Monthly Archives: March 2012

3) How to Send a Postal Letter via Email —

Have you been watching these services that print your flyer then send it out to the “snail mail” mailing list you specify? I actually hadn’t noticed, but the service I liked most has apparently LOWERED their prices rather than raised them. The best option might be…

 

https://click2mail.com/by-product/flyers/flyer-8-5-x-11#&slider1=2

 

Check it out. For smaller quantities, plan on about $1.22 per letter (less for bulk rates). They’re beautiful full-color flyers AND you can personalize each document with a name and/or a block of text – whatever you want. So you could, for example, open the flyer, “Dear Doug,” or whatever. Anyway — hope it helps.

 

The folks at PostalMethods would be just SLIGHTLY cheaper. You could compare — but Click2Mail is more diverse and certainly more widely known. Check it out here…

 

http://www.postalmethods.com/pricing

4) Paid Opportunity to Church Plant and Teach English in Asia —

All Nations is looking to place 15-20 individuals (or a group of that size) overseas in salaried positions with benefits to teach English and church plant. No prior missions experienced is required, just a Bachelor’s degree in any subject and native English speaking abilities. It’s an August – June commitment. Call 816-216-1353 or email

asimonatallnationsdotus

5) Digital Outreach Month’s Recommended Book —

Len Sweet’s new book, Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival was published in March. It is a revealing explanation of the transformation of our culture from print to digital, and how this changes everything in our communication and ministry. Sweet’s insights are so vital to effective digital ministry that Internet Evangelism Day has designated this book “Best New Title for Digital Outreach Month.”

 

http://ieday.net/viral

6) TESOL training in Asia: June 4-July 6, 2012 —

Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in in Chiang Mai, Thailand, conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate.  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 at…

infothaiatactesoldotcom or look at

http://www.actesol.com

9) New Study, Teaching and Gospel Resource —

The UsefulBible.Com Commentary on Hebrews is the first in a new series of Bible Commentaries that have been designed around the specific needs of worldwide missions. This is a free, online commentary that can be used as a study, teaching and Gospel resource. As a study resource, it provides a complete, in-depth course of 250 sessions. As a teaching resource, it demonstrates how to explain each passage in clear, simple English. As a Gospel resource, it provides sermon outlines for the reader to develop into evangelistic messages. The whole is in EasyEnglish to make it easier to understand, even for those who use English as a second language. It’s available at…

 

http://www.usefulbible.com/hebrews/index.htm

12) The BackPage: People Groups Matter —

I’m not trying to say that God has an official list of Unreached People Groups up in Heaven. But I AM saying that he KNOWS the people who haven’t had a chance to hear his message. He HEARS the voices of those who have been overlooked. He’s the God who will leave the 99 to seek the 1. He’s the One who rejoices over finding one single lost coin.

 

So People Cluster and People-Group-Across-Countries (PGAC) are worth a closer look.  Dan, of JoshuaProject.net clarified with us this past week, “People Clusters are the second level of the ethnic peoples tree.  People-Group-Across-Countries are the third level.  People Clusters are a “family” or collection of People-Group-Across-Countries.  You can see the relationships at the bottom of any Joshua Project profile.  For example, scroll at the way to the bottom of the following page:

 

http://www.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?peo3=13592&rog3=MR

 

The upper left quadrant of the “grid” is the Peoples leg.  So in this case:

 

First level – Affinity Bloc = Arab World

Second level – People Cluster = Arab, Hassaniya

Third level – People Group Across Countries = Moor

Fourth level- People Group in Countries = Moor of Mauritania

 

Helpful stuff. (Thanks Dan!)

 

Now I know there are those who feel there are mistakes in one list or another. And where there are mistakes, we need to correct them. But the principle still stands: In general, wherever we have overlooked the establishment of a new beachhead for Christ, we need to mobilize people to go. It’s worth living our lives to draw attention to that truth. Please don’t forget it.

1) Has it Really Been 3 Years Since we Featured Cool Tools? —

Then it’s time to update our list. Without a doubt, some of Brigada’s most requested back-issues include those which have featured “Cool Tools for Travel.” So today, we feature the 2010 version, with the humble request that you help us improve it. With the growth of the web, it’s going to be virtually impossible to list all the great Cool Tools in one edition of Brigada, but let’s at least get the list started. Here are a few dozen Cool Tools, all listed here on one page:

 

http://www.brigada.org/cooltools

 

Please use the Comment box below the item to add or detract from any of the items mentioned. Remember, this file is the 2010 version, so some of this stuff is two years old and we NEED to update it. Please use the Comments instead of emailing me directly so, in this way, your input will be available IMMEDIATELY. We recommend you mention only one URL in each comment because our spammer filter won’t feature items that look like spam. Thanks for your understanding.

2) New Book On Fundraising For Missionaries And Others —

Bill Dillon and People Raising have done it again. His updated (2012) and expanded version of People-Raising is available April 1st and will not only inform, but will also inspire the would-be fundraiser to achieve greater levels of effectiveness through improved strategies, and up to date approaches. New sections include, using social media, confronting the fear factor, mastering 6 critical skills, coaching can make a difference, and so much more. It is a must read. Check Bill’s website out for those endorsing the new book and to order some for your staff. Quantity discounts are available.

 

http://www.PeopleRaising.com

 

or email

billatPeopleRaisingdotcom

 

Pricing will be as follow:

Retail $19.99

1-24 $12.59; 25-39 books $10.39 ea.; 40 -319 books ($9 ea., 55% off)

 

The organization that I lead has a dedicated fundraising coach already using Bill’s principles on a regular basis. I can’t wait for her to have this newly-updated tool at her disposal, not only for the sake of our recruits, but for her own use as well. (There’s a great new section for fundraising coaches.) We need the new material on social media today. But the truth is, Bill’s principles have already been helping our organization grow more rapidly than we could ever have grown otherwise. Bill’s instruction helps our recruits connect the dots.

3) What’s Your Favorite Scheduling Software —

We’ve all experienced it at one time or another: a flurry of emails trying to find the best time to meet. At times, there are so many emails and so many dates flying through our inbox, we completely lose track of the thread.

 

Enter online scheduling software. You receive an email with a link, you go look at the choices, you mark the ones you can make, and — bam — you’re in and out, done. Lots more efficient.

 

So which is your favorite? Here are some of the top most efficient and well-known choices:

Doodle.com

Tungle.me

ScheduleOnce.com

TimeBridge.com

ZeeYou.com

 

Any of these websites will do the job. Doodle is probably the most popular at this point. Timebridge seems to be on automatic pilot. (Are the Customer service guys out for coffee, or what?) ZeeYou seems like a fair challenger, but if you want to go with the one that seems to be reaching the tipping point, try Doodle.com first.

4) Beware Compromising Your Online Identity —

Last week, I saw several emails floating around, all of which LOOKED as if they had originated from PayPal’s Customer Service Department, asking you to verify a recent change in your password and email address. The emails looked more convincing and authentic than ever, complete with logo and color scheme to match PayPal’s brand. But when I hovered my mouse over the link in the email, the “tool tip” that popped up was NOT a PayPal domain. In other words, by making you THINK that someone had changed your password and email address, they were scaring you into giving up your password and email address so that someone COULD change your password and email address. Gulp. This is not only dishonest, it’s plain dirty pool. Word to the wise: Never click a link in an email without first examining it carefully — because, you see, the text or graphic in the email need not correspond at all to the location on the Internet to which the link is sending you. (I’ve said it before: I don’t really like that system. So my personal preference is RIGHT-click the link, then “copy URL to clipboard” then paste the results into your browser’s URL or web address box. Then study it carefully. Look at the destination. With PayPal, for example, it should say https://www.paypal.com/something. It should NOT say http://www.teamore.com/update/confirm.php or anything like it. Please don’t say later that nobody warned you.

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