In this issue…

1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES

2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE

3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA.

4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS

5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS

6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS

7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN

8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT

9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES — The author of “Today’s All-Star Mission Churches”/Strategies To Help Your Church get Into the Game, would like to offer his book to all Brigada subscribers for $7.50 postage paid (sorry… USA only). Just mail a check payable to UWM to Tom Telford, PO Box 50400, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. I just passed along a copy of this to our church mobilization group in Team Expansion and I’ll have to admit, it’s chocked *full* of ideas. There’s enough in there to keep your church (or your mobilization team) busy for months to come… and help you become more proactive all at the same time. (Those outside the USA might consider asking a friend in the US to order the book then relay it overseas.) Thanks much Tom!!!

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2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE — Have you visited:

http://www.marcpublications.com/

lately??? Whew! What a re-make. And they’re now shipping free to all USA addresses (reasonable rates to those outside the USA too). Plus you can get past MARC newsletters and search big-time through everything on their site. So if you need a book or publication about relief and development… or anything else in categories from “Anthropology” to “Women” (that’s *almost* A to Z :-) ) give it a try.

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3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA. — If you’re quick on your heels and/or if you’re desperate for TESL training, it’s not too late to get in on TESOL at YWAM, Lebanon (Pennsylvania). They’re offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information contact YWAM 717-274-90910 or e-mail . vidbbauman@cs.com>

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4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS — Designed specifically to appeal to children, parents, and educators, the new book, “Window On The World”, is an in-depth look at countries, cultures and people-groups around the world. It’s got great pictures… and would work well as a devotional guide. Order at your nearest Christian bookstore or through Bethany House Publishers by calling 1-800-328-6109 or e-mailing .

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5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS — Ralph Winter has written, “The most powerful and significant story of mission is not that of one who becomes a missionary,” writes Ralph Winter, founder of the U. S. Center for World Mission, “but of someone who founds a new structure for mission that throws almost a thousand missionaries into the most needy corners of the earth. That is not common at all. We want reasons…” Now, Pioneers founder Ted Fletcher will give you reasons. His new book, When God Comes Calling, can be ordered by calling 407-382-6000 or by sending $7.95 plus shipping and handling to PIONEERS, 12343 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32827 USA. U.S. shipping is $2/book, but please contact PIONEERS at for international shipping rates. @pioneers.org>

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6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS — The third Nomads Consultation will be held January 7-11, 2002, in Pasadena, California, co-sponsored by Institute for Nomadic Ministry of the U.S. Center for World Missions, The International Journal for Frontier Mission, and Interdev. This event seeks to look at strategies, networking and a whole lot more. For more information and registration, go to: http://uscwm.org/thegathering or contact Malcolm or Brian .

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7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN — With all the recent events in Afghanistan, there’s a lot of interest in how to help the *people* there. Here’s a tangible way to learn more. An NGO working with Afghan refugees recently produced a 12 minute video featuring the plight of Afghan women. Entitled, “Tears For Afghanistan”, this video was featured at the Global Conference for Women in Dallas recently, and is being made available to interested parties. If you would like to order a copy for your church or prayer group, or would like to make a gift of the video to someone you know who needs to get a better understanding of what women there are going through, you may email . The suggested donation for the video is $5.00 US, plus $2.00 US for postage in the US. It is available on VHS in NTSC and PAL. afghanwomen@aol.com>

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8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT — Want to learn more on crisis management? Check out the 7 articles at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=642

and the 6 items on Security at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=643

Thanks Justin!

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9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth, June 3 – July 28, 2002. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please email

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10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL — Females have *always* wanted to know more about how to handle the mail. :-) Well now there’s hope. Fresh from the postal service in the USA, here are some helpful tips. We share them knowing full well that some will say we’re overreacting… because after all, only a *handful* of letters have been determined to have been contaminated with anthrax in recent days in the USA. But hey… some of this stuff is probably common sense for all of us… because it’s a new day. So maybe… it’s not a bad idea to at least take notice. For example, maybe we’re all going to have to start looking at the return address. If the letter is at all lopsided or lumpy in appearance, don’t be so quick to tear it open. Be suspicious. What else should make you suspicious?

*** It’s hand-addressed and has no return address or bears one that you can’t read

*** It’s sealed with excessive amounts of tape

*** It’s marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal” or “confidential”.

*** It has excessive postage.

Now I’m not suggesting we become paranoid… but postal workers are advising all of us… worldwide… to begin realizing that … hey… the mail *can* contain stuff that *shouldn’t* “go through.” So what do we do in those cases? Here are some precautions:

*** Don’t handle it if you suspect at all that it might be contaminated

*** Don’t shake it, bump it, or sniff it

*** Wash your hands thoroughly

*** Notify your local law enforcement authorities.