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Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” 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 See recent back issues and links at Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY.


Brigada Logo Hey – You’ve got to stop by the “links” page at ! Get a load of the way the folders have helped organize the pages. We’ve begun to organize pointers for Education, Missions, News, Shopping, and Travel… with more categories and sub-categories on the way. Little by little, we’re trying to transfer all the links from the “root listing” into the hierarchical format. It’s going to take a while!!! Want to help? Check out the setup, then jump in and help us reorganize! We could use a hand! Also, please help us add sites that would be useful for the whole Brigada family!


WebWatch I’m thinking that Jon just might get the “Find of the Year” award!!! This stuff is GREAT! He referred us to and … trust me… this is one site you’ll want to visit! If you’re overseas without a web connection, you might want your forwarding agent or friend to set you up. Here’s the way it works. gives you your own personal 800 number, then proceeds to set up access to your own personal email address (, voicemail (toll-free in the USA), faxes (also toll-free), address book, and calendar from the phone or web. Jon even found an review so you’d know it’s legitimate… at And guess what else: You can set it up so it automatically forwards faxes, for instance. So here’s the way you could work it. Get eFax (at and set up eFax on your computer. Then get uReach and set up faxing to forward all faxes to your eFax number. Now you have a fax number (that’s toll-free to anyone in the USA) which automatically forwards your faxes to eFax which then automatically converts them to compressed graphics and emails them to your email inbox wherever you are in the world! You click on the attached file and the eFax viewer lets you see them and print them and… shazam! You’ve got free faxing . . . all in exchange for glancing at a few ads! :-) What’s more, you can then forward the fax (via uReach) to other fax numbers if someone else needs to see it! All for free! And think about the voicemail possibilities! Say you’ve got web access, but you’re in the Balkans or wherever. Your Mom can call a toll-free voicemail number (as long as she doesn’t talk over 30 minutes per month! :-) ), leave you a message, which you will then listen to over the uReach web site for pennies per minute… or less. No more of this $1/minute+ calling and getting an answering machine stuff, just to leave a message. I love it!!! So — Jon — thanks for being on the prowl!


letter and ligntening bolt Here’s another great deal! (Two in one issue! Can you believe it??? :-) ) Every-once-in-awhile we get an inquiring Brigada participant who wants to know if there’s any affordable way to send an email from overseas that gets mailed as a letter in the USA. We’ve talked about some possible solutions. Over the years, we’ve looked at a couple of solutions, including CompuServe’s service (which was like . . . $1/page or whatever). Well now there’s eLetter! Just visit and check it out. You upload the file via your browser, specify the address(es), and bingo — your letter is sent automatically! What’s more, you can upload a mailing list and have eLetter send out your monthly or quarterly report! There’s a small fee… about 25 cents per letter plus normal postage fees. But it’s very reasonable, considering they’re providing paper, envelope, printing costs, folding, stuffing, and postage/handling. They let you try a free sample (to mail a letter to yourself). Check it out! You’ll love it!


Brigada Logo This week, we got support from Richard at RMJ Services, Inc, tel. 734-941-8120, fax 734-941-8127, email RMJ handles trucking and ocean freight to send missionary goods, Bibles, literature, and relief goods wherever you want it to go. RMJ can ship from ports like Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Seattle and even LA. PLUS, you’ll get full risk insurance from Lloyds of London and fully licensed customs clearance. If you need airfreight, ocean carriage, or trucking, please try RMJ and don’t forget to thank them for their support of Brigada!


Okay… so let’s say you’re tired of getting busy signals or slow throughput from your current Internet Service Provider. If you live in the USA, here’s an offer you’ll like! Call Mindspring at 1-888-MSPRING anytime between now and September 30, 1999 and sign-up for a new MindSpring account. They’ve got great customer support, fast throughput, and points of presence (POPs) all over the USA in just about every city imaginable — plus cheap toll-free access for rural areas too! And they’re hooked up with a service that lets you do “global roaming” called GRIC so… just about wherever you go in the world, Netcom is there! To get this special deal you need to say “I’d be happier using MindSpring” to the sales representative. Get this! They’ll credit your account with $60 — $10 credit per month for the first 6 months! That means for six months, you’ll get unlimited Internet connectivity for $10/month!!! Yahooo! Yahoo Even if you drop out at the end of the 6th month, you’ll still have gotten the very best deal in town! Mindspring has one of the top rankings for log-on rates and they’re very dependable now that they’ve converted their entire system to new software. Besides… for $10/month, how can you lose! That’s the same price you have to pay CompuServe for just 3 hours per month!


lighting the way Last week’s item 7 on the Engel Scale should have been this URL instead of the one given:

Sorry… but the version with the typo was the one provided to us! This URL is correct though. We apologize for any inconvenience.



The Media Potentials in Cambodia Consultation was held in Phnom Penh Aug 5-6th. 18 representatives of mission organizations working in Cambodia attended. Very important was the molding of a long-term cooperation effort on the part of two main evangelical denominations in regional media production. The schedule calls for immediate production of original Khmer songs and karaoke music videos for video compact disk (VCD) distribution. VCDs reflect a leap in technology over VHS cassette as a medium for entertainment and education in war-torn Cambodia. Plans are to establish an automatic dialogue replacement studio (ADR) by the end of 1999. For more information, contact the project consultant, Dan, at


praying hands The Children of War – International Day of Prayer is a movement of God’s people on the behalf of the millions of children throughout the world who face the everyday terror of armed conflicts. Prayer warriors throughout the world will intercede through fasting and prayer, calling upon God to one way or other rescue these children from the depths of despair. The date set for the Symphony of Prayer is Saturday, November 20th, 1999. For further information contact Raymond (CEO of “Mission Twenty Eight Nineteen”) at or browse

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