEB-WATCH
Need an up-to-date Internet encyclopedia for your laptop? Why go out an blow $40 on one that will be out of date in a year when Manny says you can go to http://www.ebig.com/ and use the online version of Britannica Internet Guide by Encyclopædia Britannica. It apparently gives info on Art and Literature, Business, Economy and Employment, Computers and the Internet, Education, Health and Medicine, History, Law, Government and Politics, News and Current Events, Philosophy and Religion, Science, Technology and Mathematics, Social Science, Society and Social Issues, Sports and Diversions, World Geography and Culture. So… what are we waiting for! :-)

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ADVANCE READY TO RETRIEVE
Get your full text version of this month’s ADVANCE! by sending email to hub@xc.org with only this text in the message (15K):
get brigada advance.9711

Here’s an executive summary….

Advance! November 1997

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Khmer of Cambodia; the Mandinkas of West Africa; the Bama of Myanmar; 1,000 decisions among the Daur of Mongolia; workers needed in Papua New Guinea

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Missionary hostages in Colombia; evangelical pastor in northern Iraq forced into hiding; Messianic synagogue attacked; Xu Yongze sentenced to 10 years in labor camp; repression in Russia under new religion law

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Murderous insurgency moves to Algiers; bloody piercing rituals in Thailand; the awful price of pedophilia; genetic engineers press toward human cloning

REJOICE! — 3,000 Fulani make decisions for Christ; Uzbek Bibles released; Sudanese pastor released after torture; 85 children rescued in Uganda; 45,000 decisions for Christ in India; 80 decisions for Christ in the West Bank; Christian leadership for Norway

NETWORKING — New video on the Khmer of Cambodia; magazine challenges young adults; how to help persecuted believers

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UPGRADING SHOULDN’T BE SO HARD TO DO
I sure paid through the nose for my curiosity this past week. Qualcomm released a new beta of their developing product, Eudora Pro 4.0 (beta 3), and I went after it. Upon installing it, I was no longer able to open the program! I literally had to delete my Eudora application files and start reinstalling from original install diskettes (version 2.1.2). And get this — even after deleting all the application files, version 3.0 still wouldn’t install and open. I wrote the company and guess what they said: “Yes — that’s a known bug. Those with large address books can’t open the program upon install.” Yikes , Qualcomm. So who’s likely to try out a beta of a pro email client besides those who have tons of email friends to write! Duh! So why can’t software writers list those “discoveries” in a readme.txt file shipped with the program!???!!!

Then I got to thinking — how often do we allow people to believe everything will be peachy-creamy if they’ll just take such-and-such a training program or read such-and-such a book. Truth in advertising should probably extend to missions opportunities too. But we’re so persuaded that recruitment should drive our projects that I wonder if we’re sometimes reluctant to be 100% honest about how tough it really will be.

So last month, when our organization interviewed two new families for a new project we’re working with a local church to launch, we hosted a meeting with the local church missions committees and both new couples. I told them several times how difficult it would be… and I finally even [literally] got up on top the table and said… “Did I tell you this will be challenging?” (Do you think they got the point? :-)) I figured we’d never see them again. But do you think it scared them off? Not! One set of applications arrived this past week!

So — bottom line — let’s be honest, folks. Stephen Neill said (as quoted by Herbert Kane) that “Missions is so hard that it’s a miracle that it should ever even have been attempted!” Here here. This will not be an easy task.

Now… where’s that Madison Ave. recruitment brochure. :-) [As this Brigada Today “goes to press”, Version 4.0 (beta 4) has just arrived; what a sluggard. Where are my 3.0 install disks! :-) ]

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