In this issue….

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INCREDIBLE RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN’S MISSIONS ED.

block Whoa. Have you gotten a look at the new children’s missions education resources hot off the press from the Christian and Missionary Alliance National Office? Incredible. Giant binders ooze with videos, cassettes, and full-color booklets. And the best part is . . . there are lots of practical ideas here. The “Kids on a Mission Curriculum Kit” is $42 — but it contains 7 units plus a wrap-up session to teach grades 1-5 about the Great Commission and Unreached Peoples. Complete with overheads and reproducible activity sheets, maps, and cards. Then — get this — the “Kids on a Mission Musical” ($52) would be a great ribbon to tie that course off. It can be done with as few as 8 children and includes a spiral-bound book, a CD sound track and accompaniment, sheet music, reproducible scripts, production notes, devotional guide, costume patterns, set design pattern ([inhale yawning face — Whew! blinking1eyes ), choreography, companion products listing and poster! Then there are special pens, t- shirts, leaders’ shirts, witness bracelet kits, and even keychains! Purchase from http://www.cmalliance.org (click on “Local Churches” then CE Ministries), or call toll-free in the USA or elsewhere via Net2Phone to 877-284-3262. While there, ask about “Building Great Commission Kids (missions planner manuals and lesson books), “How to Conduct a Successful Kids’ Missions Festival From A to Z”, Missions Prayer tools for kids, and Kids’ Mission Fest Modules (like “Search and Rescue — Take the Challenge… Reach the Lost”). Great stuff. All these materials are generic enough to be used by any stream of churches (not just the C&MA). Hats off to Marv Parker and the people that have helped him make this happen.
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR AFRICA

praying hands After a consultation in Kampala, Uganda, leaders from Africa issued a call to 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for the continent from 1 November to 10 December. A prayer calendar is available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili and English. For more info email nupsa@global.co.za. All the info and the calendars in the different languages are also available at website: http://www.nupsa.org.za.
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DOGPILE GATHERS A PACK OF STRAY RESPONSES

WebWatchNever let it be said that those “dogpile” users out there aren’t passionate about their product! We rec’d several supportive (and a couple of negative) emails about http://www.dogpile.com as a search engine. One Brigada participant wrote, “…When I was growing up, we used the word to describe kids piling on each other in play–one person might be on the ground, someone yells, ‘dogpile!’ and everyone piles on. … ” I’ll have to admit — once I heard his explanation, it made a lot more sense. At the same time, I’d suggest you pass on the “jokes” listed at the search site. At least one reader commented on the fact that several were in very poor taste.
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TRAINING TO TEACH ENGLISH IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

graduation cap Youth With a Mission (Lebanon, Pa USA) is offering a special TESOL course, June 18 to July 13, 2001. For more info., contact: YWAM at USA tel. 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbauman@cs.com.
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DISCIPLESHIP AND CROSS-CULTURAL MENTORING

graduation cap That’s what you’ll get at YWAM’s “Crossroads Discipleship School” based in Lebanon, Pa, USA. From April 23 to July 13, 2001, you can take part in special cross- cultural training followed by an eight-week outreach to the Muslim Tatar people of Ukraine. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,520 per person. Add about $2,000.00 per person for the outreach phase. For more information call tel. 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbauman@cs.com.
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USED COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES

computer This is recycling to the max. Give an old computer so that someone else can use it to gain new life! In the USA, contact “Enable” via http://www.servants-inc.org, and in the UK, see Computers for Charity on the web at http://www.computersforcharity.org.uk. If you learn of other such groups, please inform Tony tony@soon.org.uk. (Thanks Tony!)
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CZECH OUT THESE MOBILIZATION RESOURCES

Check out the Czech mission-oriented prayer requests and news at http://www.prayer.cz. Reach the author, Petr, at nfkms@cmail.cz.
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DESTINATION 2000 MISSIONS EVENT SCUTTLED

event canceled The Destination 2000 event scheduled in Kalamazoo on October 13 and 14 at Calvary Bible Church has been cancelled. For more info., contact Bryan (616-372-1130) or see the web at http://wwwCalvaryBible.org.
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THE BACKPAGE: WILL SOMEONE PRAY FOR “SEBASTIAN?”

This past week, I received the following note from a Brigada participant whom we’ll call “Sebastian” [not his real name]: “Dear Doug, “I like to receive Brigada even though I am not a missionary because the world wide missionary news is very exciting and spiritually uplifting. I don’t have resources to contribute much to any of the goings on but sometimes I do share what I learn through you with the members of my church. “The sad part is that it doesn’t get them as excited as I get. Sometimes I feel as if I am a missionary here among a people who say they believe the gospel but who have lost their zeal for their faith. But since I have been here I also fear that some of the responsibility lies in my faulty leadership. In spite of the humility therein I have not lost my joy and continue to have faith that God is working underground right now and soon some fresh new spring time sprouts of fruitfulness will begin to poke their heads above ground. “This is my prayer and my request. Is there any one there able to uphold this minister and his flock in prayer for God’s power to be more evident among us?” [snip snip… end of note]

So I got to wondering… how many “Sebastians” are out there right now, hoping against hope that God will raise up a new missions movement within the particular part of Christ’s body where they are ministering. And so they wait. . . . And wait. . . . and wait some more.

Well I believe that God’s heart breaks for these special servants. And I believe He yearns for them to know of His patient heart on their behalf.

What do you say we lift them up . . . right now . . . even if it’s only for 15 seconds. (Hint: some might want to pray longer.) Here’s a prayer we could all pray together — in our own words, of course: “Lord, right now, I thank you for ‘Sebastian’ and all those like him who yearn to awaken others to a world in need. I ask that you would give them endurance for the long haul. I pray you’ll give them incredible measures of wisdom as to how to be gentle but firm ‘watchmen on the wall’ to sound the trumpet for unreached peoples around the world. I pray that they’ll never ‘grow weary in well doing.’ Likewise, please don’t ever let them become bitter, but instead to be patient and sensitive in getting the message across to others. And in the end, Lord, may your heart go out to them all the more. You’ve promised to be ‘with us until the end of the age’ and you gave that promise immediately after you commissioned your disciples to take the gospel to all nations. Please help us finish that task, for your glory. Amen.” Thanks . . . and “Sebastian” . . . please know that there are people praying for you!

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