2016/07/17 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Raising Resilient MKs: Free Download
2) Teach-N-China Tomorrow!
3) Looking to Implement T4T Among an Oral Culture?
4) The Winner in Cloud Storage: Amazon
5) If you Work in a Sensitive Area, You Need a VPN
6) Can’t Afford a Global Entry Pass? At least Get This Mobile Passport
7) Get a Sense of the Ethnic Makeup of the USA
8) Check out this ISI version of DMM Training
9) Which Instant Messaging App Should be on YOUR Device(s)?
10) Get a Sense of the Degree of Strength for World Religions
11) How to make a manual lift pump for a water well out of pvc pipe
12) Support Raising Leadership Conference in October in Tulsa, OK
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Suppose You Wanted to Address Every PLACE…
15) Closing Stuff

1) Raising Resilient MKs: Free Download

This book, “Raising Resilient MKs: Resources for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers,” is edited by Joyce Bowers and provides 500 pages of invaluable material for those involved with TCKs in any way. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) published this book in 1998 and have graciously given permission to make it available free of charge. The book is available to download as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


2) Teach-N-China Tomorrow!

Chinese Christians leading a growing network of schools in China are in need of more American educators. One school has a waiting list of over 300 families. Schools provide a salary, housing, health insurance, a round-trip ticket each year and a loving Christian environment. As of today, they need 3 more 1st and 2nd grade teachers. If August 2016 is impossible, perhaps 2017! Email
jamesatconnectionscidotcom to apply and for more information.

5) If you Work in a Sensitive Area, You Need a VPN

We recently did a review of VPN provider, Witopia, just to determine how easy it was to set up a secure conduit for web, email, and other online communications. Witopia was, stating it briefly, drop-dead easy.


In a matter of minutes, the no-fuss install files had created all the right connections to make it appear that our laptop was operating out of Chicago (when we were actually in Louisville). Using a VPN, no outsider would have seen our web browsing, nor would anyone have been able to read any emails we downloaded. Reasonable costs and easy routines are KEY for a good VPN experience. Witopia has it all.

6) Can’t Afford a Global Entry Pass? At least Get This Mobile Passport

If you’re a US citizen, you probably want the Global Entry pass. It will give you TSA-Pre privileges and quicker reentry into the USA upon your return from overseas. But if you can’t afford Global Entry for now, at least you can pick up the Mobile Passport App from Airside Mobile. Available for iPhone or Android, see a review here…


The Mobile Passport App would reduce the reentry wait, but it wouldn’t grant you a separate custom exit lane like Global Entry does. But hey… every little bit helps.

8) Check out this ISI version of DMM Training

Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training typically emphasizes obedience-oriented small groups, getting our spiritual core in shape, sharing Christ by discovery-oriented evangelistic approaches, and more. The trainers who multiply these approaches have largely focused on giving the material away, allowing organizations and churches to ‘brand’ the training as if it’s their very own. This can help a constituency feel a real ‘stake’ in the approach, therefore embracing it as if it’s something internal. See a good example of this by International Students, Inc. here…


See how ISI has custom-tailored the training to fit a student calendar, and, in particular, the foreign student context. It’s a good example of contextualizing the approach for a specific organization’s needs.

9) Which Instant Messaging App Should be on YOUR Device(s)?

Instant messaging has become pervasive in our world today. Depending on your orientation, you might consider that a good thing… or a not-so-good thing. But if you and your team have decided to make use of it, you at least might want to give some thought to which channel makes the most sense for your particular organizational culture. TechTimes’ review at …


makes Viber a solid alternative. And Facebook Messenger might not be as bad as you previously thought. Either way, the review analyzes 9 popular messaging apps. See where yours stacks up.

12) Support Raising Leadership Conference in October in Tulsa, OK

Support Raising Solutions works towards the ultimate aim of raising up thousands upon thousands of spiritually healthy, vision-driven, fully funded Great Commission workers. They’re staging a Support Raising Leadership Conference called “CLIMB,” designed to offer fresh hope, practical resources and ample networking with multiple supportive partners. Learn more at…


13) We’re Grateful for…

*** Mission Network, for undergirding Brigada with a $100 gift this past month. They made their gift monthly recurring, and we’re grateful for their faith and encouragement.
*** and for a Brigada participant from Versailles, KY, who also sent $100, along with this note: “Thanks for keeping me and many others connected to what God is doing around the world. Great job!” God bless you!
*** and for the folks at Go International for their help in undergirding Brigada with a $30 gift. We appreciate you!!!
*** and for the $50 gift from Connections Consulting. Thank you very much!
*** and for the Apollos Project, who sent $30 this past week. God bless you!

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14) The BackPage: Suppose You Wanted to Address Every PLACE…

How would you do it?
In other words… you literally want no one to be left behind. Your hope and dream is that everyone would have had a chance. Once they have a chance to hear, you at least feel like they’ve been considered. So how would you do it?

The folks at “NoPlaceLeft” decided to start THIS way:


Check it out. The site is packed full of resources like the “Four Fields” Tool, stories and case studies from all over the world, training events coming up all over, and a ton of resources — all free. And you can even sign up for free, personalized coaching. Love it. Thanks to the organizers at NoPlaceLeft!!! … and thanks to Dr. David Garrison for reminding us of this site in a webinar he did recently!

15) Closing Stuff

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