Daily Archives: 2013/02/03

1) Need Something from a Past Issue of Brigada?



Actually, the search engine at


is really fast. And although we write Brigada first as pieces of Word documents, it’s actually faster, even for us here at the office, to search Brigada’s website than it is to search the Word doc, partly because it’s more sophisticated at sorting out the hit list. So next time you need a reminder of a URL, website, or phone number, try the search box at Brigada.org. It’s always at the top of the page as well as in the menu structure.

2) Orlando School of Storying, April 7 – 12, 2013

Here’s a pivotal event for churches working with unreached people groups or wanting to work with them!  Visit


for more information about sending 1 or 2 representatives to the Orlando SOS.  There 18 training slots reserved for churches with a serious UPG focus.  This event can help churches start a Bible storying ministry in a UPG beginning with a School of Storying.

3) Discipleship Training School on a Large Yacht

Ever wanted to do a Youth With A Mission Discipleship (YWAM) Training School (DTS) but were not sure which one to do, or where?  Ever thought it would be incredible to sail around the Mediterranean in a large yacht for 4 months?  Well, you can do both by joining the next Bluewater DTS which starts on September 6, 2013 either as a trainee or as DTS staff (providing you are a YWAM DTS graduate and are prepared to do a little marine training to become trainee crew or already have STCW BST certificates). The school lasts 6 months with the outreach phase and learning to sail the 42 meter ketch is included. For details visit


You can download an application from this website or contact the school registrar by email at


4) What’s Your Opinion of the “Pimsleur” Language Learning Method?

One Brigada partner wrote this past week, “Do you know anything about the Pimsleur Approach to language learning? I wonder if any Brigada readers have tried it.


Their claims seem “too good to be true”, yet Forbes & New York Times supposedly endorse them. If it does work as well as they claim it could be a real tool for missions.” I have used Pimsleur CD courses on four different languages and, I’d have to say, they’ve never disappointed. But what’s your own opinion? (In reality, much of what the Pimsleur method uses is well-developed by folks like Smalley, Brewster, Gradin, and many others, right?) Please give your opinion in the comment box following the web version of this item.

5) Update on Megasite

Last edition, we mentioned that a worker from the Muslim world had informed us about a promising site for online file storage and backup. We asked for your feedback and some of you responded — and it wasn’t all positive. We thought it would be important to mention the existence of articles like this one:


As you can see, there are some issues with this site, so we thought we should make sure you knew about them — “buyer beware.” We’ll keep a close eye on this start-up. Just FYI…

6) My Topo Map Might Help You with a Hike

In your work, do you, at times, end up having to take a hike? If so, check out My Topo Map and Trimble Outdoors Navigator to see if there are maps available for your home area. They’re available for both Android and iOS (iphone) from Trimble Outdoors


They have several cool features including topographical maps, hiking maps, street maps, aerial shots and hybrid maps, supposedly for pretty much everywhere in the world. Maps are downloadable to phones with the paid versions. The Navigator app includes waypoint tracking and video/photo tagging as well as map packs – customized map setup pre trip. Looks like fun, can’t wait to try it out.

7) Refresh Your Mind about Joshua Project Definitions

Every once and awhile, it’s probably a good idea to refresh your mind on all those definitions at Joshua Project.net…


I’ve found that audiences benefit from clarifying, for example, the difference between unreached and unengaged, as well as parameters constituting threshold measurements (such as 2% evangelical and 5% adherents). In fact, many audiences benefit from being reminded as to what constitutes an “evangelical.” Rumors that “everybody knows all this stuff,” are greatly overstated. Many are still newbies — and they don’t mind telling you so.

8) Ecologically Balanced Aquaculture Systems Training

If your outreach ministry or Christian Camp would like to host a 5-day Ecologically Balanced Aquaculture Systems Training Course, email Charlie at


If you and your network promote the training, the profits will be used to construct a Regional Ecologically Balanced Aquaculture Demonstration, Educational and Research Farm which will be part of an international network and will be designed by the Lord. Each will be a place of anointed ministry, love, abundant provision and a refuge for true Believers, beginning with the soon coming economic collapse followed by increasing disasters, especially in areas where evil prevails or the church is asleep. Go to:


9) Training for cross-cultural ministry

WorldView offers training for cross-cultural ministry in Portland, OR, USA


Seminar participants learn skills for how to learn any culture, emphasizing the importance of learning a people’s worldview for Gospel purposes. WorldView seminars do not introduce or give overviews of any worldviews in particular. Instead, participants acquire skills for direct observation, in order to learn what another people value and believe from them. A WorldView seminar lasting 2 weeks starts May 10.

Direct questions about dates, content, cost, etc. to


10) Eurasia Media & Distribution Consultation (EMDC 2013)

Register now until February 20 for normal pricing.  After that will be late registration until 20 March (close of registration). EMDC 2013 (08-11 April) will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Organizers are expecting over 200 people from 70-80 organizations. The EMDC is designed to create partnerships, and advance your Scripture-based projects in the minority languages of Eurasia and Asia.  The conference will feature training in audio recording, editing, mixing, and radio program production. To learn more, visit


12) Nozbe just Thinks Like I Think

I continue to enjoy working with Nozbe, a software application designed to help you track and execute tasks and projects. I like it because…

*** You can ‘hide’ tasks that you don’t want to see yet. You can make them “pop up” when it’s time to start worrying about them.

*** When you “check off” a task, it doesn’t immediately go away. It gets crossed off and drops to the bottom of the list.

*** You can attach an infinite amount of comments to each task.

*** You can turn a task into a project, then design integral tasks under it.

*** It’s a web app, viewable through your browser. But it’s also a desktop app, viewable even when you don’t have access to the web. It’s also a smartphone app (available in iOS (iphone), android, and Windows phone), an iPad app, and yes — all those are fully functional even when you don’t have wi-fi or a cell signal… and then they sync with the web app and everything else.

*** You can nest your tasks in an unlimited amount of projects, or not. The choice is yours.

*** You can also use “contexts,” allowing, for example, to mark certain tasks that should show up when you’re driving or at home or at the office — because you might only be able to do them at those respective locations. If you’re not there, they aren’t visible.

*** You can attach to do items to particular dates, or — just allow them to be loose (meaning you do them whenever you can get time).

*** Nozbe is completely “team friendly,” meaning that you can see what others are doing, assign tasks to those who serve on your team, and receive assignments from the folks who supervise you. You can ask questions of team members, who can then answer you — without having to resort to unrelated email threads.

*** The whole environment is encrypted, so no matter where you are in the world, only you will see your tasks and projects as you complete them all.

You can learn more at


No special affiliate code. We don’t receive a kickback from your interest. Just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.

13) We’re Thankful…

Hats off to the above-and-beyond “True Fan” of Brigada in Virginia for empowering Brigada forward with a $150 gift this past week! The partner wrote, “I appreciate you as a long time beneficiary of the information, insight, and resources you provide through Brigada. My wife & I are currently mobilizing our church and community by coordinating a Perspectives class  (www.perspectives.org) with the hope to see effective outreach to internationals locally and a strategic effort by our congregation to reach an unreached and unengaged people group with the Gospel.  Thank you for your help in exposing God’s heart to my own!” God bless you!!! By sending this gift, this True Fan helped empower us to send out Brigada to thousands of users to virtually every nation all over the planet. Thank you!

We also received $34.85 from Insurance Services of America…


They provide insurance plans for those who need international health, and travel insurance, as well as those who want to be reimbursed if their travel plans change or are interrupted by anything in any way. I’ve had to collect before — and it works.

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14) The BackPage: “No More Tunnel Vision”

This past weekend, I did a missions presentation at a church involved in a series entitled, “No more Tunnel Vision.” I loved it. The particular song they shared regarding missions and global outreach was one by Matthew West — and you can hear it at this link…


The basic concept was — the church is a “community” with great togetherness, and that’s a great blessing and an important dynamic of church life. But with that blessing comes a danger: One can get carried away with togetherness and forget the importance of relating to those outside the fellowship. Jesus arranged a mountaintop rendezvous to make this clear (Matt. 28:19-20). He wanted his disciples to have a global perspective. He wanted ‘no more tunnel vision.’ These words, in Matt. 28:19-20, are the words of Jesus, and they explain what he wants us to be doing between his first and his second coming. They apply to all Christians without exception — to all Christians, at all times, in all places. Note that he commands us to be involved in this process as we go to all nations. Thus, he mandates that we take the initiative, instead of expecting them to come to us. That’s not just the Great Commission. It’s also Christ’s expectation for the church.

Cool concept. Difficult message. Kind of similar to the “top line blessing, bottom line blessing,” that you hear in Perspectives and Kairos. Supreme importance. We’d better get busy, eh? :-)

15) Closing Stuff

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