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BRIGADA THROWS A PARTY!

Brigada Logo This is it! BrigadaFest is happening Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, Kentucky! If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. For more information, go to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on BrigadaFest info. Get input on sharing the gospel with unreached peoples. Hear from Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, AD2000 & Beyond, Caleb Project, Team Expansion, InterDev, and dozens of local church leaders who are actually making a difference! Take part in a Concert of Prayer led by Caleb Project’s Executive Director, Greg Fritz! Listen to Glen Elliott (flying into BrigadaFest directly from Kosovo and Ukraine) on the importance of prayer . . . and not giving up. Work to meld international partnerships with the likes of UK-based Wayne McGee from InterDev. And there’s much much more. It all starts Thursday night… so you’d better act fast! See ya there!
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ADVOCACY IS LEARNING, LINKING AND LOVING

Has God given you a passion for an unreached people group that you want to share with your church and others? If so, come to one of Caleb Project’s “Advocate Training Seminars” this spring. Discover how to focus on a people group and help others do so, too. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of ministry partnerships and discover that you’re not alone. Strategize with like- minded advocates and share your stories. Three-day training sessions will be held April 6-8 in Raleigh, NC and April 27-29 in Denver, CO, or come to the one-day version at BrigadaFest! For more info contact John or Marti at Caleb Project training@cproject.com or 303-730-4181; or visit http://www.calebproject.org.
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LEADERSHIP COURSE OFFERED OVER INTERNET

graduation cap Mid-South Christian College is offering a course (two semester hours credit) over the Internet at a special half-price introductory offer of only $75. The course, Leadership Principles, will deal with Biblical and Practical issues in developing leadership within the local congregation. This class will be taught by a veteran missionary with 20 years of experience in church planting. For more information write Larry LGriffin@TeamExpansion.org.
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TRAINING FOR YOUR MISSION’S PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT

graduation cap If you are responsible for any phase of people development or people services in your mission, this workshop is for you. It will be a time for professional training, interaction with colleagues, focusing on specific responsibilities, examining values, plus encouragement and vision. Scheduled for March 6-9, 2000, there is still space. For questions or to register, contact Karen MTIreg@aol.com at Mission Training International or visit http://www.mti.org. All information is on the web plus a registration worksheet. You may also phone 719-594- 0687 or 800-896-3710.
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WHERE ARE THE DVD RESOURCES?

cd-rom Daniel’s dbray@indiafocus.org hot on DVDs. But he’s wondering… where’s the beef? He’s looking for sources for audio bibles, bible study materials, training materials, or language study courses on DVD. He’ll compile a full report. But we have to send him the stuff. Can you help? If so, please write him! And by the way… he’s been a Brigada participant since 1996! :-) Now there’s a dedicated missions guy. He’d have to be — to put up with these weekly emails for 4 years! :-)
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GET THE SKINNY ON PERSPECTIVES

Bill Bright calls its “unbeatable”, Floyd McClung says “It’ll ruin you for the ordinary!”, George Verwer suggests it is “absolutely essential”. For the past 5 months, local Perspectives teams have developed, prayed for, and prepared to mobilize their community. Now, Perspectives has just started up in 90 locations throughout the US & Canada – 15 evenings of mission challenge and study, inspiring material and great speakers. Grad. and undergraduate credit are an excellent value; enrollment is open through the second week of class. See www.perspectives.org for course locations, start dates and further information. Better hurry!
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STUDY THE WORLD OF ISLAM

The Eastern Regional Office of the U. S. Center for World Mission is offering a pilot version of a Perspective style course on the World of Islam beginning Monday Jan 31st in McLean, VA. and Tuesday Feb 1st. in Wayne, PA. This is a mobilization course and is not intended to compete with Islamics training programs but rather is intended to develop awareness and promote involvement. Anyone interested in attending either class may respond to Keith at 610-647- 9888 or KeithS207@aol.com.
note (Note: Because their materials are in draft form, they cannot offer their materials for sale or register extension students at this time.) And may God bless our Islamic friends around the world!
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PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE IN TENNESSEEE FEB 18-20

GoGlobal! is a weekend Perspectives Conference sponsored by US Center (SE Region) and Campus Crusade for Christ (MidSouth Region). The time is specifically geared toward University students, but is open to all. The conference will be at the Knoxville Hyatt and the registration deadline is Feb 1, 2000. For more info and to register online check out http://GoGlobal2000.com or email staff@goglobal2000.com.
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FREE DSL MIGHT BE COMING TO YOUR AREA!

Ray raymholt@ix.netcom.com says so . . . and to learn more, he asked that you click on over to this web URL (there’s no “www” on the front): i.winfire.com/s/isapiEng.dll/wf.exe?cmd=dl&170006798,13755,452&.exe I think he might win a free DSL modem out of the deal :-) but hey… if you get free DSL then it won’t be a problem, right? :-)
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WHERE CAN KERRYN LEARN ABOUT KIDS’ MISSIONS RESOURCES

Kerryn’s skshaw@lccs.edu an Aussie (from “down under” — Australia) with a passion for helping kids learn about missions. Where would you send her for curriculum, resources, tools, and guides? Please drop her a note and she’ll assemble an autoresponder file for all of us to download.
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TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS

graduation cap COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training International are hosting their third annual Short-Term Mission Leaders Training seminar, May 4-6 in Honolulu. This program focuses on building a training program that can be used in your own setting with coaching and other help available from our experienced training staff. It can help both in preparing people for an international assignment and for those committed to cross-cultural ministry closer to home. Interaction and personal reflection will be key program elements as well as time for informal conversation. Each participant will leave with a notebook including a model training program which they have experienced and will be able to lead. Supplemental training resources will also be available for purchase. Cost is just $199 per person with lodging and meal packages starting at $150. We’ll help get you the best airfare rates as well. Contact Greg in Hawaii at 808-668-6569 or commit@juno.com for registration materials. And like all good Hawaiians, he says, “Mahalo!” (thank you!).
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HELP FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO AIDS VICTIMS

graduation cap There’s a new school running on the Kona Campus, beginning October 2000. Topics include HIV/AIDS Fact and Fiction, God’s Character to love people living with HIV/AIDS, Spiritual Bondage of sexual and drug addictions, Pre & Post Test Counseling, Death, Dying and handling Grief, Self-care. Here’s your chance to educate yourself and the world, taking the fear out of AIDS/HIV. For more info, email Sue suge@uofnkona.edu.
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THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Keeping in mind Islam’s perspective of God, sin and salvation, these 100 chronological lessons for Muslims present the key stories and central message of God’s prophets according to “the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel.” THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (TWOR) is an English translation of 100 fifteen-minute radio programs originally written in the Wolof language for Muslims (and animists and Catholics) of Senegal, West Africa. The 543-page book’s purpose is twofold:
  1. Reading by English-speaking Muslims and other true seekers.
  2. Translation into other languages for radio broadcast.

Currently, TWOR is being (or has been) translated into about twenty languages. Color-cover book: $12 (+ $3 shipping). Quantity discounts for two or more. On the web (minus the forward and appendixes): http://injil.org/TWOR/ or write via snail-mail to TWOR, PO Box 4006, Greenville, SC 29608-4006, Telephone: 864-610-9818 Email: TWOR@iname.com.

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FULLER SEMINARY NOW OFFERING ONLINE COURSES

graduation cap Interested in a unique learning experience? Fuller Theological seminary now offers courses through the World Wide Web! Earn an entire six course Certificate of Christian Studies! Upcoming Courses For the Spring 2000 quarter:
  1. MH 520 The Historical Development of the Christian Movement
  2. ML 530 Lifelong Development
  3. MT 520 Biblical Foundations of Mission.

Receive a special $100 discount rate for Spring registrations. Visit: http://www.fulleronline.org for more information and details on signing up. Call:800-999-9578 or 626-584-5266 or e-mail idl-info@dept.fuller.edu.

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PRAYUSA!

praying hands For the fourth consecutive year Eddie Smith, national coordinator, has announced PrayUSA!, 40-days of prayer and fasting for revival and spiritual awakening from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, March 8 through April 16. For more information on how you can participate, simply send a “blank” email message to prayusa@usprayertrack.org.
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