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In this issue….
* FIRST THE AMDO, NOW THE MARATHA!
* THE PTW III DUST IS SETTLING – WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU???
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM OUT OF THIS WORLD
* FROM THE-WORD-ON-THE-STREET DEPARTMENT
* MORE ON COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
* CAN YOU PICTURE YOURSELF USING THESE STORY PICTURES IN YOUR LANGUAGE?
* CALENDAR-TIME (MINUS THE SWIMSUITS)
* ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE “IN THE WORKS”!
* REACH THE NATIONS AT YOUR DOORSTEP!
* NEED A “HOME SERVICE” CAR OR A QUICK TRUCK?
* CHURCH ON BRADY TO SPONSOR CONFERENCE
* DON’T FORGET BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
FIRST THE AMDO, NOW THE MARATHA!
These last two weekends, I’ve led 3-day mission rallies in Illinois. Both weekends, I’ve used the Amdo video (previously described in Brigada Today) and over and over again, I’m convinced that it’s one of the most powerful tools for helping people see a desperate need from one sample people group. From that, I extrapolate that this is just one of some 1800-2000 groups that need to be contacted with the love of Christ. Well now, Kingdom Building Ministries has made it easy to feature another group — the Maratha. It’s the second in a series of people specific prayer mobilization videos that KBM has put together. This twelve minute, broadcast quality video was shot on location in Maharashtra, India last summer. The fast moving video and it’s powerful images will capture your heart and expand your understanding of who the Maratha are, what Hindu people believe, how their lives are affected by the “caste system” and how you can be involved as an intercessor to set them free! This could be the perfect addition to your monthly missions meeting or fall conference. The regular price on this video is $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping. Steve Moore, himself a regular Brigada Today reader, wrote this past week, “I would be happy to offer Brigada subscribers a discounted price of $10.00 plus the $3.00 shipping (same deal we offered on the Amdo video).” I’d say run don’t walk to grab your checkbook and invest in this teaching/prayer tool. For more info, write firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 303-745-8191, Fax 303-745-4196. Steve adds, “The Maratha People Resource Network formation meeting is scheduled for January 16-18, 1998 and will be hosted by the Hamburg Wesleyan Church (one of the key adopting churches who participated in the JP2K team this past summer among the Maratha). Our goal is to bring churches who are interested in or have adopted the Maratha people into formal relationship with each other, along with agencies who are targeting them.” Those interested in attending should contact Steve Moore, of Kingdom Building Ministries, email@example.com, for more information. These are the kinds of meetings we need gathering in places all around the globe for peoples all around the world! Bravo KBM . . . and bravo Steve. Thanks for giving Brigada participants a bit of extra price shaving to help them afford this new tool. Bravo.
THE PTW III DUST IS SETTLING – WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU???
Now that the month of October, ’97, is history, what will be next for you and your church or agency? The truth is — the answer to that question is the real determinant to how effective Praying Through the Window III becomes for the good of the globe. Now here’s a novel thought: Have you considered “adopting” an unreached people? Just what would that mean for you? How would one go about that? How have other churches managed to pull it off? Is it right for your church? Good questions. The first of December you’ll have some answers in the form of a new video: Ordinary People/Extraordinary Love being co-produced by AD2000 & Caleb Project. (The magic of the Carltons — the same people who produced Light the Window for PTW II in ’95 and To the Ends of the Earth in ’96.) Watch for more information about this exciting video in next week’s Brigada Today. And this is one you’ll want to get for your next mission rally!
Thanks to Paul for reminding us of the USA’s country studies. He writes, “They were written with both the State Department and the U.S. military in mind. In so doing, they assembled groups of sociologists, historians, economists, etc. They are very informative — packed with a ton of info on each country. At this point, most of the studies do not have graphics, but they are being added a little at a time. The full text is on-line. Thanks again, Paul. The URL is http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html. (Paul adds, “I don’t know why, but many Western European countries are not listed.”)
GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM OUT OF THIS WORLD
This past week, representatives of SAT-7 Partner Agencies met together in Cyprus to plan future broadcast strategies for North Africa and Arabic-speaking peoples. Broadcasting will be increased to a total of 7.5 hours per week from 1st November 1997, using two satellites. The normal Friday broadcasts will now be complemented by a 2.5 hour transmission on Sundays. “Arabic language Christian television is still in its early stages of development but we have already pioneered some very creative thinking”, commented one delegate. “SAT-7 presents the greatest opportunity, since the time of St Paul, for the churches of the region to witness to their faith.”
Source: Sat-7 Press Release, Nicosia, 30 October 1997. For more info visit http://www.sat7.org or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
FROM THE-WORD-ON-THE-STREET DEPARTMENT
The word on the street is that some top notch producers have taken up the Chariots of Fire dream and are turning it into a new film to be titled, Complete Surrender. (You remember Chariots of Fire . . . . dah dah dah-dah daaaaahhhh daaaaahhh [chu-chu-chu-chu-chu-] dah dah dah-dah daahhhhhh — where’s that Internet audio channel when I need it! :-)) It was all about Eric Liddell, a gentle, good-humored Scotsman, a very ordinary man, made great not by athletic brilliance, which he considered a gift from God, but by his battle for true integrity. And it was all about his refusal to run on a Sunday in the heats of the 100 meters in the 1924 Paris Olympics. It was about how that event carried over to prepare him for real life. The few simple words on screen at the end of the film – “Eric Liddell, missionary, died in occupied China at the end of World War II. All of Scotland mourned” – open the way to the real story, of a life lived to the full, taken to extremes of courage, personal conflict and finally total submission to the will of God. Yikes. No wonder Chariots won an Academy Award. It’s hard not to say something worthwhile when you start with material like that! So — in the new film, rumor has it that screenwriters will tell the story of Eric Liddell’s life from the moment he was hurled into the limelight by his unexpected victory in the Olympic 400 meters in 1924 until his death in obscurity in a Japanese internment camp in 1945. It will tell of an ordinary man with the world at his feet, who has the opportunity to fulfil his potential and become one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. It is the story of a man who surrenders it all for what seems an absurd quest – to go and teach children in China. Word has it that the film will be released in English and dubbed into Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese. You’ll most likely hear about it if and when it happens — but you might want to utter a prayer for it to really happen, because word on the street is that it’ll cost a whoppin’ $40 million bucks to produce. Yikes. We’ll keep you informed.
MORE ON COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
You can also order water filters from TealBrook@aol.com with web page http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook, fax 612/480-8786 in Hastings, MN (800/222-6614 toll-free in the USA or using an Internet phone system). The latest recommended filter seems to be the Sweetwater Guardian Plus, which filters out cryptosporidia, giardia and bacteria, and sediments, as the others do, plus (if you can believe it) even viruses like hepatitis! For 6 years, I’ve been using a Katadyn Pocket Filter, but this Guardian Plus thing has me very interested. Sells for $80 (about 1/3 the cost of the Katadyn), can be field-cleaned, and has refills for $25. Weighs 11 oz and puts out a liter a minute. If all of that is really true, it would be just what the doctor ordered for the typical mission trip or even a summer-long intern or short-termer. You can order these at http://www.rei.com on their secure web page or email them at email@example.com (but remember not to send your credit cared through email unless you encrypt it) or just call toll-free at 800/426-4840 (in the USA or on a web phone), FAX at 206/891-2523 (or 206/863-5550). Thanks to David for the great info.
CAN YOU PICTURE YOURSELF USING THESE STORY PICTURES IN YOUR LANGUAGE?
Want to teach the Bible through special picture sets? Evidently, a printing group in the Philippines is trying to put together a large press run of the Chronological Bible Story Pictures. For sets of 500 or more, special sets could be printed with your agency’s own labels or titles, in the language you desire! But obviously, you would have to provide the translation – via hard copy and on diskette. Contact Will Gopffarth, Church Strengthening Ministries, Philippines at firstname.lastname@example.org@internet for specific info. I bet you’d have to pay for your set of 500 — so don’t write if you’re hoping for free literature! :-)
CALENDAR-TIME (MINUS THE SWIMSUITS)
Who wants those swimsuit calendars anyway! :-) Why not pick a calendar with a purpose! Now here’s an idea — the new 1998 Kurdish language calendar. Dazzling, full-color pictures from Kurdistan are featured on every page. Each month contains a Bible passage(not merely a verse) in BOTH Bahdini Kurdish and Sorani Kurdish. They say you have to see it to fully feel the beauty. (Okay — honesty time — I haven’t seen it, but it sounds great! :-)) And at $4 per calendar including postage, you can’t go wrong. Checks go to “Friends of the Kurds Seattle,” Box 58319, Seattle, WA 98138.
ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE “IN THE WORKS”!
The ACMC National Conference for 1998 will be held June 15-18 (Monday through Thursday) at Murrieta, CA (1 hour north of San Diego). The conference is designed especially for missions professionals. Individual tracks are planned for missions pastors (ministers of missions), pastors, mission organization executives, missions professionals (including missions chair and committee persons), and missions mobilizers. Those registering will be invited to contribute in advance to the curriculum for their track of the conference. For more info, contact ACMC’s Larry Walker at 760-746-4285 or email@example.com.
REACH THE NATIONS AT YOUR DOORSTEP!
The Global Network of International Students (GNIS) has announced a program to reach unreached international students in your own backyard. GNIS can train your church to be a ministry ambassador to reach the international students in your city with our 1-2 day Reaching the Nations at Your Doorstep seminar. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (757)-579-5874 for a brochure.
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Then try Missionary Auto and Truck Supply email@example.com, tel. 765-965-7777, fax. 765-962-9966. They deal with the automobile companies, big auctions, etc., and they’re already at work!!! They saved me about $200 on a new van last year — and maybe they’ll save you even more!
CHURCH ON BRADY TO SPONSOR CONFERENCE
The Church on Brady will be sponsoring a whole bunch of forums, November 13-16, 1997, called simply, “MOSAIC: The Church on Brady.” Call 213-728-4851 (Carol Davis or Paty Loera) for help.
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