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Brigada Today — 2013-03-17

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Wall of Unreached Peoples
In this edition:

1) Join a Real-time Planet-wide Gathering: The Global PrayerCast
2) Low Cost Renewal Retreats June 2013
3) Help JoshuaProject.net Get Even Better
4) Traction Conference for Men in Switzerland: September 21-27, 2013
5) Teaching in Thailand
6) Breathe Conference in Switzerland: June 19-29, 2013
7) Download the Leader’s Audio Bible Today for Free Today
8) Internet Evangelism Day 2013
9) Godspeed Travel Network
10) Learn to Teach TESOL in Asia
11) Revisiting “Getting Things Done”
12) The Best Way(s) to Train an Assistant
13) We’re thankful…
14) The BackPage: Elements of a Great Agency Web Site
15) Closing Stuff

1) Join a Real-time Planet-wide Gathering: The Global PrayerCast

DSCN1099-webresNow you can join a planet-wide get-together real-time. On April 17th, 8:30pm EDT (7:30pm CDT, 12:30am UCT on Apr. 18th), the Unleashed for the Unreached initiative (the same group that is staging the “Wall of Unreached Peoples” as a traveling exhibit around the country) is coordinating a “live” prayer event in conjunction with other world Christians, no matter where they live on the planet. (Will there be dozens?… or scores? or hundreds? Or will there be thousands?) Legacy Christian Church (Overland Park, KS, USA) has graciously agreed to stream the event “live” to the entire planet, with live footage from 58 simul-sync’d remote prayer sites throughout the world. One of the sites will be located on the border of Lebanon. A network of over 1000 Syrians will be participating ‘live,’ praying not only for Syria, but for each of the other sites and for unreached peoples worldwide. Also confirmed, a worker in the mountains of Morocco. Another in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. There are mega-churches and churches of 20 people, all sizes, all shapes, all cultures. To learn more, visit…

http://www.globalprayercast.com

or find the page on Facebook at…

http://www.facebook.com/globalprayercast

There’s now a one-minute promo video to show at your church or group.

You’re invited! Take part in this event so you’ll know how to replicate it for your agency, church, denomination, or movement. (We’re not concerned about others duplicating the event. We’re PRAYING they will!) If all goes well, the PrayerCast concept will open a global convention at the Kansas City Convention Center in November (the International Conference on Missions). This is like a proof of concept and a “dress rehearsal,” all at the same time. The technology is there. We just need to utilize it to make it happen. “Lord, please make us one so that the world may be won!”

2) Low Cost Renewal Retreats June 2013

ELIMBarnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries have room available in two June Retreats along the shores of Lake Huron, Michigan, USA. The openings are in the Retreats of June 17-22 and June 25-30. The cost is $80.00 per person. They offer a safe, beautiful 1400 acre retreat site with miles of beach front and their goal is your renewal, encouragement and rest in a safe place with safe people. For registration, pics, video clip and faq’s, please go to

http://www.elimretreats.org

Email Henry at
hstewart5atjunodotcom with questions, or just jump to the online version of this item using the link below, and click on the word “Comment” below. I think my wife and I are going to try to do the June 17 week. We’d love to meet you there.

3) Help JoshuaProject.net Get Even Better

The good friends at JoshuaProject.net are in the process of surveying as many of their website users as possible to determine what they might do differently to better serve the missions and the greater unreached peoples community.  They are gathering feedback through a 3 minute survey at

http://surveymonkey.com/s/jp_web

They’d greatly appreciate your participation there. Thanks in advance.

4) Traction Conference for Men in Switzerland: September 21-27, 2013

Traction is a 6-day experience September 21-27, 2013 for men who serve in cross-cultural settings. This week of restoration is all about helping guys navigate their roles as leaders in order to gain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward. It is led by Dan and Lori of Catalyst Int’l, a ministry founded in 2004 dedicated to supporting Christian leaders in highly challenging global environments. See all the details at

http://tractionconference.org

Register securely at

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=du94h4cab&oeidk=a07e6ebk7vg6eeb5caa

5) Teaching in Thailand

Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS) needs Elementary, Middle School, and High School teachers for the August 2013-June 2014 school year. CRICS is serving the Servants of the Golden Triangle area of N. Thailand. Serve the whole community by serving children of missionaries and community builders, as well as Thai families. No Thai language training is required. Volunteers must have a college degree. For more information contact
recruiteratcricsdotasia

6) Breathe Conference in Switzerland: June 19-29, 2013

Breathe is a 10-day retreat happening in Interlaken, Switzerland designed for the renewal of singles, couples and families who serve in cross-cultural settings. The focus of Breathe is to support and encourage cross-cultural workers who serve in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Under the guidance of professionals with years of experience in pastoral and member care counseling, guests have the opportunity to focus on issues affecting them. Fun programs are provided for preschoolers, elementary, and teens that consider the unique needs of third culture kids.

Breathe is led by Daniel and Lori of Catalyst Int’l. Learn more at

http://breatheconference.org

Register securely at

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=du94h4cab&oeidk=a07e65l5f9p4d0383a3

7) Download the Leader’s Audio Bible Today for Free Today

The Leaders Audio Bible, a complete biblical leaders audio training course, featuring 200 select Bible Stories is now available for free download. The producers of this course look at it as a kind of “Bible School for all those who cannot afford money or time or travel to go seek a college Bible education.” This new tool has been developed for those who prefer to learn by listening, by Bible stories, by oral methods, by practicing with their own group, at their own pace, and in their own place. Visit

http://leadersaudiobible.com

to download to your device today.

9) Godspeed Travel Network

The goal of Godspeed Travel Network is to build a robust network of individuals who either live or travel around the world and are willing to share their experience and knowledge with others. By using this platform, International Outreach personnel can avoid potentially man made or natural disasters, dangerous situations and cultural mistakes that can cause offense. Go to

http://www.godspeed.ning.com

to learn more or sign up for free. Your input is needed and the organizers believe you could potentially save a life. Take a look at the site first and decide how to handle your own personal profile on the web.

10) Learn to Teach TESOL in Asia

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. Course dates for 2013: August 12 through September 13 and November 11 through December 13. For more info, click to

http://www.actesol.com

or contact Melody

infothaiatactesoldotcom

11) Revisiting “Getting Things Done”

I’ve shared with you that a colleague or two and I have been using Nozbe for task management. Every once and awhile I catch a glimpse of something else and I wonder if it would be better. Then, by the time I check it out, I realize that I probably could have completed two or three tasks on my to do list, instead. :-) This past week, I checked out…

http://www.gtdagenda.com

First, I’ll tell you up front, this app is currently limited to just two (count ’em, 2!) users. However, we have a personal promise from the developer that they’re working on that limitation. Having said that, if you and your cohort (just 2, mind you) would like to try this program, it looks like it does have some strong points. It’s based on David Allen’s “GTD” strategy, which we like. It has the main features like Projects, Contexts and Next Actions. But it also other unique features like a “Goals & Vision Wall,” with multiple projects possible under each goal. You can even stash inspiring pictures linked to your goals, and have them delivered to your e-mail daily so you are motivated to take action. Goals can have Checklists for the repetitive tasks that you have to do, on a regular basis. It integrates with Evernote (shouldn’t everything?). It has native iPhone and Android native Apps that work offline and then Sync (shouldn’t everyone?), and also a mobile-web version that works from any mobile browser. A public API for third-party integrations is available too. So — if there are only two of you now, of if you’re planning on firing a bunch of people, check out gtdagenda. Or keep watch until they can add users. For what it’s worth.

12) The Best Way(s) to Train an Assistant

OK… I’m about to take the plunge. Next month, if God wills, I hope to have an assistant. (If you immediately notice Brigadas arriving in a much more timely fashion after that, will you make a note to try to be a “true fan” of Brigada come November? :-) ) The question is: how did you help your assistant become GREAT? Did you have a book or distance learning curriculum that you asked him or her to tackle? Was there a particular strategy or approach you used? Was there a “magic bullet” that made your first month more successful? Are things still going okay? If you can shed any helps, hopes, instruction, testimonies, case studies, or words of wisdom, I’d greatly appreciate it. Maybe a few other Brigada participants can learn too? You know the drill: just find the online version of this item by using the link below, then click “Comment” and share your case study. And… thanks in advance for your help!!!

13) We’re thankful…

*** For the gift of $8.21 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.

*** For $25 from the Arizona Wedding Pastors. Awesome! Thank you!

*** For $200 from World Outreach Missions, Lawrenceville, GA. The great folks there give fairly regularly — and we pray God’s mightiest blessing on them!

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14) The BackPage: Elements of a Great Agency Web Site

This morning, a Volunteer with our agency sent me a URL for a missions website that she felt was exceptional. It got me to thinking: What makes a great agency website? What are some of the components that set a great website apart, for you? And likewise, what are the elements or components that turn you off? I’ll share some of my own thoughts; you agree, disagree, expand, ok?

What makes them great? The best summary I’ve found actually comes from (Small Business Marketing, Feb. 28, 2012). Find it here.

http://www.webs.com/blog/2012/02/28/6-key-elements-to-a-good-website/

The article concludes that you need good visual design, great content, simple yet effective navigation, a clear call to action, credibility, and viewability from a mobile phone. (By the way, have you looked at your site on a mobile phone? :-) )

The website-killers were stated as stale content, too much content, no photos, looking illegitimate, and being bland.

Find the slide presentation for these items at…

http://www.slideshare.net/WebsInc/6-key-elements-to-a-good-website

On the screencast, there are lots of great examples and colorful case studies. It’s great.

So what’s your take? What makes a great site for you??? Please find the online version of this item, using the link below, and click “Comment” and speak up for your opinion. Thanks in advance.

15) Closing Stuff

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