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Guide to Network Function
Security: Communicating within the Network
Many unreached peoples live in regions of the world where missionary activity is frowned upon or even illegal.  In those areas using security precautions such as the following, is crucial.  However, that is not to imply that these suggestions are necessary among every unreached people.  Agencies and field personnel can advise you on the security needs of your people.

From Brigada-Security file: one people-group network’s security guidelines. Following are guidelines for organizations working among the XYZ people of X region. (The name of the unreached people and where they live have been removed.)

Many religious and governing institutions of unreached people's are well organized in their ability to gather information not only in their own country, but in western countries as well. Religious groups from some nations have held world-wide conferences for the purpose of creating policies to counter Christian activities in their nations. Some go to Christian conferences to gather information.

It is possible that comments about specific activities in the region you’ve targeted, made even in Western church services or other meetings, could adversely affect the lives and activities of those working among your adopted people group. Your activities, here and abroad, can and may be monitored by such religio-political organizations.  It is of dire importance to adhere to security guidelines when planning, speaking, or writing about your ministry pursuits, so as not to jeopardize field work or national believers.

The following security guidelines are adopted by the members joining the XYZ Consultation:

  1. Reports of Consultation meetings are only for participants of the Consultation and other trusted workers involved in work among the XYZ people. However, extreme caution should be exercised in the distribution of written reports in-country.
  2. No organization will implicate or link another organization to its activities in any publicity without permission.
  3. Individual workers among XYZ People may follow the guidelines of their organizations when describing and informing family members, friends, and supporters of their activities.
  4. The names of Christian organizations and the names, addresses, and pictures of workers involved in XYZ People outreach activities must never be given out indiscriminately nor ever published in any materials for mass distribution.
  5. Workers who live among XYZ People should distribute their field addresses only to trusted individuals. Careful instructions about the contents of correspondence should be given to anyone likely to send letters.
  6. Organizational mail and mail with religious content should be delivered by courier to X Region rather than sent through postal systems.
  7. Conversations which take place by means of telecommunication channels (phone, fax, e-mail) must be discrete. There are numerous words in the Christian vocabulary (such as "missionary" and "converts") and in political vocabulary which should never by used.
  8. Do not refer to or represent XYZ People contacts in such a way that they can be identified by name or photo, in connection with any Christian activity.
  9. Pseudonyms of workers and contacts while outside the region should be used with discretion. Pseudonyms are used to avoid identification of workers and contacts as missionaries or believers.
  10. Generally speaking, it is recommended that all travelers have a title, employer and address which is not linked to any Christian organization.
  11. Short-term workers who engage in activities which are more overt than that of longer-term workers must not link their programs to any on-going activities without permission.

Guidelines For Sharing in Print or Public Speech

Never put persons, location (even country), and/or ministry together in print.

Never put persons and places together in public (verbal). Assuming it’s not recorded, more information can be given to a limited audience (e.g., a leadership meeting). The more limited the audience, the more can be shared. When sensitive information is given, please remind the hearers that its misuse could severely handicap ministry or harm local believers.

From time to time, needs, news, etc. should be provided to the [church] body. Unless otherwise noted, these may be reproduced freely (assuming above concerns and applications are followed).


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