Daily Archives: 2009/12/13

1) Learn Conversational English

ywampaDo you or anyone you know want to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week course from March 8 to May 28, 2010. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Find details and application forms at

http://www.ywampa.org

E-mail questions to

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2) What’s Your Take on Text-Giving, Text-Pledging, Text-Alerting?

greatercallingCheck it out. Just browse to…

http://www.greatercalling.org/

Basically, at the end of a presentation, you could ask listeners to take out their cell phones and send a text to a certain number. That action would then prompt a $5 add-on charge to their next cell phone bill. Similarly, your account with Greater Calling would show all their $5 gifts. What’s your take? Jot a comment below in the box.

4) Email Etiquette: Take Your Best Shot

emailetiquetteLong-time Brigada friend, Barb, is asking us for our take on email etiquette… or, one might say, “netiquette.” Where are your best sources? What are your pet peeves? What are your best ideas? I found a really helpful list at…

http://email.about.com/od/emailnetiquette/tp/core_netiquette.htm

The guy gives 26 important rules… like… “Don’t default to Reply All”, “Keep emails short,” (oops) :-) “Don’t forward hoaxes,” (how can I highlight that one so everybody sees it!?) “Let people know their email has been received,” “Ask before sending an attachment,” and so on. Good stuff. Where’s your favorite list? What additional items would you add, beyond these 26? Just click “Comment” below and have at it.

5) Low Cost Renewal Retreats for Global Workers

elimretreatsBarnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries will sponsor 8 retreats for global workers returning to the States in 2010. Their purpose is spiritual and reentry debriefing, personal encouragement and renewal provided by safe people in beautiful environments. To me, these are really cool. You get a chance to kick back, talk about your experiences with someone who is not your boss and can’t fire you — what’s not to like about that? :-) Tell every secret you ever held back… and get them to swear to secrecy first. Gotta love it. While the retreats require a registrant fee, scholarships are available. The retreats serve adults only.

For further information, pictures, video clip and registration, please see

http://www.elimretreats.org

or email questions to

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6) Can Crisis Consulting Help You Plan for Emergencies?

crisisconsultingCrisis Consulting International is offering two training seminars in April to assist those in the missions community with security and training needs.

Crisis Management Seminar – April 14-16, 2010 – A three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management; includes the EZRA risk assessment instruments.

Field Security Seminar – April 19-21, 2010 – A three-day program that instructs on target hardening, profile management, disrupting the terrorism and attack cycles, managing violent encounters, convoys, checkpoints/ambushes and dealing with landmines, UXO and IEDs.

These seminars will be held at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina.  To register or learn more, log on at…

http://www.cricon.org

7) Fantastic Progress of Information Technology

didyouknowOur corporate Organizational Advancement guy shared this link with me last week on the eve of our annual planning retreat. Thanks a lot, Bob. Blow me away with this futuristic video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY

But he was right to do so. His point? Those who fail to innovate will likely fail — period. He makes a good point. How ’bout your own organization or church? Are you creating an environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation? If not, why not?

8) Don’t Overlook Clover Websites — (Thankful for their Gifts)

cloverWe’re grateful this week for Carter (of Crossroads) and Michael (of Suzhou), both of whom signed up recently for Cloversites… which resulted in thank-you gifts from Cloversites to Brigada… to the tune of $100 each! Can you believe it? These two new friends become two new True Friends of Brigada, and they get a website to show for it! Gotta love it! We still recommend Cloversites very highly… and are about to purchase a second site with them. To get a look at the options, just browse to…

http://www.cloversites.com/f/friendsofbrigada

and see their feature list at

http://www.cloversites.com/promo/Clover%20Features.pdf

Also see their list of expected upgrades in version 2.0, expected in January:

http://www.cloversites.com/greenhouse-updates

Once those upgrades happen, it’ll be hard to beat Cloversites, in my humble opinion. (We would have said that regardless… and have bought a new site there for a new unreached peoples / fundraising campaign we’re doing…

http://www.mtm2010.com

9) Thankful for Others who Gave…

Also giving this past week were…

An anonymous missionary couple laboring in Latin America… $25 (“You have blessed us…”),

Two workers from Michigan ($50) and the organization they lead ($50).

A church pastor in Pennsylvania sent $50.

A pastor from Tennessee sent $200. Amazing. How can we say thanks enough?

A ministry in Australia, “Create Int’l,” sent $50. Thank you!

A pair of WEC workers who sent a *very* nice long letter updating us about their recent ministry experiences ($50). By the way, they drew our attention to the Etnopedia…

http://en.etnopedia.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Great page for learning about unreached peoples.

Last but certainly not least — by any means — was a $500 gift from YWAM, a frequent Brigada contributor often offering TESL courses from their fine facility in Lebanon, PA. We’re extremely grateful for this encouraging signal of partnership and support. Our prayers and hopes go with them into the Christmas season and the new year.

10) Are there 66 “True Friends” of Brigada?

66The gifts described above bring out total 2009 giving to 10,549.38. To reach our goal of 17120, we still need to pray up 65700.62. That would be possible if 66 people or groups chipped in $100 each. *Or*, like last year, one single entity could volunteer $5000 — and we’d be nearly there. Unfortunately, there are just 2 more editions of Brigada in 2009. No time to lose. If you were waiting it out… to see how close we’d come? … now you know. If you’d like to turn the tide, 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 Back Page: What if Your Fan Broke Down Right now?

syncbackThat’s what happened to my laptop last week: The dreaded “Fan Error.” Just because of the apparent weariness of one $5 fan part, the entire Thinkpad grinds to a screeching halt. Fortunately, I had been using a simple tool, described earlier here in Brigada, entitled, Syncback. See the freeware version at…

http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html

Or compare features with the “SE” version (which costs $30) at…

http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/compare.html

Fortunately, the program had my back covered. In contrast to certain other times in my life, when everything was at risk, SyncBack had been hard at work each night, preparing me for just such a possible disaster. My laptop is still in Atlanta in the repair facility tonight, but I’m working from all backed-up files, still delivering you this Brigada Today on time.

What if *your* fan collapsed tonight — or any other moving part in your laptop. Has something covered your back? If not, it’s only a matter of time. As we’ve said before, there are two kinds of computer users: Those who have already lost data at one time or another — and those who *will*. Please… stop leaving it to chance. Get a solution today… and back up your hard work.

In other news… It’s nearly Christmas. In honor of backups, we present tonight another retro throwback piece of Brigada, first featured in the Dec. 16th, 2001 edition, courtesy Brigada participant, “Mark.” (Thank you Mark, wherever you are tonight!) To see the artwork correctly, make sure you view using a fixed type, such as “Courier New.”

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“BOAS FESTAS”

“JOYEUX  NOEL”

“VESELE VANOCE”

“MELE KALIKIMAKA”

“NODLAG SONA DHUIT”

“BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA”

“GOD  JUL”

“BUON  ANNO”

“FELIZ  NATAL”

“FELIZ NAVIDAD”

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

“KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“VROLIJK  KERSTFEEST”

“FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN”

“BUON  NATALE-GODT NYTAR”

“HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH”

“WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC”

“MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU”

“HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK”

“‘N  PRETTIG  KERSTMIS”

“ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA”

“Z ROZHDESTYOM  KHRYSTOVYM”

“NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR”

“FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON”

“S  NOVYM  GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO”

“GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM”

“EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC”

“KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“SELAMAT HARI NATAL – LAHNINGU NAJU METU”

“SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON  ANNO”

“ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI”

“BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE  VIANOCE “

“MERRY CHRISTMAS  – –  HAPPY NEW YEAR”

“ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN”

“FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES    NEWJAHR”

“PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS  SARBATORI VESLLE”

“BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ    NATAL”

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

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