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Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucas@teamexpansion.org>, Louisville, KY
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- WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?
- WE GET SUPPORT FROM…
- STATE OF THE BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS
- SO WERE THEY SUCCESSFUL?
- WHERE ARE ALL THE SUB-CONFERENCES?
- IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
- UPDATE ON JOSHUA PROJECT 2000
- TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 3
- WEB-WATCH – FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE
- TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?
WE GET SUPPORT FROM…
STATE OF THE BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS
- It takes a village! Seriously, without the right community of involved and caring people, the lead person is like talking to a wall!
- It takes a lead person. No doubt about it… the most successful conferences seem to revolve around the unstoppable determination of the person leading it.
- It takes a project.
In my opinion, the groups that have seemed most effective have been those rallying around a very specific team or approach.
SO WERE THEY SUCCESSFUL?
WHERE ARE ALL THE SUB-CONFERENCES?
IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
UPDATE ON JOSHUA PROJECT 2000
- Peoples on active JP list – 1598
- Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1120
- Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 554
- Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 195
What does this mean? Well, right off the bat, remember that in the fall of ’95, there were some 1739 people groups listed in the JP2000 list. So around 140 have been take off the list for one reason or another. None of those 1739 had reported an active church of 100 people. Now, about 500 do! Yahooo! Another 500 have at least an on-site church-planting team trying to birth a new church there! That’s great! That only leaves around 200 with no existing church of 100 reported as of today, and no church planting team seeking to start one in their midst.
Want to know more? Find out more about these facts and figures by visiting the AD2000 & Beyond website at http://www.ad2000.org
TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 3
Here are some of the components to throw into your kit. Granted, this particular kit is designed specifically for travelers based in the USA. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out how to prepare yours as a “dynamic equivalent” for the country in which you live:
- a pouch to hold the parts to follow
- Camel hair blower brush — Pick this up at a camera shop and use it to remove the dust from your laptop screen as often as you remember. It’s the safest way to see clearly without damaging your screen.
- RJ-11 phone connector (female-to-female) — Use this to connect to your modem when the given RJ-11 cord won’t reach your laptop and you have to extend it.
- RJ-11 phone cord — I like the phone cords that Port sells (in the USA, call toll-free (800) 242-3133; elsewhere, see http://www.port.com ) because the little tabs don’t break off when you can dock them in the sockets that the Port unit provides.
- Small straight-slot screwdriver — You’ll need this to remove wall plates from hotel room phone connections. Just remember to throw the deadbolt before doing so. (If the maids walk in on you while you’re doing this, they get that worried look on their faces, like maybe they think you’re “Bond, James Bond.”
- RJ-11 cord with alligator clips — You’ll have to make this yourself, I imagine. Just visit a Radio Shack (or other electronics store) and ask for a cable with an RJ-11 phone plug on one end and terminator lugs on the other. Buy a couple of alligator clips and connect the contact screws to the terminator lugs. Presto! Now when you remove the faceplate from the hotel wall phone connection, you can use the alligator clips to test connections until you hear a dial tone!
- Paperclip — If your laptop requires a paper clip to “reset” it (that is, when it has frozen), be sure to throw in one of these pesky reset “keys”!
- Spare ink pen refill — Okay, so this has nothing to do with the laptop or the phone. But it’s a handy place to keep the refill. Make sure you pick up the one that fits your favorite travel pen!
- Phone connection adaptor for your destination country — Call Port (see above) or some other electronics/travel specialty shop in advance and try to buy the exact adaptor you’ll need. If you fail to get one in advance, start asking around once you arrive. A good place to begin is in some local Internet cafe or club, or maybe even a good computer store.
Okay… more later about how to use your kit!
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