Monthly Archives: September 2012

1) "Bribery and the Bible:" Free Download —

Published in Singapore in 1991 by Campus Crusade Asia Limited, this book gives a Biblical perspective on bribery and extortion and applies that perspective to bribery issues in one country. After five chapters defining bribery and extortion and considering what both the Old Testament and the New Testament say about them, Richard Langston applies Scripture to the bribery problem in the Philippines where he served. His insights will be helpful wherever you serve. 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…

2) Next Week, Brigada Begins Shipping via iContact —

Since April 23, 1999, Brigada has shipped out via GoogleGroups (or its predecessor, “egroups”) and through YahooGroups. These services were the best we had at the time and, in many ways, they’ve served us well. But there are now better ways to send and receive email newsletters like Brigada Today. Can you believe it — next week we’re finally going to take the plunge. Beginning with the Oct. 1st edition of Brigada Today, we plan to use iContact and, along with it, a new sending email address — editoratbrigadadotorg  (editoratbrigadadotorg)  . You would do us a big favor if you would please add that email address (editoratbrigadadotorg) to your email client’s address book. In this way, you’ll minimize the chance that next week’s email (and those thereafter) will be considered spam.

3) Why Switch to iContact Now? —

Several reasons. First, for those wishing to unsubscribe or change their address, it’ll be much easier. The controls at the end of each newsletter will insure that you’re in charge of your subscription. (This will simplify life for us, too, since our readers will complain less. :-) ) Second, the editions will look better and be easier to read. Brigada’s format has remained largely unchanged since the first edition in 1995. At long last, we’re trying to spruce things up a bit. We won’t ever again have to say “this link will wrap.” And the table of contents will be keyed so you’ll be able to hop down and back in an instant, so you can read the item you want, then jump back up to the table of contents (Lord willing). It’s a shift to have to change, yes. But once we’ve made the jump, it’ll be lots more fun. :-)

5) Will Brigada Begin Charging a Subscription Fee? —

Since 1995, our approach has been to receive a limited amount of donations from those who can and wish to give, but to give away our services for free especially for those living in situations in which it’s not as easy to pay subscription fees for a weekly magazine. It’s a labor of love (we never broke even on costs and time invested before and we’re sure not to break even now that we’ll be using a paid emailing service), but thanks to the good folks at Team Expansion who have been willing to help make ends meet when Brigada hasn’t pulled its own weight.

6) So What Will We have to Do? —

It’s easy. You’ll receive an invitation from iContact to receive Brigada. If you’d like to continue to receive it, just follow the simple instructions to subscribe. That’s it. Note that it will be an opt-in service. In other words, if you choose not to follow the instructions, you’ll cease receiving Brigada Today. Sadness. :-)

8) What Will Happen to the Old Email Sending Services —

For now, essentially nothing. We’ll just let them go idle. If you used GoogleGroups or YahooGroups to read your Brigada online, you’ll still have access to those previous mailings, though, we’re not sure why you’d want to read them there when you could simply read the same archives at the website. However, for as long as Google and Yahoo allow, those sites will probably remain untouched.

9) Why are you Using an Opt-In Invitation?

Some might have expected us to just port over the whole mailing list — all 10,000 addresses. However, there are certain protocols we value here at Brigada and one of them is — we let you be in the driver’s seat: for subscribing, unsubscribing, and changing your address. What’s more, it’s just more polite to ask first, before we manually force-subscribe your email to a new list.

11) Using DropBox? You Might Prefer SpiderOak? —

Like most people, I’ve been a casual user of DropBox for some time. I never liked the apparent lack of security, but it was the best we had. Until now. This past week, our I.T. guy at Team Expansion (thanks Greg!) suggested I try

With SpiderOak, your data is protected with “end-to-end encryption” — meaning that not even the techs or suits at SpiderOak can see your data. It’s ALL encrypted… from them moment it leaves your computer until your shared file arrives on your recipient’s hard drive. There’s a free level (2 gigs I believe), but the paid level won’t break your bank and even the back-up service is worth it, in and of itself. My laptop contained about 60 gig of user files (i.e., non-executables) and, granted, it took SpiderOak about a week or 10 days to finally back up everything, but now, on a daily basis, it keeps up… and not only is my data backed up 24/7 now, but in addition, I can share a file with someone in an instant (without emailing it). I just share a “link” with a password, either built-in, or shared separately. There’s a business service too. Learn more about it at…

And if you decide to subscribe, it would be helpful, but not necessary, if you used this link:

(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.)

They’ll give you an extra gig for life just for using that link, and they’ll give Brigada an extra gig for life as well.

12) World Hindu Prayer Guide Now Available —

You’ve heard (or prayed through) 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World and now you can pray for Hindus! Youth With A Mission is launching The World Hindu Prayer Initiative on October 16-25, 2012, during the Hindu Festival of Navratri (“the ten nights”). This is a very dark spiritual and oppressive time. Join other Christians the world over in praying for the Hindu World.

The World Hindu Prayer Guide 2012 is now available in flipbook format and pdf and text download online. Get the flipbook version at…

Find the pdf

(Bravo to YWAM’s Friends Network!)

13) We’re Grateful!!! —

Thanks to Go International, which just sent $30. God bless you! Thanks also to ISA, who sent $4.92 to say thanks for recent travelers who had used their website at…

We appreciate you!!!

*** Thanks too to The Mission Network, Anacortes, WA, for another monthly gift of $100, given to undergird Brigada’s global ministry for the sake of unreached peoples! We appreciate you! If you or your church would like to add Brigada to your monthly budget, that would be awesome! And please let us know if you’d like us to visit you in person. We’ll do whatever we can to make it happen.

14) Kindle and the Game-Changers —

When my wife and I first started with Team Expansion, we served in Montevideo, Uruguay, South America. We took one afternoon and evening per week as a Sabbath. We’d ride the bus into the center of the city and visit the USA/Uruguayan Alliance Library, where we could read 2- and 3-day old newspapers shipped down via passenger planes from the states. And when the new edition of Popular Photography came, it was glorious.

That was 1982.

This is 2012.

Times have changed — and Amazon’s Kindle is a game-changer. Until this past week, I hadn’t quite digested exactly what a sea-change it is. Imagine a worker in an outlying town in Afghanistan. Prior to departing her homeland, she subscribes to the print form of a leading newspaper — like USA Today, for instance. She can have it mailed anywhere: her parents’ house, her church, her favorite dentist’s office… it really doesn’t matter. Because with the data from that print subscription, she can now use her Kindle in Afghanistan to download the Kindle edition (the entire newspaper, re-flowed in a format to fit the screen of her Kindle e-reader). And it doesn’t cost her a dime extra! All she has to do is walk to a coffee shop or internet café. Her Kindle only has to see Wi-Fi for about 2 minutes max. During that 2 minutes, it will download the entire newspaper, and then she can walk home and read today’s news in the privacy of her own back yard (if she has grass).

And it’s not just ONE newspaper: There are zillions of choices. Entire BOOKS! Tons of them. And when she reads, she highlights them on her Kindle, and later, she can export the highlighted quotes into text form for her note files on her laptop.

What’s more, although these devices originally were expensive, they’ve dropped significantly in price now. If you’re willing to go with a SLIGHTLY dated model (that is, something with a color screen from 6 months ago), you’re looking at something under $150. There are lower prices if you’ll settle for black and white. And the word on the street is that Apple will soon release its own competition for the Kindle, which might help lower prices even more.

So if you’ve ever wanted to end your back/shoulder pain (and stop carrying around all those heavy books), now is a really good time.

And don’t forget, you can still bump up to a iPad or ultrabook (though you might have to spend $400 or more to do so, depending on your tastes), then download the Kindle app — and you get the best of both worlds!

My wife and I never imagined, as we sat in that library in 1982, that just 30 years later, today’s workers would have everything so IMMEDIATELY. Now let’s hope it helps us all share the Good News of Jesus more quickly too. :-)

So what about you? What do you like about your Kindle (or other e-reader)? And … upon which e-Reader did you settle and why? Just click “comment” below and share your own testimony about how your e-reader changed YOUR life. Feel free to do so anonymously if you prefer. And thanks in advance for sharing your story!

15) Closing Stuff —

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If your Brigadas come via YahooGroups: To unsubscribe, write to brigada-today-unsubscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-unsubscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   To subscribe, write to brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  

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To change your address, you must unsubscribe using your old address then subscribe anew using your new service. If you are receiving this email via some “alias” that you’d like to unsubscribe, try putting that alias email address in the “From:” box of your email client temporarily, then send the unsubscribe message (mentioned above). It’ll probably “spoof” the server into unsubscribing that old address. Then just change your “From:” box back to your new address.

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Disclaimer — We can’t screen ’em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We *try* to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road” so we simply *can’t* preview everything.

Please Don’t Subscribe Us To Your List — Sorry, nothing personal, but we’re already deluged. We’ll eventually teach our spam filter to just delete it anyway, but in the meantime, we’ll have a sad face because of the volume of mass mailings we receive. :-( The really sad part is that your emails will then be marked to go to our spam filters. :-(

Warning About Forwarding Emails — Just say no! :-) Read our thoughts about forwarding emails at

Donate to Brigada — To give online, just navigate to then click “Donate” in the upper right and follow the instructions. By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299 USA (And by the way, 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 committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you! Privacy Information — We will never give your information to anybody. We won’t market you, won’t hassle you, and won’t ever bother you. You won’t be signed up for mailings you didn’t request. Your address is safe and your future is secure. Life is good. :-)

Copyright — This issue of _Brigada Today_ is Copyrighted 2012. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached.* To copy or reproduce _Brigada Today_ for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. * When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, visit Brigada on the web at

0) Update re Solavei’s $49/mo Smart Phone Service

Last month, for the final round of Solavei’s beta testing, long-time Brigada fans Robby and Shane sought early adopters to help assess Solavei’s plan:

  • a) unlimited talk/text/web (4GB at 4G), plus
  • b) ongoing compensation for one-time referrals.

Robby and Shane offered Brigada $20/subscriber. Nine of you bought in, generating $180 for Brigada. Woo hoo! According to Robby, early reports show this T-Mobile PLUS AT&T service providing good coverage in most areas, and such common smart phones features as:

  • – voice activated dialing and web searching,
  • – “traffic aware” voice-activated GPS navigation, and
  • – a high-speed wireless hotspot for your computer (Android only so far), etc.

More exciting yet, Robby and Shane’s efforts have generated $470/mo in mission mobilizer support PLUS $1,400 in one-time bonuses.

So — Invest for yourself AND a pioneering missionary.  Ever wish you’d invested in Microsoft, Apple or Walmart? Two former Walmart executives now working for Solavei expect Solavei to become “the next Walmart”–improving lives by reducing the cost of quality goods and services. In Robby and Shane’s assessment, Solavei offers a rare opportunity to:

  • – invest a very modest sum ($150-300) in a startup with huge potential,
  • – multiply your benefit through your own efforts, AND
  • – support pioneering missionaries in the process.

This coming month Robby and Shane target a ten-fold increase in the number of pioneering missionaries receiving $130/mo and $650 in bonuses from Solavei, starting with one of missionaries from the very organization I lead (Team Expansion). And they are offering Brigada readers this “satisfaction guarantee”: Try Solavei as an extra phone for two months. If you don’t agree that this is better than what you currently have, they’ll refund your $49 activation fee plus associated taxes.

Note: I hope this works out well, but I am not in a position to personally assess or endorse it. So proceed at your own risk, as the Lord leads.

To learn more, see the special page Robby has prepared for Brigada readers at <>. Or contact Robby directly at <RobbyQButleratgmaildotcom>.

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