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MARGIE’S GOT SOME MAILERS

mailboxThanks to Margie from Calcutta for the great job she did compiling prospective mailers for those desiring remailers within the USA. Three individuals volunteered to serve as US Postal service mailers from email messages. Just contact one of them with your particular situation & needs to see which best suits you for computer compatibility, standards, styles, etc. They would provide ink, paper, envelope, and postage and would print out the message in an acceptable format and post in US Mail. Charges range from postage only to 70 cents per letter. Please be sure to give the full address and if possible, the 5+4 zip code. Here are the willing workers and their email addresses: Larry Wilson LWilson@XC.Org (50-60 cents per letter, negotiable); Noel Hyde NoelHyde@xc.org (70 cents per letter, produced by HP color inkjet); Bill Behrmann mpppub@connecti.com (postage charges only — can also do newsletters); Gordon Sheill gsheill@concentric.net (commercial service; write for full information). If you’re faxing (instead of using postal mail), you can broadcast your emails via email-to-fax gateways. Start with the FREE service at http://www.tpc.int and go from there. Thanks tons Margie. Great job! And three cheers to these volunteers!!! thumbs-up
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DECEMBER 1998 ADVANCE READY FOR A GOOD READ!

The Dec. Advance is up and running!

Here’s the summary; get the full text by sending the above email.

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Manchu of northeastern China; the Lak of southern Dagestan; the Arabs of Tunisia; dozens killed in Europe and central and northern Asia; the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip and West Bank; Santeria in the United States

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — pastor in Sri Lanka, murdered ; Christians murdered in Pakistan; militia slaughters group at church in Congo; members of Messianic Jewish congregation attacked in Israel; house church leaders arrested in China

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Churches, mosques burned in Indonesia; Jack Kevorkian charged with murder; scientists grow stem cells from fertilized eggs; article shows how birth control pills work as abortion agent

REJOICE! — Belarusian bishop freed from prison; 200,000 churches in 130 countries pray for persecuted believers; Ethiopian missionaries share the gospel in India; new believer in South Africa falsely accused, vindicated; 190 churches started in Russia through “Superbook” television series; 56% of Americans believe abortion is wrong; surgeons correct spina bifida in the womb; “Los Angeles Times” refuses ads from adult clubs

NETWORKING — Interceding for Muslims during Ramadan; e-mail network helps with hurricane relief in Honduras; prayer guide for Turkic groups on the Silk Road; resources for children’s mission education; new book introduces children to Indonesia; a tool box of proven principles to build friendships with Muslims; new music video helps students understand call to missions; “World Christian Magazine”; prayer guide for the peoples of Vietnam

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TIBET PRAYER CALENDAR READY

praying handsCaleb Project is pleased to announce the “1999 Pray for Tibet” calendar which is now available at our web site. Beginning January, 1999 the page will automatically show that day’s prayer request together with the current month and one of twelve fabulous photographs. Please pass this announcement to others who would like to pray for Tibetans. The Calendar is at: http://www.calebproject.org/tibcal/tibcal.cgi
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WORLD MANDATE 99 WILL COMMAND GREAT ATTENTION

Check out the World Mandate 99 conference hosted by Highland Baptist Church, Waco, TX January 22-24, 1999. Mandate is a student missions conference that the Highland College department has been hosting for the last ten years. This year’s group includes Floyd McClung from YWAM and Mike Bickle from Kansas City. Jeff Searles from the Vineyard will be leading worship. You can get more information over the web at http://www.highlandbc.org or by e-mailing for a brochure to ruth-reese@highlandbc.com.
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TENTMAKERS TO MEET

The Tentmakers International Exchange Congress Organizer, gcgroup@iafrica.com announced that if you plan to attend, you must get your registration in by Dec 30th to received the early bird discount. He wrote, “Why the 3rd Congress? Its been 10 years since the Lausanne II International Congress on World Evangelization in Manila and the inception of TIE at that historical event. Much has taken place and for many of us the “courses of action” in the “Statement on Tentmaking” became a reality, but for others it is still a dream. This Congress will affirm what the Lord has allowed us to learn and contribute over the 10 years. Others need resources and may want to become part of this network to contribute to the work taking place. This Congress is an opportunity for contributing and learning as the “sending” and “receiving” nations come together.”
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SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK-GIFTS FOR YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONARY?

books Ian says you should check out the “book-bot” price checker at http://www.acses.com . It reportedly checks simultaneously on about 40 or so “online bookstores.” So… once you have your book picked out, give it a try! Thanks Ian!
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PATTANI MALAY PRAYER GUIDE DURING RAMADAN

praying hands If you would like to receive a 30 day Prayer Guide specifically for the Pattani Malay of Southern Thailand during Ramadan (which starts Dec. 20th), check out this guide which was written by team members from the field! You can receive it either as one file to share with others (about 130 kb) or you can receive a daily electronic version via email. Each day will be less than one screen’s worth of information to guide you through your time of prayer. Let Don know which one is best for you and he will get it to you. If your church has adopted the Pattani Malay this would be a great resource. Contact him at drdavis@xc.org.
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ANOTHER WAY TO COVER UP NETZERO ADS

netzero logo Still bothered by NetZero ads distracting you in the corner of the screen? Browse http://www.zdnet.com/swlib/ for “Iceware On Top,” a free utility that will cover up particular locations on the screen. Thanks Carey!
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WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE STAT-SPOT?

If you have an inside line on where to fine great mission stats – especially those dealing with reaching the youth of the world today – Tom & Joy Harriger 74114.1120@compuserve.com would like to know! They’re particularly searching for summary statements about how much of the world is under the age of 21 or how much of the world’s youth are believers. They’ll collect the stats and, in a couple of weeks, send a report in to us here for all the read.
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PRAYER CALENDARS FOR CHINA

praying hands Here’s a source for full-color, informative wall calendars called “The 1999 Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendars. For info. on bulk orders or brainstorming about large distributions, contact Dave at eastasia@telebyte.net. See a sample on the web at http://www.ccci.org/china . To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351, or write Dave at eastasia@telebyte.net and ask for item 7707e. FYI, this calendar was developed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in China. It is intended to help Christians pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China. The price is $3.49 + s/h per individual calendar … but they are flexible on pricing if you can help them with distribution!
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AGENCIES FOR INDEPENDENT MISSIONARIES?

Kurt KWerthmull@aol.com wrote to ask, “I have volunteered at and continue to be associated with a Christian orphanage in the Middle East. Volunteers are needed there, but it is often difficult to recruit because the orphanage can screen volunteers but has no means of collecting and receipting financial support for them. Traditional mission organizations understandably require people to go through their application process, become an official missionary for them, and be placed in assignments as directed by the organization. My question is this: does anyone have a list of reputable mission organizations that are willing to organize/ channel/ receipt/ administer support for people independently participating in overseas ministry?” Sounds like he’s looking for more of an administrative service . . . just handling funds and all. Anybody have leads? If so, send them to him directly and he’ll compile the list and report back to us here at Brigada in 10 days or so.
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FOR THE BOOKWORMS AMONG US – BUILDING MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

books One reader wrote recently to “highly recommend Lianne Roembke’s new book, “Building Multicultural Teams”. She is also involved in giving training in this and related areas. Her email is: Lroembke@aol.com. Try the book at William Carey Library: 1-800-MISSION in the USA or via Net-2-Phone . . .
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HELP US GLOBALIZE

Brigada Logo We keep trying to focus on the international audience reading Brigada Today, but inevitably, we slip up and stumble! Please forgive us when we make even the slightest error that offends any of our dear brothers and sisters reading from across the globe outside North America. In addition, maybe you can help us! If you choose to suggest an item to Brigada Today, please be sure to remember the nature of our audience – zillions of people outside the USA – and the West. When you offer or cite a resource, be sure to keep that audience in mind and be creative as to how to reach them. For example, something as simple as a toll-free number can seem offensive to those outside the USA – since it’s only toll-free for those in the USA. So in addition to the toll-free number, always offer a web page or fax number as an alternative. Thanks for helping us become more sensitive to the international nature of the Brigada family… and once again, thanks for your patience!
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CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Are you pining away, hoping to find just the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she is from one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Thanks to Karen for sleuthing these out! Following are approximate translations for “MERRY CHRISTMAS” or “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!” IN OVER 33 LANGUAGES!:
Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
Armenian Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Chinese
(Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
(Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
(Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish Gladelig Jul
Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English Merry Christmas
Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish Hyvaa joulua
French Joyeux Noel
Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic Gledileg Jol
Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori Meri Kirihimete
Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo Merry Keshmish
Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal
Rapa-Nui Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Serbian Hristos se rodi
Slovakian Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
Serbian Hristos se rodi!
Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish Feliz Navidad!
Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

In addition, here’s a piece of artwork from Mark . . . with best wishes from him and all of us at Brigada Today (like we’ve got this great big staff! :-))

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"BOAS FESTAS"
"JOYEUX NOEL"
"VESELE VANOCE"
"MELE KALIKIMAKA"
"NODLAG SONA DHUIT"
"BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"
"GOD JUL"
"BUON ANNO"
"FELIZ NATAL"
"FELIZ NAVIDAD"
"MERRY CHRISTMAS"
"KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"
"FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"
"BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"
"HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"
"WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"
"MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU"
"HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK"
"'N PRETTIG KERSTMIS"
"ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"
"Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"
"NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"
"FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"
"S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"
"GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"
"EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"
"KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"
"SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO"
"ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"
"BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "
"MERRY CHRISTMAS - - HAPPY NEW YEAR"
"ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"
"FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR"
"PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"
"BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"
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