Daily Archives: 2011/12/25

1) Attend the Missional International Church —

8 years ago, the new pastor of a church in the UAE saw an item in Brigada about the first MICN (Missional International Church Network) conference that was in Indonesia. He’s attended this important conference every year since and it’s been a great help to the church. By the way, the MICN conference this year is in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 16-20, 2012. You can get further information and register at




Thanks to this pastor and church for being a strong partner to Brigada!

2) Biblica Sells their Book Division to IVP —

The news is public now. See…




What does this mean for Brigada readers? Well one very immediate impact is that Patrick Johnstone’s new book, previously published and distributed through Biblica, is now being distributed through IVP. However, if you search IVP for the book, it doesn’t show up. What to do? The best approach is to use the book-specific site at…




As you can see, the book link continues to link to BiblicaDirect. But you can also order the PDF directly through GMI. Your choice. Either way, you might want to try to hook up with Patrick at one of his stops throughout the next couple of weeks. He’s planning a promotion tour of five cities: Pasadena 14 – 15 Jan (Darrell coordinating, darrelldotdorratuscwmdotorg), Chicago 16-18 Jan, Colorado Springs 19-23 Jan (Mike mikeatgmidotorg), Dallas 23-24 Jan (Justin, MUP,  justinlongatgmaildotcom, Richmond 24-26 Jan (Jim JHaneyatimbdotorg). Hope you can stop by to see him at one of those stops. Be sure to tell him that you learned about his tour here in Brigada.

3) Maybe we should actually *Read* those End-user Agreements —

Recently, while evaluating a service called “KickSend,” I figured I’d better evaluate the end-user agreement. Found  a copy at…. http://www.appappeal.com/app/kicksend/

Toward the end of the agreement, take special note of the section entitled, “Your Content and your rights.” The exact section reads, ” You agree that this license includes the right for Kicksend to make Your Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Kicksend for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use.” Read this end-user agree carefully. Basically, Kicksend is saying, “We can do anything we want to share the information, regardless of its source.” Be sure to know the potential danger that might result — if someone named in one of your files is suddenly exposed, interrogated, or, worse yet, expelled, you’ll know some of the dangers of using KickSend.

4) Nixty Site Makes Learning (or Teaching) as Fun as it Gets! —

Need an online site to do lessons for your ministry? Nixty.com is there for you.




It’s a free platform with channels, courses, and ePortfolios designed to help you present your content in a more effective distance learning format. I dove in, created a course, and completed about half the work to complete a core course. There are a lot options already there — about 200 courses — from MIT and other institutions all over the country. I can tell you that the initiative we’re organizing (U4theU.com) will be hoping to create a course track for would-be Volunteers as soon as possible. Thanks to Glen and all the designers of Nixty for the way you’re making it available to all!!! God bless you!

5) New Short-term Missions Tool —

Have you ever wondered if your church or ministry should send a short-term mission (STM) team?  With all the needs and all the opportunities, how do you know where to go and what to do? Recognizing that many churches and ministries wrestle with determining which STMs to promote and move forward with, DELTA Ministries International (DELTA) has recently released the Short-Term Mission Trip Assessment Tool.




[Warning: This URL will “wrap.” If you have trouble reassembling it, just go to this item on the Brigada page at www.brigada.org and click there.]


This tool and the free supplement guide will provide insight needed to assess your church and mission trip objectively as well as provide a target to work towards as you develop your individual trip or short-term mission sending program.  Visit DELTA’s online store to purchase an unlimited use license for only $4.99US. If you have questions about this tool contact Tory Ruark at toryratdeltaministriesdotcom or call 1-800-533-5822.

7) Best Apps for iPhone” Cont’d: Best App. For Your Intranet —

Have you tried Yammer.com?




Use it for free if all your users have the same ‘domain’ on the end of their email. For example, if your entire office has teamexpansion.org email addresses, ask them to log onto Yammer and you’re in business! Instant Intranet! Learn more at the site. No charge as long as you don’t mind allowing things to be a bit “loosey-goosey” on administration. The network will be encrypted, mind you, so outsiders won’t be able to see or learn about your personnel nor about an of your sensitive fields. And along the way, you’ll pick up free calendaring, free discussion threading, free Facebook-like status updates, and much much more.

8) Best Apps for News and Current Events —

What are your favorite new apps for iPhone? The USA Today iPhone app is great, except the news can easily be 24 hours old by the time you read it. Because of that, I’m preferring the BBC News app. It’s “real-time” and also includes audio and video updates. Other news apps by ABC, CNN, NPR, WSJ, Flipboard, and Pulse are all worth examining. But perhaps the most interesting of all is the little app, “Zite,” which “learns” your news preferences by giving thumbs-up/thumps-down to the items your reading. Over time, you create a custom set of reading preferences in which everything is relevant. These apps are mostly all free. In only one or two cases, you’ll be asked to pay a small subscription fee. Got a favorite news app of your own? Click comment — please

10) We’re Grateful…

For $50 from a Brigada partner in Pasadena.

And another $50 from a friend in Ireland!

And $40 from a friend in Kentucky,

And $1100 from an International Church in UAE. 8 years ago, the church’s new pastor saw an item in Brigada about the first MICN (Missional International Church Network) conference that was in Indonesia. He’s attended this important conference every year since and it’s been a great help to the church. By the way, the MICN conference this year is in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 16-20, 2012. You can get further information and register at



11) A Personal Christmas Wish from the Editor of Brigada Today —

We did it. We went the whole year without asking for anything. Now, in these last few days of 2011, we’d love to put together the funds to kick Brigada up to the next level. We’d love to bring on some help that would allow us not only to get these editions out on time, but also to improve the scope and the range of content & features. In addition, we would love to pay something back to the organization that makes our work possible, whose ministry is *totally* focused on Unreached and Unengaged Peoples. Your gift to Brigada can have a huge impact on a child in Southeast Asia who has never had a chance to hear about the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Your generous gift can get him a chance to hear. It’s easy to 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.) 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.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions teams. We appreciate you!

12) The BackPage: Heart Language vs. Preferred Language —

In keeping with our theme from last week (population guesses for unreached peoples), we received a note this past week from a worker in the Middle East who wrote, “The majority of the Unengaged Unreached People Groups still on the list don’t prefer the language they are listed as speaking as the language in which they want to study the Bible. Governments and globalization have successfully shifted the younger generation to prefer the trade language as the preferred language of learning. Americans who trained years ago, who do not stay up with the younger generations on the field keep saying, “Heart language is the key.” I now call those “heart languages” more like “Home languages.” The minority groups might eat breakfast in a tribal language but they long to spend the rest of their day speaking the national trade language.” This would have radical implications for Bible translation. Do you agree or disagree? Just click “Comment” below to express your opinion please.

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