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In this issue….
* GUESS YOU NEED AN ADDRESS! (“BE A WRITING PARTNER”)
* FOR THE JP2000 RECORDS…
* INCOMING: RESEARCH ON RETURNING SHORT-TERM MISSIONARIES
* EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR MISSIONARY KIDS… ON THEIR WAY!
* JOIN “OPERATION REVEILLE” FOR BOSNIA
* ADVANCE IS ADVANCED!
* WE GOOFED!
* GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ETHNIC HARVEST
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* NO, THE INTERNET DOESN’T NEED A “THOROUGH CLEANING”
* LOCAL CHURCH FACILITATOR TRAINING
* MED STUDENTS WITH LOANS READ THIS!
* WE TAKE THE HEAT FOR SMILES
* OUT OF THE COUNTRY, OUT OF TOUCH???
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
GUESS YOU NEED AN ADDRESS! (“BE A WRITING PARTNER”)
lighting the way Sorry to all those who wanted to contact Turkish World Outreach to “be a writing partner” (see last week’s Brigada Today). Truth is, I just didn’t remember to give you the email address!!! :-( Oh well — that’s one way to insure that we get lots of mail! :-) Try UGDM79A@prodigy.com or write TWO, 508 Fruitvale Ct., Grand Junction, CO 81504 or telephone (970) 434-1942.
FOR THE JP2000 RECORDS…
One report that came back this past week pointed to a faulty statistic in Taiwan. Apparently the number of Taiwan Uyghers are reported to number 26,000 in Taiwan… whereas the researchers from one recent JP2000 trip found only 200 or so!!! Rats. So… the reporter suggested, tongue in cheek, “…This could be one of those fantastic reports! [Our mission] went to Taiwan where JP2000 reported 26,000 Muslim Uyghers without access to Christ and without hope. In just one day, after one visit to the Chief Mosque of Taiwan, the [our mission] left only 200 Uyghers who still did not believe. That has to be better than most statistics! 25,800 reached in a day!” Got any other testimonies from JP2000 projects? (Maybe some pro, some not so pro???)
INCOMING: RESEARCH ON RETURNING SHORT-TERM MISSIONARIES
Neil SEASTEP@GOLDEN.NET is doing research on returning short-term missionaries. If you’re interested in a copy, email Neil today!
note (Note: He probably won’t have the research completed ’til spring ’99.)
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR MISSIONARY KIDS… ON THEIR WAY!
Brett firstname.lastname@example.org wrote to clue us in on the recent MK education conference in Dallas, hosted by Wycliffe. Evidently it was a complete success. Over 14 international mission agencies and schools attended (SIM,SHARE,SEND, Black Forest Academy, MAF, etc). Brett wrote, “We had a great time as we discussed current trends, needs, obstacles, resources, and action plans as they related to the issue of MK education with a special focus on technology as a source of help.” A team of five attendees [including Brett] was established to act as the liaison between the other 10 or 11 attendees in disseminating, assessing, and providing updates on resources which may help meet the many education needs of MK’s. The main vehicle for accomplishing our purpose will be a web-page [as of yet not active]. According to Brett, “A member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) said that ACSI would help to financially sponsor the web-page setup costs—Thank you ACSI.” (Brett, be sure to let us know as you open this service up!) Two demonstrations were given to show the attendees what is already available in the arena of technological resources. CyberHigh (grades 7-12) and the Potter’s School(math tutoring) both demonstrated how on-line education could help to meet the needs of both MK’s and MK schools. And by the way, CyberHigh has changed its name to NorthStar Academy so as to avoid confusion between itself and the Cyber High School of California. For more info., email Brett directly.
JOIN “OPERATION REVEILLE” FOR BOSNIA
Bruce email@example.com of Operation Reveille is looking for the scoop on Bosnia to send to military chaplains and ministry organizations working with military — to involve them in prayer and support. Bruce would like everything from information, brochures, appeals for support, prayer requests, etc, for the packet. Send him your info. today!
ADVANCE IS ADVANCED!
Here’s your executive summary. Thanks to Mark Kelly for this great service to the world!!!
THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Bozo of Mali ; the Tongwe of Tanzania; evangelistic meetings planned for Cairo; the Jambinese Malays; the people of Mashad, Iran; well-known Muslim leader studying Arabic New Testament; “Come quickly so we can hear before it is too late;” death rates among North Korean children double
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — New Tribes Missionaries to mark five years of captivity; evangelicals killed, dismembered in Chiapas; Pakistani court transfers Masih case to anti-terrorism court; three house church leaders sentenced; Turkish Supreme Court denies Onder appeal; grenade injures Greek priest in Turkey; Orissa officials crack down on former Hindus
SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Spiritual darkness in Varanasi; AIDS oppression in Africa; Sony pro-abortion “Christmas album;” judge approves homosexual adoption; Oslo court convicts physician in mercy killing; Neo-Nazis take over areas in eastern Germany; Indonesian sorcerer on trial for 42 murders
REJOICE! — 12,000 Naga decisions in northeastern India; 20 decisions among Kafe in Papua New Guinea; 24,000 Chinese radio churches in six years; Israel rabbi meets with Egypt cleric; three-day rally in Cairo; homosexuals freed from bondage; Poland turns back from liberalized abortion law
NETWORKING — New missions resource from Wycliffe Bible Translators; tentmaker conference May 15-17; unreached people group resources from CB International; “Launch Out!” conference Feb. 13-16; “Brown Gold” from New Tribes Mission; help establish a radio witness in an unreached language; “Rainbows of Hope” for children at risk; “Cutting Edge” conference on children at risk
lighting the way In last week’s item, “VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL,” we mistakenly confused CBI and CBFM. We’d better keep our initials straight! CBInternational, which formerly went by the name, “Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society,” is based in Wheaton, Illinois and is related to the CBAmerica churches. But the videos are being offered by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship mission agency that relates to many Southern Baptist churches. Pardon our typo! Thanks to Michael Jaffarian MichaelDawna@compuserve.com and many others who wrote in to help us spot this error.
GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ETHNIC HARVEST
In the interest of encouraging ministry to the many ethnic groups around us, World Relief in the Bay Area is sponsoring an “Ethnic Harvest Briefing.” (See November 28 issue of Brigada Today.) Organizers now have speakers selected and have launched a web site at http://expage.com/page/ethnicharvest. For more information write Rich Sexton, World Relief at firstname.lastname@example.org.
world globe Millions of Christians have started praying for Muslims worldwide beginning this past week, on January 1 1998. The “Prayer for the Islamic world” project which started in Australia encourages Christians all over the world to participate individually, as a family, or church group. Youth With a Mission published the printed prayer guides which are also available by e-mail. Around 10 million Christians took part in this global prayer initiative last year, many of whom also fasted. Insiders describe the resulting reports of God’s move among Muslims as ‘phenomenal’.
(Source: DAWN Friday Fax, 97-50. To receive “30 Days’ prayer for Muslims” by e-mail send a message to with
as the message’s text.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
note (Note: Please be in prayer for John and Gwen’s new little baby “Jori” [short for Jordan], born 8 weeks premature. There are positive signs, but prayer is still needed! She has a blood clot below her left kidney, a failed adrenal gland, and a feverish Mom. Please pray!)
NO, THE INTERNET DOESN’T NEED A “THOROUGH CLEANING”
In case anyone asks (or emails you), the answer is ‘no’, the Internet doesn’t need to close down on Feb. 27th for a thorough cleaning. It’s just another piece of Internet “legend” that forms into its own kind of self-replicating “virus” to soak up additional bandwidth.
LOCAL CHURCH FACILITATOR TRAINING
Are you a local church leader wanting training in developing strategic five-year missions plans? If so, Bruce Camp’s program might be for you! This training, which uses the Global Access Planner (GAP), is designed to alert churches to the latest thinking regarding what a local church can do in missions as well as will assist a church in developing their own game plan. Missions pastor Mel Loucks commented after participating in a GAP training session: “It was superb. It gave me a practical tool which I can use immediately to help my church understand how we must change our approach in missions. Additionally, the GAP materials provided me with a way to develop a five-year plan that is unique for my church.” The next training day is set for Friday, January 30, from 9:00 to 5:00 in Rockford, IL. The cost is $65 which includes all materials and lunch. For more information, look at the EFCM website http://www.efcm.org under Local Church Resources – Material Resources or contact Bruce Camp by phone (714-248-1236) or e-mail email@example.com.
WebWatch Check out the links at http://www.domini.org/express/metrofly/miss.htm, where you can read newspapers from just about any country in the world, convert currency, etc. The site is sponsored by a travel agency — one that has found a great way to offer a free service on the web while promoting its own fares! Bravo!
MED STUDENTS WITH LOANS READ THIS!
Ever hear of Project MedSend? If you’re a med student with accumulating loans… and if you’re considering medical missions as a career, then MedSend might be “just what the doctor ordered!” Read all about it at http://www.sim.org/medsend/index.html. They’ve done 39 grants in 4 years. Cool. thumbs-up
WE TAKE THE HEAT FOR SMILES
lighting the way Rats. rats face Some readers didn’t want to read about smiles (last week’s, “EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY”). One even asked how in the world we decide what to put in and what not to put in Brigada Today. Honestly??? A lot depends on the quality of the stuff we can find during the intervening weekdays. So… if you see another smiley dictionary sometime in the near future, better help us find some great material! So… for all those who didn’t like the smiley dictionary, become a great source for Brigada and … we’ll all be smiling real smiles in gratitude! :-)
OUT OF THE COUNTRY, OUT OF TOUCH???
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