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2009/02/01 — Brigada Today

“Brigada: Since 1995… Buckets full of Resources, Trends, Challenges — all in a weekly e-zine & website…”
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY

In this issue…

1) Your Favorite Book List?

Several have written in asking for a different sort of reading list than the one we provided last month. I guess it’s a subjective thing… but on the whole, some were wanting books that were more inspirational than what the compiler had in mind. So … here’s your chance. Want to submit your own list of helpful books you’ve read over the last year? Just hit “Comment” below this item and have at it! We’ll try to watch for these comments and insert the Amazon.com links as time goes on. Thanks for any books you can recommend to our Brigada readership of 10,000.

2) For The Bloggers Among Us

Are you aware of a decent (or even *great*) blog? Brigada participant, Ken, would like to learn from some effective bloggers. Would you be able to give him some exemplary blog authors. If you have a favorite, just hit “Comment” below this item on the web and tell us your destination.

3) Learn About Copyrights

You know… I’m ashamed to admit… one of the most helpful websites for me, in regard to understanding copyright law, has been

http://www.copyrightkids.org/

… in that it provides sample letters and destinations where we will need to write. And the site works! I’ve already prepared my first “request letter” for a music video sound track. Wish me luck! :-)

Want to read more about copyrights? An earlier item…

http://www.brigada.org/2009/01/3.html

has turned up a *lot* of good discussion on copyright law in the comments. Check it out!

5) School Staffing Needs In Central Asia

(Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkey) Here’s a school that needs teachers for the 2009-2010 school year. Some positions are part or fully paid. They’re looking for an Elementary Principal, Secondary Principal, Vice Principal, Administrative Assistant, Accountant/Comptroller, Nurse, Librarian. Elementary teachers // Middle School: English, General, History, Science. // High School: Biology, English, History, Math, Science. // Music education (K-12), Physical Education (K-12), ESL, Bible, Computer teacher & technician, Media Resources, Special Needs Education. To add your name to an Opportunities List that is sent out regularly or for more information contact Mark at

or phone +1-330-497-2475

6) Check Out The Issachar Network

The vision of the Issachar Network is to encourage congregations around the world to operate as one cohesive force to understand God’s current plans and desires without sacrificing their God-given diversity and become equipped with all the necessary tools to operate in the modern world. They like to say that they are setting up an able assistant for you in ministry. Learn more at:

http://www.issacharnetwork.org/

7) Resource To Help Christians Connect With Muslims

The “Bridges Study” is a 6-session DVD Small Group Study helping Christians understand and connect with Muslims. Designed for communities of learners such as church small groups, Bridges clears up the confusion surrounding Islam and makes it easy to respond to Muslims in a way that honors Jesus. Bridges is based on this understanding: “Our job is not to make Muslims Christians. Our job is to show them the love of Christ.”
Go to the webite for more information and to watch a trailer:

http://www.bridgesstudy.com/

8) Filled With Gratitude

We’re very thankful for those who help us pay the bills. Here’s a new participant from Weyers Cave, VA, who sent $50. Another long-time friend sent $100, thereby becoming another “True Fan” of Brigada. Thank you!!!

9) Easy To Give To Brigada

Just click on one of the “Donate” links above. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known online merchant accounts you’ll ever meet. Neither require you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spam you. If you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 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: Back From South Asia… Connectivity Isn’t Easy

Just back from a trip to South Asia. Even after all these years, connectivity *still* isn’t easy. On this trip it hit me like a ton of bricks: The distance between the “have-internets” and the “have-not-internets” seems even wider than before. Back in the 90s, when I would travel overseas, I expected no more than dial-up… because that’s what we all had back home. Now that we’re spoiled with wireless at every Panera (and most McDonalds), let alone most hotels, … when we arrive in a rural location in South Asia and find out there isn’t even a phone in the room, … well let’s just say… we come face to face with the reality that many citizens around the globe have yet to send their first email. (Hard to believe? It’s true.) So I borrowed one of those cell phone modems. It worked just fine for the day we were in that town, but when I pulled it out and moved to the next city, I found that the installation program for the wireless modem had wiped out my laptop’s ability to use simple wireless. Somehow it must have messed with the firewall program or drivers or who knows. Still to this day I can’t get my VPN working again. Seems like after all this time, it should be easier by now. In the meantime, I’m sobered.

So what do *you* think we can do to make things easier? Are these issues only solved at national levels? Will anybody ever start something like the once-famed Teledesic? That was a brainchild of Bill Gates and Craig McCaw. It was supposed to provide low-earth-orbit (“LEO”) Satellites so wrist-watch internet would be affordable, quick, and easy. Alas, somewhere along the line they lost heart. (Just go to your favorite search engine and look for “teledesic Craig McCaw”. No need to try teledesic.com. It no longer even brings up their legacy pages. :-( So how do *you* think we can provide always-on internet for the world? What’s the best strategy? Just click the word “Comment” following this item on the web. Would somebody please help us out here? :-)

11) Closing Stuff

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