Monthly Archives: January 2012

1) How do You Manage and Track your To-do list? —

Might sound like a strange question to some, but to others, you know exactly what I mean. At any one time, I have about 100 things on my list of things to do. Trying to figure out which one to do next (or which 3 to do at the same time) is a constant challenge. Being able to hide the ones that I can’t do yet, because I’m waiting on something from someone else, keeping like-things together so I can “see the forest and the trees” side by side, and knowing when deadlines come… Yikes.  It scares me like the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. (And that’s a lot.) For me, for this phase of my life, I’ve settled into an app on my new iPhone called ToodleDo. They have a companion web app (so you don’t *always* have to type on those little on-screen phone keys). Learn more by using your favorite search engine to search for info on the title… or just go to…


But what are *you* using — and why? What works best? My wife swears by her paper Day-timer. Says she likes the “non-volatile memory.” :-) (She has a very good point.) How ’bout you? Just click “Comment” below and tell us your favorite pick and why. Thanks in advance.

2) New book: Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies —

Here’s a new missions book by mediastrategist Dan Henrich: Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies (Volume 1). It gives a series of case study reports on various film, radio, web and mobile phone initiatives in Africa, S America and Asia in the last few years. A sample chapter is online in PDF format. You can win a copy during February. Read more at…

3) Reflection and Prayer Training —

Preparing Leaders for Prayer Days and Short Retreats will be held at the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, SC (close to Charlotte, NC, USA) in October, 2012. The Full Session will be October 3-12, and the Short Session October 3-8. Participants will experience a number of prayer and reflection topics, as well as work in a small group with a staff member, learning how to lead the topics for others. Funds are available for partial scholarships. Please contact

kate_ringattscodotorg for an application and detailed information.

4) Keys to go Anywhere . . . TESOL —

Ready to make a global impact? Did you know you can make a difference in the injustices of poverty, human trafficking and unavailable education in the nations? Youth With A Mission in Salem, Oregon, USA is offering a TESOL course from March 26 to April 20, 2012 in effective teaching techniques. In four weeks you can receive a TESOL certificate to teach English as a Second Language and be prepared to go anywhere in the world to make that difference. Find details and application forms

5) Emerging Markets Research & Service Opportunities —

Anda Leadership needs your help. They’re finding quite a bit of information on emerging markets, multinational corporations, etc. However, they’ve had a harder time finding good statistical information about small businesses and entrepreneurial organizations in emerging markets. They’d like to be able to project income and then report on results vs. current levels of production and revenue, along with economic impact. Have you researched this and/or anything similar? If the resource is publicly available, please post by clicking on Comment below, so all can learn. If the research is private, feel free to contact Howard at


In addition, they are seeking trainers and others to assist in their work. Visit


for more information.

6) Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference —

The Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference (STMLC) is an annual training event open to churches, schools, agencies & individuals. It is designed to impact team members, leaders, and those who train, organize, or supervise Christian short-term mission trips as well as those who receive them. If you want to learn to lead short-term mission teams with excellence, you won’t want to miss this! April 12-14, 2012 in Bloomington, MN. Learn more about this conference at:


or go directly to the registration page here:


or call 1.877.STEM.646 or 952.996.1385 for more info. Early registration/group discounts available.

7) 11th International Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference —

This year’s conference will take place at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington, February 16-18, 2012. Besides helpful seminars on ministering to Japanese, there will be an emphasis on the situation, needs and opportunities for church planting in the devastated Tohoku area. Rev. Akira Sato, Rick Chuman and Jonathan Wilson will be among the speakers. For more information see


8) TESOL training course in Chiang Mai, Thailand —

Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. They have a course coming up June 4-July 6, 2012.  This certificate is supported 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. The same course is taught once a year in Manila (April/May). Contact Melody Kuka,

infothaiatactesoldotcom, for more information or


9) Global Changing Challenges Conference in Indonesia —

The Humanitarian Assistance Network for Disaster (HAND) is hosting a “Global Changing Challenges conference” April 3-4. It’s a progression of concepts discussed at the Hong Kong Starfish Community Expo that was held in October.  It seeks the spread of ideas, followed by communities actively engaging together in community development and disaster response — which is the purpose of the “Starfish Community.” See registration info at…


(Thanks to the Humanitarian International Services Group for sending us a note on this meeting this past week.)

10) See One Author’s Top 25 Best “Work as Worship” (BAM) Books —

Want to learn more about “Work as Worship” (some would call it Business as Mission or BAM)? What could be better than a top-25 list of books about the subject? Build a library on your Kindle or otherwise. Work as Worship guru, Justin Forman, lists such works as “Our Souls at Work,” by Mark Russell, “Business With Soul,” by Michael Cardone, and “God is at Work,” by Ken Eldred. Check out the complete list at…


(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

11) We’re Grateful…

Thanks to The Mission Network, Anacortes, WA, for undergirding Brigada’s global ministry with a $100 gift this past week! We appreciate you!

Thanks also to Insurance Services of America (ISA) for their gift of $59.58, reflective of Brigada participants who purchased trip interruption insurance and thereby protected travelers and donors alike from disruption and waste. For more info, see…

12) The BackPage: A Penny for Your Thoughts about Urbana —

When I was just getting started, I (like everyone else?) attended an Urbana Missions Conference (1984, if I recall). We had been involved in missions for 2 years and I had heard all about Urbana and was hungry to go. About 2 weeks before the event, I strained my back big-time. Pulled it totally out of place. But wild horses couldn’t have kept me from attending. My wife drove and I laid flat on my back the whole trip there. And I didn’t regret it.

For this week’s “BackPage Editorial” would you mind sharing a synopsis of your favorite Urbana story? Some have said that this one conference has done as much as anything else to ignite a new generation of worldwide witnesses If that’s the case, there should be some great stories out there. Was it there that you came to decide for sure that missions was going to be your ‘thing?’ Did you meet your future spouse there? Do you have a story about not having the money to go… then suddenly at the last minute, the provision came through, but only after you prayed & fasted? Are you a former *speaker* at Urbana? Tell us what it’s like standing on the platform, looking into the eager eyes of 18,000 students hungering to change the world? Let’s sort it out and get ready for Urbana 12. Just click on the “Comment” box below to share your story, anonymously or otherwise. Learn more about Urbana at…


1) GMI and the World Mourn the Death of Mike O’Rear —

On January 14, GMI president and CEO Michael G. O’Rear suffered a sudden heart attack. After several days in intensive care, surrounded by family and friends, Mike died of complications. He was 57. He had led GMI since 1991 and was a faithful contributor to Brigada, both in sending in news items and in sending financial help. In fact, he had just sent his most recent gift about 14 days before his death. Together with others, he co-wrote, helped publish “The World of Islam” and Operation China, developed the web and ebook form of Operation World for Patrick Johnstone and company (as well as the CD and DVD versions too), and much more. The global mission enterprise has lost a champion. But Heaven gained a great citizen — and one day we’ll see Mike again… and he’ll have maps drawn of the entire place… and he’ll distribute them on the latest medium when we arrive, whatever that medium is — he’ll be ready. For is wife, Laura, their four adult children, one grandson, and a daughter-in-law expecting triplets later this year, we offer our most heartfelt sympathy and prayers. For Heaven we celebrate.

2) Improve And Upgrade Your Ministry With Volunteers —

The High Impact Executive Course (E1) is an intensive 3-day training event for leaders who work with volunteers. Led by Al Newell and Associates, the same people who have trained the staff, leaders and volunteers of Voice of the Martyrs, Samaritans Purse (Operation Christmas Child), and Compassion International, to name a few, plus many others. It’s a Biblical model for working with volunteers, revealing the best practices for recruiting, selecting, training, leading and developing volunteers and volunteer leaders. Many who take this training and implement the principles have seen immediate and continued improvement and effectiveness in their volunteer ministries.

This training is among the best in the country. Normally it costs $795 per person to register, if you simply attend a normal random E1. But, on a first-come, first-served basis, a limited number of Brigada readers can attend for $575.00 per person. It’s being staged in Louisville, KY at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on the east side of the city (Exit 17, I-64). It’ll start on the evening of April 15th, 2012

and finishes on Wednesday April 18th around 5:00 p.m.

You have the evenings free. If you’re interested — Inform Eric by February 5th by emailing

ederryatteamexpansiondotorg or calling 502-813-2046 (tell him that you heard about it on Brigada). He will send you a link, and you will need to then Register On-line using that link. You’ll then pay Team Expansion, thereby becoming part of our “block” of tickets. We’ll pay High Impact with one check. If you don’t register by the deadline but want to attend later, no problem. Register directly at the $795.00 price up until the day of the event as long as there are open seats  (max capacity is approximately 50). In this case, just go to …


3) A Brand New Community Development Curriculum —

Nation-2-Nation Film Studios is excited to announce the launch of their newest Community Development Series: Effective Livestock Care (ELC). It’s designed to help people better their living conditions by training rural families and sustenance farmers on the basic care and treatment of livestock. In 13 bi-lingual sessions, Dr. Peter Quesenberry of Christian Veterinarian Mission covers essential topics out of his book “Where There is no Animal Doctor”. ELC uses in-studio lectures supplemented with abundant live, in-field examples, as well as numerous pictures and diagrams.  ELC is being translated into dozens of languages, but is initially available now in English/Spanish and English/blank space (for live translation into any language). It is temporarily being offered at an introductory price of $75.00 For more information, for viewing samples, and for ordering, follow this link:

4) What’s your Favorite Credit Card to Save Frequent Flyer Miles? —

My buddy, Tim, recently acquired the United Mileage Plus Visa Signature Card (they have three levels and this is the middle). The card allowed him to gain…


1st year free then $90 a year thereafter.

1 mile for every dollar spent.

Double miles on United Purchases.

40K free miles immediately.

Miles never expire and are unlimited.

Also, 2 free United Club passes per year.

When used to purchase the trip, allows one free bag to be checked.

Also allows priority boarding.

Card plus his status allows free upgrades to economy plus seats.


Have you been happy with a credit card like that? I have used an American Express Card since 1991 and by now, they have me in a Platinum version. It’s great because the points will transfer virtually anywhere. But I like Tim’s card because there will be virtually no yearly membership fee. So … what’s in *your* wallet????? (and why?) :-) Please click on “Comment” below — or, if you’re reading the email version of this post, please log onto the web using the link below and leave a note about your best pick. Thanks in advance!!!

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