Daily Archives: 2009/11/01

1) Home-Assigned Missionaries Breaking Out Of The Poverty Trap

kingdoncome.gifThe majority of home-assigned missionaries struggle on low support. One recently confessed to Jerry at Kingdom Come Training, “I’m 54 and scared of getting older. We don’t have insurance, no retirement fund and we both have to work second jobs in order to survive.” The half-dozen or so mid-career, home assigned missionaries that have found their way into KCT training, coaching and accountability this year are actually breaking out of the poverty cycle and achieving full funding.  Most are doing it in four or five months. The training, coaching and accountability all happens in your home over live, web-based interactive videoconferencing.  Ed, a home-assigned missionary who is on track for raising $2000 in monthly support in a single month writes, “Doing partnership development in this fashion is absolute fun. We’d love it to go on for a long time!” Give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211.

or email

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or check them out on the web at…


2) On Emailed Trojans, Viruses, and Phishing: Bummer

virusThere’s no doubt about it: I detest emailed trojans, viruses and phishing. There’s the one from Facebook asking you to log on to set your security preferences, or the similar message from PayPal. Then there’s the DHL message, “We couldn’t deliver your package.” And don’t forget the person in UK that has to send $1.7 million to her grandmother in your homeland. Remember, before clicking on any link, hover your mouse over the link to see the *real* domain. If it purports to be from your homeland’s government (for example, from the IRS), but the real domain (visible when hovering on the link) is from a domain nerrassst.eu, then you know you have a ‘Phisherman’. Please, for the benefit of all internet users everywhere, please don’t click on that link.

And now it gets worse. Take a look at this link, sent to me by our own organization’s I.T. guy, Greg:


(This link will ‘wrap.’ If you have trouble reassembling it, just go to Brigada’s online webpage and click on the ‘live’ link there.

With the web being the scary place it is now… have URL threats themselves now made sites like tinyurl.com obsolete? Why would I ever click on another tinyurl.com link, since I have no clue where it’s really taking me? Any spammer could set up a ‘masked’ address by cloaking it with a tinyurl ‘cover-up.’ Sad. But that’s the way thieves, vandals and terrorists operate: They chip away at our freedoms by attacking the easiest conveniences. Thus we have to fight those stiff plastic packages to free up the little memory card we were buying. Or, we have to put our liquids in 3-ounce bottles, then squeeze them into just one quart-sized zip-lock bag when traveling. Sad indeed.

3) iPhone App Makes Your Language Classes Obsolete

iphoneOK… I’m joking in the title, but this iPhone app does look interesting. Here’s an app featured at lifehacker.com that snaps a picture, then does a translation. WinMobile won’t be far behind, I bet. My winMobile phone already scans business cards, imports the picture into a OCR program, scans and lets you make any corrections needed (none usually needed if the light was good and the font was fairly conservative), then imports the address into your contact list, guessing the correct fields for everything most of the time. So Arabic won’t be far behind. OK… maybe it won’t come before Christmas. But once again, you iPhone types beat us to the punch again! :-) (Thanks for the tip, K in N. Africa.)

See the original review at…


5) Evangelistic Tool for Ministry

j316The J316 soccer ball is being used by all different groups throughout the world with great effect to the glory of God. The J316 soccer ball comes in three sizes and is available in the USA and soon will be available in South Africa as well. This creative ministry tool is a great way to open up conversations about the Gospel amongst all age groups on and off the soccer field. Please check out the new website at…


6) Looking for a Utility to Read or Create Compressed Files?

peazipLook no more. Check out PeaZip at…


It’s open source . . . and free as can be… and lets you create and unwrap files in formats with lots of initials, including 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ/ZPAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP, ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF and about 80 others. The installer doesn’t put any malware on your system, by the way. (Thanks to Greg, our I.T. guy at Team Expansion, for this good referral!)

7) Verge Missional Community Conference

vergeLearn from pioneers and practitioners of gospel-centered missional community, Feb. 4-6, 2010 in Austin, TX. This meeting is for pastors, church-planters, and those interested in the redemption and renewal of their community and city. Verge offers tools to build gospel movements in any environment. Speakers include Francis Chan, Hugh Halter, Alan Hirsch, David Garrison, Dave Gibbons, Jeff Vanderstelt, David Watson. Topics include: Counter Intuitive Movement Principles, Entrepreneurial Environments, Multi-ethnic Missional Community, Incarnational Evangelism in Pluralistic Society, Social Innovation Initiatives, and more. Space is limited. Early Bird and Group Specials offered.


8) Tried KingdomBook.com? If so, please report

kingdombookI’m curious about KingdomBook… at


It’s apparently a Christian social networking site that has built in multi-lingual translation tools (50 languages), training materials (they tout 500 resources), videos, and more. They ask us to sign up for two weeks, but they don’t tell us how much it’ll cost us after that. Can anyone save us all some time by giving us the scoop in the comments below? Like… how’s it working out? Is it helpful? What users might benefit from it? Thanks for any help… if you’re a KingdomBook user. (And thanks to my buddy, Eric, for putting us on to this.)

9) We Give Thanks…

We’re thankful in a major way to Kingdom Come Training, who recently gave $25 to help pull Brigada through 2009. Thanks Kingdom Come! Learn more about the help they provide (in support-raising skills) at…


We’re also grateful for the anonymous donor who gave $125 toward Brigada this past week! We appreciate you! May God bless your work and your efforts there to help the fire of missions grow wilder!

10) Searching for 126 “True Fans” of Brigada

budgetpuzzleWe’re so grateful that already during 2009, our friends and partners have given $4,537.19 to fuel the Brigada fire. These funds go directly toward the cause of helping us get the word out about unreached people. They propel Brigada out the door and onto your screen. And in addition, this year, they enable us to help establish a missions nerve center at Emerald Hills in Louisville, Kentucky. It is on that missions nerve center, much like the one Ralph Winter established in Pasadena in the late 1970s, that Brigada is based.

Our budget for 2009 is exactly the same as 2008, 2007, and 2006. For each of the past years, without asking for any ‘raise’, we have sought $17,200. Last year, thanks to many great partners, we made that budget. Would you help us reach that goal again in 2009? To make that happen, 126 “True Friends” of Brigada could step up to the plate and pitch in $100 each. If you’re unable to pitch in $100, obviously, any size gift would be greatly appreciated. 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 your help in fueling the fire of Brigada!

11) The BackPage: Let’s Give Credit Where Credit is Due

humbleLately, I’ve been thinking about how cool it is to give credit to others. First, it’s the ultimate chance to practice humility (which we all need to do, by the way). Second, it encourages the other guy. And third, it lets everybody else know the truth about where we acquired the cool resource or truth that we’re sharing. People see that and they are immediately encouraged because of the unity and cooperation that is oozing out of us.

So tell me — how did it become so fashionable to be so silent about giving credit. Was it because we wanted to make ourselves look better in everybody else’s eyes? Did we somehow think it would make us look smarter? Hogwash. The ultimate wisdom of all is to recognize our own inadequacies.

So go ahead — shamelessly point out the actual source of that new idea, that new resource, or that new direction you’re heading. You’ll be glad you did. It will feel less like thievery… and more like Jesus.

12) Closing Stuff

Disclaimer — We can’t screen ‘em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We try to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road” so we simply can’t preview everything.

Please Don’t Subscribe us to your List — Sorry — nothing personal –but we’re already deluged. We’ll eventually teach our spam filter to just delete it anyway, but in the meantime, we’ll have a sad face because of the volume of mass mailings we receive. :-(

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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, visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

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