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Compiled by Doug Lucas , Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* CLICK THOSE HEALS… AND YOU’VE GOT KANSAS!!!
* TO GET THE MOST FROM BRIGADA TODAY …
* OCTOBER IS GONE, BUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW ISN’T!
* DON’T FORGET TO ACCESS US GOVERNMENT’S “COUNTRY STUDIES”
* EVER WISH YOU COULD FIND AN OUT-OF-PRINT COPY OF DEEP-SEA CANOE?
* MAYBE BURPING IS CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE… IN JAPAN AND BRIGADA!
* CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS… FREE ON THE NET
* OCCASIONAL “INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS”
* WEB EVANGELISM INFO
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MORMONISM?
* MORE ON “WHERE TO BUY”
* IF YOU CHOOSE TO SEND IN A RESOURCE TO BRIGADA TODAY…
* MISSION PASTORS UNITE!
* HOW TO LEARN ABOUT MOST ANYTHING
* URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT “JOIN THE CREW”
* HOW TO GET YOUR CONGREGATION INVOLVED IN MISSIONS
* GERMAN CONGREGATIONS ADOPT UNREACHED PEOPLES
* INFO ON REACHING THE WORLD CUP
* WEB-WATCH
* WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
* MOBILIZERS AT TEAM EXPANSION DEDICATE NEW BUILDING TO UNREACHED
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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CLICK THOSE HEALS… AND YOU’VE GOT KANSAS!!!
God has heard my cry!!! :-) Last week we appealed for a new Brigada Customer Relations Manager and out of the plains of Kansas He has raised up Don & Judy Pratt as the answer to my prayers! Don and Judy are actively involved in Town & Country Christian Church of Topeka, which has just adopted a city in Mainland China. They serve on their church’s PACE Project team as Information Specialists to gather Internet research and to network with others involved in similar projects. Already in the past 5 days, they’ve gone through 3 phases of training to become the new Brigada Customer Relations specialists… and are currently in their 4th phase. Within a week, Lord willing, they’ll be up and running! Please join me in thanking God for their willingness to serve in this way, totally voluntarily, for the Cause of the King! Whew!!!! God be praised! :-) And thanks to Town & Country for sharing their talents with the world!

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TO GET THE MOST FROM BRIGADA TODAY …
To get the most from Brigada Today, please realize that we’re a volunteer-based service. Unfortunately, we aren’t a big-time office with lots of free time to answer search requests that users could have executed if they took the time on their own. In one recent piece of email, being forwarded around the Net, users are urged to “write for more information about…” this or that. Although we try to take action on every single piece of email we receive, at the rate it’s going, there will definitely come a day when that’s simply impossible! You can help! First, if you’re referring someone to a resource featured in Brigada Today, refer them to the resource email address or web site. Please don’t simply suggest they “contact Brigada for more info.” Second, even if you don’t remember the related address or URL — but have web access — you can use our search engine (thanks Bob!) all by yourself at https://brigada.org to search all 320,114 words of Brigada weekly resources published weekly since Feb. 18th, 1995. So you can help the effort by trying first to find the resource on the Brigada web site… rather than simply writing us and asking us to retrieve it for you. Finally, in all cases, even if you do have to “write Brigada” for more information (and we will try to help, especially if we know you’ve tried to find it first :-)), please write owner-brigada@brigada.org. Thanks for being “net-savvy” and courteous!!!!

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OCTOBER IS GONE, BUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW ISN’T!
Just when you thought Praying through the Window III was outa’ here, Caleb Project has made available a new revision of its 1993 prayer guide with an up-to-date Praying Through the Countries of the 10/40 Window prayer guide ($6 plus shipping and handling). In addition to the statistics and information on 64 countries in the 10/40 Window, there is a resource section called “Pray Forth the Kingdom: 50 Ways You Can Pray Through the Window” by Shane Bennett. To order write to info@cproject.com. (They’ll fill you in on how you can fax in your order, or, if you prefer, use PGP to encrypt your credit card info. on the Net!) Also, check out their 1998 Children of the Window calendar, still available for just $9.95!

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DON’T FORGET TO ACCESS US GOVERNMENT’S “COUNTRY STUDIES”
Check ’em out at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html if you’ve never looked before. Thanks for the tip, Paul and Karen!

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EVER WISH YOU COULD FIND AN OUT-OF-PRINT COPY OF DEEP-SEA CANOE?
Well wish no more, because it’s out of print no more! Allan Tippett’s book, The Deep-Sea Canoe, which was out of print (William Carey Library) is now back in print (Christian Books Melanesia and Christian Leaders’ Training College). This book tells the story of the spread of the Gospel by South Pacific Island Missionaries in the 1800s. According to one Brigada participant, “It is an excellent missions book.” More information can be obtained from CLTC@maf.org.

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MAYBE BURPING IS CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE… IN JAPAN AND BRIGADA!
Thanks to those who expressed appreciation for learning more about the celebration in the Philippines (our “burp” last week!). One Brigada participant wrote, “…I loved getting that info … about their anniversary. Didn’t even realize it was a goof! Thanks for burping! Judy.” Judy wasn’t the only one! Just remember that if you were wanting more information about the event, geniemac@i-manila.com.ph should be able to supply you with all the details. (Also, we apologize if it sounded as though we were somehow blaming the sender of the news item for the mistake. We never intended to send that signal and apologize if we came across that way. The folks at MAFxc are clueless as to why her message popped through… but they take full responsibility for the fact that it happened. It wasn’t her fault. All we meant to say was that these kinds of messages would probably best be sent to DLucas@TeamExpansion.org instead of to , just in case another “burp” escapes the filters in the future.)

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CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS… FREE ON THE NET
Have you browsed CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS at http://www.christiandailynews.org> CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS contains news affecting Christians worldwide including in-depth information on world issues, public policy, revivals and renewal, and church news. Looks like they’re gearing up to invest in lots of work to keep everybody attune to what’s happening around the world! Bravo! (Thanks for the tip, Matt!)

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OCCASIONAL “INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS”
Want to receive an occasional mailing on international insurance issues? Just email GoodNbor@juno.com to be placed on the list!

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WEB EVANGELISM INFO
Don’t forget https://brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html, which covers how Web evangelism differs from the printed page. Included are ways of writing pages and testimonies that communicate, new strategies for page subjects, different language web-pages, how to exploit “search engines” to bring visitors to your site, witnessing on newsgroups, plus many links to other Web resources. Thanks again to SOON Online Magazine for this info!

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MORMONISM?
Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, offers a free monthly one-page paper (“Pastors’ Perspective!”) with current, useful information and ideas for addressing the Mormon issue. Contact MOQboss@aol.com giving name, ministry, location, email address. Use “Subscribe Perspective” as the subject of your email.

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MORE ON “WHERE TO BUY”
Are you still trying to find the best prices (on everything)??? Check out Computer ESP, which gives a comparative list of equipment with actual “Street” Prices See http://www.uvision.com/, “The Guide To Where To Buy over 100,000 Computer Products. ComputerESP scans and compares over a million prices from major computer cyberstores in Canada and US and updates over 100,000 prices a day on average. Search by keyword or browse by category. Also, David suggests that auctions can sometimes give great buys. For a major list of auctions see: http://www.usaweb.com/auction.html. Two common computer auctions are: Onsale at: http://www.onsale.com/ and AuctionX at http://www.auctionx.com/. Prices are typically best on a public holiday, good on Tuesday or Wednesday, and worst over the weekend. Thanks David!

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MISSION PASTORS UNITE!
In association with ACMC, a new mission enterprise is on the way to launch. For several years, several mission’s pastors across the country have being slowing etching out a new organization called The National Association of Mission Pastors (NAMP). We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the new organization will be hosted by the ACMC during their national conference in June 1998! Convened by Dr Sam Earp, mission pastor at South Valley Christian Church, 590 Shawnee Lane, San Jose, Ca 95123, NAMP seeks to assist in the personal and professional development of mission pastors who serve the local church. ACMC will have an ongoing sponsoring relationship with NAMP and the two independent organization anticipate a dramatic impact for mission pastors in the future. For additional information, contact Dr Sam Earp at Buntline@AOL.Com or at the above address. Or contact Rev David Meade at the ACMC office in Atlanta, Georgia.

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HOW TO LEARN ABOUT MOST ANYTHING
http://www.ebig.com, that’s how. Basically the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica have done all the WWW searching for you at this site. The editors of EB evaluated 65,000 WWW sites and divided them into topics and subtopics. Apparently they took only authoritative, trustworthy and high-quality sites on each topic, rating them from 3 stars (Best of the Web) to no stars (Noteworthy). Even the no stars are good sites in their opinion. This site can be very useful in addition to standard WWW search engines. (Hats off to Dan at the AD2000 International Office!)

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URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT “JOIN THE CREW”
If you receive a message about “Join the Crew” (a new email virus), just trash it. It’s all myth. You can’t get a virus by reading ASCII email. However, you might get a virus by opening up an executable that someone sends you as an attachment. So – please don’t relay attached executable files unless the recipient requests you do so. As a matter of course, I automatically delete all attached executables without opening them — unless I specifically know the nature of the file and check it first with Norton Antivirus. Again — you can’t get a virus by reading ASCII email. In these and all other cases, check out “urban legends” at Symantec’s antivirus page, which begins at http://www.symantec.com.

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HOW TO GET YOUR CONGREGATION INVOLVED IN MISSIONS
ACMC has just released a new workbook entitled, How to Get Your Congregation Involved in Missions, by David Mays. This easy-to-use manual includes bullet lists and worksheets for your mission leadership team. Topics include applying the principles from your most effective church programs, promoting and communicating in today’s world, integrating missions throughout the church, and exploring creative possibilities for individual involvement. The book is available from ACMC-ChurchMart for $6.25. Call 1-800-798-ACMC.

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GERMAN CONGREGATIONS ADOPT UNREACHED PEOPLES
Participants at the third Mission 2000 conference, held on the premises of YWAM Bispingen, Germany, adopted 42 unreached people groups. At the end of the conference, a short-term team was sent to one of the world’s most isolated people groups, with the eventual goal of helping to establish a church among them. The conference was jointly organized by AIMS-Germany in partnership with a branch of YWAM North Germany. To learn more about this conference and how unreached people groups were adopted there, contact the Association of International Mission Services (AIMS) at aims@aims-usa.org or call (757)-579-5850.”

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INFO ON REACHING THE WORLD CUP
Interested in helping reach those traveling to France for the World Cup? One Brigada participant, John McVay, just wrote, “Greetings from Paris, France, and the Centre Evangelique conference held 17-18 November. While there, I learned about outreach plans for “Coupe De Monde” 10 June – 12 July 1998. French churches and missions are working together under the coordination of Sport & Faith’s director Gerard Lanniee (a staffer with the French Campus Crusade for Christ). He has prepared an excellent 24 page presentation booklet (in French) that includes the contact info, including e-mail addresses, of 11 mission bases in France that are mobilizing for this outreach. Another nine overseas missions are organizing groups from Canada, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Czechoslovakia and many other countries. Planned activities include soccer matches with Christian teams, street ministry with mime and puppets, book stands, concerts, distribution of the Jesus film, New Testaments for sports people, visitation to prisons and hospitals. And for those who may have missed the Brigada passion for soccer, Doug’s not the only enthusiast. This is an Olympic-sized event – with 32 countries participating in 64 matches over 33 days in 10 different French cities. For info e-mail sportfoi@aol.com.”

(Ed. Note: Somehow I believe that eventually St. Peter will require all entrants into Heaven to love soccer. Okay — maybe I’m exaggerating a little. :-) O)

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WEB-WATCH
Check out Joel News at http://www.xs4all.nl/~mvdwoude, available in Dutch and English. It offers information on nearly all prayer and fasting initiatives in the Netherlands and Europe and some worldwide events as well.

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WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
Now you can! MTI (Mission Training International), of Colorado Springs, offers the Rosetta Stone language course (for a great price) TO MISSIONARIES!!! You get a top notch CD-ROM language training package of your choice, . . . for either Russian, French, German, Spanish (South American), English and Dutch. To order, you can contact Alan Ketcham at (719) 594-0687, email mintern@aol.com, or write Mission Training International, 5245 Centennial Blvd, Suite 202, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Explain your ministry status and they could give you special pricing you won’t believe. Contact MTI (not Brigada) to see if you qualify.

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MOBILIZERS AT TEAM EXPANSION DEDICATE NEW BUILDING TO UNREACHED
This past Saturday, Team Expansion held an Open House and Dedication for “The Hopewell House,” their new building at 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Zillions of people stopped by (… well……. maybe not zillions but lots! :-)) to learn more about how Team Expansion tries to help put churches and would-be on-site team workers in touch with unreached people groups and their needs worldwide. If you’d like to pray about adopting a people group, sending a team of full-time on-site workers to reach them, and making an eternal difference in their lives, write teamexpansion@xc.org for more information. Two full-time PACE Project specialists in the Mobilization Department (Todd and Carole) are eager to help you with your inquiry!

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