Monthly Archives: May 2012

2) Free Weekly “Radical” Bible Study —

If you’ve read the book, Radical, you know that, with it, David Platt challenges our foundational thoughts about missions, the Bible, the unreached, and what to do about them. Now, you can study through the Bible one week at a time using a free “Radical Bible study” approach. Learn more at

 

http://www.U4theU.com

 

by clicking on the news item about Radical, there on the landing page. The study started last September, but it’s not a bad thing to join it in progress because you can actually download each week’s study at whatever rate you desire. They’re all archived in downloadable form for you. And they’re all free.

3) Pick Up Pray4Tunisia’s past 365 Prayers as a Template —

The organizers were wondering — maybe you could simply search-and-replace in your own country’s name? … or the name of the unreached people group or city you love? If so, grab their list at…

 

http://s3.amazonaws.com/Pray4Tunisia.com/docs/Pray4Tunisia%20prayer%20requests%20through%202012-03.xls

 

(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.)

 

What I love about this team is how open they are with their stuff. Unselfishness trumps turf-oriented every time.

4) Storyrunners: “This is a Story from God’s Word” —

Our organization continues to benefit from training in chronological Bible storytelling. I bet yours does too. I’ve shared here about the fact that we trained at Storyrunners…

 

http://www.storyrunners.com

 

What I like about their training is that, among other things, they aren’t too proud to implement changes and improvements. After we participated in their training recently, we ended the 40 hours by offering several gentle suggestions for improvement, including the use of actual non-Christians from other cultures to hear and process the stories that participants were writing. Last week, we heard from the leadership of Storyrunners that they have now implemented those suggestions and both they and their participants are loving the results — which makes me want to go back and take the training again so I can hear the story all over again! I’m not sure how quickly I can do that… but I hope you can soon. Check out their website and their [always improving] training. You’ll be glad you did… when you tell your next story from God’s word!

5) How to Grow a Prayer Network from 1 to 98,000 —

That’s what Pray4Tunisia is humbly sharing in their article at…

 

http://www.pray4tunisia.com/en/prayer-resources/97-start-prayer-network.html

 

(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.)

 

Alternatively, you might want to check out the new series of videos at

 

http://www.Pray4Tunisia.com 

 

Again, these might fuel ideas for other prayer networks.

7) Idea for New Device: Could the Device Highlight Text Being Read? —

Here’s an idea from a Brigada Reader. He’d like someone to invent a device or software that highlights, one word or phrase at a time, the material being read. He sees the need, not just in English, but in other languages like Urdu. He specifically wishes the device would feature the Bible itself. Imagine, as some narrator properly pronounces the words, a yellow highlighter bounces from word to word. As I understand him, he’s envisioning something not unlike a Karaoke prompter. He feels it would help the learner associate the spoken word with the written words as they’re being pronounced. Could you or someone you know make that happen? If so, please jot a comment below, along with your website or email address. Or, alternatively, write Michael directly at

mmack4647ataoldotcom but please make a note in the comments below that you’ve done so. It’s the only way we’ll know that someone is giving attention to this request.

8) Multi-Lingual Online Bible Available in Major Indian Languages —

A new web site

 

http://litebible.com/

 

provides the text of the Bible in major languages spoken in India. Several English translations are also provided and Greek and Hebrew portions are planned. Future plans call for an online Bible school.  After selecting your language of interest from the menu across the top of the page, you can select a second language to be read in an interlinear fashion. Make comments below or send them directly to litebibleatgmaildotcom

LiteBible is also available on Facebook.

9) Phrase Express Will Almost Write Your Emails for You —

I’m a long-term ClipMate user. Find Clipmate at…

 

http://www.thornsoft.com/

 

It’s basically a clipboard extender. You can easily see the last few versions of your clipboard (actually, you can see dozens and dozens past versions). You can also drag-and-drop those versions into other folders or “safer” holding tanks. You can also automate the paste process so that it pastes these versions, one at a time, or as a group. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen for making a clipboard truly useful. Microsoft’s built-in clipboard manager (in some versions of Office) attempted to mimic it but fell way short. I always immediately disconnect Microsoft’s version in favor of Clipmate — every time.

 

But recently, I’ve added yet another, similar-yet-different utility called Phrase Express:

 

http://www.phraseexpress.com/

 

You can use PhraseExpress for free if you use it for home or personal use only. (If you use it in a job for which you are paid, even if you work primarily for a non-profit or church, it’s still priced at a reasonable $49. See the definition at:

 

http://www.phraseexpress.com/freeware.htm#def

 

so my conscience prompted me to fork over the $49. I use it all the time in the job for which I’m paid — and also for Brigada.)

 

You can always try before you buy. Phrase Express helps you, in its simplest form, to create snippets or templates. These could be blocks of text you always paste into emails or letters, or URL’s to which you commonly refer your contacts. They could be phone numbers or addresses. Phrase Express can try to automate this process, by watching your natural language. (That method didn’t seem foolproof enough for me to use.) Alternatively, you can use a quick applet in the system tray with branching quick-draw-mcGraw-type folders to rapidly pump out the text snippets. Either way, it’s well-worth the $49. (On my current laptop, Phrase Express has already reportedly already saved me $70. That figure is calculated by Phrase Express automatically, by the way, based on your usage patterns.)

 

So try it. You’ll likely never look back… except to gloat over the time you’ve saved. Maybe you’ll finally be so happy, you’ll take a break now and then! :-)

10) The BackPage: David Allen’s Gift to Your Workplace —

Just over a decade ago, David Allen burst on the scene with a simple yet effective set of work principles that somewhat revolutionized workflow in businesses across the USA and around the world. A decade is a long time. Maybe now and then, it’s worth unearthing a few of these simple “Getting Things Done” principles and bubbling them back into our consciousness. Here were some of his primary beliefs and teachings about getting things done:

 

*** Our jobs train us do accomplish certain work-related skills. But often, nobody trains us how to fashion and execute our workload. So we know how to do one job at a time, once we engage in it. We sometimes have completely missed how to move through our work flow.

 

*** “Collect” — The first key is to quickly move through the stacks of random ideas or “things” and make a complete list of everything we have to do. This stage is designed to help us assemble a laundry list, so to speak. Allen’s theory was, in summary, if we get the whole list out of our heads and into our collection basket (whatever that is), we won’t have to feel bad about it anymore.

 

*** “Process” — Allen then gave us a set of steps for taking care of these items. We needed to ask if it was something we could actually process. If it wasn’t, we either throw it away, put it in a “someday/maybe” stack, or throw it into a reference tool. If it was actionable, we ask ourselves “What’s the next action?” In this major step, we either just do it (if it will take less than 2 minutes to accomplish) or we associate it with a “project” (something that is multi-step or something requiring longer than 2 minutes). Other options here include delegate it or defer it.

 

*** “Organize” — Allen taught that we should view most of life through a stack of “projects,” or modules that make up our work.

 

*** “Review” — On a weekly basis, we review all our projects to make sure we’re picking up on the “next actions” that need attention.

 

*** “Do” — Executing the work is the big deal. In fact, it’s the part we most need to accomplish.

 

Depending on the kind of job you have, Allen’s philosophies might be like a revelation, enlightening your way, or, alternatively, they might seem superficial and too “engineering-like.” But either way, if you manage a lot of “stuff” in your life, you probably do it according to a certain pattern. What Allen did for many was to help them regulate and fine-tune that pattern. And to many of us, that’s a very helpful function.

 

Learn more about Allen’s teaching by reading the tried-and-tested book, “Getting Things Done,” available from Amazon.com and just about every other bookseller in the world.

1) Retreat Especially for Third-culture and Missionary Kids —

They’ve entitled it, “Transitioning to Life in America.” It’s a special retreat sponsored by Missionary Resources. Think of it as a Re-Entry Retreat for MK’s and TCK’s. The dates are August 6-15, 2012. Designed for high school grads and college students transitioning to the US, it’ll give you a chance to enjoy other MKs/TCKs as you meet together to explore such topics as Your Identity in Christ, American Culture, Healthy Relationships, College life, Unresolved Grief and Loss, Money Matters, Guy/Girl Issues, Finding a Home Church, Handling Negative Emotions, and Transition.  They also make use of Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (personality assessment). Activities include a high ropes course, zip line, paintball, swimming and other outdoor sports activities. Intermingled between sessions and activities are small group times where each participant is able to tell his or her story in a safe, understanding environment. It all takes place at beautiful Bethel Christian Camp in Gaston, SC. Contact the organizers at…

mrcdottckdotretreatatgmaildotcom

Register at

http://www.mresourcesconnection.org

 

Learn more about the venue at

 

http://www.bethelchristiancamp.org

 

The registration deadline is June 15. Better act fast.

2) New Video Gospel from GNPI —

Good News Productions, International has produced The Global Gospel, a video series using hand-painted illustrations, along with narration taken straight from the Bible, to present the story of Jesus. It’s an excellent tool for reaching oral learners and, with optional subtitles on the DVDs, for teaching ESL/EFL. Go to:

 

http://www.theglobalgospel.org

 

to order a 3-DVD set for $20. At this site, you can also view all 88 stories online (without subtitles) and learn how to download them, free of charge. GNPI is currently in the process of adapting The Global Gospel into as many of the world’s languages as possible. For more information on becoming a production partner or to help with distribution, let them know at the above website.

3) Interested/Involved in International Student ministry? —

The Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) is hosting its 30th national equipping conference for those ministering among international students, May 31 to June 2nd, in Houston, TX.  ACMI is a 31 year old US/Canadian network of international student ministries and volunteers. For info and registration click on

 

http://www.acmiconference.com/

 

Direct questions to Conf. Dir, Dale Hamilton,

dhamiltoatCentraldotUHdotEDU

5) ESL Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic —

Cornerstone University’s Master of Arts in TESOL program

 

http://cornerstone.edu/tesol/

 

is sponsoring a day-long ESL Workshop on 27 June, 2012 at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

http://accommodation.ibts.eu/

 

Experienced trainers, Dr. Michael and Monica Pasquale, will lead teachers in three practical sessions including: “ESL Ministry Principles – Academic Excellence & Spiritual Focus,” “The Communicative Context,” and “Pronunciation Workshop.” The $25 registration fee covers all costs including breakfast, lunch and all conference materials. For more information, please contact Heidi at

tesolatcornerstonedotedu.

6) International Director Search —

Christar, an agency with over 80 years of experience in church planting among least-reached peoples, is looking for a new International Director. This leadership role includes significant networking with existing Mobilization Centers (Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S.) and helping established new ones (in development in the Philippines, Jordan and India). Cross-cultural communications gifting and experience, international travel, deputized (personal) support raising and some fund raising required. Position Description and core Christar documents will be sent upon request. Email to: Greg, International Board Chair at:

parsonsghatgmaildotcom

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