Monthly Archives: August 2009

“Banker to the Poor” book offers additional help for Micro-lenders

Avid Brigada participants will remember our review of, “When Helping Hurts,”

bankertothepoorAlong similar lines, Brigada participant, Phoebe, recently shared with us another book, Banker to the Poor. See more information at…

The author, Muhammad Yunus, himself a Bengali, was a Fulbright scholar and earned the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. I first read about him in Covey’s new book, “The 8th Habit.” Legitimate guy. This is his memoir of how he decided to change his life in order to help the world’s poor. He “traces the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to fundamentally rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor, and the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen.” He also provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in “putting homelessness and destitution in a museum so that one day our children will visit it and ask how we could have allowed such a terrible thing to go on for so long.” As such, “Banker to the Poor” is inspirational reading for anyone interested in economics, public policy, philanthropy, social history, and business.

Buy Yunus’ book online at Amazon by logging on to this item at Brigada, then clicking on the link to Amazon.

Insurance for Short-term Trips

It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer and fall short-term mission trips! Coverage is available for any international need, whether for individual short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications, of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!

Learn Classical Arabic while You’re Studying the Bible

arabbibleThat’s the upshot of Tom’s project at:

Fascinating concept. It contains, for example, complete grammatical explanations of every single word in the Arabic New Testament. Just click on a word, and you’ll find a wealth of information, containing not only a dictionary entry for that word, but also its contextual meaning and full grammatical help as well (something that even the very best dictionary can never provide)!

In addition, you can also see a unique “Back Translation” that helps the user to readily see the structure of the literal Arabic, a powerful Smart-Search Concordance that provides a much more comprehensive and revealing search than a typical word-search function, and a Root Analyzer designed to help you discover, learn and retain entire word families.

Throw in a Verb Conjugator, Audio Recitation (slow the speaker’s voice down by 20%), and a Word Frequency Section (focus on learning those words which appear most frequently in the New Testament) and you’re off and running. First class stuff. (Thanks Jen!)

MP3 Player Wins Award

saberGRN’s “Saber”, a hand wind MP3 player designed for oral peoples with limited access to power, won the International Conference on Computing and Mission’s (ICCM) Technology for Missions (TFM) contest. The GRN “Saber” was demonstrated to have a high impact in reaching the unreached people in the world who are oral communicators. Quality was demonstrated in its ability to be heard by the conference and that it continued to work after being dropped. The ability for missions to load their own MP3 material onto the player fulfilled the Re-usability criteria. A communication project in India won the Co-operation section. For more information check out

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