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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” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at https://brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucas@teamexpansion.org, Louisville, KY.
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WHERE DO YOU SEE BRIGADA LINKS?

Brigada Logo Simple. Just copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/Links?autocreate=1 In case you’re at another computer and don’t have that link book marked, just remember that you can click to: https://brigada.org then click on “Other Mission Web Sites” Add your mission org. or resource page there today! It’s compiled “real-time” so you’ll see your link there immediately after adding it. Please be sure and try to pick out (or create) an appropriate folder. I’ve got to make time to do some reshuffling to get that page organized!
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NOW YOU CAN READ SECRET AGENT REPORTS

Well… practically. Just point your browser to http://www.stratfor.com/ and you’ll see what I mean. Rick, a faithful Brigada participant since our first month of operation in January 1995, tipped us on this page. They list hotspots, global intelligence centers, and all kinds of world news. In fact, they reported the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia just 15 minutes after it happened! Great stuff Rick. Thanks.
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PGP GETS EASIER

pgp logo Yahooo! Yahoo Thanks to Rod for tipping us off on the fact that there will now no longer be two PGP versions required by law! Check out the news at: http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayStory.pl?990916.encrypto2.htm The bottom line is that everyone can upgrade to PGP 6.5.1 with PGPnet now! You can always go to http://www.pgp.com for more info. Thanks Rod!
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BILINGUAL KIDS

Susan is compiling resources and information on bilingualism and wants suggestions for resources as well as contact with people raising bilingual kids or bilingual kids themselves. Send information to sberke@cplace.org. When she’s all done, we’ll post a copy of her report here in Brigada as an autoresponder. Thanks Susan!
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GOOD BOOKS, GOOD PRICES

books O.M. Literature, part of Operation Mobilization, sells Christian books and Bibles at discount prices around the world. They stock ACMC missions books and tapes and are the North American distributors for STL and Paternoster Press in the UK. You can’t check them out on the web yet, but if you are looking for a specific title call 800-733-5907 (US) or 1-770-554-5827, or e-mail Tom tom@omlit.om.org and he’ll be glad to help. They are non-profit; all income finances the work of O.M. and other missions around the globe.
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT READY FOR PICKING

The U.S. Department of State has just released its annual report on religious freedom mandated annually by the International Religious Freedom Act, signed into law by President Clinton in October 1998. Russia Intercessory Prayer Network has posted hyperlinks to all the reports on countries of the Former Soviet Union. You can access these reports by going to: http://www.ripnet.org/99USreport.htm Thanks to the folks at the Russia Intercessory Prayer Network for the work they’re doing! See RipNet at http://www.ripnet.org
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PREPARE TAIWANESE FOR MISSION WORK

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Taiwan runs three schools to prepare local Taiwanese and international students for short term and long-term missionary work. The basic training course is called the Discipleship Training School (DTS). It is a 6-months course divided in two parts: First three months is the lecture phase, then the next three consists of travel and missionary work to other nations. DTS2000 starts April 17 and runs through October 1. It’s outreach will take you through the jungles of Papua New Guinea and trekking across the great outdoors of Australia, from Cairns in the North all the way down south to Sydney where the school will be concluded with a mega-outreach at the Olympics. More than 20.000 Christians are expected to arrive to present the gospel to the multitudes that gather together for this sports event. Interested? E- Mail: ywamtp@ms24.hinet.net or check out their web page at: http://www.ywamtaiwan.org
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FREE OFFICE SUITE FROM SUN MICROSYSTEMS

Sun Microsystems is offering it’s StarOffice software suite free for personal and commercial use. According to Peter, it contains a quality word processor and office software and is available for download (65MB) at http://www.stardivision.com or http://www.sun.com/staroffice. Alternately, you can obtain a CD for under $10 (US) and have it shipped within the USA. The low-cost CD is a limited-time offer. StarOffice is available in English, German, Portuguese and several other languages. It runs on Windows 95/98/NT, Linux and a few other operating systems. Thanks Peter dsouza@panix.com!
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BIBLE STUDIES IN TELEGU

All the 85 missions-oriented studies from conversion level to leadership from the http://www.dci.org.uk website have been published in Telegu. The book is at Indian rupee prices and is in Narsapur, India. Also available in Hindi from Nagpur. Inquiries can go to lesnorman@dci.org.uk who will pass on a fax number for India.
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MORE Y2K RESOURCES FOR YOUR MISSION

Thanks to Bryan (our summer Info. Tech. intern at Team Expansion) and Georges (in Ukraine!) for tipping us that both the USA and Great Britain have released reports on being in other countries during the Y2K rollover. There is general information and advice as well as lists of problems specific to individual countries. You can read the latest at: http://travel.state.gov/y2kca.html (US State Dept.) http://www.fco.gov.uk (Britain Foreign & Commonwealth Office) Thanks Bryan!
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WEBWATCH: IMPACT TEAMS’ SITE FOR KIDS

WebWatch Impact Teams International (ITI) has launched a site geared for kids at http://www.impactkids.org called “Kids In Dire Situations. You’ll find helpful information about their ministry, as well as opportunities, prayer requests and more.
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SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Cypress Bible Church is hosting the “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” Workshop, November 1-5. Cypress in located in a NW suburb of Houston, Texas. The SYIS workshop was developed by Dr. Ken Williams of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Please visit their website for more information on the workshop, http://www.RelationshipSkills.com. To register for the workshop contact Wayne at wcone@cbcintl.org.
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STUDY KAZAKH ONLINE

graduation cap Indiana University and partners are developing language learning modules in Azeri, Kazakh, Turkmen, and Uzbek for delivery through a world-wide web-based language site: the Central Asian Language Network, CenAsiaNet. The first Kazakh module is now available. Yahooo! Yahoo Because this module is based around lengthy segments of high-quality video, it is recommended that you visit the site equipped with at least a 56k modem. This material can be accessed at http://www.cenasianet.org. Thanks for the tip, Kerry!
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CARGO OCEAN TRAVEL FOR MISSIONARIES

David ddale@one.net is interested in finding out about cargo ocean liners that can board missionaries for international travel. If you know how to find out about schedules, fares and contact information, please e-mail him with this information. We’ll ask David for a report, then make it available here in Brigada! Thanks David!
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