Daily Archives: 2009/10/04

1) When Submitting an Item to Brigada…

90sPlease note that we no longer ask that you ‘encode’ the email address with parentheses and/or spelled words (like

First(dot)last(at)domain(dot).com

That is *sooooooooooo* 90’s. :-) A more effective way to prevent spammers from harvesting your email address is to use a *graphic* of your email address — so it is relatively invisible to spammers’ spider web crawlers. So when you encode your email address in current items, you actually just cause *double* the work now when preparing items for print in Brigada. See this and other publication guidelines by logging on to Brigada at…

http://www.brigada.org

then clicking on “Submit” in the top line menu. See Item #4 for the discussion about email address preparation. Thanks!

2) Operation World Spanish is coming! (Pre-Order Now)

operacion mundoAfter years of struggle, technical problems and other kinds of spiritual warfare, Operation World has been translated into Spanish. This translation is from the latest version, revised in 2005. You can get copies of this edition for the actual cost of printing/shipping to you. But you must order a full case of 20. The price will be $4 per book or $80 per case, including shipping in the U.S. This is a PRE-PRESS order, so let them know by Oct. 15. To help them get the print run up (and the price down), let them know how many you want by PRE-Ordering at least one case by going to:

http://www.uscwm.org/index.php/ow2005esp/preorder/

Or email:

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Or call: 626-398-2229

3) Anybody Trying UStream Real-Time TV?

ustreamI’m curious as to whether or not anyone is trying to use UStream or a similar tool:

http://www.ustream.tv

We tried it on a recent webinar and, for our part, our bandwidth wouldn’t accommodate both the audio (from the GoToWebinar feed) and the video (from the UStream.tv feed). Our audio kept breaking up and, in the end, we figured it was probably the most important. What about you? Have you found other solutions to run a real-time video feed during a webinar? If so, please comment below. Thanks!

4) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication

corecoachingEmpowerment, transformation, and innovation take skill to produce. Join more than 300 leaders who have taken the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, a unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Can lead to ICF credentialing. Learn in-person and by telephone. Programs in 2010: Seattle January 11-15; Singapore April 5-10; Colorado Springs May 17-22; and Burgundy, France in September 12-17. Save US$450 by registering early. Go to

http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

for details. Or email

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7) Speakers Available for Mission Conferences

internet evangelismIf you need a speaker about any aspect of digital evangelism for a conference, staff consultation or Bible College, you can now request a speaker from Internet Evangelism Day’s’ panel of experts, available in a number of countries around the world. When traveling distance is a problem, most are also available to linkup via a Skype or telephone conference session.

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/speaker.php

8) Ten Facebook Preferences to Change for More FB Security

facebook.gifAre you a Facebooker? If so, you’ll probably want to scan…

http://www.allfacebook.com/2009/02/facebook-privacy/

The author suggests 10 preferences that are significant for personal security. (I’d tell you who gave us this item, but then we’d be compromising his security. :-) ) Along with this, our informant suggested that we might want to advise folks *not* to use their primary email address as the Facebook point of contact. What’s your take? How secure are you? Please drop in a comment below, anonymous if you please, to let us know your own take on social networking sites like Facebook. Let’s build on our June 14th item and comments, found at:

http://www.brigada.org/2009/06/14_2274

Tell us what you think by leaving a comment there (at the June 14th item) or below.

9) Using Contact Cards for Outreach

contactcardsContact cards are an often-overlooked way to enhance a face-to-face interaction. As well as carrying your personal information, a card can invite people to visit a church website, and/or some recommended outreach sites that explain the Gospel clearly to outsiders. Internet Evangelism Day has a webpage explaining strategies for using contact cards, with a guide about using online design and print services to make your own cards quickly and easily. Pricing for 250 cards can be remarkably cheap – only a few pennies or cents each.

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/contact-card.php

11) OMF Youth Night in B.C., Canada

youthIt’s happening October 23, Friday, 7:30 – 9:30pm, Tapestry Church 9280 No. 2 Road, Richmond, B.C. It’s open to all youth – high school, college and career, young professionals and the young at heart! It will be an evening to explore missions with worship, short talks, and interactive events. Visitors from other countries are welcome! :-)

12) OMF Heart For Asia Conference in Canada

omfCatch it on October 24, Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Vancouver Chinese Lutheran Church, 1005 Kensington Avenue (at Curtis), Burnaby, B.C., Canada. This is open to everybody. Hear what God is doing in East Asia, discuss missions, and explore opportunities. Still-very-much-active OMF Retiree Frank Wuest will give the devotions. Light lunch is provided (by donation). Hear workers recently returned from East Asia. For more info, email

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or log on at

http://www.omf.org/canada/

13) Our Deepest Gratitude

gratitudeGoes to a couple from Colorado Springs and a friend from Bishop, California, both of whom gave this past week — $50 and $25 respectively — to keep Brigada energized, helping to bring you this edition.

Thank you!!!

14) Help Brigada Keep Coming

donateWant to be a part of the crowd that gives to keep Brigada going? Just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. We can even set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. Set it up once and rest easily, knowing that you’re regularly helping get Brigada on the way to the nations. Or, 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.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for any help you can give.

15) The BackPage: Do you Back up Your PC?

pcbackupA friend recently told me, “There are two kinds of computer users out there: Those who have already lost data, and those who *will*.” I believe him. Unfortunately, backing up has, I fear, once again become a daily routine we all-too-often forsake. It takes *daily* attention… and it might be *months* before you need it… maybe *years*. Just like other daily preventative routines, we sometimes fall behind. Are you one of the few who actually floss every day? Do you change the oil in your vehicle? Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles? Get an alignment every 6000? If so, you’re probably good at backing up your PC. If not, you’re probably like many of us who need some kind of system — or a program that runs itself. Unfortunately, I’ve not had a *ton* of luck with the built-in back-up software that comes with the operating system. Lately, I’m liking PC Backup, from DT Utilities. If you use Windows 2000, XP or Vista, download a free 15-day trial at:

http://www.dtransfer.com/downloads/

(MAC users probably like the backup that comes with their own operating systems. :-) If not, feel free to mention another product in the comments following this item.)

Note that we’re not mentioning this as an affiliate. We don’t get any kickback in case you decide to buy it. We’re just “one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” Set this software up to backup to an outboard hard drive… or consider backing up to any FTP site (your own server, or a service like DivShare that you pay $30/year to ‘rent’). Either way, if you don’t believe in preparing for disaster, just ask around. Someone in your circle will have lost data. Let’s make sure it doesn’t strike without *some* preparation. PC Backup can help.

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16) Closing Stuff

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Copyright — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2009. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write and/or visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

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