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PLAY BY THE NUMBERS: CAN YOU HELP THIS ACCOUNTANT?

Here’s an accountant lisa-buhl@highlandbc.com who would love to have a list of resources (web sites, consultants, books, etc.) where she can learn more about tax issues for missionaries, especially as they relate to dual-status workers overseas. Can anyone help her out? Lisa, please keep track of everything you receive and send us a summary report in a couple of weeks so we can publish it here for others to see as well. Thanks!
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IDEAL COMPANION FOR PRAYING FOR MUSLIMS MONTH

Here’s a new book – Evangelizing Muslims: Helps for Beginning House Churches. According to my buddy Ian, “While laying a solid groundwork for understanding Islam and its way of life, this guide focuses on practical measures for making disciples and beginning churches.” Rev. Dr. Bill Musk, author of “The Unseen Face of Islam”, says “This is an excellent basic introduction. The Lord has obviously guided you”. Cost: US$6.50 Seamail: US$1.50 Airmail US$3.00 Discounts for multiple copies. Order from The Missionary Training Service coordmts@xc.org, 18 Aston Way, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 2XY, UK.
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EVANGELISM ON THE INTERNET ABOUNDS

Is your ministry producing an effective evangelistic web site? Do you know of web sites, chatrooms, etc. that are evangelistic in nature, possibly targeting specific affinity groups? Also, are you aware of web sites or chatrooms that give specific information on how to “do” effective Internet Evangelism? Your help is needed in compiling a list of these web sites, chatrooms, etc. Please email the information to Naomi Frizzell NFrizzell@CompuServe.Com. Naomi is working with the Internet Evangelism Committee – formed out of the Conference on Internet Evangelism that was hosted by the Billy Graham Center in April 1997. A list of the information will be compiled and made available on a web site hosted by the Internet Evangelism Committee, along with other resources for Internet Evangelism. Please note: if any of the information needs to be kept confidential, to protect the sensitivity of the web site, please let Naomi know.
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NEED MUSIC RESOURCES?

Need music resources? Email Grace gracew@idmail.com for email accessible resources compiled for the AD2000 Worship & Arts Network that are being made available to folks like Great-Commission-minded musicians or artists, missionaries and candidates, mission agencies, missions committees, Christian music and arts training centers, Missionary Training Centers, World Mission Centers, Missions educators and mobilizers, etc.).
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FROM JERUSALEM TO IRIAN JAYA TO RED SQUARE

Christian Publishing House “Mirt” (the word “myrtle” in Russian) produced in Russian the title From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker. Check out the details at http://www.cityvision2000.com/vl and read about great missionaries!
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WANT TO TAKE IN THE NEXT IAMS?

“IAMS,” in this case, means International Association for Mission Studies. The next IAMS conference will be held in South Africa, January 21 to 28, 2000, at Megawatt Park (between Johannesburg and Pretoria). The hosting Committee will be the South African Missiological Society SAMS. The theme is “Reflecting Christ: Crucified and Living in a broken World.” For more info., write hayesstw@risc6.unisa.ac.za.
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NOW… ENCOURAGE LOCAL HYMN-WRITING

If you’d like to encourage your new believers to write culturally authentic hymns, check out “The Catalyst Library – Tools for Encouraging the Growth of Indigenous Hymnody,” from the Ethnomusicology Dept., SIL, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75326. To order: tomavery@sil.org. See Tom for the price on this 60-page guide. Thanks Grace!
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STUDENT MISSIONS CONFERENCE

Join hundreds of students from around the country at “Global Outreach ’98” as George Verwer (OM) and Henry Hennagan (CEF) challenge you to “Take up Your Cross.” GO ’98 will be held October 30-November 1 at Eatonton, Georgia (an hour east of Atlanta). For more info call 803-735-8343 Ext. 3461 or email serivmf@scsn.net. Cost for the conference includes housing and meals for $65. Other events of the weekend include seminars, opportunities to talk with mission reps from about forty agencies, a concert of prayer, and a special communion service.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHINA

world globe Chinese top diplomats had announced they would sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights October 5th in New York. If China abides by the covenant, it could mean more religious freedoms in China. However, Todd Neddleton of Voice of the Martyrs is skeptical. “We’ll take a wait and see approach to see if it filters down. Our experience is that even signing documents at major government levels rarely filters down to the village and to the house church level. We can pray that this does facilitate a change in the policy there and for more freedom for Christians, but I think the Chinese church is thriving despite the lack of freedoms.”
(Source: Mission Network News; 10/1/98 http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WANT TO RECEIVE 6 FREE WORSHIP TAPES PER YEAR?

Then write PaulGarratt@XC.Org and ask for the questionnaire. Sounds like a good deal! Thanks Grace!
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PIPER PIPES IN

Want to begin to imagine how John Piper has chimed in for worship and missions? Here are five comments that came in from Beth’s recent “survey” — “Diane Lahlum is a District Missions Consultant for C&MA in Ohio. She has written a presentation on “Ultimate Worship” and Piper has influenced this year’s theme for their missions conference. Paul Neeley is an ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe in West Africa and is in process of compiling a list of resources for teaching about worship in a cross-cultural context which will be ready in January. Darcie Pace works with World Christian Fellowship at Wheaton College and says that Piper has had a dramatic influence there. … Bravo for John Piper!
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CHINESE: “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WEB”

WebWatch Visit http://www.sinanet.com/about/about.html to learn more about Chinese on the web. Through new technology, it might not be far away as you think!
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AVENUES TO GET FULL RANGE BIBLICAL EDUCATION

Want to know where you can obtain a full range of Bible education on the WEB, all the way from adult Bible courses (non-college credit), to courses for certificates, Associates Degrees, a BA in Intercultural Ministries (Northwestern) and credits toward masters degrees!!! All on the web. Three locations even have Online Courses besides the correspondence courses available. Thanks Carol!

Adult Bible Courses (non-college credit)

College & Graduate Courses (college credit) (OC = Online Courses)

Thanks Grace!

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? FREE LOCAL INTERNET FOR UK

WebWatch Check it out… http://www.freeserve.net can set you up on the net for free email if you live in the UK! Thanks Danny!
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GET FREE SAT-PHONE TIME

telephone FREE satellite air-time! 300 minutes of FREE satellite air-time for every satellite phone purchased from MAF between now and December 31, 1998. This is about $1,000 worth of FREE air-time! Now is the time to buy your missionary the gift of connectivity for Christmas. For further details contact Planet1@xc.org or call Rex or Paul at (909)794-1151 x215.
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OKAY, OKAY, SO WE WON’T SAY Q___ AND D_____ ANY MORE

One reader wrote to say that the phrase “quick and dirty” had its root in the street and shouldn’t find its way into Brigada Today. So this is the last you’ll see of it. :-)
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WHERE TO GET MOST EVERYTHING

Thanks to Walter for the GREAT job he did compiling the list of “where to buy most everything!” Here’s the hurry-up summary. Watch for an update on a quarterly basis:
  1. TEALBROOK–water purification products. We also carry first aid kits and some related equipment, but our specialty is in the area of water. Mike & Deb Lundeen

    TealBrook
    PO Box 372
    Hastings MN 55033-0372
    Tel: 651/480-8787 or 800/222-6614
    Fax: 651/480-8786
    Email: TealBrook@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook

  2. PRM (Portable recording Ministries) was established in 1968 as a technical ministry providing Audio/Visual Equipment and technical assistance as an aid in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. We want to be your resource to help you extend your Christian ministry. PRM is a technical subsidiary of Audio Scripture Ministries which has locations in Kenya, East Africa, Singapore, India and Bangladesh.

    PRM may be contacted by
    Phone: 616-396-5291
    Phone: 1-800-333-1616
    Fax: 616-396-5294
    E-mail: PRMTechcenter@AudioScriptures.org

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURE MINISTRIES 760 Waverly Road
    Holland, Michigan 49423 USA
  4. Lehman’s Non-Electric Catalog–They have all sorts of good stuff, from water filter systems to meat grinders. They have a catalog with some special prices for missionaries.
    Phone: 330/857-5757
    Email: GetLehmans@aol.com
    Web: www.Lehmans.com
  5. For information and equipment for well drilling and other methods of developing rural water supplies, the best Christian source is Lifewater International at http://www.lifewater.org.
  6. Seafreight / Airfreight
  7. TRAVEL: Flight Tickets
  8. TELECOM: Interconnection, Card Services, Callback
  9. MUSIC for MISSIONS for free!! PaulGarratt@XC.Org, MfM, 294 Massey Rd, Mangere East, Auckland 1701, NEW ZEALAND
    Phone/Fax (64-9) 2769-462 or 2769-459
  10. PRAYER CARDS – Ron Urbanovitch Missionary Photo Service MPS@xc.org www.Clearvista.com/mps
  11. NUMBER EIGHT: HOMESTEAD PRODUCTS http://www.teleport.com/~dany/mill Grain mills, water filters, Aladdin lamps, quality simple-lifestyle & outdoors items
  12. NUMBER NINE: CALL 220 INTERNATIONAL, INC. 1-800-327-1758 or 516-254-4102 or fax 516-254-2368 or email Call220inc@AOL.COM Randy Spelman, the President, would be happy to send his catalogs in the mail at your request. Call 220 deals in just about any brand of 220 volt appliance. Call 220 is a direct distributor for all General Electric 220 volt items which means his prices are better than anyone else’s since GE has less than a half dozen 220 volt distributor throughout the US. (Missionaries cannot buy directly from GE.) Call 220 is very generous toward missionaries and makes special pricing available. I have ordered some $10,000 of items through him and have never been disappointed.
  13. MISSIONARY RESOURCES (from International Aid Inc.) This is a 56 page booklet, published in 1997 of some 300 organizations covering lots of resources, ie. from Agriculture to Water, Wells; Pumps and Purifying Systems. Be sure to request this $2 booklet via their email: intlaid@xc.org This booklet will help you to not have to reinvent the wheel.

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ENLARGE YOUR COLLECTION OF PROJECTION

Want to buy a used 16mm projector? Now you can. Just contact Al Moffa, Theatre Sound Service, 767 Front St., St., Catasauqua, PA 18032; Tel. 610-264-2224. Singer Graphlex, Eiki, Elmo, and hundreds of all models of Bell & Howell. He usually sells them for around $75. One Brigada reader (Ken) has bought over 100 from him over the years and have been real happy.
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GET YOUR NEWS THE EASY WAY . . . VIA EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Roger rogerdoriot@xc.org thinks news should be easier to get . ..and now, thanks to his research and the Brigada family’s response, it is! All these sources are free and easy to unsubscribe from if you don’t like them or if you decide you have enough material for the time being (unless otherwise noted). Pass this list on to others in your group or team! And thanks for the work, Roger!

IMB lists: There are some prayer request and news release e-mail lists at http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm , an “excellent source of grassroots news and vignettes.” The “Today’s Prayer” list M-F has many items of news and prayer requests from many countries. Someone with Internet access could subscribe for another who does not have it. Very good source of prayer material from around the world.

DAWN Fridayfax: Weekly missions news from around the world. Send an e-mail to: fridayfax@ibm.net with the words:
subscribe English
in the Subject line. Nothing needed in the message area. Web site: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn/ .

Global Glimpse: Web site: http://www.calebproject.org. To receive an inspirational news bite on missions by email weekly, send your request to: jhanna@cproject.com

Global Mapping International Newsletter List: Various items related to missions. Send an e-mail to: subscribe-gmi-info@XC.Org.

Global Prayer Digest: To receive daily GPD postings, mail to: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdiges@XC.Org. A lot of interesting info on unreached peoples.

JOEL-NEWS-INTERNATIONAL: An e-mail bulletin offering news reports on prayer and revival from all over the world, published twice a week in English. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: lyris@xc.org with:
subscribe joel-news-international
in the body of the message. Web site: http://www.xs4all.nl/~mvdwoude.

Wycliffe Bible Translators: Web site: www.wycliffe.org has daily prayer request and other news about Wycliffe. May have info on some e-mail availability soon on the site.

Intercessors Network: Web site: http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-54890. Urgent prayer targets e-mail list. Help in praying for world leaders, etc. Request by sending a note to: lw.pray@swipnet.se. News of persecution and martyrdom. To subscribe, send a message to lyris@xc.org with the single line
subscribe gem-persecution
in the body of the message.

China Watch: News on missions related to China. To subscribe, send a message (subject & body blank) to: Msubscribe-china-watch@xc.org.

IFA Prayer Alerts: Various important situations to pray for in the USA, sent weekly. E-mail to: USAPray@aol.com with:
subscribe USA PRAY
in the Subject line. Web site: WWW.IFA-USAPRAY.ORG.

Hot Spots: Daily e-mail with info on dangerous and potentially dangerous situations in different countries world-wide. Must register online, or have someone register you at the site: http://www.airsecurity.com. Not strictly missions news, but some important things to pray for which affect missions.

Brigada Today: But hey . . you’re already subscribed to this, right? :-) If not, send email to brigada-today-subscribe@egroups.com.

GENERAL NEWS BY E-MAIL

Infobeat News: All kinds of News, Sports, Weather, and other items that can be received automatically by e-mail. Must select items you want at: http://www.infobeat.com, but someone else who has the Internet can subscribe for you, giving your e-mail address. Gives headlines, one paragraph summary, and an internet site address to click on for the full story.

Daily Brief: Briefer than Infobeat on individual items, but gives a wide variety of news, sports, business items. Very good. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: subscribe-db@incinc.net. Nothing needed in subject line or message area. Or send to: db-request@incinc.net, with:
subscribe
in the subject line..

Wired News Daily: News on Business, Culture, Technology, Politics, etc. Subscribe at: http://www.wired.com. Headlines, one paragraph, internet site for the story.

World Net Daily: “Cutting edge news source.” The e-mail only gives the headlines. Have to go to the web site for the news. You can subscribe at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/.

MSNBC News: Headlines, short summary, and site to access – with news in various fields. Subscribe at: http://www.msnbc.com.

CNN personal page: Bryan Bryami@xc.org says: I have also set up my own page care of CNN. Off their home page http://www.cnn.com you can choose to personalize a news web page with the kind of stuff you want to hear about and keep up on.

Compiled by Roger E. Doriot rogerdoriot@xc.org , October, 1998.

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