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Brigada Today — 2013/03/31

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In this edition:
1) Experience T4T in Spain this Summer
2) Your Help with a Brigada Logo
3) Free Faithlife Bible App WITH NIV if you Download by April 8
4) Arts for a Better Future
5) Asia’s Center for TESOL classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand
6) Considering Online Language-Learning, or Software?
7) Short-term Workers Get Together with Missionexus
8) Children in Mission to China
9) Frontline Conference: Open the Door to the Muslim World
10) Latest Book by Steve Shadrach
11) Looking for Bible Software?
12) Guess What! We’re Plunging in: An Assistant is coming!
13) We’re Exceedingly Grateful…
14) The BackPage: A Bit About Brigada’s Style
15) Closing Stuff

1) Experience T4T in Spain this Summer

T4TYou have read about the T4T model of Church Planting Movements in Mission Frontiers and here in Brigada. Come to Spain this summer for a mentored experience among North African immigrants. This will not only bless the nations you’ll be working among, it will give you the skills and experience to lead others in developing a Church Planting Movement in your own context. Two sessions are available: June 23 to July 2nd, and/or July 24 to Aug 2nd. The agenda is outlined here:

http://gemission.org/serve/madrid-spain-short-term-mission-trip

For more information, contact Robby
RobbydotButlerattheMissionNetworkdotorg

If you’re interested, better respond by April 16th. This trip will fill fast.

3) Free Faithlife Bible App WITH NIV if you Download by April 8

This is one of those dated items. If you’re seeing this after April 8, it’s too late. Faithlife Study Bible (by Logos Software) is offering their app for FREE, as in no cost whatsoever. It’s available in IOS, Android and Kindle Fire. I can’t figure out why you WOULDN’T want to download this — unless you’re out of memory? Use it offline when your favorite online Bible isn’t available. I had been using Olive Tree, then I tried Bible Gateway. Just installed this and it’s INSTANTLY better. Search for it in your online marketplace or app store. Awesome. And now with the NIV. Free. You heard it on Brigada. :-)

5) Asia’s Center for TESOL classes 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. Learn more at…

http://www.actesol.com

Many continue to pay high prices to take a very similar courses around the world. This course is offered at a non-profit price, for missionary budgets. In this case, it might well be that you get MORE than you pay for. :-)

8) Children in Mission to China

Some would say that culture and language are best learned through peer friendships, mission is best done through relationships, and children are a gift of God that He can uniquely use in his mission to lost and hurting people. In light of these truths, Friends4One offers an educational, missions engagement program that connects American Christian children with a child of the same age and gender in China. These 21st century pen pals use the internet to build a friendship and share Christ’s love. Check out…

http://www.friends4one.org

to discover how you can connect more American children (12 and younger) in your family, church, Christian school or homeschool network with this unique opportunity to engage in relational, cross-cultural ministry. Write
infoatfriends4onedotorg if you are interested. (Word to the wise: In today’s environment, obviously, you’ll want to build in every safeguard imaginable so that these children aren’t misled.)

9) Frontline Conference: Open the Door to the Muslim World

Frontline Conference is a weekend gathering (July 5-7, 2013) where you can join workers from the Muslim world in discussing current strategies for reaching Muslims for Christ. Columbia International University (CIU) will host the conference in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The Zwemer Center’s Summer Institute bookends the conference, offering one-week intensive courses which can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit or as a non-credit seminar ($250): Addressing Muslim Concerns (July 1-5) and Islam in the 21st Century (July 8-12). For more information visit

http://www.zwemercenter.com

11) Looking for Bible Software?

Logos is still the benchmark, the standard by which everything else is judged. True, they offer a gift to Brigada if you purchase a package, but do your own study: If you can afford them, they constantly come back with the best ratings. Learn more at…

http://www.logos.com/brigada

You can reportedly do 50 hours’ worth of old-fashioned parsing in seconds, using Logos. You can study anywhere (even on your mobile device). And you can glean from original language stuff without having to go to seminary. Try it out. If you’re not happy, I bet they’ll give you your money back. If you’d like them to help Brigada after your purchase, be sure to give them the coupon code “Brigada5” at checkout. We understand you save 15% in the process.

12) Guess What! We’re Plunging in: An Assistant is coming!

It’s official. Our full-time assistant at Brigada arrives May 6th. It’s a step of faith, but we believe it’s time. Then, maybe we’ll get these Brigada editions out to you on time! Because we lead a missions agency on the side (with 360 employees), we’re able to write about things that we believe might be relevant to many in our shoes. But, the flipside of that is, we have to write when we can. So sorry that this has resulted in late editions, time and time again. Hopefully, with a full-time assistant, life will be better. Thanks for your patience. Please pray we can pay her. :-)

13) We’re Exceedingly Grateful…

Thanks to…
Mission Network, Mount Vernon WA, a Golden Fan of Brigada, for the gift of $100 this past month and to…
Our faithful friends in Smithtown, NY, True Fans of Brigada, who just sent $100. Because of these and other gifts like them, notice that both the email version and the online (web) version of Brigada are absolutely ad-free — 100%. No Google ads, no banner ads, no NOTHING to slow you down. God bless them — please.

If you’d like to join in with a gift or gifts to undergird Brigada, just navigate to …

http://www.brigada.org

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.)

14) The BackPage: A Bit About Brigada’s Style

Have you ever wondered why we put URL’s on a separate line, by themselves, and why we spell out the link instead of simply encoding it in a hidden way, behind the words? First, many Brigada readers tell us they pass along their Brigada to others. Some even PRINT their copy and hand it to non-computer-using friends (because in some cultures, there are still people without access to the internet; they only get it when they visit another town or another friend). If we encoded the link, hidden, behind the words??? Those printed versions would look very useless — because, yes, the word (link) would be a different color, showing that if you click on it in the “live” version, you’d open a web page, but the printed page (on paper) would no longer reveal that link. What’s more, sometimes people copy and paste these items. And when they do, links get jumbled. By separating links between blank lines, we learned (back in 1996, in fact) that the link travels much more safely and securely. Finally, we here at Brigada believe you should always know where you’re going BEFORE you click. By showing you the exact link, you aren’t clicking so blindly. Our email software distributor (iContact) is one of the “big three,” and they constantly test for spam, but by showing you the exact nature of the link you’re about to visit, YOU get to decide if you want to go there. We wish more in the industry would do the same.

Notice that when you add a comment to an item, you can do it totally anonymously. That’s because many of our users live in sensitive places. They’re a bit guarded about giving out their identity.

And notice, you can even “subscribe” to a series of comments on an item, even if you don’t want to comment yourself. So in other words, you can NARROW your involvement to just one single item — because it interests you. We believe that’s tons better than being pushed into lots of conversations with which you weren’t really wanting to be involved.

And why do we not add more pictures? Easy. Bandwidth. Many of our users are struggling in international locations and their internet pipe is TINY. By keeping pictures to minimum size AND number, we’ve heard, over the years, that they’re extremely grateful. So if you visit someone else’s webpage, you might find it simply BUZZING with exciting flashing banners, ads, pictures and more. Visit the Brigada website, and maybe it’ll look a bit vanilla at first. But … we believe it grows on you. “Clean” is something fairly rare on the internet these days. Anyway, those are our theories — and they seem to be working for us. Ask our 7000 active email readers and thousands more who visit our website. Thanks for being a part of the Brigada family!

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15) Closing Stuff

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