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If you’ve got Adobe Acrobat Reader (free on the web), click to http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/jpllist.pdf for a free copy of the JP 2000 list. It’s the most up-to-date version available, straight from Dan the Man at AD2000 & Beyond in Colorado. Also, here’s the May update on our progress in seeing a church for every people…
  • Peoples on active JP list – 1592
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1110
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 525
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 253

Again, I won’t try to hide the fact that I’m disturbed… Disturbed that with only six months to go, we still have 1/3 of the list with no reported church-planting team on site and 20% of the list still “unclaimed!” If you’re interested in tackling a people group on the JP2000 list, click to http://www.ad2000.org and see how you can help today.



movie camera Hey… if you’re searching for a new video to try, check out “Transformation, Prayer is Changing Cities,” written up at http://www.down-to-earth.de. Highly recommended by one reader, Mary Kay. I haven’t seen it yet, but judging from the praise in her note, relayed to us by Eric, it’s got to be a great one!


calendar The JEMA Church Planting Institute, established in 1994, has grown from 27 attenders at the national conference to 260 last year. CPI is an network of 60 or more agencies and denominations seeking church planting movements among Japanese. To date over 420 missionaries and Japanese nationals have been trained.

This year’s Japan 2000 CPI Conference will be held October 10-13, 2000 at the YMCA International Conference Center in Gotemba. There will be three training tracks (some with simultaneous translation into Japanese), electives, great worship, times of prayer, childcare, a resource center and much more. Get info by writing jema@jema.org or JMehn@Compuserve.com or click on http://www.jcpi.net/.



virus Hey… do you use Outlook or Outlook Express? Avoid Trojans all together. Turn off the preview pane. Open Outlook or Outlook Express and click on the “View” menu, then unclick “Preview Pane” as an option in Outlook. Outlook Express users will need to go through the extra step of clicking on the “Layout” menu first, then unchecking “Use Preview Pane.” Trust me… the folks in your address book will be glad you did. :-) Thanks Sharon!


movie camera Reader Paul recommends asking for a missionary discount at Gaither Music. They might just volunteer to send free videos instead! Paul wrote, “I asked if it was OK to tell other missionaries about this. Julie Etchison replied, ‘We would be happy for you to tell your missionary friends about our complimentary products. Please be sure to tell them that if they need PAL format, they should specify that information at the time of request.'” Can’t beat that! You can find a listing of their products at http://www.gaithermusic.com. To request a video, write: Julie Etchison jetchison@gaithermusic.com. Thanks much Paul!


WebWatch Check out a new online dictionary, in 100s of languages, at http://www.yourdictionary.com. Thanks Tony!


[Today’s “Backpage” editorial is guest-written, in a way, by my good friend and colleague at Team Expansion, Chris Bushnell. Chris is our VP of Personnel and he just returned from a trip out of town. He sent me the note below just prior to boarding his return flight. I asked and received permission to share the email with you, but I’ve changed the names because it’s the principle I’d like you to hear about . . . not the person]

“Hi Doug. John and I had a powerful time today. I took him out for Mexican (his favorite), and we started talking. We talked during lunch and all throughout the 18-hole golf round. We kept talking … Actually he did almost all the talking – and I did the listening.

“It is so sad. He knows that his choices ruined his 18-year marriage – and the 20-year marriage of Louise, “the other woman.” He knows his kids will carry scars for life, as will Louise’s kids. He knows his decision four years ago has hurt many people. Four years ago, that is when he and Louise met and found in each other a spark that had been missing in their marriages. For four years they continued to feed that flame instead of fanning the flame in their own marriages. They kept it a secret. He says he just couldn’t bring himself to confide in me – but wishes he had. Those times he and I talked – and I asked how he and Jackie were doing with their marriage. He knows that just maybe he could have prevented the heartbreak if he had said “help.” He chose otherwise. And now, it’s too late.

“Today, he cried on the 10th hole when he thought about the way Jackie’s father hung the phone up on him, when he thought about the way his brother said, “I use to admire you,” how some dear friends wrote him and said, “Never call or write us again, you are scum.” How he will only see his kids a few times a year – and he missed all their soccer games this Spring. He knows he deserves it.

“We talked about grace, about sin, about learning from our mistakes, we talked about the need to keep the romance alive in our marriages, we talked about the endless capacity for selfishness and sin of the human heart and our need for accountability in our lives. We prayed together.

“John is paying the price for his mistake. Meanwhile the Evil One has laid claim on two more marriages. That scares, angers and saddens me. Tomorrow morning I am boarding a plane for Louisville. I am flying home to my sweet and beautiful wife. I can’t get there fast enough. Chris”

Hey… this is serious stuff. We’re playing with fire. Let’s realize that the people we meet are God’s children. I need to pray about it… and ask for courage. You do too. It’s too easy to forget that Satan wants to sift us as wheat. He’s a roaring lion. No one is exempt from his grasp. Let’s pray that we can reach a point at which we treat married women with respect and single women with the dignity and nobility they deserve… as God’s children. If we truly love them… truly… then we’ll want to love them in a truly right way… even if that means laying what feels good aside, and going through the motions of obedience, even if some of the feeling is gone at times. If “John” would have done that (in Chris’ note above), maybe he wouldn’t have helped rip apart two marriages. And another thing… remember that it’s not too late to start trying to do what’s right, even if you’ve made mistakes. Thank goodness we have a God who forgives. Pray for your mate… pray for anyone you’ve wronged… and pray for strength if and when you ever have the kinds of feelings that “John” had for “Louise.”

gulp Yikes. Be careful. It’s a jungle out there.


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