Monthly Archives: July 2012

1) “Missionaries and Bribes,” 225 pages: Free Download —

This book, with 8 chapters and 10 appendices, will not settle the bribery issue, but it does give a great deal of information. This will help missionaries whose agencies have no policy or guidelines about facing apparent bribe situations. The book is now available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


(And thanks to the author of “Missionaries and Bribes” for the very kind and gracious gift of $30 this past week! God bless you!)

2) Shop 1636 Christian Ebooks —

Count ’em. 1636. And some are so affordable, they’re cheaper than iPhone apps. eBooks about boundaries, ebooks about the Bible, ebooks about small groups, ebooks about strategies, ebooks by Zondervan, ebooks about zebras. (OK — maybe I was fudging just a TAD about zebras.) eBooks that work with Logos Bible Software. (In fact, Logos wrote the underlying engine upon which they all run — and the books are designed to link into Logos 4 for Bible studies! Cool.) Lucado, LaHaye, Stroebel and Tebow, … They’ve got ’em all. Find them all right here:


And if you decide to buy Logos Bible software, please don’t forget the special pricing. Brigada readers receive 15% off all base packages at…

4) Support Raising Solutions Boot Camps —

Personal Support Raising Boot Camp is an intense two-day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. Whether you are just starting out or are a veteran in support raising, God can use a Boot Camp to change your perspective and approach in this critical area. We want to help you avoid the pitfalls and put to rest your doubts, fears, and questions. We have served over 400 ministries, and by God’s grace, we believe we can help you!


Upcoming Events:

September 12-13 — Albany, NY

October 16-17 — Frederick, MD

November 15-16 — Los Angeles, CA

December 4-5 — Harrisburg, PA


Register Here:

5) Once more, Thanks… —

…To the author of “Missionaries and Bribes” for the very kind and gracious gift of $30 this past week! God bless you!

…To a cross-cultural worker, combined with the church he used to serve, for the way they gave a HUGE encouragement to Brigada by sending, this past week, a total of $1100. May God bless!!!!

6) TESOL training course in Asia —

Learn to teach English with Asia’s Center for TESOL, January 7-February 8 2013 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.  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 in Manila April/May if that is better for your schedule. Contact Melody,

infothaiatactesoldotcom for more information. Or just look at

7) Smart Phone Service for the (U.S.) Masses —

Need a smart phone? Shane’s got your number. $49/month Unlimited Voice/Text/Data, 4G speed. Can’t stomach the cost? No worries. Solavei, a new cellular provider, might be just for you. Their product is simple: A $49/month “all-you-can-eat voice/text/data no-contract plan operating on the TMobile network at 4G speed. You can buy a phone from Solavei or bring your own GSM handset. There’s plenty of internet buzz to check out, but most of the advertising will be person to person. If you refer nine people to the service, your cost are covered! Email Shane at

shanedarataoldotcom or comment for more info. Shane will give Brigada $20 for everyone who signs up and mentions this post.

8) Learn the Arab Bible — Quick! —

ArabBible (version 4.2 for Mac or Windows) is a powerful and innovative software tool, designed to help English–speakers interactively learn the Classical Arabic of the New Testament (plus Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah and Jonah). It includes complete grammatical explanations for every word, as well as full New Testament audio capabilities. Once you purchase ArabBible, updates and new versions are free. Find it at …

9) Yammer: We’re lovin’ it —

If you haven’t already given it a try, you might be surprised how much you and your team will like it. Just browse to…


Fill out the brief form so that your domain is recognized, then start inviting people on board. Believe it or not, the entire service is free and encrypted. It’s kind of like Facebook for an individual work group or company, except there are no ads and none of those annoying “apps.” In fact, there isn’t anyone else permitted in your group — except for those who have your same domain. Recently, Microsoft bought it, claiming they wanted it as an alternative to Bridges. They COULD build the technology info something like Office or SharePoint, then shut down Yammer, but it seems unlikely they would do so until we try it. :-)

We’ll leave the light on for you. Oh — it accommodates Apple products too… iPhones, iPads, and more. Anything with a browser will work. Try it. Your team might like it.

10) Out with Powerpoint and Keynote; In with Prezi —

My son is working on a Ph.D. program at Harvard. He says Powerpoint is “soooo nineties” now. :-) “Everybody is moving to,” he says. Now first of all, please remember: He’s like 25 or so. Your mileage might vary. But the truth is, it IS a compelling solution for doing a presentation. Allow some time though. It’ll take you a while to understand how much cooler it is than your favorite presenter software.


The price? It’s free. You can pay a small fee to get some premium features. But you don’t have to.

11) The BackPage: Like a Frog in a Kettle —

In national emergencies like the tsunami in northeastern Japan, we can see and understand the urgency. Huge waves overturning three-story buildings have a way of getting our attention. But more subtle changes can sneak up on us. Are we sometimes like the frog in a kettle, who doesn’t notice that the water temperature is little-by-little rising to a boil?


It’s an important question these days. Some would say that tsunami-like waves are swelling around us. Families which formerly gathered to pray and worship now meet to play and pretend. And although we all believe in a healthy amount of tolerance, I cringe at the thought that we might bite our tongue rather than share the honest truth about our testimony and answered prayer.


We celebrate the exceptional churches and individuals who are choosing to stand strong in the midst of this cultural sea change. We pray for the ability to help sound a wake-up call. Waves of apathy are often followed by moldy inaction. May our generation not be remembered as people who had “The Book” but did nothing with it.

1) “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” Well Underway —

Seems like only yesterday that “30 Days of Prayer” started their ministry. But it was actually 1993, two full years before even Brigada started! It always takes place concurrently with Ramadan, which indeed started on the 20th of July. If you haven’t ordered your guidebook yet, never fear: See the online presence at..


or, while you’re there, order a booklet that matches your favorite region or religion so you can follow along in print. They now print the booklet in 30 languages. So this is their 21st edition! Congratulations and “keep up the good work,” Ron, Victor and the 30-Days Team.


If you want to get on board with the 2012 campaign, better get started soon. It’ll all be over on Aug. 18th!

2) Dreams and Visions and Muslim Conversion —

Here’s an historical, cultural, biblical and missiological assessment of how dreams and visions are used of God, in particular, in bringing Muslims to faith in Christ. In addition to offering an explanation of the worldview context favorable to dreams and visions, the book includes nine testimonies of Muslims who came to faith in Christ as a result of their own personal dream or vision encounter. In addition to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or directly from the publisher (Destiny Image), the book can also be purchased directly from the author’s blog:


3) Four Online Graduate Courses by and for Missionaries —

GIAL (Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) is expanding its online courses so Christian workers in other countries can take them without leaving the work. This Fall they are offering:

Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods

Multi-Cultural Teamwork

Relevance Theory (for Bible translators)

Introduction to the Bible Translator’s Assistant


GIAL courses are taught by people with many years of missionary experience as well as doctorates.  These are graduate courses requiring plenty of study but you’ll come out with a deep and practical understanding of the topic. Check them out at


or email


or call or Skype-out (+1) 800-892-3356

4) Use Your Church or Ministry Donations To Help Missions! —

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5) Six-Session DVD Series to Prep for Int’l Travel Security —

Are you traveling to a dangerous location? Or … maybe you’re just traveling to a location that can BECOME dangerous by a person that is emotionally haywire. Here’s a group that offers a six-session DVD course featuring David Dose, a well-known trainer on questions of security and travel risk. Check out mini-video-introductions the 6 sessions at the bottom of the home page.

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