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PEOPLETEAMS KEEPS ON GROWING

People Teams PeopleTeams now has 402 total websites! 220 websites are actually hosted by PT, 162 sites are links and 20 sites were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a presence. They are averaging about 280,000 to 310,000 hits every month. Here’s a list of their top ten (busiest) websites for August 2001. http://www.peopleteams.org
Path to Directory Hits Visitor Sessions
1 Miao 8,880 1,171
2 Biwap 5,456 841
3 Palestinians 8,049 816
4 Yarsi 3,153 777
5 Batangas 14,080 715
6 mixteco 6,724 713
7 Ukrainians 6,120 651
8 Czestochowa 7,880 629
9 Extremaduran 9,471 590
10 Scots 5,795 549

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“LÁMPARA” FOR THEIR FEET

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and Spain is the European country with the fewest number of evangelical believers. Now, an evangelistic web page has been launched at http://www.lamparaes.com with the theme “Practical Wisdom” targeting the unchurched in Spain. “Lámpara Es” is the Spanish translation of the opening phrase of Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a LAMP unto my feet…” Gregg info@lamparaes.com describes the site as “pre-evangelistic” and is part of the larger strategy of the Spanish organization “Evangelismo En Accion”, which has a 27-year history of church planting in Spain. EEA’s home page http://www.evangelismoenaccion.com is in Spanish and English.
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FREE EMAIL THAT SUPPORTS MISSIONS IN ASIA

letter and ligntening bolt Gospel for Asia is pleased to announce it’s free online email account! This service is similar to Hotmail and provides key features such as email forwarding, pop email check, spam filters and more. By signing up for your you@mygfa.org email account, you will help spread the word about what God is doing in Asia through the ministry of Gospel for Asia. To sign up, simply log onto http://webmail.mygfa.org and click on the “new user signup” near the top of page. For more information, please contact GFA’s Web Staff webservant@gfa.org or call 800-WIN-ASIA and ask for the web department.
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INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED TESOL TRAINING

graduation cap International Training Network, based in Bournemouth, England is Europe’s only Christian TEFL/TESOL training centre working with on of the two internationally recognized examining boards, Trinity College London. The course lasts for five weeks and is very intensive. There are seven courses each year in the UK. Over 800 Christians have been through this training and many are now serving all around the world. Over 25% have come to the UK from other nations to get this training. Teaching English is the greatest mission opportunity that exists. This qualification opens up the world for service. For more information contact len@international-training-network.org.uk or visit www.internationaltraining.net Tel: +44 (0)1202 789089
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GET YOUR GUIDE TO THE HEART OF GOD

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LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS

Last year at Fuller Seminary, a relatively small group of missions leaders helped us all to be more precise and, well, Christian in our communications. This is not “bleeding hearts” stuff to be ignored. Do these words look familiar: “target,” “conquer,” “army,” “crusade,” “mobilize,” “beachhead,” “advance,” “enemy,” and “battle?” Given the events of the past month and watching world leaders try and stumble, it seems timely to resurrect such reminders. Here are some of their conclusions:
  1. Metaphors are potent in shaping thought and compelling action. “Warfare” metaphors and terminology have been misused in Christian mission communications.
  2. People are responding to the call to glorify God among the nations, follow Christ into servanthood and sacrifice, and lift up the downtrodden to a life of great purpose and meaning. These are themes around which we need to develop metaphors to summon God’s people to God’s mission.
  3. The new dynamics of globalization and instant global electronic information technologies are rapidly changing the context of our communication. The world will read or hear whatever we say. The group closed by summarizing, “We desire to honor God and glorify Him as we engage in communicating His love to the peoples of the earth. Where reflection on our words has revealed less than Christlike attitudes or circumstances where we have unintentionally hurt others, we are eager to repent, apologize, and do better.”

We’ll try to follow their recommendations here — and suggest others do also.

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WEBWATCH: HAVE A LOOK AT “POWER TO CHANGE”

WebWatch If you have access to the web, have a look at http://www.powertochange.com. And if someone you know (near or far) still haven’t accepted him, maybe this page will speak in a way your friend has never heard. Great testimonies. Great website. (Thanks Wes!)
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PRAYER FOR MISSIONS

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