Monthly Archives: June 2008

2008/06/29 — Brigada

Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY

1) Globalcast: A Missions Video Podcast

Do you have a passion to change the world? Do you believe that another world is possible? GlobalCAST is a video podcast with a global perspective. Go beyond borders and meet ordinary people doing meaningful things all over the world. To subscribe for free search for “globalcast” in your iTunes Store or go to:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/globalcast

Send any questions to:

GlobalCAST is a ministry of YWAM Colorado Springs at “The Park”

3) Where Does One Buy Signage/Displays

Wes is looking for the best value on printed graphic banners for tabletop displays. He had previously ordered 30 at less than $30 each from a vendor called Designs2go. However, recently the price has more than doubled to $65 each. If you had to try to beat that price and find a great quality vendor, where would you go? If possible, jot down your favorite option by clicking “Comment” below.

4) A New Funding Initiative For Microenterprise

Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of a new funding initiative for microenterprise loans. What I *can* tell you is that I know the people behind this initiative and they are the real deal. What I *can’t* tell you are the details. Learn those at:

http://www.mpowr.org/

The way I understand it, it’s a new peer-to-peer lending platform that involves field partners who sign up to beta test the program. The field partners who sign up and post the most business opportunities can receive cash rewards of up to $5,000. There might be more funding for other beta testers too… but the downside is that the deadline is August 4th… so if you want to cash in, you’ll literally have to act *today*.

5) Download A New Children’s Prayer Journal From Wycliffe

That’s what you can do now at
http://www.wycliffe.org/Kids/FreeCurriculum/PrayerLessons.aspx

The free, colorful Prayer Journal offers children a service-learning project to help accelerate the pace of Bible translation, since God answers children’s prayers just as He answers adults’ prayers. Children can pray for 12 different people groups featured in the book From Akebu to Zapotec. They learn about a balanced prayer life using the A.C.T.S. acrostic (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication), praying Scripture for people groups they learn about each day, week or month. Children also pray for a missionary, record requests and answers, and keep a keychain tag and bookmark as prayer reminders. Teachers who field-tested the journal said their students formed lasting prayer habits after just one month of repeated use! Need more information than the website offers? Contact

6) Fund Raising Conference Comin’ Right Up

Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by August 15th and save $50.The People Raising conference is designed to double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. The People Raising basic conference is set for September 12-13. Learn to move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement 10 key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. Ask for the $75 spouse discount. This conference is designed for those raising personal support, coaching others or raising organizational funds. For more information or to register on-line go to

http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm
or e-mail

7) House2Harvest – Networking House/Simple Churches In Missions

On August 29-31, House2House ministries will be hosting their yearly National House Church Conference in Dallas, TX.(See

http://www.house2house.com/

for more information) The theme this year is House2Harvest. There will be several tracks of interest. Brigada readers might be interested in the Missions Track focusing on reaching the unreached. There will also be a “roundtable discussion” following the conference on Sunday (31st) afternoon at 3:00 pm. This roundtable will be the launch of a new ministry established to serve house/simple church networks. There is valuable dialogue regarding the development of this new network at

http://www.h2hmissions.wordpress.com/

This dialogue will lay the foundation for the roundtable and beyond. For more information email Don at dratgoasianetworkdotorg

8) Praise The Lord For Encouragement From Fellow Workers

Thank the Lord for a $75 gift from “a fellow kingdom worker in Taiwan that has often benefited from Brigada” (her quote, not mine [blush]). Thank you Taiwan! Thanks, too, for the $100 gift from another anonymous couple. The only thing I can tell you is that they are very involved in prayer for unreached peoples. In every other way, they’ve requested that we allow them to remain anonymous. But God knows — and we pray he’ll bless you greatly!!!

9) Miles To Go Before We Sleep

We have miles to go to reach the $17,150 that we set as the budget for 2008. Would you be willing to ask your church, friend, company or group to pitch in on the $3500 or so we’re lacking at the halfway mark of 2008? These funds go for secretarial help, costs of the website, missions mobilization, and even a share of the new building where Brigada will be based (on Team Expansion’s new site, Emerald Hills). See a picture of the building at the top of this page. There are all kinds of options. In fact, we could name the building (or another structure on the property) after you, your church, or your family for a donation of just over half the cost of the structure itself. Interested? Drop me a note. Of if you’d just like to pitch in, just click on the “Donate” page in the link at the top of the webpage

http://www.brigada.org/1995/01/contribute.html
You can choose to use PayPal or any major credit card (to do the latter, when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

10) The Backpage: The Power Of "Group-Think"

I’ve been struck lately by what a powerful tool we have here now, in the form of the Internet in general and these “Comments” on Brigada in particular. In the old days, someone would volunteer to act as a compiler for a special subject. We’d all send our emails to him/her and, with any luck, 2 or 3 weeks later, that compiler would remember to prepare an executive summary for us. The trouble was, sometimes the compiler had great intentions, but forgot to send the summary. Second, sometimes we needed/hoped for the information *today* instead of 2 weeks from now. What’s more, third, we could never be sure what would happen with your email address as you sent it to these would-be compilers.

By contrast, with this new form of Brigada, we truly are a “brigade” in motion. You can record your feedback the moment you read the item and it *instantly* becomes visible to the entire Internet world. You can save a bookmark to the perma-link (the permanent URL) of a particular Brigada item by right-clicking on the *time* of the posting (on the next-to-last line of the item, printed in blue instead of black). Just choose “Copy Shortcut” and you have just gathered the permanent place for the item on the web. You can set a bookmark to watch the “Comments” grow long-term. Suddenly, our community response has vaulted forward in time by 2 weeks, at least.

All of this is to say that Brigada is developing per your requests. You asked for a way to find items by topic, instead of just by date. Now you can scan major topics in the “Tag Cloud” in the left column of any Brigada page. You asked that we simplify the “Donate” feature. Now you can click “Donate” from the “home” handling page, then use either a PayPal identity or the identity of any major credit card… and you don’t even have to register a PayPal identity.

Do you have an idea for Brigada? Just write us at:

We’ll try to use it. Got an item? Click on “Submit an item” in the menu at the top of the home page. We become all the more powerful when we form a cloud of witnesses together.

11) Closing Stuff

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June 22nd Brigada

Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY
(Yes, we’re behind; but we’re trying to catch up. :-) )
(See your subscription information at the end under “Closing Stuff.”)
Comment on any item below, by name or anonymously!

In this issue…
1) APOLOGIES TO NEIL DIAMOND: “THEY’RE COMIN’ TO BRIGADA”
2) PEOPLE GROUP ADVOCATE SEEKING SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS
3) JUST ANOTHER STM LEADERS TRAINING PROGRAM??
4) MEET JASON, AS HE WORKS ON THE NEXT OPERATION WORLD
5) TRY IRFANVIEW: A NEW WAY TO CONVERT EMAIL ADDRESSES TO THE WEB
6) HARVEST MULTIPLICATION TRAINING (STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING)
7) GREAT PLACE TO TAKE IN A SAFARI
8) SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
9) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
10) BUT WE AREN’T OUT OF THE WOODS YET
11) THE BACKPAGE: WHERE DO YOU TURN IN MIDST OF THE STORM?
12) CLOSING STUFF

1) Apologies to Neil Diamond: They’re comin’ to Brigada!

From Manila to Minneapolis to Mooresville to Moscow, from Smyrna to Sofia to San Luis Rey to Salisbury, from Pretoria to Paoli to Pristina to Perth, from Xochitepec to San-Ch’Ung to Tbilisi to Lahore to Kampala to Abidjan to Oaxaca to Nairobi to Geneva, and yes, contrary to what Billy Crystal would have us think, don’t forget Paris. They come from all over the world… from 41 countries in just 5 days time, to visit Brigada online. Join them… at the new…

http://www.brigada.org/

2) People Group Advocate Seeking Software Solutions

Allan is a People Group Advocate looking for tips regarding software that might help him do a better job. The people group has experienced significant migration, with pockets of people now in scores of localities in about 30 states in Mexico and the US. He is looking for a more integrated way to keep track of his expanding contact list and to record data about the various locations, communications with his contacts, trip reports, vernacular resources distributed, the status of projects, etc. Please list any leads, URLs, or software names in the “Comments,” immediately below this item.

3) Just Another Stm Leaders Training Program??

National leaders of the STM Community have described the ServantPrep Seminar as “the Master Class in Short-Term Missions Leaders Training” and many of the 1,000+ participants have described it as ‘ personally life-changing’. The next one will be hosted by COMMIT Ministries Sept. 4-6, 2008 in Big Bear Lake, CA. For more info click on ‘ServantPrep’ at

http://www.gatewaymissiontraining.com/

or contact Ray at

or at 303 757-4442
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