Daily Archives: 2010/11/28

1) Operation World Launches Global Prayer Event —

Operation World’s global prayer movement officially launched with two live global webcast celebrations on Tuesday November 9, 2010. Each webcast was hosted by Operation World author Jason Mandryk and Biblica Publishing’s Mike Dworak. Over 4,000 individuals, groups, and churches gathered as Max Lucado, Joni Eareckson Tada, David Platt and other ministry leaders talked about the new edition of Operation World and called on Christians to pray for the nations by signing up for the 60 day prayer experience. If you missed the live webcast you can still watch it at


2) Where else Can You Pick up 175 free videos from a Global Event? —

Only at Lausanne….


Maybe you knew about videos, but maybe you hadn’t realized they’ve now done study questions, transcriptions, and they’re in the process of doing machine translations into the major languages of Lausanne. This is the conference that keeps on conferring. And the more you make use of these resources, the happier they are. So go for it. Try part of one for your next event.

3) Have you or has Your Organization Tried Mobile Donations? —

I remember someone approaching our organization with it. It just seemed so expensive… and we wondered whether or not it would come across as a “fad” or a gimmick. Now, two articles have me thinking. They were brought to our attention by Brigada’s field desk in Uganda. (Thanks Lissa!) The first deals with the concept in general, citing a case study from the Red Cross.


The second highlights four non-profits who are trying to attract $25 gifts via text-donate. As a result of pioneers like these, the overall acceptability of the practice might be pushed up in a positive direction. See the second article at…


(Once again, thanks Lissa!)

4) Freebinar Just Didn’t seem to Compare —

For members of our own organization, Freebinar just didn’t seem to compare. You’ll recall that we asked you back on the 22 of August what you thought of the free webinar hosting solution. Just seemed too good to be true. The comments on our earlier post can be found at…


For our own organization, the critical piece was the ability to share desktop presentations and exchange presenters, letting others speak from the panel of participants. Freebinar didn’t seem to have that capability, so unfortunately, we stuck with GoToWebinar. But if your organization doesn’t need desktop sharing/presentations, don’t forget to experiment with Freebinar as an option. The price is right.


5) Where There Was No Church (the Book) —

If you want to learn how the Father is at work among Muslims, and how you can better cooperate with Him, check out this newly released book.  Sub-titled “Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World,” it does a great job further illustrating fruitful practices among Muslims (it is another offering from some of those behind From Seed to Fruit).  And if you want to dig a bit more deeply and learn from the stories, it includes helpful questions for personal or group study. It will be available soon by major booksellers like Amazon.com, but for a limited time it is being sold for a discount at


You can get more details on the book there, too, including an expanded table of contents and even a sample chapter.  Take a look, and if you like it, grab a copy – and spread the word.

Oh, and all you Kindle lovers out there (you know who you are!); the Kindle version is already available from Amazon.com for just $4.99.

(Not to worry if you use a Nook, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, or other eBook reader – an ePub version should be released shortly and be available from B&N and iTunes.)

6) Here’s an Accredited TESOL training course for Asia —

From January 10 to February 11, 2011, Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will conduct an intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is accredited by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). For more information, contact Melody Kuka,
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7) Nations are crying out for English teachers —

You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Be prepared to do an excellent job of teaching English before you go.  It matters! Start with a four week intensive training course held at YWAM Lebanon, PA. USA. Courses begin January 17, 2011 and February 21, 2011. Additional information and application forms can be found on their web site

http://www,ywampa.org or just email questions to

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8) Get Free Antivirus Software for your Apple Mac —

Remember back in the good ole days when Mac folks said, “Nobody’s writing viruses for Macs.” Well back then, nobody was. However, it just seems as if they’re in the spotlight more and more these days. So I’m wondering when the shoe will drop. So why not be prepared? At this site…


you can snag free antivirus software for your Mac and avoid that feeling of watching all those graphics and music files sinking into the sunset. But – it works best if you install it *before* you need it instead of waiting until it’s too late.

(Thanks Lissa!)

9) 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 is Feb 28 – Mar 4, 2011 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


10) Last call: Apply for Harvest Multiplication Training (HMT) now —

Time is growing short and the lost are waiting for you! If you are considering coming for the Harvest Multiplication Training in Orlando, you need to apply quickly. Don’t delay. Just log on at…


Be pro-active.  Email now for an application form.  The training dates are 5th February to 15th February 2011 – Orlando, Florida USA.  HMT is a 2-week course that will train you to look at a whole people group, 4K zone or city and equip you to answer the question: What really needs to be done to reach *everyone* in a people group or city with the Good News and start Jesus movements among them? Included is a 3-day seminar with experienced CPM speaker from IMB.  If you’re ready to take on this challenge then this strategic training is for you.

11) Open eyes…Open words…Open Word —

Here’s a Training Program for Literacy Evangelism, The Blind Spot in Christian missions, June 12 – July 16, 2011, Tulsa, USA Over 50% of the world’s population are blind to the written Word of God because they cannot read.  You can learn how to open people’s eyes to the words so that they may read The Word.  How? By attending the International Literacy Training Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 13 – July 17, 2010. Topics include Basic Literacy, developing Bible-content literacy materials in local languages, Evangelism through literacy, Discipleship through literacy, teaching English as a Second Language, how to train tutors, and how to run church-based literacy programs.  For more information, please visit


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13) To Make Budget, we’ll need $2,500/week :-( —

As mentioned above, we’re so grateful to those who have given throughout the year, but, May the Lord strengthen our faith, having received $4245.61 throughout 2010, $12,874 away from our goal of $17,120. So if there’s someone out there who had contemplated giving $10,000 to Brigada in one huge step of encouragement, now would be a great time. There are just 5 weeks remaining in which you can give. :-(

Just click the “Donate” link at the top of the page at brigada.org. You won’t have to register with PayPal if you don’t want to. (Just click “make a payment without logging in” if you prefer.) We can also set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. 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.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions teams. We appreciate you!

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14) The BackPage: “So I was Watching the GM Commercial… –“

Did you catch the new GM commercial? See it at…


The essence is — yes, we’ve blown it. We’ve been knocked down, but you know what? The difference between us and everybody else in the world is that we have managed to get back up. I thought the commercial was exceptional. In one fell swoop, GM said, “Hey, we blew it but — we’re back, we’re better, and we’re grateful.” They probably also attracted a certain kind of follower — someone who respects honest and heart. Which gives me pause: how many times do we all become defensive and confrontational when we’re forced to come face to face with our own vulnerabilities? How often do we strike back in an attempt to regain footing? When’s the last time you heard someone truly admit that he or she made a mistake — but then fixed it.

And beyond that, this wasn’t just a baseball through a living room window. This was a giant conglomerate with thousands of employees. You know, when the chips are down, some things become very negative. Stress increases. Tempers flare. And people sometimes quit or move on, partly because they’re scared… and sometimes because they’re angry about something. (I don’t know — maybe being scared makes them feel angry?)

Have you ever been playing soccer when, after about 90 minutes have passed, someone leaves the game because he’s tired? I’ve noticed that when someone leaves, it makes the game very vulnerable. But I’ve also noticed — it depends on who leaves as to whether or not the game will fold. If it’s a novice player or someone that few people know or love, then the departure goes unnoticed. But if it’s the best player on the field, or the one that keeps everybody jazzed and pumped, then there’s this critical moment when every player on the field asks himself (or herself), “Do I want to go on playing?” In many cases, one departure will prompt several and, before you know it, the whole game folds. It’s a cascading effect not unlike “mob psychology.”

Which brings me to my point: You never ever know how crucial your attitude will be when the chips are down. Someone at GM must have believed that it was worth it. Someone had a titanium will to succeed. Someone *believed*.

How ’bout you? Do you have a story of overcoming the odds? Have you experienced a time when someone quit and it caused you to consider it, but you decided to tough it out for the good of the cause? If you’re shy, you can always choose to make it anonymous. We just want to celebrate with you — or mourn, depending on the case. Just click “Comment” below this item on the web and tell your story. Thanks in advance for your help!

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