2015/04/12 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Looking for a life-changing study about God’s global purposes?
2) Fast Track to Full Funding
3) Would Someone Please Explain to me the Motives behind Boko Haram?
4) Thinking Outside the File Hub (Wi-Fi SD/USB Drive Server)
5) “You say Myanmar, I say Burma”
6) Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Skype in China for Good?
7) Free Webinar on International Student Ministry May 22, 2pm EST
8) Travel Management Simplified
9) What Does the Loch Ness Monster have to do with Missions?
10) Coaching and Debriefing during Re-entry
11) Help Laurie Research Attachment Style, Stress and Religious Coping
12) TCK Re-Entry Retreat
13) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
14) The BackPage: “Praying for Those Who Persecute.” What about ISIS?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Looking for a life-changing study about God’s global purposes?

GHFTN_Cover__74282.1427221033.500.750Look no further. Check out…


The eight lessons explore more than 100 Bible passages and include video introductions, memory verses, inspiring quotes, reflection questions, and people-group profiles to pray through. Sound familiar? This study, by Jeff Lewis, was first published in 2002 but has just been updated. You could work through it on your own, discuss it with a group, or include it in the preparation process for short-term teams. Last week, I saw this study for the first time. It’s the real deal. It will take you deeper, help you stay longer, and give you a reality check not only regarding your faith, but also your calling. Highly recommended.

2) Fast Track to Full Funding

fundraisingAre you a faith ministry worker who is chronically underfunded? Discouraged? Thinking of quitting? There is a way to get to full funding fast and it is saving dozens of missionary careers. Kingdom Come Training, through its online training and coaching will help you get to 100% in just a few months. Take advantage of the spring discount. It will save you either $50 or $100, depending on the training and coaching package you choose. But do it quickly because it is only available until the end of April. Hear a video testimony at…


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4) Thinking Outside the File Hub (Wi-Fi SD/USB Drive Server)

ravpowerTo be a real Brigada “Cool Tool,” the device has to solve a common problem for cross-cultural (Christian) travelers and/or those who love them, has to be uniquely affordable for its value, AND it has to have a “cool factor.” Bam. This device is a cool tool:


To be fair, our I.T. guy at Team Expansion, Greg, was the one who gave me the heads-up about it. It’s a gizmo that reads SD cards and USB drives, then serves up the content via its own Wi-Fi network. So it’ll work for smartphones, all kinds of computers and devices AND it even comes with a recharging “power bank” for devices. AND, you can even plug in a Google Chromecast and play it directly to your Chromecast connected TV. Ladies and gentleman, THIS is a cool tool.

6) Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Skype in China for Good?

skypeIt would seem so.


Twice in the past 7 days, we’ve received word about it. These are unrelated notes saying, “Please help us get the word out.” Some are saying that Microsoft (now owner of Skype) has made deals with the highest levels in China that permits them to monitor not only the Chinese version of Skype, but somehow, according to some, to monitor any version of Skype conversation that passes through their pipes. Can anyone show us definitive proof that these accusations are a rumor? If not, let’s just throw our hands up and head over to…


for good.

7) Free Webinar on International Student Ministry May 22, 2pm EST

International_studentsMost Christians are not called to “go overseas” as career missionaries, but many may impact the future leaders of nations who are studying in our nearby campuses. In God’s sovereign plan, the number of international students (1 million +) continues to rise in the U.S. and Canada. On this webinar, you’ll receive practical considerations on how individuals, families, churches, and campus ministries can participate in mutually enriching cross-cultural missions at home, and perhaps in your home and churches. You can register at…


8) Travel Management Simplified

airplaneMorton Security Solutions has developed a streamlined, simple and user friendly Travel Management tool that will simplify the way you track your employees and volunteers while they are in foreign locations. This tool can help you fulfill your stewardship duties as an organization and decrease your reaction time in a crisis event affecting your travelers. There are no logins for your users (only for administrators/SSL encrypted), and a simple form for collecting information used to measure vulnerability and risk. With the portal, your organization gets individual risk assessments for travelers, mapping software to track locations of travelers, pre-travel safety training, GPS tracking, Decision Point Reports (so you don’t waste money on a trip you should not take) and organization crisis reaction training. Check it out an example of what your site could look like…


See the contact information at the bottom of the demo page above.

10) Coaching and Debriefing during Re-entry

Helen provides understanding and accompaniment to those who have lived overseas and returned to their home country. She works with people who are trying to make sense of their overseas experience, their change in identity, the chaos of their transition and where they’re going next. She helps them bring closure to their time away, to take control of their life during their readjustment, and to move forward with a new sense of confidence in who they have become and what they offer to the world. To learn more, visit…


11) Help Laurie Research Attachment Style, Stress and Religious Coping

online-surveysHere’s your chance to help the world figure out your stress. :-) If you are a cross-cultural worker, are at least 18 years old, and have been working in a foreign country for at least 3 months, you are invited to participate in an online research survey. This research aims to learn how the areas of attachment style, stress perception, and religious coping affect you in your work overseas. The survey is anonymous and should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. At the end, you will be eligible to win one of 10 gift certificates to Amazon.com. To participate in this research, please click on the link below.


This link will be available until May 18, 2015.

12) TCK Re-Entry Retreat

grcDo you know any Third Culture Kids who will soon be entering universities in the U.S.? Would they benefit from a week of fun and support designed to help them through the potentially stressful transition back to the U.S.? Godspeed Resources Connection (GRC), a ministry committed to supporting and resourcing intercultural workers, is now accepting applications for their 13th annual TCK Re-Entry Retreat. It all takes place August 3-9, 2015 at Bethel Christian Camp in Gaston, SC. Registration deadline is June 1, 2015. Cost is $425 per student, with a $50.00 non-refundable deposit due at registration.
For more information about the Re-Entry Retreat:


Want to talk to someone? Contact the retreat co-coordinators, Christa or Rachel, by email at

13) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

TESOLHere’s a TESOL training course with Asia’s Center for TESOL: 1 June-3 July. Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). Contact Kathy for application forms or more information:
khenwoodatactesoldotcom or see


14) The BackPage: “Praying for Those Who Persecute.” What about ISIS?

praying pewDoes this challenge the edges of your faith?


But stop and think: What did Jesus tell us to do in Matthew 5:44? ” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” The next verse tells us why: So that we can be “sons of our Father.”

I have to admit: This stretches me. There’s so much of me that wants to seek vengeance. And the truth is, if I had a chance to intervene so I could prevent a senseless beheading, I’m convinced I would. But this prayer site makes me think: Have we really prayed that God would change the hearts of these killers? If we haven’t, why not? Hats off to Mike and all those who are calling us back to such prayers. Thank you.

What’s your view? Is it tough for you to pray for love to reign in the hearts of ISIS killers? Just click “Comment” below to go to the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing your opinion.

15) Closing Stuff

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