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  • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”
  • CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS
  • PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000
  • THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS
  • WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…
  • WEB-WATCH
  • SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE
  • NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE
  • LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS
  • FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY
  • LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”
  • LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!
  • FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!
  • TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY
  • RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST
  • LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS
  • 0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN
  • FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…
  • TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1
  • CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA
  • ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND
  • FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES
  • WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS
  • WANTED — STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES
  • GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?
  • OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?
  • GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”
  • TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”

    Brigada LogoEver notice that when we talk about all the 9000+ members of the Brigada family, we try to always say “participants” instead of mere “readers?” That’s because you’re involved!
    1. many Brigada participants coordinate or participate in people group advocacy networks, either online or in person;
    2. tons of Brigada participants respond to inquiries put together for future Brigada Today stories… like a collection of TESL resources, for instance;
    3. whenever there’s a special resource or opportunity, sometimes hundreds (literally!) of responders come rolling in!

    So thanks for being more than just “readers”! Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

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    CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS

    Don’t forget to wonder on in and check out all the links that are going up at http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today Note the instructions at the top of the page. Check out links to Albania, Japan, and the uttermost parts of the earth!

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    PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000

    Brigada LogoPeople are already praying for BrigadaFest 2000, scheduled for Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. We’re planning on a very focused get-together, modeled after the Pit-Stops that have occurred regionally throughout the USA, with emphasis on people group tracks and PACE Projects (specific adopt-a-people projects focused proactively on church planting and prayer mobilization). If you’d like to take advantage of this event as a venue for your unreached people group get-together for 2000 – and meet in concert with 20-30 other focused tracks, drop me a line at Dlucas@teamexpansion.org and we’ll do our best! We’ll provide the meeting room for your track, along with logistics for meals, housing, secure registrations by web, security, audio-visual equipment, etc. The works! Costs will be kept as low as possible by relying heavily on volunteers. The event is being jointly sponsored by:
    • Interdev (which has volunteered to lead sessions on partnership development),
    • Caleb Project (which has offered to lead an Advocacy Training track),
    • Southeast Christian Church (which has a weekly worship attendance of 12,000+ friendly believers and a passion to change the world for Him),
    • Friends of Bosnia and a dozen other unreached peoples tracks (so far) from around the globe
    • Team Expansion (seeking to serve as a catalyst for launching additional PACE Projects), and, of course,
    • Brigada.

    Others are warmly welcome to attend. Registration will all be done in advance so we’ll be able to plan very specifically for content and direction of each hour. Let’s make this a time when we can finally come together in one place to meet one another and find out more about each other than “such-and-such.com.” :-)

    If you’d like to attend, send a message to brigadafest-subscribe@egroups.com to receive regular updates. And if you’re interested in interceding for the event, send a message to brigadafest-prayer-subscribe@egroups.com where the prayer meeting has already begun! Check out this prayer sent over that conference last week from Terry BorkTerry@aol.com, a prayer coordinator for BrigadaFest:
    “Dear heavenly Father, Your love for us is so immense. You created each one of us as a unique individual. Help us to see that uniqueness in each other and to appreciate it as you do. As we pray for Unreached People groups, show us the burden of your heart for each and help us to pray your blessings upon them. Jesus, you came to save the lost, help them to know how much you love them, protect them from harm and meet their needs. As we prepare for BrigadaFest 2000 and the Friends of Bosnia conference there in February, keep each of us focused on our specific area that you want us to work in. Send laborers to help plan these events and execute the logistics for them. Give wisdom to the leaders who are meeting to discuss the planning. Jesus, give us the Nations and help us to love them as you love them. I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Our Lord.”
    Yahooo!!!! Join Terry each week and let’s pray that God works mightily in this event!

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    THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS

    praying handsThey’re at it again! In cooperation with the Praying Through the Window IV Committee, Global Mapping is pulling together a new prayer map! Yahooo!  Now I haven’t seen a copy of these on paper, but I have looked at the prototype at: http://www.gmi.org/pttw4.htm and it looks very interesting! Strategic “towns”! :-) Plus, it seems to almost have that “satellite view” glow about it! Cool!  Check it out for yourself. This “Strategic Towns” color map for fall comes in three formats:
    • Personal Map: 8 1/2″ x 11″
    • Place-Mat: 11″ x 17″
    • Wall-Map: 22″ x 34″

    Until JUNE 30TH, you can place a pre-publication order in quantities of 100 or more and save 20% off their regular bulk prices coming in July. On orders of 1,000 or more, there is even room on the map to print your own logo (small extra charge). For more information, including billing options, write pttw4@gmi.org.

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    WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…

    Brigada LogoSuppose you have a passion for a particular people group and you’d like to start up a brigada-style conference, based on the old brigada-peoples-*@xc.org model… or the old brigada-connections-*@xc.org model… Either way, just send an email to transition@brigada.worldchurches.org and you’ll receive a complete set of instructions for handling this question. These have been recently updated as of today to reflect the needs of new groups.

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    WEB-WATCH – NO FRONTIERS

    WebWatchhttp://www.nofrontiers.com are a UK- based ministry who supply tracts, booklets, books and Bibles in about 100 languages. Check ’em out! (Thanks Tony!)

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    SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE

    Check out the upgraded information at Scruples Business and Missions Page www.scruples.org/bizetmiz/. There’s a Directory of over 135 Organizations that have ministry or mission opportunities for Christians in the Marketplace from tentmaking positions to micro enterprise development initiatives, an ANNOTATED Bibliography of Business and Missions resources with over 125 sources (articles, books, research papers, videos, web sites and much more). There are also archives of the Scruples Business and Missions Newsletter, a Calendar of Events which features upcoming training seminars and conferences for Business and Missions, and even a Discussion Forum! Check it out!

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    NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE

    Join the new Business and Missions email conference! Subscribers can send announcements to the conference with respect to Business and Missions news and opportunities. There is a Member Only chat site for Business and Missions people to meet and discuss Business and Missions initiatives. There is a group calendar on which you can post your Business and Missions events. The conference is a private conference which requires membership approval of the conference owner, Mike McLoughlin who is the author of the Scruples Business and Missions Site. To subscribe to the conference please send an email to brigada-business-and-missions-subscribe@egroups.com and include your name, organization and mailing address and a brief sentence on why you are interested in business and missions.

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    LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS

    cd-romSOON Gospel Literature has put together some links to various online resources and CD offers. The author would be grateful for other links for this section. http://www.webauthors.org/guide/webmission.html#language

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    FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY

    Check out http://www.angelfire.com/az/rescon/index.html for the latest on topics of interest for people involved in the Muslim world and/or the Middle East.

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    LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”

    The Antioch Network Annual Gathering of Churches will take place at the beautiful Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, AZ, Aug 25-28, ’99. This year’s Gathering will focus on the steps toward engagement in cross-cultural work among the unreached. There will also be roundtables and workshops for select groups like Sr. pastors, missions pastors and others. Cost for the Gathering is $125 per attendee (late registration, postmarked after July 25, 1999, $150 per attendee). For more information wrote gathering@antiochnetwork.org or browse http://www.antiochnetwork.org.

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    LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!

    graduation capPacific Academy, a K- 12 Christian school near Vancouver, Canada, is developing courses for delivery via the Internet. Check ’em out at http://www.pagecomm.net or email dlambier@pagecomm.net.

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    FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!

    praying handsThose interested in this year’s “30 Days Hindu Prayer Focus,” announced by WorldChristian News and U.K.-based South Asia Concern, are encouraged to choose ANY 30-day period in which to utilize the 1999 edition of the prayerguide booklets. Many churches and ministries have found this to be helpful, allowing them to plan in a way appropriate to their ministry schedule. For info on available materials (including a new video series on India and Hinduism), contact wcn@xc.org, or view http://www.ywam.org/prayer.hindu.html

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    TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY

    graduation capA unique database program has been developed for record keeping for correspondence schools. It provides the capability of tracking names and addresses for a virtually unlimited number of students. It also tracks the student’s grades and grade averages in numerous classes. The database provides numerous reports and mailing labels. It is written in MS Access and is a Y2K compliant, totally self-contained program. Minimum system requirements: Windows 95 or 98 operating system on a 486 PC with 16 Megabytes RAM. For more information, send email to donandbev@compuserve.com.

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    RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST

    Several folks were confused by the fact that our original “top 20 unreached peoples list” was formatted as a Rich Text Format (RTF) file. As a result, we caved in and went to POAT (Plain Old ASCII Text) :-). If you felt as if you got only garbage, try it again by sending an email to the following address: top20upgs@brigada.worldchurches.org.

    Important: On this and all other auto-responders, it’s critical that you not add any quotation marks to the address. Do it exactly like you see above.

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    LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS

    cd-romDon’t ship heavy books … go with CDs! Saves money AND allows you to have access to your books while IN the field. Let the computer read the books & TELL YOU the book page to click & start reading; then annotate to the word of choice. Search some or all books for any word, phrase, topic or scripture citation/mention. Logos Research Systems http://www.logos.com has a special email offer (only) to Brigada participants and to those IN the field where Logos distributorship is not present. Select any package & receive 50% discount on the Logos Lesson Builder product that offers IVP LifeGuide Bible Study series on CD. Lesson Builder contains 10 years of editable lessons (if used at the rate of one per week) plus lesson making templates to follow. Normally $59.95. Email Trish trish@logos.com and she will assist you in selecting from several greatly reduced in price packages and point you to local distribution where we must. Note that the special offer is only available direct & it is not available on their web site. Offer valid to June 30, 1999.

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    0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN

    booksOver 7,000 carefully selected titles makes the 0nline Bookstore at Reformed Theological Seminary a must for the serious student of the Bible. Books are discounted and books on sale are deeply discounted. Best of Category selections assist the shopper in book selection. RTS Powerbrowse provides a notification system of new books that match your criterion via email. Check it out at: http://www.rtsbookstore.edu

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    FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…

    movie cameraFor Brigada participants, they tell us that they’re still willing to provide free Jesus videos, if you follow the instructions carefully. Get the lowdown by sending a blank email to this address: jesus-films@brigada.worldchurches.org

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    TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1

    bow tied to fingerLast week, a friend wrote to share some of the challenges he’d faced on a recent trip out of the country, trying to connect to the Internet. He asked that we pass along any tips we can think of, over the coming months. So… that’s exactly what we’ll do.

    The first tip is a simple one… Do your homework in advance! Depending on the length of your trip and how you’ll be hosted in your destination country, find someone there who will be able to give you some local pointers to getting online there… and email them in advance. Be sensitive to their time commitments. Keep your questions short and to the point and, though it might seem funny to say so, I’d suggest you avoid chitchat. These missionary-types are usually very relational people! :-) Some of them only email as much as they have to … They don’t want to spend their evenings away from family with their face buried into a computer screen! We’ll assume for this tip that you’re on a two-week journey… fairly short as int’l travel goes.

    So ask simple things…

    1. Will our group be staying near anyone with a computer that we might be able to use to send back an occasional email message to our friends and family back home — say once every 3 or 4 days?
    2. If so, we’ll glad reimburse for the time online. (Note: this will probably be a combination of the local “units” [or number of minutes times the price per minute for a local call] plus the cost per minute for the Internet connectivity; still, it’s probably less than the cost of you dialing Zurich or Penang or whatever.)
    3. If not, would he or she know of any locations — like a “teleboutique” — where we might be able to get a phone connection to call CompuServe or AOL or any other int’l carrier?

    If he or she writes back and says it’ll be too much of a hassle, trust the response and leave the laptop at home. Plan on using a callback service (more on that later) or something similar. Sometimes email just isn’t worth the trouble. Make two or three phone calls during your two-week trip… and that should be plenty to keep friends and family informed. That having been said, I haven’t personally left the computer at home since 1991… :-)… and our mission is at work in over two dozen countries and we’ve traveled through dozens of other lands without an email hitch… so more later on how to get connected from those impossible locations! But for now… trust your host!

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    CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA

    Plans have been confirmed for Nate Butler and Len Cowan of ROX35 Media, Inc. to teach a “Comics As Communication” course on Aug. 9-12 at the Goldengate Seminary, on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley, CA. The course will cover Writing & Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing,”Guerilla Marketing” ideas, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. This will very likely be ROX35’s only North American comics training in 1999 and possibly 2000. So if you live in the US, Canada, or Mexico and have been wanting to attend a ROX35 seminar, you should plan to be in this class. Early registration (before July 12th) is advised. For more information (and a registration form), browse http://www.ggbts.edu/continuum/events.html. For more information on ROX35 visit their web site at http://www.ROX35Media.org or email ROX35Media@xc.org.

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    ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND

    Literacy & Evangelism International with Graceland English Training are proud to host an ESL Teacher Training Program this summer in Poland June 27 – July 3, 1999. This program will prepare participants for: Teaching a Bible-based ESL program: “Passport to the World of English.” Included are units on starting and maintaining an ESL outreach ministry/English School in a church and/or community, helping students reduce their accent through music and pronunciation exercises, assisting churches in evangelism in their communities. Course includes hands on training and Book 1 of Passport to the World of English. Location is Ciechanow, Poland. Cost $50 US. For further information contact Colette at projpole@homemail.com.

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    FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES

    Maddie’s got a webzine dedicated to uplifting missionaries in particular and Christians in general. She also offers ‘For the Love of Missionaries’ Workshops, which presents unique and dynamic ways the Body can ‘lift up’ and ‘support’ Missionaries. See her site at: http://servant.gentle.org/littlesparrowministries/ or email her directly LittleSparrowMinistries@yahoo.com.

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    WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS

    telephoneYup. According to Shawn shawn.turpin@c2i.net, there really are MAC users still out there! :-) (Just kidding! :-) ) Seriously, Shawn is looking for programs like MediaRing only for a MAC environment. Got any help for him? If so, drop him a line at the address above and please copy our new “holding tank” conference by including a “CC:” to brigada-responses@egroups.com and in the subject line, put “MAC net- to-phone options”. Note that you don’t have to join to post a message to that list. However, if you’re eager to get feedback on this issue, you’ll see it just as soon as the feedback comes in, rather than having to wait for the original inquirer to compile the feedback summary! This is a new service for Brigada participants that we hope will take care of those situations when the compiler is… well… shall we say… a little slow on the compiling process! :-) If you want to read the responses as they come in, just send a message to: brigada-responses-subscribe@egroups.com

     Note… you’ll be reading responses on multiple issues eventually… so instructions are provided should you ever decide to unsubscribe. Meanwhile, we’ll ask Shawn to pull together the compiled list for us in two weeks or so. Thanks!

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    WANTED – STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES

    Neal Pirolo is writing a book on re-entry and wants to include real stories, although names and details may be changed to assure confidentiality. Please contact Emmaus_Road@eri.org and they will give you further details. If you find it too difficult to write about your experience, you may call 619-292-7020 in the USA. They will be happy to talk you through it. They would like to help local churches learn more about the re- entry process. When you write your story, be sure to copy your message to: brigada-responses@egroups.com. You need not join to send a message to that email list… but this way, others could join that group (by sending a message to brigada-responses-subscribe@egroups.com) and begin reading your stories the moment you send them to Neal, instead of after the book is done! Make sure you label the subject of your message clearly: “still more missionary reentry stories.” Thanks!

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    GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?

    If you are aware of any ministries serving the mentally ill and handicapped in developing countries (especially if they distribute medicine or provide housing), please send the names and addresses to Mert Hershberger mertaka@everybody.org. Also, Mert would be glad to receive any brief reports you have on how you personally have seen the mentally ill and handicapped treated in developing countries. Please specify the region/country and the time when you were there. He will compile a report and send it back to us in a few weeks. When you write Mert, don’t forget to copy your message to brigada-responses@egroups.com. (You need not subscribe to send a message to that conference… but others can subscribe to catch your messages by sending a blank message to: brigada-responses-subscribe@egroups.com.) Make sure you label the subject as “MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.” Thanks!

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    OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?

    Okay… I’m clueless. Howard howard@srtmedia.dialix.oz.au is the Int’l Dir. of an Australian mission organization and he has to find the names of the 200 largest (population) cities in the world, in India and in Australia for his prayer and outreach endeavor. So… exactly how could he do that on the web? If you’ve got an option for him, write him directly (and he’ll put together a summary report in two weeks or so) and also copy brigada-responses@egroups.com in case someone is dying for the answer today (in which case they can join brigada-responses per the instructions in the item above). Thanks!

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    GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”

    letter and ligntening bolt Here’s a “guest editorial” by a buddy named Tim. Check out his thoughts and see what you think. If you’d like to respond to his piece, send a blank message to brigada-thinktank-subscribe@egroups.com and you’ll be added to a discussion group to tackle this issue. Tim’s already there in the discussion room, waiting to see your feedback to his editorial. You can send in your opinion, then listen to the responses, or unsubscribe at any time (see the instructions you’ll receive in the welcome message). We’ll get a summary from him in a couple of weeks. Take it away, Tim!

    “Is e-mail an overall positive or negative influence on world missions? People are sharply divided between the geeks, who see no reason to limit people’s access to e-mail, and the non-geeks, who say they spend an inordinate percentage of their work time answering e-mail and see that percentage as increasing alarmingly over time. My personal position is the snail-mail metaphor … I’d never say you can only open up the little box on the curb once each week, or only if there is absolutely nothing else to do, or only if you’re in-country for more than a month, etc. I’d be more inclined to say that as long as you’re doing an excellent job, what you do with your free time is up to you. If you want to stay up until 2 AM watching a movie, or surfing the web, then hey, you’re a grown-up; go for it.

    “Others, though, say that the geeks fill up the inboxes of the non- geeks with pseudo-conversational babble and it’s hard to do anything other than opening every e-mail and pondering what to do with it. The geeks, in turn, say there are lots of ways to sort and pitch your mail, again, just like snail mail. To which the non-geek reply would be that the geeks tend to have full-time access to fast internet connections and can type faster, so they tend to operate at a higher throughput rate so that they can more efficiently spew forth messages for non- geeks to wade through.

    “Both the geeks and non-geeks agree that for some people, the PC can become an alternate, more comforting best friend (which is sad), but the geeks hold that the person in this position would have found some other escapist form of non-work (anti-work?) and thus the PC should not be blamed for the problem. And both would agree that there are, indeed, pointless e-mails that get in the way of real work. Anyway, what’s the solution? Should we ban or severely limit e-mail, or is there a better solution?”

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    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING 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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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhanna@cproject.com
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServant@brigada.org
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: help@brigada.org
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucas@teamexpansion.org
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!