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.
TRY MYTALK AND GET FREE 2-MINUTE CALLS WITHIN THE USA
Looking for a great way to get a free two-minute phone call into the USA? Try http://www.mytalk.com
. You get a free email address, free toll-free number for voicemail, and you can even listen to your emails and reply — all via voice. The voice recognition is incredible. It’s fun just talking to the system! The main downside on the free two-minute call is having to listen to about 30 seconds of ads before making the call. Hey … that’s chicken feed if you’re getting a free call to anywhere in the USA!
I set up an email account and the only downside was it seemed to take forever for messages to show up in my inbox there. But maybe the site was just having a “bad hair day.”
But then I tried the free phone call and was put right through, after the 30-second ad. Terrific! Thanks for the tip, Macon! (By the way, Macon just did a complete mailing using the eLetter service we previously mentioned (“YOU’VE GOT MAIL: ELETTER!
“). He said it worked great!) By the way, as far as free voicemail only, Mytalk.com might have uReach.com beat in some ways — since there is apparently no limit on the amount of voicemail you can receive per month! However, it appears there is no provision for receiving faxes. Your choice… or do both — one for a toll-free fax number and one for a toll-free voicemail number!
Seems like these are great
options for students away from home!!! Highly recommended.
REGISTER NOW FOR MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE
On November 12 – 13, 1999, Southeast Christian Church will present its 4th Annual Medical Mission Conference. For detailed information about the conference, browse http://www.medicalmissions.com
. Guess who they’ve got coming: David Thompson, a career missionary surgeon who works in Gabon, West Africa. He’s the guy featured in the unforgettable last 7 minutes of the Generation
video that everybody’s showing these days (from Mars Hill Productions). Highly recommended. I’ve been using those last 7 minutes to close out one of the messages I’ve been preaching on Matt. 24:14. Gang… It’s powerful. The Elmers are going to be there too… (Duane and Muriel) as well as a ton of other workshop speakers and profs. They’re even presenting helps for raising funds for short-term mission trips. CME credits for physicians and CEU credits for nurses up to 5.5 hours will be available for taking this course. And guess what — there’s no registration fee! (However, a love offering will be taken.) For more information or for a brochure concerning the conference, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725. Book your travel now — the “Breeder’s Cup” will be held in Louisville the same weekend as this conference. Stephanie Garling also has motel/ hotel information available for participants.
FREE WORD-PROCESSOR LOOKS GOOD
I continue to watch with interest the StarOffice suite that looks strikingly similar to Microsoft Office. It even reads and writes to MS Office! Recently acquired by Sun, it’s attracting an increasingly loyal following. There are at least two major differences though. You need 500MB of space for MS Office and only 65MG for StarOffice. And the Bill Gates version will set you back a few hundred bucks. StarOffice is free on the web. Get it today. Just browse http://www.sun.com/staroffice
GOT PICTURES YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD?
Check out Adobe’s ActiveShare site http://www.activeshare.com
, where you can post an unlimited number of photos for free and send them via email to those who want them.
NEW OPTIONS HELPING KIDS STAY “STREETSAFE” ONLINE
Have you been trying to find a good solution for keeping your kids on safe online streets? I’m tired of fighting CyberPatrol. New options include This.com which is a full-service ISP for $22/month. It uses ultra-smart server-based recognition software to watch for flesh tones, eyes, expressions, keywords, etc. Another chance is SurfMonkey.com which offers free filtering software, now in the form of a 250K plugin for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and 5, with Netscape and AOL browser plugins due by the end of the year. For more options, check out http://www.getnetwise.org
for tons of helpful articles, links, and possibilities.
TAKE YOUR OWN Y2K HEALTH CHECK
Want to check out your Y2K readiness?
For business or organizational implications try http://www.y2k.gov
For individual issues, look at The Cassandra Project http://www.cassandraproject.org
If you’d like to check your PCs, look at http://www.pcy2000.org
You can get 2 free utilities at http://www.on-mark.com
You can even check your compliance over the web at http://www.mcafee.com/clinic/2000tb.asp
ON THE HUNT FOR A STAT
Okay… so we’ve all heard it… The number of people who are dying per day or hour or second or whatever… without Christ. Please send the location to Bertis BCRIGO@aol.com
CHECK OUT THIS HUNGER SITE
Okay… so we’ve heard about it from several different sources… Bob, Marty, and even folks from down under! You just go to this site… http://www.thehungersite.com
and click and supposedly they give a free meal to a hungry person. Corporate sponsors pay the tab. Check it out.
“THANKS” JUST ISN’T ENOUGH!
Thanks to all those who have chosen to try out Netcom/Mindspring. Recently we pointed out that if you were looking for a new Internet Service Provider anyway, why not try them at 1-888-MSPRING. We trumpeted their 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! You had to say “I’d be happier using MindSpring” to the sales representative. They then credited your account with a bonus — $60 if you signed up before Oct. 1st, but you still get $20 even if you sign up tonight.
I am. Yikes.
Just when I think I’ve got all the menu choices to show up, Word goes and hides ’em again! Well, here’s how to get rid of Office 2000’s “feature” that hides your seldom-used menu choices. Just choose Tools|Customize, then Options. Uncheck the box labeled “Menus show recently used commands first.” While you’re there, want to turn off that dastardly Office Assistant? Clippie or whatever? First time I ever considered homicide.
He seems so . . . smug
! What were they thinking? At least he could lose the condescending attitude… along with the menus. Why develop all this power… then hide it from us because it’ll seem too “overwhelming” to look at such a powerful program! So… just choose Tools|Options, then click on the Options tab, uncheck “Use the Office Assistant.” Man am I glad to get rid of him.
IN SEARCH OF CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING ON THE WEB
Doug Salser email@example.com
wants to know where in the world he can find cross- cultural training online. I got to thinking… have we ever covered that topic here? In other words, say there are 3000 Asians living in the neighborhood next door to yours. Where can you go on the web to “take lessons” in how to befriend them? Where could you go to find out about Buddhism, or Hinduism, or Islam for that matter? Send your best pointers to him and please send a carbon-copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note that this is one group you don’t have to “join” first in order to copy it. The messages go right on in without the need for subscribing.) Doug Salser will compile your best shots into a report for us here.
NEED AN ISP-LITE? CHECK OUT LIBERTYBAY
Take a look at http://www.libertybay.com
to see if it has the locations from which you need to log on. They provide Internet access at half the price of other full-service providers! You pay only $8.95/month for a fast e-mail account and great customer service — with no “ad bars” staring you in the face. Granted… they don’t have access numbers in all cities yet (like, for instance, none in Louisville, KY, where Team Expansion is based and where I live!), but if it meets your needs, . . . hey… can’t beat the price. Thanks Steve!
WEBWATCH: GATEWAY TO INDONESIA
Check out Rudy’s “Gateway to Indonesia” evangelistic site at http://www.gw2i.com
BRIGADA-INDIA ALIVE AND WELL
Brigada-India is an email conference that formed just a few months after we opened the gates here in 1995. To join, browse http://www.egroups.com/group/brigada-india
or send a message to email@example.com
. To learn more about current conditions of persecution in India, take a look at: http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/indiachr/
NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE
The NSTMC will take place Jan 28-30, 2000, with a pre-conference on Jan 27. The NSTMC is a training conference for those in any aspect of short-term mission team leadership (team leaders, pastors, missionaries, national hosts, mission committees, etc, etc.) The 5 general sessions and 6 workshop sessions cover every aspect of the preparation, the time on-site, and the follow-up. More information is available at NSTMC.org or by writing KJHurst@aol.com
, or 800-636-3334. Feel free to write Kim KJHurst@aol.com
if you’d like brochures or other materials to promote the conference in your organization. Thanks!
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:
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- But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!