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Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucas@teamexpansion.org>, Louisville, KY
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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” (Thanks for the note, Jesus!) The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at https://brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucas@teamexpansion.org, Louisville, KY
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CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)

praying hands According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, in some parts of Asia, children are being mutilated for life because of the millions of mines strewn over the countryside. They are abandoned to their fate and forced to eke out an existence as best they can. Antipersonnel mines often look like brightly colored toys but when mines are picked up or stepped on they maim and kill indiscriminately. In some places troops send children on ahead, thereby testing the route. For more information see http://www.icrc.org or write to eaglesoar@NorthState.Net to learn more about the International Day of Prayer.
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RESOURCES FOR BIBLICAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

Visit http://www.aibi.org (American Indian Bible Institute or AIBI) to learn more about this Bible training organization whose focus is the development of Godly leaders. AIBI has developed a variety of training aids and materials that are available to assist you in Biblical Church Development. Since AIBI works with many different tribes, it has found that it must focus on Biblical principles rather than contemporary methods in church development. As a result, it has found that the materials work effectively in many different cultures and among many different ethnic groups in both urban and rural settings. Some materials are available in Spanish on the website. AIBI.org is here to serve you and your ministry in Biblical Church Development by making these resources available to you at no cost. You can also contact AIBI via email at letters@aibi.org.
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BEST Y2K SUGGESTION: FAST FOR 40 DAYS!

Bob Fitts, a worship leader and songwriter, has the best idea yet for the new year… a 40- day fast! Learn more at: http://www.firstfortydays.com.
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BRIGADAFEST 2000: PE0PLE GROUP TRACKS GALORE!

Brigada Logo Want a spot to bring your people group advocates together? Try BrigadaFest 2000, in Louisville, KY, Feb. 3-5. Want to learn more? Send a message to brigadafest-subscribe@egroups.com and watch for more releases.
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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP, WHILE THE KITCHEN YOU MOP

Need to do some shopping but can’t leave the kids home alone? Click your way through the yellow pages! Just visit these and other shopping sites and compare prices in your slippers! Here are some of our favorites:

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“TARGET THE NATIONS” FOR PRAYER

cd-rom Galcom International has developed an excellent tool for people looking for people groups or praying for unreached such as “Pray Through The Window” This CD called “Target The Nations” and it provides specific information about each of the 11,886 people groups that live in the 233 nations of the world. It enables you to pray informed as you intercede for the nations and unreached people groups. It helps answer questions on adopting a people group, giving some 25,000 screens of text and 150 pictures, with additional drawings, and 50 voice files. All together, this CD contains 648 megabytes of data and will run on IBM compatible 486 or higher (full screen video on Pentium). For more information, or to order your own, contact Galcom International GalcomUSA@aol.com. Cost is $9.95 (plus $1.50 for P&H-$3.00 to foreign address) by check – no credit cards. Bulk orders of 10 or more CDs are $7 each. To order write: Galcom International, Box 270956, Tampa, FL 33688 USA.
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SHARING THE INTERNET IS HALF THE FUN

MS WindowsNow with Windows ’98 “Second Edition,” you can use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to allow two computers to surf the web using the same Internet Service Provider at the same time! For more information, pick up a copy of Win98SE at your nearest computer store… or ask someone to pick a copy up for you. Most new computers will now come with Win98SE already installed.
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INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Need health insurance for your next short-term missions trip? … or for your full-time mission work? One option is http://www.missionaryhealth.com (email them at health@missionaryhealth.com). Let us know about your experience. As of the present, we haven’t personally tried them.
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“GO GO GADGET OFF-LINE BROWSING”

Internet ExplorerOkay… so maybe I’m affected today by the movie that my family and I attended this past week (Inspector Gadget — it was great foolish fun!). But the truth is, off- line browsing is a great addition to Microsoft Internet Explorer Ver. 5.0 and higher. It’s worth upgrading just to get this one feature. All you do is tell IE that you want to download a site for browsing later on, set it to work, then when you get up the next morning, you can take the entire AD2000 & Beyond web site with you, to your next seminar or conference! I remember previously having to purchase add-ons like Web- Whacker or Teleport Pro to accomplish this same purpose! Now it’s built into the kernel! ‘Course, isn’t that one of Microsoft’s favorite ploys? :-) Anyway, I’m about to erase Teleport Pro from my hard drive! Who needs it any more! :-)
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NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH-TECH MINISTRY FUNDING

dollar sign International Christian Technologists’ Association (ICTA), The Gathering and Maclellan Foundation announce high tech ministry “Angel Grants” for funding of ministries involving computer technology and global mission. Proposals for the grants, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 (US), must be received by ICTA via email, fax, or snail mail, no later than August 15, 1999. The top three-accepted ministry proposals will be highlighted at a September 15-16, 1999, Gathering conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). For more information, visit http://www.icta.net/briefing99 or send email to briefing-request@icta.net.
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MARKETPLACE CHRISTIANITY

Do you have a heart for the unreached in the marketplace? Worldwide, Christians are hearing a call from the Lord to make their workplace a place of personal ministry. Christians are using their businesses as a platform for ministry and discovering that they are reaching people who never go near a church. Back-to back conferences in Atlanta Georgia from September 11-16, 1999 will address “Restoring the Marketplace to God’s Economy” and “Applying the Armor of God in Uncertain Times.” Lots of interaction among participants and great speakers. See http://www.wowi.net/conference and http://www.marketplaceleaders.org. You are invited to attend and/or become part of the intercessory prayer team covering these conferences. For more info., call Jan at jlc@ngweb.net.
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TEACHERS NEEDED

graduation cap They still need teachers for this fall in an international Christian school serving children of missionaries in Central Asia. Interested? Write Joyce 7507.361@compuserve.com.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT SAT PHONES

radar antenna Looking for more info. on Sat. Phones? In particular, check out info. on the Magellan GSC-100 by sending an email to satphones@brigada.worldchurches.org.
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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MISSION STUDIES

Registration for the IAMS 2000 conference closes at the end of August. The editors of “Missionalia” journal are looking for preparatory articles and reports that fit with the IAMS themes for the November 19, 99 issue. For more information see http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/8409/iams.htm or contact Steve methodius@bigfoot.com.
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Y2K RESPONSES?

Brian works with an international ministry organization and is wondering what other mission organizations are doing to take care of their American expatriate missionaries regarding Y2K. He hopes you’ll drop him a line and let him know what your organization is doing to prepare… and whether or not those plans apply to only the international office or all overseas missionaries too. Write him at brians@cefinc.org and he’ll compile a summary to post.
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