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In this issue….
* THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH . . . OR MUST IT?
* PIT-STOP RALEIGH SET TO FEATURE MANNA CHURCH
* 1997 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE
* SPYING ON SAT-7 SATELLITE SERVICE
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AFRICA
* GATHER AT THE GATHERING!
* THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING IN GUATEMALA
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH . . . OR MUST IT?
MAFxc is the brains and bravado behind the hardware/software combination that makes Brigada conferences possible. So what happens when they have a hardware or software hiccup? They work around the clock trying to make things right. However, sometimes the best efforts still don’t result in instant fixes. For example, when the MAFxc mail server takes a dive, like it did last weekend during what should have been a fairly routine software upgrade, some fancy footwork should spool your mail to a “holding queue,” where it resides until things come back on line. But — reality says that despite high tech wizardry and intense passion for connecting global ministry, MAFxc is sometimes going to experience enough of a snafu that you’ll lose some mail… and that’s what happened last week. We sent the July 18th Brigada Today at 11:14am on July 20th but… as best we can tell, not a single person on the 5000+ list received it. We then waited several days to see if the hub would spool it out . . . until last night (July 26th), when we finally gave up and re-sent it. So — bottom line — sorry for the delay. But I guess sometimes the mail (the electronic version, that is) just doesn’t get through. So what can we learn from this? For one thing, in your daily email communication with friends and co-workers across the globe, maybe it’s good to acknowledge receipt of any piece of important mail. Even if you only send a brief one-liner that says, “Got your message — thanks!,” you will have confirmed receipt. Of course, we’re not suggesting that all 5000 people confirm receipt of Brigada Today! :-) It’s just not possible to be certain in every case! :-)
PIT-STOP RALEIGH SET TO FEATURE MANNA CHURCH
Have you been wanting to learn more about the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC, which has worked incredibly hard to compile a list of [so far] some 20,000 individuals and groups willing to pray for the groups on the Joshua Project list of unreached peoples? Well, now you can! Pit-Stop Raleigh is set for Sept. 19-20th at Peace College, Raleigh, NC. Pit-Stops are designed to facilitate the global ministry of those congregations who are wanting to adopt and take responsibility for planting a vibrant new church among some unreached people group. At these regional gatherings called Pit-Stops, church leaders learn practical steps (basically, “pert chart” consisting of some 400 action check-points) that have helped others complete the work of cross-cultural church-planting. Past Pit-Stops have been held in cities like St. Louis, Dayton, Louisville, Lexington. But Raleigh is the easternmost location to date… so if your church is located on the eastern seaboard, here’s your chance to network, hear case studies, share lessons learned, and be inspired and challenged to move forward in adopting some least reached people. Write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information… and pray that God will prepare us for works of service!
1997 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE
On November 7-8, 1997, Southeast Christian Church will present its second annual medical mission conference. Last year over 220 participants from nine states heard many inspiring speakers on the subjects of Medical Missions and Tropical Medicine. This year the conference will open Friday night with an upbeat praise and worship service led by the Senior High Youth worship group and Mike Breaux will preach on “The Primacy of Prayer”. Regions of the World will follow with many different mission agencies presenting displays which show the countries of the world they serve and give you an opportunity to participate with them. Saturday morning will present lectures from short term and career physicians and nurses presenting the joys and the obstacles of their work as well as a lecture on Culture Shock and Bivocational Mission Work. Saturday afternoon will consist of break-out sessions concentrating on specific medical and dental disease processes; and how to set up medical mission work in your own church as well as how to become a team leader. Nurses will receive 5 contact hours and physicians will receive 5 hours of C.M.E. credit. There is no fee for this course. For more information, download the details by sending an email to email@example.com with the only line in the message being,
get brigada medmissionsconf
Or, contact Stephanie Garling at 502-451-5317 ext. 4725 or write:
Southeast Christian Church
2840 Hikes Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
If those two approaches don’t work for you, you can also email TinaBruner@compuserve.com.
Have you seen http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/970722_relig_rpt_christian.html, which gives the USA policy on support of religious freedom? Check it out . . . and thanks for the tip, Jim! Also, don’t miss the software at http://www.xc.org/helpintl/computer/cm-zipbt.htm which will sort addresses according to US Post Office requirements and print the labels with barcodes. And thanks to Helps International Ministries! Also, don’t miss http://www.broadcaster.co.uk/, the “World Wide Web Broadcaster” is a free service that submits your site info to over 235 search engines. As with other programs and services, this doesn’t automatically mean that all engines will accept your information. Typically, your information will be relevant to about half of them. Thanks to Anton and Gene for the tip!
SPYING ON SAT-7 SATELLITE SERVICE
SAT-7 is a dynamic new television service for the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa. Programs are culturally sensitive and appropriate for the religious and political ethos of the region, while providing an attractive alternative to both local broadcasts and western channels. SAT-7’s initial 2 hours per week service started in 1996 and has been enthusiastically received by viewers right across the region. It currently broadcasts for 4 hours per week and the footprint now covers from Morocco to Thailand! It will extend to a daily schedule in multiple-languages by the end of the decade. The latest promotional video is finished and can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out http://www.sat7.org/fosat7.htm to learn more about the “Friends of Sat-7.” Thanks Nick!
GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AFRICA
Liberia is a small forested country on Africa’s coast near the equator. This spring a Gospel Recordings team visited a number of refugee camps in Liberia, home to many displaced in Liberia’s recent civil war. February 22 the Jesus Film brought a large crowd to Vonzon Camp. The Muslim leaders almost fought because each of them wanted the film to be shown before his house. However the Imam intervened and they carried the show in front of his house. Through its course 9038 people watched the film and 6326 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Among them were 486 strong Muslims and 459 children. The next day 113 Muslim converts went to Church for the first time.
Source: Gospel Recordings web site: http://users.aol.com/glorenet/lrrpt797.htm.
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
GATHER AT THE GATHERING!
The Antioch Network Gathering, a national fellowship of local churches involved in church planting among unreached peoples takes place in Phoenix, August 21-24. Look forward to a Concert of Prayer, People Group Tracks, Tracks for business people and women’s issues on church planting teams, interchurch networking at its best, a focus on local as well as global church planting and much, much more! Brigada Today subscribers are being offered an extension on the July 20 deadline date for registrations without a late fee ($100 per head instead of $125 and retroactive if you’ve already sent in the late fee). Contact A.N. by or on Aug. 10th for this extension and mention you heard about it in Brigada Today. Write AntiochGeorge@compuserve.com and ask for further information and a brochure to be sent.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING IN GUATEMALA
During the past year Yellow River Productions International has been working in Quetzaltenanago, Guatemala with Verbo Ministries building a small television studio. They have developed two weekly television programs, and produced sixty video tapes for use in areas that have no cable television. Christian Education productions have been shown in several other Latin America countries. The Lord is opening a door to reach some 2,000,000 viewers in Guatemala City. Chuck Gunter 73003.677@Compuserve.com is doing his best to mobilize resources and possibilities… Don’t hesitate to write him for more info.!
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