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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, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, 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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TOP 10 REASONS TO COME TO BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo Why would anyone want to come to BrigadaFest, this coming Feb. 3-5, in Louisville, KY???
  • 10 – Take in Interdev’s super-seminar on partnership development
  • 9 – Do Caleb Project’s training on People Group Advocacy
  • 8 – Hear about Antioch Network’s experiences in unreached outreach
  • 7 – Learn what “PACE” stands for and how to do a PACE Project
  • 6 – Participate in an Unreached People Group “Track”
  • 5 – Meet some of the members of the Brigada family in person
  • 4 – Attend a “Huddle Group” with others in similar roles
  • 3 – Help your local church select and reach an unreached group
  • 2 – Meet personally with an AD2000 & Beyond representative
  • and snare drum [drum roll] the Number 1 reason to come to BrigadaFest 2000,
    Find out how you can the registration for an entire 3-day seminar for just 60 bucks! :-)

For more information, write AKeeran@TeamExpansion.org in Louisville or register on the web by going to http://www.teamexpansion.org.

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NEED MORE JESUS VIDEOS?

movie camera You can still get them from Keith Keithk@idmail.com for the low low price of $5 each in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and a ton of other languages too. Thanks Keith!
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MINISTER TO ENGLISH SPEAKING MUSLIM STUDENTS AT METS

The Middle East Training Session (METS) is set for May 25 to July 6, 2000, in Istanbul, Turkey. The program includes orientation to Islam, (College credit available if desired) and opportunities for hands-on ministry to Muslim university students under the direction of experienced missionaries. The program costs $995 plus airfare and personal expenses. For more information and applications contact IDEA Ministries ideamin@ideaministries.org, tel. (616) 698-8393 in the USA.
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HEALING THE LEPROSY OF OUR SOULS

Vishal Mangalwadi’s booklet addresses the call for a national debate in response to widespread persecution in India. It’s available in the USA from The Maclaurin Institute maclurn@tc.umn.edu, tel 612-378-1935 ($2.50); and in the UK from South Asian Concern 100126.3641@compuserve.com, tel 0181-770- 9717, and elsewhere from Good Books ruth@nda.vsnl.net.in, tel +91-135 630891.
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INQUIRY ON TRAINING AMIDST ANIMISM

Have you ever had to set up a training center in the middle of a tribal area bounded by those caught up in witchcraft and animism? If so, Norman and Rikki gpf@hms.co.zw would love to hear any lessons you learned while doing so. They have to set up a non-denominational leadership training center in Zimbabwe, near lots of small churches with inexperienced leaders. Basically, they’re asking for your help. We’ll ask them to assemble a summary report of what they learn through your responses. Thanks!
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FREE LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA

telephone Someday one of these Internet long distance gateways is going to hit it big. My friend Rick likes http://www.dialpad.com the best. Check it out. Free long distance to the USA . . . and maybe someday, to other countries too! Rick says it sounds better with a headset. I tried it . . . and it’s promising!
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TRANSLATORS NEEDED

Don’t forget about Uniscape.com if you’re looking for job opportunities in translation. Registration is free to translators as is the use of Uniscape’s translation tools. http://www.uniscape.com. Questions? Email Seda smansour@uniscape.com.
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ELECTRONIC LIBRARY LOOKING FOR PARTNERS

books The International Electronic Library is looking for assistance from those who are familiar with resources in French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean And Vietnamese. They’re looking for help with OCR scanning, as well as in selecting the best books available in these ten languages for training pastor and church leaders around the world. If you can help, write Wendy wludo@megsinet.net.
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CALLING ON PRAYER WARRIORS FOR TELECAST

praying hands Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps (RREACH) International wants to mobilize prayer support for its Reach for Life telecast, a year-end evangelistic half-hour program on secular TV, primetime, in over 50 countries and four continents. The program targets English-speaking, computer literate, opinion leaders in weaker economies and is to be shown on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 and 2. Conservative estimates of the potential audience are around 100 million. If interested in praying for this global evangelistic effort, send an email to info@rreach.org with the subject line: Y2K PRAYER. A prayer email will be sent that will contain relevant details to pray for. For info by snail mail, write to RREACH International, P.O. Box 261802, Plano, TX 75093-1802, U.S.A.
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UNLIMITED WEB PAGE HOSTING FOR FREE

WebWatch That’s right… Ray has found a place on the web that will offer that and more at: http://unit1.myfreeoffice.com/mfo/signup.cgi?sponsor=raymholt Note that Ray is serving as sponsor… (so we presume he gets some kind of credit from your using this URL :-) )… but the free services include unlimited web page hosting, free-for-life unlimited space domain hosting, web page design wizard, fax to email, fax to anywhere in US, two email accounts, Office 2000 Compatible Software, autoresponder messaging, mailing list manager, graphics library, group chat, bulletin board messaging, document sharing, online scheduling, technical support, and more. I checked out this service and it indeed appears to offer all these services . . . and the only downside I could find is that you will receive quite a bit of commercial ads from MyFreeOffice sponsors. Plan on at least one per day… and maybe more… from various vendors hoping to catch your attention. So . . .for now, I think I prefer the eGroups model — where the only ad is the tiny one at the bottom of this newsletter. But you might like some of the other perks, so feel free to check it out! Thanks Ray!
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GET YOUR CALCULATOR BACK IN WORD

calculator For all those users wishing they could restore the calculation feature from Microsoft Word 2 (even if you’re using Word 2000), go to the Tools|Customize menu, then choose “Commands” and scroll through the list of tools ’til you find the “ToolsCaluculate” command. Drag the command up to the Toolbar and drop it in the location of your choice, maybe at the far right. Then choose “Close” to close the Customize dialog box. Now you can easily calculate selected expressions in Word! Just highlight the expression (such as 100+200*(50/3), click on the toolbar and watch the status bar.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhanna@cproject.com
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServant@brigada.org
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: help@brigada.org
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucas@teamexpansion.org
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!