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- REAL-TIME, ONLINE UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP ADOPTIONS
- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! PROPOSED: AN EMAIL VIRUS PREVENTION PROTOCOL
- INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MISSION STUDIES – IAMS 2000
- POLICE IN INDIA RISING TO THE TASK
- NEW TRIBES CALLS FOR WORLDWIDE PRAYER JAN. 31
- YOU’VE GOT MAIL!
- ON-SITE ‘UNREACHED’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ESTABLISHED
- GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM BARIPADA
- TARGET THE NATIONS DOESN’T COST AS MUCH
- CHINA PRAYER CALENDARS FOR THE COST OF SHIPPING
- EVANGELISM ON THE WEB!
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REAL-TIME, ONLINE UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP ADOPTIONS
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! PROPOSED: AN EMAIL VIRUS PREVENTION PROTOCOL
And now the latest rage is all the prayer requests, many of which seem to be unverified and undated. So we don’t know if they’ve floated around for 3 days or 3 months! And what’s more, so much of this stuff is totally useless. I mean, how in the world will Walt Disney’s son (Walt Disney never even had a son named “Walt”! As a matter of fact, he never even had a son!) or Bill Gates know if we forward this email 5000 times? And, how will our emails help save Sesame Street, stop nuclear war, or preserve Afghan women? The government isn’t going to impose long distance rates for Internet access, there are no “Good Times”, and even if your email says “guts to say Jesus”, it still won’t erase your hard drive. Neither The American Cancer Society nor ” Valley Children’s Hospital” will donate 3 cents per email (even if the story about the little girl is a sad one — Dave Matthews notwithstanding) for anything you write, Aspartame isn’t all that bad, you don’t have to “join the crew” and you can’t “win a holiday.” Jessica Mydek doesn’t exist, forget “penpal greetings,” and, well, okay, so maybe the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe isn’t so bad…
But all in all, have you had enough of these things??? So here’s a proposal. What if all 9,000 of us covenanted together to never forward these things on again! Imagine what an impact it would have for the Kingdom of Christ! Just imagine the missionaries and all the newly discovered spare time they’ll have, not having to read about kidneys being harvested while we sleep!
So here it is… the newly proposed “Brigada Email Virus Prevention Protocol.” If you send it to 5 other people, you’ll receive a free trip to Mars! (Just kidding about the free trip!) Seriously, let’s try to watch for these key ingredients before we forward email:
- VERIFIABLE ORIGIN: Does it have an author and a working email address or web site? If not, don’t forward it. If so, and if the content sounds questionable, then write the source and verify it. If you don’t get a reply or if the site is bogus, toss it. By no means forward it to everyone in Zanzibar!
- VERIFIABLE PURPOSE: Will it make an actual difference if I forward it? Think about it: why would 1000 emails help Muslims treat Afghan women any better?
- VERIFIABLE CLOSURE: How will we know when it’s complete? Does it have a cut-off date?
So next time you compose a prayer request, or an urgent news update, or whatever, make sure it meets the “Brigada OPC Test” — Origin, Purpose, and Closure. If not, please don’t forward it to me.
There now. Are we done with all those for good? I doubt it.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MISSION STUDIES – IAMS 2000
POLICE IN INDIA RISING TO THE TASK
NEW TRIBES CALLS FOR WORLDWIDE PRAYER JAN. 31
(Note the verifiable OPC: origin, purpose, and closure!) (Thanks for tipping us off to this date, Dave!)
YOU’VE GOT MAIL!
ON-SITE ‘UNREACHED’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ESTABLISHED
GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM BARIPADA
(Source: Associated Press, “Missionary Mourned in India,” By Neelesh Misra, 1/24/1999 DELHI, India. For More information http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/asiapcf/9901/23/india.christian/index.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
TARGET THE NATIONS DOESN’T COST AS MUCH
CHINA PRAYER CALENDARS FOR THE COST OF SHIPPING
EVANGELISM ON THE WEB!
GOT A GREAT SOURCE FOR BUYING MISSIONS STAMPS?
IF YOU HAVE TO FLY, WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
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WARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.
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