Monthly Archives: August 2010

1) Skype Rolls Out New Version 5.0 with Group Video Calling –

[Yawn] Competitor ooVoo.com has had group video calling forever. I’m not sure why it took Skype until Oct. 14th. What’s more, the feature is still in beta [yawn] and they haven’t announced pricing yet either. And to *completely* annoy all our Mac friends :-) , Skype hasn’t announced when it’ll have a Mac version of group video calling either. All of which makes me think that my ooVoo.com subscription is still a very valuable commodity. Either way though, since about 3 billion people out of the roughly 6,875,077,647 people on the planet already have Skype, I admit — Skype’s a valuable thing to have too. So you might as well get the latest and greatest [beta] stuff and try it out. That way, after you’re hooked, and after they announce pricing, you can try

http://www.ooVoo.com

to see if you like it better. :-)

Get Skype 5.0 at…

http://www.skype.com

Happy [beta] conferencing.

2) Traveling Overseas on a Regular Basis? —

You might want to get a repeat traveler’s international insurance coverage. That way, you’ll avoid the need to apply for a short-term insurance plan every time you travel internationally. By applying for a multi-trip plan, you will be covered for an unlimited number of trips for a whole year. If you make at least two trips a year, a multi-trip plan will be very cost-effective and your best option. Good Neighbor Insurance has such a plan. The best one is priced at $89 a year for a person under age 50. (If you are between 51-84 it will be $109.) This plan provides $250,000 of medical evacuation coverage. It also includes medical coverage and a whole range of other benefits. Minimal medical coverage is also included for all trips within the USA that are at least 200 miles from your home. The company provides an upgraded multi-trip plan for those interested in even more coverage. Requirements: You must be a U.S. resident leaving from the USA and must have U.S. domestic insurance coverage. Learn more at…

http://overseashealthinsurance.com/multitrip.asp

3) Best Practices in CPMs for UPGs —

Become equipped to answer the question: “What actually needs to be done for ALL of this people group to have access to the Gospel and have multiple Church Planting Movements among them?” Harvest Multiplication Training is a learning environment where trainees interact with material and case studies presented, identify keys to facilitating church planting movements, and are coached to develop and implement plans unique to reaching their focus people.  The course runs February 5-15, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  For more information, email

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or telephone/Skype-out: +1-407-852-3713 for an application. For more information, including other trainings scheduled throughout the world, see:

http://www.harvestmultiplication.com

4) Thanks to Taiwan, ISA —

Today we give thanks to a worker in Taiwan for the undergirding gift of $80 to Brigada. Along with the note requesting that she be kept anonymous, she added, “I’m happy to support the great work of Brigada. … The items you share are often quite helpful to me in my work. Thanks so much!” When asked if there would be any ministry or project she’d like to highlight when her gift was mentioned, she responded, “Just keep supporting the efforts to make the Gospel available to the Unreached Peoples of the world!” Whooo-hooooo! :-) That’s our passion! Thanks again!

Thanks also to our good friends at ISA for chipping in $78 as a result of trips made by folks like Kenneth, Carol, Sandra, and a bunch of others. These folks had purchased the “Daytripper” coverage for trip interruption and cancellation. Check it out at…

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

5) Are you a Fan of Brigada? —

Want to become a true Fan of Brigada? Just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page at the beginning of each month. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with Authorize.net. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. But we can also 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 each month, 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!

6) The BackPage: What are you Hoping will result from Lausanne?

Before you know it, Lausanne’s Cape Town 2010 will be launching. Read more at…

http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010

As you reflect on the now-famous meeting of 1974, when a couple of thousand missionaries and researchers gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, how do you think the world has changed? And what are the impacts for Cape Town 2010 — and your own work. You can write as anonymously as you wish. Just click “Comment” below and express yourself.

1) Please try Freebinar.com Webinars and Report Back Here —

I can’t figure it out. Our organization has been paying $100/mo. to GoToWebinar for a couple of years. I’ve just discovered…

http://www.freebinar.com

Why would we be paying GoToWebinar if these folks can do it for free (ad-supported)? They’ve just added webinar recording and screen-sharing. Those are two services that are probably key deal-maker details.  If you or your organization could benefit from a free webinar interface, would you be willing to give this webinar.com thing a try, then report back here? I’m particular interested in hearing about quality of service and value. If Freebinar is free but messy, then GoToWebinar is still a better deal, you know? Please report back as soon as you can. Thanks for your help.

2) Join Global Ministry Leaders for Live Online Prayer Celebration —

Top global ministry leaders, pastors, and authors will gather together at noon and 7 p.m. U. S. Central Time on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, for Operation World Live Global Prayer Celebration, a free online event hosted by Operation World editor Jason Mandryk at

http://www.operationworld.org.

The Nov. 9 live webcast prayer celebration will include a live chat with Mandryk, prayer videos for countries around the world, and comments from distinguished ministry leaders, including Verwer, Yohannan, D’souza, Greig, Lucado, and many more. During the webcast people will be invited to sign up for the 60 day prayer experience, when people will receive a daily prayer reminder to pray for a specific country that includes:

*** Newly updated country information from Operation World,

*** Unreached people group e-prayer cards from Joshua Project,

*** And a country specific video from www.prayercast.com.

Don’t miss it!

4) Become a True Friend of Brigada —

Year before last, a friend recommended that we simply endeavor to find 100 friends who would each make a $100 one-time gift to Team Expansion. In a recent edition, we mentioned that a Brigada participant from greater Chicago had set up an “ACH” automated gift to Brigada for $100/month. We also mentioned that if we had just 14 other participants who would step up to the plate and match his move, we would never have to mention finances in Brigada again. What’s more, all our financial needs would be met… and the help we could muster would also help us deliver quality *weekly* editions on-time, on track, and on your screen. If you’re interested in helping make that happen, you can always click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page at the beginning of each month. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with Authorize.net. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. But we can also 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 each month, 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!

To comment or inquire about this item, just click to…

http://www.brigada.org/2010/08/15_5389

5) The BackPage: Which Lausanne Theme is most important for you? —

If you were to rank the major themes of Lausanne by importance, which theme would be top-ranked for you? Here they are:

Children & Youth

Diaspora

Environment

Ethnicity

Forming Leaders

Globalization

Human Future

Marketplace Ministry

Media & Technology

Orality

Partnership

Children & Youth

Diaspora

Environment

Ethnicity

Forming Leaders

Globalization

Human Future

Marketplace Ministry

Media & Technology

Orality

Partnership

Personal Witness

Poverty & Wealth

Prosperity Gospel

Resource Stewardship

Scripture in Mission

Truth & Pluralism

Uneached People Groups

Urban Mission

Women & Men

World Faiths

Please, in the comment box below, just “vote” for one item as the most important, most pressing, most strategic for new leaders to consider. Please just list *one* of the themes. Thanks.

Please “vote” for your impression of the “most important theme”, please click comment below:

1) Have you heard about Mukappa? —

Funny name. Cool site. Just click to…

http://www.mukappa.org/

and check it out. Mukappa.org is a worldwide community of children (or “kids”) of missionaries (MK’s). The website serves as a rallying point, listing local chapters (complete with faculty advisors and contact info), up-to-date MK events, and much much more. “Mu Kappa … is like a family away from home … provides the support and assistance I need … is a way to meet people who are from a similar background … gives me a circle of friends with whom I can have good talks … is people who understand & care, especially when I’m homesick … provides an environment which encourages spiritual growth.” Check it out today.

2) Brigada piece on Believers in China turns up Follow-up Story —

Remember when we asked for input on why China is “investing in Christianity?” See the July 18th, 2010 discussion at:

http://www.brigada.org/2010/07/18_5211

One anonymous respondent, writing from within Taiwan, commented, “NPR aired a series this summer entitled “New Believers: A Religious Revolution in China”–on the Web at

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128644059

He continued, “It includes the story ‘Beijing Finds Common Cause with Chinese Buddhists,’ which quotes a researcher at the University of Ottawa as saying, ‘I have reason to believe the Chinese government might be encouraging Buddhist institutions, simply because they’re worried about the rapid spread of Christianity and Protestantism in particular.’ The series also has articles on Protestants and Catholics in China.

3) Int’l Short-Term Team Insurance With Trip Cancellation -–

Since the Iceland volcano eruption earlier in the year, many short-term teams have asked for a short-term team overseas insurance plan that includes trip cancellation coverage as an option.  Jeff now has a team plan that provides trip cancellation coverage.  For more information contact

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4) Bible storying training! —

Experience 5 days of Bible storying in beautiful Orlando, Florida with Campus Crusade for Christ and learn to train others. This trainers training October 25 – 29, 2010 is for individuals, churches, and mission agencies. The workshop begins at 6pm on Monday and ends at noon on Friday.  The cost for on-site lodging, meals, materials, and airport ground transfers is $350 per person.  For details visit

http://www.StoryRunners.com

5) Reentry & Renewal Retreat for Cross-cultural Workers: Abide

Come home to this Reentry and Renewal Retreat by TRAIN International, November 8-15, 2010 in Joplin, MO. The cost is $395/adult (contact TRAIN for kids’ rates). This retreat is led by Donna Cole, who has been a pastoral care consultant for over 16 years. If you have returned permanently from overseas service or on home service, you will benefit from this retreat which gives you tools to process your experiences and incorporate lessons learned in appropriate ways so you can tell your story well and move forward with joy into your next season of ministry-at home or abroad. For more info, call 417-621-8962 or visit

http://www.traininternational.com

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