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Brigada Today — 2013/05/05

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In this edition:
1) What’s the Best Way to Transfer Funds Internationally?
2) How To Handle the “M” Word with your Kids
3) We’re Going to Send You Packing (There’s an App for that)
4) The Website Best Solution for a Start-up Nonprofit?
5) The Best Short-Term Trip Training Materials
6) Oral Dramas to teach HIV prevention
7) Receiving applications for ACMI Executive Director
8) Accordance Finally Coming out for Windows
9) How to End Terrorism
10) Learn to Teach English in Chiang Mai
11) Challenge: a Bible Dictionary and Commentary in French?
12) Make a Connection with your Muslim Friend at the Connexion Conf.
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: More on “Small Unreached People Groups”
15) Closing Stuff

1) What’s the Best Way to Transfer Funds Internationally?

money_gram_posterThe default assumption for some is to ‘wire’ the funds (bank to bank transfer in a traditional bank ‘wire’). Others are now using ATM approaches — but doesn’t this always require the slight problem of having to physically ship (or carry) an ATM card to your overseas friend? And then there’s PayPal — but are the requirements for PayPal too much for some overseas friends living in remote lands? The choice I’m most interested in learning more about at this time is the Moneygram.com approach.


On the surface, it looks a lot handier than a ‘wire,’ and lots less troublesome than an ATM transfer (if you haven’t handed off an ATM credit or debit card to your overseas friend). Using your credit card from your laptop, your overseas friend can simply pick up the cash from a local moneygram.com vendor (assuming one is nearby, I guess) in MINUTES (literally), without having to log on to an online service and without having to show a credit card of any kind. If you want the money to come from your bank account, the delay is still only 3 days. Does anyone else have experience with Moneygram.com? …or a better approach?

2) How To Handle the “M” Word with your Kids

m_wordRecently, I’ve found myself discussing the “M” word (“missionary”) with more than one worker from a sensitive land, especially regarding families with kids. The question, in particular, is “How to handle the “M” word when mommy and daddy are working in a creative access country (for example, launching a business as missions platform). Some families say “all Christians are missionaries” then define the term. Other families avoid the “M” word all together. There are opportunities for comparisons with other paradigms. When your kids were little, how did you handle the concept of Santa Claus? [plot spoiler: If your kids are reading this with you, and they still ‘believe in Santa Claus,’ better stop reading right now :-) ] If you decided to tell them the truth about Santa, how did you instruct them to handle that “truth” in relation to other children… when, for example, they were playing with kids whose families handled it differently?

This is an important topic — and it’s one that could easily cause trouble for a family who chooses to live for Jesus in a sensitive land. Your thoughts?

3) We’re Going to Send You Packing (There’s an App for that)

quinn_packingOK, here’s the deal: If you haven’t tried Quinn Genzel’s “Packing” app, you’ll want to. With Version 9.0 that was just released this past week, the app added multi-person, multi-bag list support (great for family trips), the ability to filter lists by bag and/or person, and the ability to create pre-trip “to do” lists with your packing checklists. This app will set you back 99 cents, but you’ll pay that off the first time you don’t have to buy something that you would have otherwise forgotten. The easiest way to find it is to search the app store or marketplace for your smartphone for the term, “Quinn packing” — That should get you to the right place. But to confirm, learn more about the app here:


If you’re an industrial-strength user, check out Packing Pro at


(Wade, I really owe you for this one. This is a fantastic find. Thanks from all of us who will feel — and be — more prepared for our next trip, and the one after that, and the one after that. :-) )

4) The Website Best Solution for a Start-up Nonprofit?

With so many online start-ups, I fear that we sometimes lose track of the best solutions for specific challenges. For example, suppose you want a quick-and-easy way to stage a new website for a start-up non-profit (i.e., a new mission organization). You would like to a) establish and manage your online presence, b) manage and communicate with inquirers, c) manage and communicate with donors, d) manage and communicate with volunteers. Suppose you have very little money and even less time. Suppose you aren’t sophisticated at writing HTML mark-up so you need a “website in a box” solution. What’s the best answer? Recently, one Brigada reader suggested


Have you tried it? On the surface, it looks like it fits the bill. You get unlimited users, unlimited email blasting, custom domain mapping, a hosted website with multi-user content management, multiple themes and page types, search engine optimization and analytics, a lightweight customer-relation management software package built in, social media tools, an online fundraising, financial reporting tools, a virtual phone number, and real-time newsfeeds. You can even add an optional (somewhat affordable) package to do text-message “blasts.” It’s priced by the number of “emailable contacts” you have in your database. So… tracking contacts is easy and free. You can enter thousands without having to pay a dime. But if you add their email addresses, the costs begin to mount. $49 per month (which seems like a sweet spot) will take care of 2500 emailable contacts in your database.

Do you know of other such solutions? We’d love to hear your answer, especially if you have experience in this sort of area. Thanks in advance for taking time to share. (Thanks for the tip on nationbuilder, Caleb.)

5) The Best Short-Term Trip Training Materials

For some time now, we’ve been recommending the “Round Trip” training materials for short-term workers, originally published by Christianity Today. See it, for example, at…


However, we’re hearing rumors that this curriculum has now gone out of print. Can anyone verify this? And, if so, has anyone found anything that can compare — reasonably priced, reproducible, effective, interesting? Please click “comment” below the web version of this item to share your own findings. And thanks in advance for filling us in.

6) Oral Dramas to teach HIV prevention

Grandma’s Village oral dramas are available through Kerus Global Education. The 32 dramas on CD are designed for radio use or group listening. Used in community centers, schools, orphan care centers and churches, listeners enjoy the serial dramas. Designed for Africans, these programs were produced by TransWorld Radio and Kerus Global Education in both African English and Kiswahili. The serial story has clear Gospel messages and many spiritual applications including HIV/AIDS prevention. Visit the website to learn more and order


7) Receiving applications for ACMI Executive Director

The Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) is a network of those working with international university students and scholars (ISM). ACMI is looking for an Executive Director, a person of integrity and high moral character who will be responsible for maintaining the vision of ACMI and working toward the fulfillment of its mission. The candidate will need to demonstrate skills in communication, leadership, cross-cultural sensitivity, and administration in order to effectively fulfill ACMI’s mandate to become a globally networked, multi-generational association of Christians that increases effectiveness, promotes unity, and provides resources for the worldwide ISM community. If interested, write
acmisearchcommitteeatgmaildotcom for more information and an application. Applications must be received by June 1.

8) Accordance Finally Coming out for Windows

Mac users have long held that Accordance is the best Bible software – period. According to David, a Brigada participant, it is “beautifully done, filled with resources, and has features not found elsewhere.” The great part is — Windows users, who have had to use the product through an emulator, will soon be able to buy a Windows-specific model. Learn more at…


(Thanks David!)

9) How to End Terrorism

I’m so tired of terrorism. I remember early on, hearing George Bush say, “We won’t quit until we defeat terrorism.” I would hear him say that and I wanted to believe him, but I remember thinking, “How does that work? Because — these guys are basically stateless. If you destroy one cell, won’t there just be 5 more rise up to take its place?” Here we are, more than 10 years later, asking the same questions. Does anyone out there know how we can truly stop terrorism? I mean end it for all time?

10) Learn to Teach English in Chiang Mai

Asia’s Center for TESOL classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand (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. Learn more at…


12) Make a Connection with your Muslim Friend at the Connexion Conf.

If you’ve never attended a Muslim Connexion conference, featuring Dr. Don McCurry, it’s not too late. But you’ll need to scramble. We just heard about this literally this morning. It’s May 17-18 at Southwest Bible Church in Beaverton, OR. You could still catch the Early Bird Special registration price (until May 11) which is $40 for a single, $60 for a couple and $20 for a student. Learn more at


13) We Give Thanks…

…for ACMI, who empowered the global ministry of Brigada with a $25 gift this past week.
…for another anonymous Brigada reader — for a gift of $25. Thank you.
…the Brigada reader who started a contest on 99Designs, crediting Brigada with the referral, which resulted in a $50 gift from 99Designs! Whooooo-hoooooooooo! :-) If you’d like to start your own logo contest at 99Designs, please consider using this link to get going:


It won’t cost you anything. In fact, it will SAVE you $50 in the admissions cost! One personal friend recently wrote, “I think the new logo nails it… that it’s communication-based [newsletter] that helps individuals and should be forwarded, that it advances the conversations and the kingdom, people-based,… [and] BTW I love 99designs as well so good choice!” We think so too … and thanks for the encouragement!

… Mission Network, Mount Vernon WA, a Golden Fan of Brigada, for the gift of $100 this past month. They have set up a recurring $100/month gift with the hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. Thanks Mission Network!!!
… World Outreach Missions, Lawrenceville, GA, for their regular $200 gift to Brigada. We’re grateful!!!!!

14) The BackPage: More on “Small Unreached People Groups”

We’ve got a great friend who does research on unreached peoples. He saw our item about unreached people groups with smaller populations in the Apr. 14 edition (“The BackPage: Your Thoughts about the “Small Tribes”).


He wrote this past week, “I am the researcher for many people groups with my org. A couple of years ago we put out a warning… If you field people do not validate ZERO population people groups by X date we will delete them from our list. Deleting does not remove them forever. It just takes them off of what is visible to people. I personally am thinking this way. If it is a people group that does not exist anywhere else then a population of 1,000 is a good cut off point. If the group is over 1,000 then we need to look harder at them now. But if the PG is a diaspora group like the Persians in Belgium then 5,000 would be a better cut off amount. If you take a mega-city like Moscow or Istanbul and you allow for 50 member people groups to make our list then suddenly a hundred people groups might need to be added to current lists. The larger question that the above research exercise underscores is “Does this people group warrant a unique CP strategy?” That is a hard judgment call that few want to tackle. It looks bad to ask that question. But field experts need to share what they think on that question to help steer pre-field people or senders. A diaspora portion of a people group of 2,000 may not need a unique CP strategy because they can be reached via the city strategy. But a unique people group in its homeland that is 1,000 members may be overlooked or not naturally welcomed into a local CP work.”

Actually, now that I’ve considered it, I think his thoughts are right on track. Your thoughts???

He added, “And about your person. That person investing time researching becomes a front liner for research. Most of us field people will do the same steps your friend did. Cleaning up an old entry and suggesting they be deleted is valuable service in the Kingdom. Why not encourage your friend to suggest that the people group get deleted from the lists. Joshua Project and others like me listen to such advice.”

Do you agree or disagree? Should we begin recommending that JoshuaProject.net “clean out” people groups that are 1000 and down? I’m leaning that direction. I’m afraid they will be just too hard to find — unless there is very specific documentation in existence about them. Your thoughts? Please click “Comment” below the web version of this item.

15) Closing Stuff

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