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Lyris logoIf you’re one of the many who have had questions about “Lyris,” join the crowd! Many of us have wondered how MAFxc’s conversion from “Majordomo” list software to “Lyris” would affect us as users. Well, although we’re just one week into the cutover process, I can tell you with a conservative “yes!” that Lyris seems to finally be coming together . . . and seems SLICK! For example, in the past Majordomo was MUCH stricter in its interpretation of your commands. Lyris tries to parse out what you MEANT to say and understand it. You can put “subscribe brigada” in the subject line even . . . and Lyris will obey. In fact, if you have to drop off your old address because you’re changing Internet Service Providers, you can even write to and Lyris will figure it out.
(By the way, for conference moderators/owners, Lyris is GREAT news. Though it was functioning like p-o-n-d-w-a-t-e-r for the first couple of days, it has now been speeding up NICELY . . . and the new web interface allows you to point and click at decisions that previously were tied up in cryptic config files that few understood or cared to learn. Thumbs up!) thumbs-up


WebWatch Did you ever wish you could try Encyclopedia Americana and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Online? Now you can! In this exclusive for Brigada participants (… well, maybe not JUST for us), Grolier has agreed to give us all a free month! Lori, the Information Services Librarian at Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, tells us that we can use “Logon: pop” and “password: quiz.” Try it at and you’ll be glad you did!


WebWatch Did you ever wonder which worldwide web search engine would help you find the best info. on the web? Check out the following URLs to learn more. Based on the info. below, looks like is definitely in the front running, if you ask me.



Word on the street is that has a great list of Christian videos in Albanian language. If that’s your focus, he’s your guy!


The first annual Global Health Update will be held at St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City on October 16-17, 1998. The two-day conference will cover emerging infectious diseases, travel medicine, and medical missions. The expert panel includes speakers from across North America and is oriented to all health professionals including physicians, nurses, physician associates and other health professionals. The meeting is cosponsored by the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS). More details on the schedule, speakers and registration details can be found at CME credit will be available. Organizers say all are welcome! For more information, write


virus Do me a favor. If you get an email about how to win a “Walt Disney trip” (one that sounds more like a chain letter than a real message!), please don’t send me a copy! :-) I already have more than enough. It’s just the latest in a series of mildly harmful “email virus letters” to try to waste your time and mine. The “mildly harmful” nature is that it wastes Internet bandwidth…. so please save my share. :-)


Need help interfacing with people? Now you’ve got it! MTI (Mission Training International) will sponsor a workshop on Interpersonal Skills, Feb. 15-19 and March 8-12, 1999. Space is limited… so contact MTI soon at 800 896-3710, or email


hand bell The sixth conference on Cross-Cultural Music Ministry will be held October 15-17, 1998 at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas. The conference will be an opportunity for missionary ethnomusicologists and interested parties to interact, network, learn from each other, and be encouraged. This conference is open to students, teachers, professionals, and all others. Whether you know a little or a lot, consider yourself invited! For more info., contact


Here’s your chance. Charles Cook is writing one and would like to learn about missions sites that contain valuable research material that missions students from around the world could access. He’s epecially interested in missions books, journals, and encyclopedias that individuals could access from where they live. He’ll assemble this list and return it to us here in a couple of weeks for all to see. AND he just might mention you in his book! :-)

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