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cd-rom We’re hearing good things about Galcom International’s CD – with specific information of each of the 11,886 people groups of the world, special files on the most unreached, files on main world religions, video briefings on Romania and India, 25,000 screens of text and 50 voice files for only U.S. $19. From Galcom International, Box 270956, Tampa, FL 33688 USA. Email


Thanks to Paul who tipped us off to the fact that Microsoft is offering a free extension to Internet Explorer 4 which allows creation of East Asian language html documents on non-Asian versions of Win98. Take your pick – Korean, Japanese and Chinese, … you name it! The package includes a Unicode font and the keyboard mapper. Unfortunately, so far it only works in Outlook (the email program) and IE4, but hey… you have to start somewhere. Find it at:


lighting the way We apologize if you’ve had a hard time finding the web address for From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya in Russian. The correct URL is: (what a difference a letter can make!). If you’re still looking for Moody Independent Studies, browse at and if you’re frustrated finding Columbia’s Distance Learning, check it out at: and . . . again, we apologize for these errors! Yikes gulp this web stuff is unforgiving! :-) Thanks to daustin and Doug for the corrections.


Check out the free studies at – They are written especially for people interested in understanding the church in Eastern Europe, including prospective partnership churches. In fact, some material would interest anyone with even a general interest in missions. Thanks Marsh!


All cross-cultural workers should have it as their eventual goal to learn the local language of the people with whom they’re ministering. However, during that language learning era, maybe you’ll have to use an interpreter some. If so, check out the new compendium, “Interpreting as Ministry” and “Speaking with an Interpreter.” (Evidently these are published together within the same covers.) Find 200 helpful tips to enrich your ministry and help you be a more effective communicator. “Speaking with an Interpreter” is written by Beverly Caruso, author and trainer of writers. Bev has spoken in over 30 nations, often through interpreters. “Interpreting as Ministry” is written by Jim Harper, Founder and Director of the International Christian Interpreters Association, headquartered in Vladivostok, Russia. Jim conducts one-week schools for Interpreters. Through interviews and questionnaires with missionaries from various missions and denominations, from all parts of the world, you’ll find reading both sections of this booklet useful for yourself and your interpreters. Presented in one pocket-sized booklet, this handy 20-page tool is priced so you can carry with you enough copies to leave one with each of your interpreters. Retail prices: $3 each – 6/$12 – 12/$20 plus $2.00 postage and handling for U.S. addresses. (Contact them for wholesale prices for larger quantities.) $5.00 postage and handling for international addresses. Order from Abba Ministries, 1621 Baldwin Avenue, Orange, CA 92865 USA. Or visit their website at:


Now you can pick up Discovering and Embracing God’s Global Purpose for $18.00 from Caleb Project. Containing 18 studies, it leads in discovering and embracing the purpose of Christ that permeates all of scripture – that of bringing glory to God by redeeming some from every tribe, tongue, and nation. With 136 pages, it includes two teaching cassettes and The Great Omission by Robertson McQuilkin. It’s Perspectives in a Bible Study form! For questions, write or to order, write If you’re using a credit card, find it on their web site at for encrypted transactions.


Is Eudora your emailer of choice – but the new “ying and yang” symbol in version 4.1 got you down? David suggests heading over to to pick up a patch that fixes it! I guess enough people complained about the non-Christian symbol that QualComm listened! :-) Thanks David!


Great idea. Antioch Network is launching a “Church Planting Apprenticeship Program.” This is an 18-24 month program designed for those who feel called to church planting (especially internationally), but also feel a need for further training and experience. After a month of intensive study of church planting principles and strategies, participants (in teams of 3-4) will actually plant a church “from scratch”. They will be coached throughout the various stages of planting a church. The program is scheduled to begin in April 1999 in Frisco, Colorado. Write for more details.


If you’re thinking of subscribing to the International Journal of Frontier Missions, now’s a great time. You’ll receive a free issue (on “New Religious Movements and Missions”). Subscription costs are $15.00 for one year (four issues), $28.00 for two years (eight issues), and $40.00 for three years. Costs include surface shipping for anywhere in the world. For more info., write


If you’ve tried to order via the web from Audio Scriptures International (ASI-California) lately, you’ve probably had a hard time. Evidently, their web order form has been inoperative. But it’s fixed now! You can order right there on the web (using your Visa card) from the entire list of over 300 languages with Scripture in audio. These include albums of entire New Testaments in some 200 languages and individual gospels and special arrangements of Scripture on cassette in another 125 languages. By the way, if you’d rather order the old-fashioned way, you can still do that too – and it’s been working the whole time… :-) Audio Scriptures International, PO Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046. Tel: (760) 745 8105, Fax: (760) 745 8150 or by email


praying hands My “day job” is trying to give leadership to a growing missions agency called Team Expansion. We have about 130 full-time workers focusing on church planting in 24 countries around the globe. Lately, we’ve been focusing a lot more on prayer (hasn’t everyone?). In fact, this past week we brought on a person to focus nearly full-time energy on just that very ministry. Our Mobilization Team gathers regularly to lift up the names of new contacts, prospective recruits, and short-termers. In addition, we all meet once each week and pray specifically (by name) for each and every full-time worker and apprentice, along with his or her needs. On the wall of the conference room where we pray, our Personnel Dept. maintains a big world map featuring pictures of everyone so we can “see” them in our mind’s eye while lifting them up to the Father. Throughout the week, when any of our International Services team hears about a particular prayer need or request, we make note of it in our database. Moments before we pray, we print out a full list of all our missionaries and the prayer requests we’ve all picked up on during the past week. If your agency or church is experiencing a rebirth in prayer for your full-time workers, drop me a note to briefly describe it. And may we each be brought to a closer personal walk with Him!

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