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Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucas@teamexpansion.org>, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS 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.
KIDS AROUND THE WORLD CURRICULUM
Remember that 10/40 Window Video we mentioned a while back? (“DYNAMITE VIDEO INTRODUCES YOUR KIDS TO UNREACHED PEOPLE
“) The “Kids Around the World” curriculum is now hot off the press and it’s first class! Your kids will be playing “THUMB” bingo, praying with included prayer cards, cooking up a storm, and taking part in tons of other age-graded activities. Price is just $15 at http://www.calebproject.org/reso.htm
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or even phone
them at 303-730-4170 ext. 332.
DEAF MINISTRY RESOURCE FILE RIPE FOR PICKIN’
Just send a note to: email@example.com
and Bob’s nifty autoresponder will automatically send you a 3K resource file on deaf ministry. Thanks to Ken for assembling it!!!
NEED A LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCE? TRY LAMP
If you’re in the business for learning another language, better take along a LAMP book. In 1981, my wife and I were able to take the LAMP course directly from Tom and Betty Sue Brewster and I loved
it!!! It taught me how to walk from store to store in the markets of Montevideo and 9 months later, I could carry on a relatively fluent conversation in Spanish. LAMP gives you most of the tools and skills you need to set up your own language learning approach. Couple it with an outgoing personality and within 9 months, working 8-10 hours/day among a host culture that speaks your target language, you can become fluent in just about any language on earth. It’s work — but guess what: It’ll help you become effective. Visit http://www.instantweb.com/l/linguahouse
to learn more.
LATEST TROJAN CARRIES MICROSOFT “FROM:” ADDRESS
Seems you can’t trust anybody these days… at least you can’t trust the “From:” address in the email, that is. On Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 15, a Trojan email hoax appeared on the Internet. (Trojan emails carry attached files that do woeful things to those who execute them.) Learn more about this one at: http://www.microsoft.com/y2k/hoax/hoax2.htm
or read the Network Associates write-up at http://www.vil.nai.com/vil/tro10358.asp
. The way it works is you get an email from Microsoft (at least that’s what it looks like) offering you a free countdown file to the year 2000. Apparently, after executing the file, the writer of the hoax gets copies of your username and password. Gulp.
So again.. bottom line… “Just say no!” Don’t ever
execute attached files. Period. Nunca.
And thanks for the tip, David, at Personal Computing, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO YOU TAKE GOODS TO/COMMUNICATE FROM THE FIELD?
That’s what Larry Winckles@aol.com
would like to know. He’s getting his family ready for service overseas and wants to do it right. What kind of luggage or shipping containers do you use to take your goods to the field? Drop him a note and he’ll compile the results for all of us to read here at Brigada
. Don’t forget to supply him with web sites or phone numbers if you’ve got a best supplier. Oh… and by the way… if you’ve got a favorite way of using the Internet to stay in touch with supporters, friends and family, throw that in too. He’ll collect that info. as well. Thanks!
PASTORS AND PRAYER LEADERS PRAY POWERFULLY
Find out more at http://www.nppn.org, where you can connect with pastors, prayer leaders, and resourcers from around the world. If you don’t have web access, just send an email with “subscribe” in the subject line to email@example.com and you’ll be added to the mailing list.
GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AN AUDIO WORLD
Missions leaders write: “Gospel Recordings in its quiet way has, more than almost any other mission, cracked the granite bolder of global ignorance of God’s word.” … “Illiteracy, lack of resident believers or lack of missionaries speaking their languages did not prevent the truth being given to unevangelized peoples… This tool has often been the means by which totally unevangelized peoples first hear the gospel.” … “I have personally seen in 64 countries the effective ministry of this unique outreach. Millions upon millions of people today know Jesus Christ because of GRN, especially in the often neglected remote areas of the world.”
(Source: 9/10/00 [sic], ASSIST COMMUNICATIONS, PO Box 2126, Garden Grove, CA 92842-2126, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Gospel Recordings web page: http://www.Gospelrecordings.com
. To receive Assist email send the following message to email@example.com
: join assist1 quit
(Global Glimpse is assembled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
IT’S TIME AGAIN TO THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS PRAYER CARDS
Every year I dreaded having to think about Christmas card preparation. I would see all the great prayer cards from missionaries all around the world and feel guilty because I couldn’t afford it, didn’t know how to do it, or just plain didn’t make the time. Then last year I discovered a great card-maker named Olympic. Check out a scanned in copy of the prayer card they did last year for our family at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/resources/occprayercards.htm
Here’s my under-the-table motivation. This way you can see how beautiful my wife is.
I just sent them the text and the picture and they took care of the rest. They even sent me those double-stick magnets for the back so I could get “refrigerator space!”)! Trouble is… they’ve vanished from the web. Do you know of a great Christmas Prayer Card producer? If so, please post them to our “Links” site by going to: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/Links?autocreate=1
PRAY WITH A WORLD-FULL OF OTHERS
The annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be observed Nov. 14. A promotion kit is available at 303-850-7720 (USA) or http://www.persecutedchurch.org
LEARN MORE ABOUT BUDDHISTS
Information and resources for outreach to Tibetan Buddhists is available through the Network for Strategic Missions. See http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.php3?loc=rg&rg=TIB
. We heard about this site in “Advance!” by Mark Kelly. To subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. It’s free! Back issues of “Advance!” are archived at the Brigada
, where a search engine is available.
MEDICAL MISSIONS PLUS
Interested in a mission trip that combines medical work with evangelism and encouragement for Christians? Youth for Christ sponsors trips to India and Nepal that might be just what you’re looking for. The trip to India will be held Feb. 17-March 5, 2000. The team will serve in Mysore and Nagpur, where surgeons will have opportunity to work alongside Indian doctors and general practitioners will participate in rural clinics. Surgical nurses are needed as well. A ministry team will also be formed to present music, drama, puppets and preaching. The Nepal trip will take place March 9-27. The emphasis will be on rural clinics, serving people who may never have seen a doctor before. For more information, contact Dr. Art Deyo by email at email@example.com
or Mike Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Teams are formed by the end of October, so please respond soon!
MID-ATLANTIC CHURCHES CAN ADOPT THE UNREACHED
The Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and the US Center for World Mission are holding an East Coast training conference on unreached people group adoptions. If your church is considering this strategy or just beginning to implement an adoption, this is for you! Dates are October 14-16 in Philadelphia. For registration information contact email@example.com
AN INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR PRAYER
The Missions Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship will convene a global missiological consultation in Brazil October 10-16, 1999. The venue for these events is the historic city of Foz de Iguassu. The conference hotel is just a few kilometers from the Iguassu Falls, featured in the film, “The Mission,” which is the landmark where opposing 18th century global forces met and profoundly influenced the course of mission. This global gathering comes 25 years after the historic 1974 Lausanne Congress/Covenant that has so influenced recent missions history. The consultation will produce the “Iguassu Covenant”, a missiological statement that will help provide direction for the church and its mission as we enter the 21st Century. Some 170 missions practitioners and missiologists will attend from 54 countries. Organizers are calling on the Brigada
family to intercede for participants as they seek the face of the living God and anticipate meeting Him on this strategic ground. For further information, a detailed program, or how to be a “virtual” participant via the Internet, write Bill Taylor at wdtaylor@Compuserve.com
ASKAMISSIONARY GAINING MOMENTUM
Check out this email newsletter that helps prospective and experienced missionaries exchange questions and answers about how to become a missionary. Special topics include selecting an agency and support-raising, with tentmaking and “the call” upcoming. To join 400 other readers, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Y2K RADIO SPOTS
The Public Media Division of United Methodist Communications has released more than 12,000 copies of a series of radio spots “Y2K: Claiming the new millennium with hope–not fear.” The spots feature a variety of musical formats to remind people that, no matter the circumstances, “we’re safe in the same hands that hung the stars and placed each grain of sand.” email@example.com
(Inside NRB Sept. 16, 1999)
TRAIN & MULTIPLY COMPLETE SAMPLE SET
Ian of the Missionary Training Service in London, UK, has just written to say that they are now sending out complete sample sets of the unique pastoral training materials for church multiplication designed originally by George Patterson, at US$68 each (previously US$95). Furthermore, if anyone cannot afford this, they will make a deal to suit anyone’s financial situation. The materials have been used to begin many churches in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Originals and diskettes are also available. To order your set please contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP
World Team is sponsoring this very helpful workshop for missionaries in Warrington, PA, November 1-5. It is open to all missionaries, and costs are kept at a minimum. For more information about this workshop, contact Joel Dingeldein at email@example.com
. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com
to learn more about the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops, and for a list of those provided in other locations.
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