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In this issue….

* VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL
* GOT A GREAT MISSIONARY STORY? BE ‘GROUPED’!!!
* PERSPECTIVES PILING ON!
* MORMON VIDEO IS A HIT!
* BE A WRITING PARTNER
* EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY
* SEEKING GREAT TESTIMONIES OF ADOPT-A-PEOPLE (JP2000) PROJECTS
* DID YOU GET AN EXTRA PIECE OF MAIL THIS WEEK?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL
Thanks to John Hanna jhanna@cproject.com, we rec’d Robbie Young’s rhyoung@pop.mindspring.com summary of CB Int’l video offerings. Available are tapes on the Pattani Malay (720V001), Madurese (720V003), Rock People (720V005), Romany (Gypsy) (720V007), Sundanese (720V002), Minangkabau (720V004), Albanian (720V006), and Arab American (720V008). They are $4.95 each or $29.95 for a complete set of 8. CB Int’l also have “Unreached People Group Flyers and Leader Guide” Also available are People Profiles for the 18 UPGs with which the CBI works: Balinese, Minangkabau, Lampugnese, Madurese, Pattani Malay, Sundanese, Rock People, Arab Americans, Bedouins, Albanians, Iranians in the US, Kurds, Romany (Gypsy), Kazaks, Qashqa’I, Muang, Chechens, Sino-Tibetan. ($2.95 plus $2.50 s & h; multiple copies of individual flyers are available on request.) They can be ordered by calling toll-free in the USA (or Net2phone) 1-888-801-4223; or online at http://www.cbfonline.org or to get a catalog, call 1-888-801-4223 and ask for “Seeds for the Harvest.”

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GOT A GREAT MISSIONARY STORY? BE ‘GROUPED’!!!
Write PShoup@grouppublishing.com with your story. She’s Pam Shoup and she’s doing a senior high curriculum on missions. She needs personal stories and your missions adventure could be featured in the next Group publication!

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PERSPECTIVES PILING ON!
We’ve opened a floodgate of Perspectives course promotions! :-) Here’s another one in Birmingham, Alabama beginning January 8th through April 23rd at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. Cody Watson 205-824-4569 CodyUWatson@compuserve.com can give more info.

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VIDEO IS A HIT!
Remember that Mormon video we mentioned? It’s a hit!!! One reader wrote, “Doug, I viewed the Mormon video this weekend, and it is excellent. They allow the Mormons to tell their side of the story, but then the video shows how to be loving and missionary to these incredibly committed, family-oriented, and good people.” Once again, it’s produced by the Interfaith Witness Department of the North American Mission Board, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022-4176. The 800 number for orders is 800-634-2462. 56 minutes in length.”

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BE A WRITING PARTNER
Turkish World Outreach needs Christian volunteers who will send ten Gospel Letters per month to Muslim families in Turkey. They reportedly have more than three million current addresses and are praying for Gospel Letter Volunteers to reach each one. They provide Turkish letters, a translation, addresses, and instructions. Volunteers are asked to provide the postage and envelopes to send their ten letters monthly. Postage is 60 cents per letter (from the US). The letters are in Turkish and offer a free Turkish New Testament and “Jesus Film” video. An effective follow-up program is underway in Turkey, and Christian workers will reach out to those who show a serious interest in the Gospel. Each respondent will also receive the offer of a free Bible correspondence course.

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EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY
If you liked our item on “codes” and symbols used in Brigada Today and other similar email (“GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS…”), then you’ll probably like these additional ideas:

:-) Your basic smilie. This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic
or joking statement since we can’t hear voice inflection.
:-( Frowning smilie. User did not like that last statement or is
upset or depressed about something.
:-I Indifferent smilie. Better than a Frowning smilie but not
quite as good as a happy smilie
(-: User is left-handed
8-) User is wearing sunglasses
B:-) Sunglasses on head
::-) User wears normal glasses
B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses
8:-) User is a little girl
:-{) User has a mustache
:-{} User wears lipstick
{:-) User wears a toupee
}:-( Toupee in an updraft
:-~) User has a cold
:’-( User is crying
:-@ User is screaming
:-# User wears braces
:^) User has a broken nose
:v) User has a broken nose, but it’s the other way
:-& User is tongue-tied.
+-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office
`:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning
,:-) Same thing…other side
|-I User is asleep
|-O User is yawning/snoring
O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least)
:-X User’s lips are sealed
:-C User is really bummed
:-/ User is skeptical
C=:-) User is a chef
@= User is pro-nuclear war
:-o Uh oh!
*:o) And Bozo the Clown!
3:] Pet smilie
3:[ Mean Pet smilie
E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator
:-9 User is licking his/her lips
%-6 User is braindead
[:-) User is wearing a Walkman
(:I User is an egghead
<:-i user is a dunce> @:-) User is wearing a turban
:-0 No Yelling! (Quiet Lab)
:-: Mutant Smilie
|.-) User only has one eye
,-) Ditto…but he’s winking
X-( User just died
8 :-) User is a wizard
C=}>;*{)) Mega-Smilie. A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an
updraft, a mustache, and a double chin

Thanks Kevin! :-)

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SEEKING GREAT TESTIMONIES OF ADOPT-A-PEOPLE (JP2000) PROJECTS
Have you noticed the silence? Sometimes it seems deafening. There was so much “missions noise” bringing in the 90s . . ., right up through the middle of the decade. And now, if I’m not mistaken, it seems the tone has definitely dropped off some. ‘What’s gone wrong with the harvest?’

So — we need some testimonies. If you’ve got a great story about how the Joshua Project 2000 list is helping (or dare I say, hurting?) you, your church or mission agency — or if you’ve got a great adopt-a-people project going, send it our way! Two pages max… concise story about what God is doing in our midst.

Who knows… we just might turn these babies into a helpful resource for new projects! :-)

IMPORTANT: Don’t mention anything sensitive. We suggest that you might be able to give names of countries, but in many cases, you’ll need to “rename” or disguise the name of the people group and never, never, never give the names and addresses of on-site team members if they live in secure situations. Your call. But if you send it, we will publish it! :-) Let’s get the word out about what God is doing.

PLEASE: Make the subject line read, “Project Update: ….” where “….” describes a suitable title for your project, even if it’s simply the name of the group you’re reaching.

Let us know if you need check-back on anything before we publish the info, either online or on paper. We’d prefer not to have to do that of course… so if possible, make it public from the start.

Please send these items to DLucas@TeamExpansion.org.

Thanks again!
Doug Lucas

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DID YOU GET AN EXTRA PIECE OF MAIL THIS WEEK?
Many did. Sorry about that! The folks at MAFxc tell me they’ve now taken drastic measures to make sure that no more extraneous email will pass through unnoticed. We hope and pray they’re right! Thanks for your patience!

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26 December 1997