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In this issue….

* NEED HELP WITH A BIBLE-READING PLAN FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP?
* PEOPLE GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA
* JOHN PIPER BOOKS PIPED DIRECTLY TO YOU
* HOW MANY SPEAK WHICH LANGUAGE
* FILMS FOR YOUR FIELD
* WEB-WATCH
* RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN
* I’M NOT TEASING!; BOOK ON TESOL!
* REACHING THE WORLD WITHIN YOUR MIDST
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NEED HELP WITH A BIBLE-READING PLAN FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP?
Try http://www.olywa.net/mmccahan/gbbiblereadjan.html, where you’ll find four options. Thanks Russ!

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PEOPLE GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA
Been wondering about totals for ethnic groups in the USA and Canada totaling over 100,000 in population? Check it out at joshuaproject.net

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JOHN PIPER BOOKS PIPED DIRECTLY TO YOU
Say you want to learn more about new John Piper material (author of Let the Nations Be Glad… Check out http://www.desiringgod.org or write DGMinistry@aol.com for more info!

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HOW MANY SPEAK WHICH LANGUAGE
Faithful to his quest to find out which languages are most widely spoken, Eric ericdanielle@juno.com wrote that according to “Friends of Turkey” and “People International,” two prominent mission agencies focused on Turkic peoples and Central Asia, the Turkish language is the fifth most spoken language in the world with over 170 million speakers, including Turkic languages closely related to Turkish. (That includes nations such as Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Within these nations are many smaller Turkic people groups such as the Tatars, Hazaras, Yoruk, Uighers, Bashkirs, Chuvashes, Gaguaz and others.) According to the Guineas Book of Records (1997) there are approx. 3,950 languages, while a recent report in TIME Magazine reported that linguists estimate that there are currently 6,500 languages spoken in the world.

There are also variations to the numbers of people speaking languages.
Chinese speakers are between 726 million to 1 billion.
English 427 million to 1.5 billion
Spanish 266 million
Arabic 180 million

(Turkic languages are not listed in the TIME magazine report because they have listed each Turkic language separately, e.g. Turkish, Kazak, Uzbek, etc.)

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FILMS FOR YOUR FIELD
Ever come across the “Sermons from Science” film series by Moody? We used several of these to kick off a Friendship Festival in Ukraine a few years ago and they were very effective. In our case we brought over a high-tech engineer from the USA to moderate discussion about the film. You might try such an arrangement. Check out http://www.moody.edu/sfs for more info or write twise@moody.edu.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch Check out http://www.tidalwave.net/~justlaw/press.htm for more information on the suffering church.

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RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN
First Baptist Church of Dallas will host the second annual Eurasian Symposium (started in 1996 as the Russian Symposium) on Feb 19-21. All individuals and organizations who are interested in ministering in the independent states of the former USSR are invited to attend. Featured speakers include: Mark Elliot from Wheaton College, Peter Mitskevich from Moscow Theological Seminary, and Robert Provost, President of Slavic Gospel Association. Also speaking will be the presidents of the Union of Evangelical Christians–Baptists of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. The registration fee is only $25. You may call the Missions Office of First Baptist of Dallas at (214) 969-2410 for more information and a registration form or write dougj@sga.org.

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LEADERS’ RETREAT POSTPONED
The AIMS Fellowship of Mission Agencies annual leaders’ retreat, originally set for Feb. 5-7 in Dallas, TX, has been postponed. New dates will be published as they become available. For additional details, please call AIMS at 757-579-5850, or e-mail aims@aims-usa.org.

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I’M NOT TEASING!; BOOK ON TESOL!
Been searching for that perfect book about Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages? Try asking John and company at acts@lcc.net.

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REACHING THE WORLD WITHIN YOUR MIDST
Look at http://www.lcc.net/~acts for more information. You’ll find all kinds of examples of how to reach out to the students who live within your midst!

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