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Brigada Today — 2013/05/12

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In this edition:
1) Interactive workshop for arts & mission in TX and the UK
2) Coming “Home” The Reentry Transition: Free Download
3) Kindle Downloads Blocked Because of your Location? Try this
4) For MK’s and TCK’s Headed to College this Fall
5) Hear Some Great Missions Messages by Piper and Others — Free!
6) H.R. and Program Manager Opportunities in the Congo
7) VSee Adds Ipad App
8) Free Sample Downloads and Clips from VideoBlocks
9) Global Outreach Day Coming Soon to Your Screen
10) Godly Servants: Spiritual Formation for Missionaries
11) MAF-LT Presents Oral Strategies Workshop
12) Networks and Global Missions
13) We’re Grateful for the Undergirding Help from…
14) The BackPage: The Brigada Family Amazes Me
15) Closing Stuff

1) Interactive workshop for arts & mission in TX and the UK

Arts for a Better Future (ABF) is a one-week workshop that trains participants to spark local, Scripture-infused creativity that moves communities toward the kingdom of God. The training content follows the 7-step process contained in Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals (2013, William Carey Library). Participants will learn to apply this flexible model to an existing cultural context. They then develop plans to engage these principles for arts in mission with a community in which they work. The workshop is drenched in warm, artistic personal interaction with other people and God. ABF can be a help to missionaries with artistic gifts, cross-cultural ministry strategic planners, pastors, worship leaders, people interested in developing multicultural worship, and artists of all kinds. Choose the site closest to you:

*** Dallas, TX – June 3-8, 2013 (Not: Registration ends May 15! Act soon!) – see


*** England – July 7-12, 2013 – see


for info and see the video at


If you have questions after looking at the websites above, write to

Sponsored by the International Council of Ethnodoxologists –


and its partners in Dallas and the UK.

2) Coming “Home” The Reentry Transition: Free Download

Returning to your passport country can be difficult. You can use this book as a part of debriefingComing Home in a group, as an aid when being debriefed by another person, or alone as a part of a self-debriefing. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


3) Kindle Downloads Blocked Because of your Location? Try this

This past week, Robby wrote, “A friend of mine works in a country with restricted access to certain titles through Amazon. He wanted Any-3, so I tried buying the Kindle version here and sending him a gift certificate, but he couldn’t download it. I contacted Amazon support and they provided the solution below. My friend was then able to download the book I purchased for him AND shop Amazon without restriction.” Here’s the solution Amazon provided:

Kindle features and content availability may vary by your country or region. You can view and change your country settings from the Manage your Kindle page on your computer or from the Store Settings screen on your Kindle. From your computer:

1. Visit Manage Your Kindle (www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle).
2. From the left navigation, click Country Settings.
3. Under Current Country, click Change to select an existing address or enter a new address.

Note: If you live in a region that has multiple available sites to shop on, you can also change your preferred marketplace from your Kindle. From the Store Settings screen, select Change next to Where would you
like to shop? Follow the on-screen instructions to change your preferred marketplace.

(Thanks Robby!)

4) For MK’s and TCK’s Headed to College this Fall

Do you know a son or daughter of a missionary family or a Christian family living abroad? Is that son or daughter graduating from high school this week, headed to college in the USA this fall? If so, please consider recommending this great retreat for MK’s and TCK’s…


Its goal is to provide helpful tools which prepare for transition into American life and college. The dates are August 5-11, 2013 at Bethel Christian Camp in Gaston, SC.

5) Hear Some Great Missions Messages by Piper and Others — Free!

Thanks to Russell, who tipped us off to the fact that John Piper has provided some excellent missions sermons and panels, originally staged at a missions conference in 2011, at…


Speakers include Louie Giglio, Jason Mandryk, Greg Livingstone, David Platt, and, of course, Piper himself. Excellent stuff. (Thanks Russell!)

7) VSee Adds Ipad App

We first learned about VSee from MAF, the airplane and technology folks. Now, VSee has released a new version of its app for iPad. This update supports receiving shared screens and annotations from PCs during group video calls. You can use group chat during video calls, view auxiliary camera feeds, and invite contacts from your iPad address book. It’s reportedly the first video chat app that’s FDA-registered and HIPAA compliant making it great for telehealth. And, in addition to being simple and secure, it’s absolutely free.


In fact, now, with the $49/month version, you get unlimited screen share for you and for your meeting participants. This is starting to look like competition even for GoToWebinar.

8) Free Sample Downloads and Clips from VideoBlocks

Wow. Our I.T. person at Team Expansion (Greg) shared a URL with me this past week that he had seen via one of the lists he monitors. On the surface, it looks like one could download free for 7 days from the 100,000 motion picture backgrounds at VideoBlocks.com. See this website to learn more…


They have motion backgrounds, countdowns, production music, and much more! Looks like you get 20 clips/day, absolutely free! (Thanks Greg!)

9) Global Outreach Day Coming Soon to Your Screen

If your buddy in the cubicle next to you shouts that he’s seeing God on his computer monitor, he might not be joking. Global Outreach Day (“G.O.D.”) is coming up on May 25th. The inaugural event happened last year with so many amazing reports from around the world of people sharing Jesus with others and Jesus changing lives. Check these links out for ideas on getting prepped for GOD 2013.




11) MAF-LT Presents Oral Strategies Workshop

Over two-thirds of the world cannot, or will not, learn from reading. But stories open the road to their hearts. MAF-Learning Technologies offers Oral Strategies Workshops in many places around the world. However, each year they offer one in the US. This year it will take place in Boise, Idaho, June 4-8 2013. Students will learn to teach the same way Jesus taught. They will be able to tell fun, accurate Bible stories, lead interactive Bible studies, and equip short-term mission teams. The methods taught work particularly well with people groups who are preferred oral communicators, but even the highly literate find new insights. For more information or to register go to:


12) Networks and Global Missions

Networks serve a unique role in today’s world by facilitating the interconnecting of ministries and individuals both locally and globally. There are networks that are by nature restricted to specific geographic regions and others that intentionally focus on specific issues. Linking Global Voices serves network and ministry leaders as they seek to build relationships in the global paradigm of missions by tracking some 350 networks and providing a calendar of events of global interest. Send your network info or make corrections via their “Contact Us” tab.


14) The BackPage: The Brigada Family Amazes Me

I never cease to be amazed at the people and organizations who read and interact with Brigada on a weekly basis. This past week, for example, we saw 14 comments on “What’s the Best Way to Transfer Funds Internationally?,” including a response from Robby Butler of the Mission Network…


And check out the 11 comments on “The Best YouTube/Vimeo Missions Mobilization Videos,” including submissions by the Editors of Missions Catalyst and by Howard Culbertson…


Look at the 6 responses to “What’s the Best CRM for Non-Profits, Missions Agencies, etc.,” including some new CRM tools that we hadn’t mentioned in our original review…


And our item on “How to End Terrorism,” received 8 “reality check” responses including comments from an Editor at Mission Frontiers Magazine…


Thanks to the entire Brigada Today family for interacting on these and many other items. There’s a brain trust here. God is good. Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!


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