Daily Archives: 2009/11/15

1) Advance Global Coaching (AGC)

advancedcoachingAGC is now offering professional life coaching for missionaries all over the globe, regardless of nation or organization. All of their coaches are professionally trained and have cross-cultural experience. Coaching topics include anything that relates to life such as cross-cultural adjustment, vision/ministry clarification, marriage, team, leadership as well as partnership development. They even coach parents of missionaries, mission pastors and anyone considering becoming a missionary! Costs are shared between the person being coached and a sponsor (church, agency or financial partner). For more information go to…

http://www.advanceglobalcoaching.com

and thanks for their efforts to help a hurting world… by folks like Linda.

2) The Tool Every Missionary Needs For Christmas

greetingcardsYour missionary needs an online wholesale greeting card and gift shop. I’m not talkin’ “cheezy e-cards” few people appreciate. I’m talkin’ premium printed greeting cards (16,000+ choices) into which he or she can create the text, insert up to 4 photos per page, and even include gifts. It’s a great way to keep in touch with, and to thank donors; to express heartfelt greetings to friends; to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, and etc. From an Internet cafe in some remote village a missionary can select a card write the text, insert personal photos (even on the front of the card). The system will verify the address, print, UV coat it, stuff, stamp it (1st class U.S. postage) and send it for as little as $1.37 per card. A similar quality card from a big name card shop would cost five times that amount. For a free trial account, e-mail Eddie at:

prayer_center (And, you don’t HAVE to be a missionary.)

(And by the way, we’re grateful to Eddie and Alice for pitching in $50 toward the global ministry of Brigada Today!)

3) Need to Create PDFs? Can’t Afford Adobe Acrobat Standard?

primopdfTry PrimoPDF (alias PDFCreator). It’s fast, it’s effective, and it’s free. See it at…

http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx

As far as we can tell, there are no malware or adware programs installed. You can choose a paid version… NitroPDF Professional, but even it is just $69 (but only ’til Nov. 30th). With the free version, you get a file similar to a “printer driver.” When you send a file to that “printer”, it creates a PDF instead. So you can start with any program, … including 2003 versions of Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. Best of all, the “PDFCreator” version, like we mentioned above, is free.

4) Headed to a sensitive field? Encrypt your Hard Drive for Free

truecryptNow you can use…

http://www.truecrypt.org/

to completely envelope your laptop’s hard drive in a proective shell. Check it out. You can encrypt a folder, or force encryption of an entire hard drive, pre-boot. What’s more, after that, ancryption is “real-time.” You can even hide keep a hidden volume within the encrypted portion, thus tricking an adversary into believing you’ve given up the hard drive, when in reality, you’ll retain private information on the hard drive in a secure sub-partition.

5) Raise Funds For Your Project Selling African Soap

zambiansoapThe Zambian Soap Company has a program for you to use their handmade soap and gift baskets to raise funds for your missions project. Their Christian fair trade company supports the work of Zambian villagers and widows making all natural soap bars. Equipped with the Zambian Soap Co. catalogue, youth groups, Sunday schools, and individual missionaries can conduct fundraisers that both support the ministry in Zambia, and raise funds for your own missions or charitable goals. The upcoming winter holidays are an ideal time for our soap gift baskets. To learn more, contact Andy via

zambezi_soap or visit

http://www.zambiansoap.com

6) My Favorite View at JoshuaProject.net

joshuaproject.jpgWhat’s your favorite tool at …

http://www.joshuaproject.net

Mine is the People Group Finder at…

http://joshuaproject.net/people-selector.php

Why? Because it gives you absolute power to choose the region, the country, whether or not you just want 10/40 Window people groups, a population filter (e.g., greater than 10,000 people), the primary religion, % of Christian adherents, or % of evangelical, unreached status, unengaged status, progress, whether or not there’s a Bible Translation and/or a Jesus film, etc., etc. Using this filter, you can pretty much choose the criteria, the groups, the ‘unreachedness’, and more. I recently sent a note to JoshuaProject’s founder, Dan Scribner, thanking him for his work on this. In his reply, he confessed that he get the idea from the “Dell Refurbished Outlet” system. :-) If they only knew what their used computers had inspired. :-) (Besides the unreached people that were reached, of course, is this not the best thing that ever came out of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement? Hats off to you Dan Scribner and any & all who are helping you!)

7) Short Term Mission Trip to Mexico with Global Recordings

grnDid you know that there are around 300 languages spoken in Mexico and Global Recordings Network has recorded the gospel in many of them? Check out their web site at:

http://www.globalrecordings.net

and type Mexico under “Find by Country” Better yet….Join them for one week to one month during February, giving CD’s and playing recordings of the Gospel to migrant workers in their own indigenous language! There is also a team you can join from Dec. 27 to Jan. 8 (leaving Phoenix, AZ.  $300 total cost). Interested? Call Roland (951)719-1650 or email:

global_recordings

Because every language matters to God!

8) Free downloadable Bible Adventure for Kids!

livingstoryLiving the Story invites kids in fun way into the big Story (and all the little stories) of God’s love and interaction with His creation. There are currently 12 issues for download with no indication of whether there is a deadline on their availability. They are in pdf format, full colour and well-produced by Biblica (the new name for IBS-STL). Examples of topics include: God’s Power to Create; God’s Power to Protect; and God’s Power to Change People. Go to the link:

http://www.biblica.com/bibles/adventures/

9) Thankful this Thanksgiving

thanksWe’re so grateful for those who are jumping in to help reach the matching fund goal. One friend wrote, ” I would like to be the first person to give $100 towards your matching gifts.  I will get that to you before the end of the year, a little busy right now with the convention and a couple of other things, but I will be the first to commit to give you $100, I think this is my first time to give, should have done it along time ago!” We’ll eagerly await the time when God empowers you to fulfill your intent. Thank you!

In the meantime, other gifts arrived…

  • $50 from Eddie & Alice Smith Ministries (See Item #2 above)
  • $100 from friends in Elkhart, IN
  • $25 from William Carey Library Publishers
  • $100 from Advance Global Coaching (See Item #1 above)
  • $100 from a great friend in Pennsylvania
  • $100 from FMF Perspectives, Irving, TX
  • $100 from a mobile TESL team in Meridian, ID
  • $50 from a Wycliffe worker
  • $15 from Lingua House in Vancouver, WA
  • $500 from super friends in the great state of Alaska
  • $50 from anonymous workers with GEM
  • $14 from ISA, thanks to trip cancellation insurance purchased by Jim and Roxanna. Pick up the very best trip insurance by going to… http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

Now thanks to the gracious matching gift by an international church in the Middle East in celebration of the Missional International Church Network Annual Conference, this $1204 has become $2408! Their sacrificial giving has doubled in value, bringing the grand total giving for 2009 to $7103.57. Remember, we only accept $17,120 for 2009. Not a penny more. But that means we still have $11,300 to go. $770.81 still remains in the matching fund gift… so the first 7 or 8 “True Friends of Brigada” to send in $100 will see their gift doubled. Will you help please? If so, we’d be very grateful.

10) Would you consider giving this Thanksgiving?

thanksgivinggirlIf you’re thankful for someone, why not send a thank-you gift to Brigada, where we can mention their first name… and if you like, their city/state/country too. Just specify how you’d like us to express your gratitude for what they’ve done in your life. 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: Thankful for the Power of a Team

teamTonight, as I write this Brigada, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I was pondering today… just how mighty and how broad is the power of a team. I happen to work with a fantastic group of characters. One amazing saint was serving with her husband in Mozambique when thugs murdered her lifelong mate. Instead of rejecting God because of some “Why-me?” complex like a lot of lesser souls would, she embraced the Lord’s care all the more and today supervises the work of 16 people as our Vice President of Prayer, Operations, and Personnel. She never remarried. Who could live up to the love she still holds for her husband.

There’s a fellow who retired at age 65 (in 1997), only to come work for us full-time. I think he’s held every job in our organization — except, perhaps, for my own, and I’m convinced we’d be all the better if he held that one too. He still beats me to work each day… and is often there when I leave. He has yet to agree to take a single dime, having dedicated his retirement years as a donation to the God He loves. He’s our VP of Organizational Advancement. No wonder we’re advancing.

And there’s the guy who supervises about 290 people, indirectly, through a squad of 8 coaches who, in turn, undergird the work of team leaders in nearly 50 countries. This guy lives, eats, and breathes church planting. He *longs* for the Lord to reign in his life and the lives around him. He’s our VP of Outreach.

Then there’s a guy who has somehow put up with working with me since about 1984 (for the most part). He knows my weaknesses, he’s seen me at my lowest points — yet he still would do seemingly anything to help me. I believe I could call him from another country on the other side of the world and, if I asked him to, he’d go jump on a plane and fly wherever I asked, just because he cares so deeply for our organization and for me personally. Time and time again, when we’ve experienced a leadership ‘hole’ somewhere, he’s jumped in to fill it. He’s currently our VP of Mobilization — but he could do anything.

These saints lead some two dozen or so full-time people here in Louisville, and, as I mentioned above, upwards of 320 people worldwide. My wife is one of those people. She now leads our effort to care for and train the children of our missionaries — and at last count there were about 242 of them. Shew! (She has a big youth group.)

These people form the team of which I am a part. These blessed saints are the people for whom I’m thankful tonight. And all the supporters that make possible their work. And all our Brigada readers who make possible this global outreach. For all those people, and more, I am thankful this season. I’ll be thanking God for them tonight when I close my eyes before I go to sleep.

Doug

PS. For whom are you thankful? Got someone in mind? Write, either by name or anonymously if you prefer, simply by clicking “Comment” below. Ask a question or leave a note at…

12) Closing Stuff

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