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In this issue….

* NEW NATIONAL PASTORS’ PRAYER NETWORK TO CONVENE
* WEB-WATCH
* IT’S A DIRTY LIFE, BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO TRAIN IN HAWAII
* FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS
* MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP
* MISSIONS MESSAGE WATERED DOWN
* NEED A GOOD ‘ONLINE’ BIBLE?
* WE GET SMILE MAIL
* TAKE THE NEXT STEP
* MPACT ’98
* LANGUAGE QUEST
* MORE PERSPECTIVES ON PERSPECTIVES
* COMING HOME? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NEW NATIONAL PASTORS’ PRAYER NETWORK TO CONVENE
Have you heard about the new National Pastors’ Prayer Network Consultation? Check out news on it at www.missionamerica.org/prayernetwork.html. It will meet in a consultation at the Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis Airport, Thursday, Janaury 22, 1998, 9am-9pm and Friday, Janaury 23, 1998, 8:30am-12:00pm. Write Phil praychgo@flash.net for more info.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch If you like Dell computer products but need a good deal on one, Sharon suggests you look at http://www.austin360.com/dell/home.htm which shows some great discounts on Dell equipment. Check it out!

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IT’S A DIRTY LIFE, BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO TRAIN IN HAWAII
:-) That’s what Greg and Mona Crawford commit@juno.com do for a living… train missionaries for outreach in Asia. They do it from their base in Hawaii. Hey — don’t laugh! I’m serious! If your short-term missions team needs a training stopover on the way to Asia… or a debriefing stopover when you return, give ’em a call!!! The average stay is about two days and the cost is only $139 which includes tuition & related materials, food, lodging, and ground transportation. Now we just need someone brave enough to sample their services and give us a report back in a future issue of Brigada Today!!! :-)

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FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS
Interested in learning more about reaching Native Americans? Catch The Focus on the Family radio broadcast on January 14th, when Dr. Dobson Huron Claus and Richard Twiss on that very subject!

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MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP
lighting the way David Blanton’s interest was pricked by the recent reference to leadership “MAGIC” (“LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”, from Brigada Today, 19 of Dec., ’97). So interested is he, in fact, that he’d like to ask for those who have other resources or outlines such as the one listed with the acrostic, MAGIC. If you have a favorite book or other resource, send it to David dblanton@writeme.com and he’ll compile the list into a file we’ll all be able to download at a later date.

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MISSIONS MESSAGE WATERED DOWN
David wondered if you caught some of the great articles at http://www.domini.org/express/metrofly/titles.htm regarding water purification and other medical issues for missionaries. Check it out!

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NEED A GOOD ‘ONLINE’ BIBLE?
John says to check out the Online Bible v6.13. It apparently has KJ, Valera Reina, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Strong’s and Lexicon, dictionaries and commentaries. He wrote to Brigada Today this past week, “I came across their web site at http://www.biblecd.com and they have a special offering of their program for missionaries.” Apparently it is an online Bible for $6. The company wrote, “This is the deluxe edition. It does not include Niv, Nas, Nrs due to copyrights but it has a ton (well, not literally) of material on it.” (To get the most recent version, you’ll have to pay more. See their web site for more info. If you want the $6 version (a real steal), they ask that you send your name and address on the field, the name and address of your sponsor, shipping address if different, $6. You can do this either by mail with check, or with charge card by fax. (Remember to never send your credit card via e-mail unless it is encrypted.) Note that they also offer the Sage Digital Lib cd Vol 1-4 for $15 to missionaries.

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WE GET SMILE MAIL
Thanks to all those who wrote to express gratitude for the “glossary of email symbols.” Apparently, they weren’t so widely known as some had assumed. And we’re always grateful for the encouragement that Brigada participants extend. But most of all, we’re grateful for the partnership we share with each of you.

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP
North American Partnership in Mission Training is having its first annual meeting in Colorado Springs on January 31, 1998. The Next Step is a partnership of churches, agencies, trainers and mission mobilizers working to establish recognizable training standards that will address missionary attrition and field effectiveness. Woody Phillips, president of United World Mission, is the convener and founder of The Next Step. The Next Step is a North American response to the Reducing Missionary Attrition Project (ReMAP) that indicated that 72% of missionary drop out was preventable. The Next Step Partnership invites those involved with missionary training, to consider partnering with The Next Step. … There is still room at Glen Erie for participants. Explore the web site at http://www.thenextstep.org.

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MPACT ’98
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary located in Fort Worth, Texas, will be sponsoring a student missions conference (MPACT ’98) on February 27-March 1, 1998, targeted at college students interested in world missions. For further conference information, see our website at http://www.swbts.edu/mpact98/index.htm.

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LANGUAGE QUEST
Eric Jensen is a man on a quest! He recently read a statistic that claims, “Turkish is the fifth most spoken language in the world”. He wrote to Brigada this past week to say, “I was wondering if you know anyone who can support or deny that claim and can anyone tell me what are the top 4 spoken languages?” If you can help Eric, write him at ericdanielle@juno.com and maybe he’ll send us a copy of his conclusions.

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MORE PERSPECTIVES ON PERSPECTIVES
Live in Oakland? Catch a Perspectives Class at First Covenant Church in Oakland, January 13th through May 12th. For more info, call Mike McKenna at 510-451-5148 or write 72607.2415@compuserve.com. Or, if you’re from Vancouver, BC, you can catch Perspectives Tuesdays, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., starting Feb. 10/98 at Burnaby Christian Fellowship, 7325 MacPherson, Burnaby, BC, Canada. See Sharon Frewing, 604-434-6737, Fax: 604-434-4384, frewing@intergate.bc.ca. Or maybe you’d like to catch Perspectives online?? Now you can, beginning January 20, 1998, via “Worldwide Perspectives.” According to the organizers, this will be the first time a certificate level Perspectives course can be taken fully via the Internet. The online Worldwide Perspectives is designed for those who want to understand what God is doing in the world but are unable to attend a regular course (which is preferable). Those interested can go to: http://http://www.icm-international.org/seminary/index.htm or contact Phil Walker at: icmusa@aol.com.

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COMING HOME? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?
Former missionary Walter Sanchez has designed a questionnaire for missionaries to answer when returning to their home country before being debriefed by their home church’s missions committee. Churches may browse it from http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5645/Questionaire.html and use it as is or modify it as needed.

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