Daily Archives: 2012/12/23

1) New at Brigada.org

Bucket Brigade

Bucket Brigade

Merry Christmas, from Brigada.org!
*** If you had lost your subscription to Brigada, the email version, we hope you’re restored with this email. Welcome back.
*** You can now subscribe to comments, either as you post a comment yourself, or even without posting. The prompts are fairly intuitive at the bottom of each comment box.
*** New Brigada email versions will now have the Table of Contents at the top, back by popular request.
*** Discerning readers might have noticed a slight difference in formatting in the last Brigada for Email version. We finally have a tool worked out which eliminates the need to hand-code the email version separately from the web version. It is literally saving us two hours/week. Lord willing, this will also help us stay a bit more on schedule as we turn the corner into the new year.
*** In the next edition (Dec. 30th), we’ll be updating our Cool Tools for Travelers and Global Christian Workers file. Find it at …

If you have a Cool Tool you’d like to have included in this compilation, please enter it as a comment to that page. We hope to go to press with the Dec. 30th edition within 48 hours of your receiving this email. Thanks for updates you send our way!

2) Are you Tired of your iPhone being out of Sync with Outlook?

Keep your contacts sync'd between your PC and your iphone.

Keep your contacts sync’d between your PC and your iphone.

This past week, I finally had had enough. I had gotten tired of not having contacts on my iphone that I entered in Outlook (and vice versa). So I checked out my options and, in the end, chose DejaOffice


with CompanionLink


as the bridge to the iPhone. Then used a product from “Share-It”


called “1-Click Duplicate Delete for Outlook” to get rid of the duplicates on my PC and “Cleanup Duplicate Contacts” by Wim de Nood


on iPhone to delete duplicates there. It took me a few hours (3?) to work it all out, but now they’re finally in sync. Contacts that I create on my iPhone magically appear in Outlook and Contacts that I create in Outlook magically appear on my iPhone. So far, I have Outlook set as the “master” (if I delete them on Outlook, they delete on my iphone), but two-way deleting is also possible. I’m a happy camper again. :-)

8) Use TripCase to Bring Order to your Travel Chaos

For years, I’ve longed for a way to make a timeline/itinerary for trips with complicated, multi-city flights. Who knew that I’d finally find it on my phone. Try it. You can forward itineraries to your account and TripCase automatically sorts out the flights, dates, times, and destinations. You can add events manually, too, and share your itinerary with friends (like your wife or co-workers from your org). Learn more at…


Or find it in the Apple AppStore.

9) Asia’s Center for TESOL Invites You

Asia’s Center for TESOL invites you to TESOL training in Chiang Mai, Thailand, February 25-March 29. 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, look at or



10) Having Trouble Finding Your Connection To Missions?

The Journey Deepens Retreat is a great next step for you:  a three-day, guided retreat where you can explore deepening your journey with Jesus, and finding your connection to missions.  These intensive weekends are designed to answer questions and provide one-on-one coaching opportunities, as well as link mission agencies to prospective missionaries. Mission agencies and anyone wanting to explore their place in missions are invited to participate.  Register now at


Registration fees cover your materials, meals, two nights lodging, and personal interaction with seasoned missionaries. Upcoming dates:

*** March 15-17, 2013, Portland, OR;
*** April 26-28, 2013, Kansas City, MO;
*** May 17-19, 2013, Philadelphia, PA

11) Do you have a “When Helping Hurts” Story?

In 10 days, I have to teach a workshop at a conference in Phoenix on the topic of church-planting via neighborhood transformation approaches (otherwise known as Community Health Evangelism or CHE). First, to learn more about CHE, see our CHE channel at Brigada by going to this URL:


Second, if you have a story, please click the link immediately below and tell you narrative in the comments that follow. (Please don’t list any individual’s name that might be sensitive or confidential.) From these stories, I hope to put together a narrative with case studies for the workshop. I’ll be glad to send you a copy of that narrative. Again, please don’t mention anything secure. (For example, if you don’t want others to be talking about the village or city, use a pseudonym to describe your context.) Just use the comment box below to describe a situation. For a backdrop, read “When Helping Hurts,” available at Amazon or at your favorite Christian bookstore. God bless you!!!

12) We Give Thanks

… for Asbury United Methodist, in Tulsa, who sent $200 to undergird Brigada on behalf of unreached peoples throughout the globe. Thanks!!!
… for $115 from South Dakota! God bless you!
… for $100 from an anonymous “True Fan” of Brigada. Thanks!
… for $50 from a worker invested in ministry among children at risk in Thailand. God bless you for your gift and your service.
… for a gift of $25 from Michigan and another $25 from Pennsylvania!

13) Your Opportunity to Step up to the Plate

Together, these gifts add up to $515, and when summed with our previous giving throughout 2012, it all adds up to $10708.17, leaving just $6412 left to meet our budget for 2012. There’s just one edition remaining — so we all know what we need to pray for: 5 churches or individuals with enough courage and vision to offer $1000 each, plus 15 “True Fans” willing to send $100 or more. That would do it. Perhaps you could persuade your church to help? … or someone you know? Or maybe God has blessed you, yourself, to pitch in? If so, please ask them ASAP and drop us an email if it looks promising. Thanks for giving it a whirl!

If you’d like to do something, 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

(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.)

14) The BackPage: Top Trends in 2012; Your Forecast for 2013

It’s that time of year again… the time of year when so many of us begin reflecting on the past year and pondering on the year to come. So I’m curious about your take on 2012. What were the top trends you saw. For example, did you see more or less interest in…

*** CHE
*** TESL
*** Rise in interest in Bible Translation?
*** Rise in interest in Orality (and oral Bible translations)
*** Unreached Peoples
*** Church Growth (the science)
*** Church Growth (the practical result)
*** Sending missionaries from your homeland (specify your homeland)
*** Sponsoring nationals from another country (specify which)
*** Denominational mission boards or interdenominational boards
*** Collaboration and partnership
*** Short-term missions
*** Rise of Global South involvement in missions (we used to say “Two-thirds world” and before that, we would say “Developing World”)
*** Urbanization
*** Others?

What trends did you see in which topics? I’ll share some of my own takes in these areas, and if you share yours in the Comments (below the web version of this item), I’ll share your views too. Remember, be careful with sensitive lands and don’t mention people at risk. Thanks in advance for your participation.

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