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Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas , Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* RESURRECTION “GREETINGS” UNITE!
* BRIGHT IDEAS FOR TEACHING MISSIONS TO TOTS
* COURSES IN ISLAM COMING UP IN 60 DAYS!
* VIRUS RULES TO LIVE BY
* IN CASE YOU’RE HEADED ON A SHORT-TERM TO ASIA
* NEED A GRAPHIC OF YOUR NATION’S FLAG?
* DOWNLOAD FREE LIST OF 30 PRAYER REQUESTS FOR BRIGADA
* CONFERENCE FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO INTERNATINAL STUDENTS
* THREE WEST AFRICAN MEDIA WORKSHOPS
* NOW YOU CAN “FINISH” YOUR MISSIONS EDUCATION (IN FINLAND!)
* GET THIS CASE STUDY OF A CD-ROM MISSIONS REPORT
* GOT A LEAD ON HISPANIC PROTESTANT NUMBERS?
* REMEMBER OUR REFERENCE TO LANUGAGE FORCE???
* WANT TO SEE WHAT ONE ON-SITE WORKER DOES WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ASIA
* DECOLONIZATION DESCRIBED
* VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED TO WRITE MUSLIMS
* UPDATE ON DEPUTATION ORGANIZER
* ARE YOU SENDING SHORT TERM TEAMS?
* WEB WATCH
* NEW EDUCATION FOUNDATION REQUESTS MISSIONARY HELP
* NEED ENCRYPTED EMAIL?
* CORRECTION ON THAT TEL. # IN “LEARN TO CHAT IN CZECH!”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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RESURRECTION “GREETINGS” UNITE!
In much of the world, it’s fashionable to give some kind of resurrection greeting on Easter Sunday morning. For example, in Romanian, one might say, “Cristos a inviat! – Adevarat a inviat!” Got one for your language? Catalin Popa popa@usa.net is willing to compile them all and get us a report. We’ll TRY to have it all done by next Saturday and get it out to you (in next week’s Brigada Today) in time to use at your Easter Sunday sunrise service — maybe by midnight Eastern Standard time this Saturday night. (That’ll cut it close for use in Europe!) So don’t delay! Send them to popa@usa.net today!

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BRIGHT IDEAS FOR TEACHING MISSIONS TO TOTS
light bulb Wycliffe Bible Translators is pleased to present Bright Ideas! Notebook 3 for Preschoolers, ages 2-5 years old. Ten active lessons teach the rock-bottom basics of missions. Unlike other resources, you won’t teach a lesson and then put it on the shelf. Most are reusable on a weekly basis to teach and re-teach God’s heart for the world. Like Notebooks 1 for Teens, and Notebook 2 for Grades 1-6, lessons not only emphasize how and why missions are done, but also that kids can do missions right now. Learning is fun with ‘redeemed nursery rhymes,’ coloring pages, obstacle courses, treasure hunts, finger plays, matching games and tightrope walking. Send $14 check or money order to
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Children’s Task Force
4200 SE Jennings Ave.
Portland OR 97267-6415,
(800)-269-2007
For further description, ask for a copy of the table of contents via e-mail from Dorothea_Lander@wycliffe.org.

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COURSES IN ISLAM COMING UP IN 60 DAYS!
Concerned about Islam in North America, or the issue of women in Islam? Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, will be offering these new strategic courses June 15-24. Summer Studies begin June 1, presenting Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam and Islamic Theology in two-week intensive formats. Six weeks of Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (1,2) will be offered June 29 – Aug. 7. Call the Muslim Studies department at 1-800-777-2227, extension 3326 or e-mail muslimstudies@ciu.edu for more information.

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VIRUS RULES TO LIVE BY
virus Sharon Hindle offers these three virus tips to live by:

1. NEVER click on an attached file unless you are sure the sender has checked it for a virus.
2. Check it yourself for a virus!
3. Never pass along the *warning* alert e-mails unless you have checked at [one or more of] the following sites.
* Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability at http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html
* Symantec Anti Virus Research Center at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html
* McAfee Associates Virus Hoax List at http://www.mcafee.com/support/hoax.html
* Dr. Solomons Hoax Page at http://www.drsolomons.com/vircen
* Datafellows Hoax Warnings at http://www.europe.datafellows.com/news/hoax.htm

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IN CASE YOU’RE HEADED ON A SHORT-TERM TO ASIA
Don’t forget about training options with Commit Ministries. From their Hawaii facility, they’re perfectly located to handle pre-field or debriefing. An average stay is about two days and the cost is only $139, which includes tuition & related materials, food, lodging, and ground transportation. COMMIT is also a licensed travel agent working with wholesalers to provide the best possible fare for your team needs. Contact Greg or Mona Crawford at commit@juno.com

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NEED A GRAPHIC OF YOUR NATION’S FLAG?
A super volunteer with our mission organization here in Louisville found a great flag site at http://fotw.digibel.be/flags for all the flags in the world. Great site.

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DOWNLOAD FREE LIST OF 30 PRAYER REQUESTS FOR BRIGADA
Thanks to one church’s prayer ministry, we now have a handy-dandy prayer guide for the Brigada family of networks. It includes a daily prayer guide for 30 consecutive days of prayer for Brigada.

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CONFERENCE FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO INTERNATINAL STUDENTS
“Compelled to Complete the Task” will feature some of the foremost leaders in international student ministry today. For a brochure with complete conference information, write NSC98@isionline.org. Conference dates are June 18-24, 1998.

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THREE WEST AFRICAN MEDIA WORKSHOPS
CBN International will sponsor three one week media production workshops in Cotonou, Benin; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Abidjan, Cote de Ivoire. These workshops will be offered free of tuition fees to qualified participants. There will be a small charge for refreshments, which will vary from location to location. The workshops will be facilitated by media consultant and trainer Daniel J. Henrich. Two video books, the “Barebones Guide to Film & Video” and “Video Goals” by Tom Schroeppel are being translated into African French and will be provided to each participant along with a translated resource manual provided by Henrich. French translation of the lectures will also be provided. Seats are limited and it is suggested you make advance reservations. For the workshop in Cotonou, Benin: May 18 22nd, or Abidjan, Cote de Ivoire: June 1 4th, contact Peter Darg . For Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso: May 25 29th, contact: Pastor Benjamin Miningou cbn@cenatrin.bf. For more information on the syllabus, contact Daniel Henrich, Media Consultant. Email: DanHenrich@xc.org.

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NOW YOU CAN “FINISH” YOUR MISSIONS EDUCATION (IN FINLAND!)
As of Jan. 27, 1998 there is a new Bible school located in Central Finland. Northern Praise International Christian College will finish its first semester April 12. They emphasize missions and job training for both ministry and secular work. This past March, they did their first missions field trip, traveling about 3,000K through Russian Karelia. They are also planning outreaches to northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Second semester begins April 16.

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GET THIS CASE STUDY OF A CD-ROM MISSIONS REPORT
cd-rom Looking for a good way to keep your church body aware of your missions efforts? With some 53 missionaries and 3,000 family units in their church, one church had a hard time keeping track of everybody. So they burned their own CD with a great deal of information from their missions database, including photographs, testimonies of salvation and calling to the field, addresses, e-mail links, prayer requests from the last year, and information about the country they serve. They even threw in 40 minutes of video on the CD. Some was “home movie” quality – footage taken by folks on trips they have gone on. Others were professional quality productions that they have developed and used to keep their body aware of some of the partnerships we’ve formed. They give copies of the CD to the missionaries they support for use in promotion among other churches and individuals. Get a copy as a case study . . . by writing to drfletcher@nwbiblechurch.org (remember not to send credit card info. over the open Internet). (To off-set production and shipping and handling, they’re asking $10 for the CD.)

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GOT A LEAD ON HISPANIC PROTESTANT NUMBERS?
John Conaway of CCMI in Colorado Springs would like to know. He’s looking for reliable data on the number of U.S. Hispanic Protestants. Detailed demographic data is available on the Hispanic population in the U.S., as well as on U.S. Christians of various denominations. But so far, he hasn’t found a source that lists the numbers of Hispanic believers, especially by location. If you have a source for such information, it would be of great value to a number of ministries who have interests in the U.S. Hispanic community. John’s e-mail address is jcharcon@aol.com. Any information gleaned will be shared through Brigada Today.

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REMEMBER OUR REFERENCE TO LANUGAGE FORCE???
lighting the way A ton of people wrote in to say “don’t bother.” Apparently it’s a very BASIC translation package, still requiring lots of effort from the user. One guy said that out of 300 words, he only got back 25 useful ones in Romanian! Another was quite displeased with the Portuguese output. However, the latter recommended Globalink as a translator. How ’bout that, gang? Any thoughts and feelings on it?

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WANT TO SEE WHAT ONE ON-SITE WORKER DOES WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA?
Check out http://SharpWebPage.com/Haridwar/IndiaKM1.html for ideas. We double-checked to make sure it wouldn’t get him in trouble to cite his site as a sight for your sites.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ASIA
world globe More than 6,000 Bibles in more than 20 languages were sold and 3,000 people enrolled in a Bible correspondence course during a book fair — the largest in southern Asia — in a limited-access country. One man, who saw a newspaper ad for the book fair, rode a bus and train for 20 hours to get a copy of the Bible. A Hindu holy man took copies of the Bible in 20 languages, explaining that people came to his ashram from all over the country and that he did not want even one person to miss the opportunity of reading the Bible in their own heart language. Television news crews broadcast images of the former president of the country visiting the booth and accepting a copy of the “Jesus” video.
(Source: March/April ’98 Advance Newsletter, http://www.xc.org/brigada/advance/advindex.html Copyright © 1998, Kainos Press, reprint with copyright ok’d.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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DECOLONIZATION DESCRIBED
Got an opinion or story on decolonization? Dennis would like to know. He has to lead a workshop on “The Results of Decolonization Within a Country Upon Its Culture and Mission Endeavors” at an upcoming convention. He writes, “What limited experience I have is in South Africa which is not strictly ‘Decolonization,’ but with the shift in power, we are probably experiencing many of the same things. This subject should be important to everyone who is dealing with a culture that is moving from some kind of dependence to a more independent state.” Any anecdotes, advice, or suggestions could be sent to messimer@cccb.edu. He’ll do a summary report here for Brigada Today.

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VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED TO WRITE MUSLIMS
Steve TWOsteve@onlinecol.com still needs several volunteers to write 10 gospel letters per month to Muslims. He’ll 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). Turkish World Outreach is the agency.

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UPDATE ON DEPUTATION ORGANIZER
lighting the way Hey — if you’d like an upgrade on that Deputation Organizer, see BKCLONCH@aol.com. He’s handling it directly now. Brigada probably should stay out of the “direct” software distribution business. :-)

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ARE YOU SENDING SHORT TERM TEAMS?
Would you like to strengthen your preparation and re-entry programs? This Spring’s final Short Term Missions Leaders Training Seminar presented by Mission Training International will be held April 23-26 and hosted by Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus, and the Central Ohio Missions Coalition. This Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon program has been recently held in Colorado, Oklahoma and Hawaii and has brought together church and mission agency STM leaders walking through a 20+ hour experiential curriculum which can be either used as presented or integrated into an existing program. (No, they do not send out copies of the program without your going through it.) The cost for tuition and materials is $179 and the host church will assist with housing and meals. For more info contact Ray Howard at MTI – 800 896-3710 or MIntern@aol.com.

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WEB WATCH
WebWatch Check out web site specifically designed for those needing travel/medical attention (vaccinations, check-ups, etc.) from a care center in Oklahoma City that has missions at the center of its heart. Great links page with more information all over the web. Thanks to them for their work!!! http://www.saintafpr.com/travel This is one to bookmark!

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NEW EDUCATION FOUNDATION REQUESTS MISSIONARY HELP
A newly created organization has been formed to develop customized curricula for Christian education settings. The International Christian Education Foundation, known as ICEF, is writing a document to organize Christian education around commonly accepted standards. These standards will then be used to develop curricula for use by missionaries, by nationals (in native language translations), by private schools, and by other Christian organizations. The standards will be grouped around specific categories and placed into various levels, such as early childhood, children, adolescents, and adults. ICEF has a short questionnaire to send out to interested individuals, especially missionaries, for their opinions on what they consider to be the most important people, events, doctrines, and concepts from the Bible. ICEF also wants to publish accounts that exemplify the Christian story in countries other than the U.S., such as how a given political event affected Christian witnessing, how missionary families bridge the cultural gap through Christ, etc. If you would like to receive this questionnaire or more information about ICEF, write to slwynn@iquest.net. ICEF’s web site is currently under development, and will be available soon.

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NEED ENCRYPTED EMAIL?
[WARNING: Technical info. follows!]
PGP 5.5.3i, the latest freeware for international users (i.e. users outside of USA and Canada) is now available for Macintosh, Windows95 and WindowsNT http://www.pgpi.com/download/. Users in the USA or Canada should download PGP 5.0 from http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html or PGP 5.5.3 from http://www.nai.com/products/security/pgpfreeware.asp. PGP 5.0 from M.I.T. can still use keys from older versions of PGP and is therefore more compatible when communicating with those who have not yet upgraded to PGP 5.x. In contrast, the freeware version of PGP 5.5.3 (for USA users) does not support the older key formats but PGP 5.5.3i does In general, you should use PGP 5.0/5.5 if you’re in the US, and PGP 5.0i/5.5i if you’re not. Thanks Rod!

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CORRECTION ON THAT TEL. # IN “LEARN TO CHAT IN CZECH!”
lighting the way If you’re still trying to call Audio-Forum (20 of March issue of Brigada Today, “LEARN TO CHAT IN CZECH!”), try 203-453-9794 or timlusk@juno.com.

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