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Brigada Today — 2013/05/19

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In this edition:
1) Mobilization Video about Unengaged Muslim Groups
2) Community Development Curriculum on DVD in 10 Languages
3) In Your Ideal World, What would a “Brigada App” Do?
4) What Do You Hear About the One World Futbol?
5) Joshua Project Offers Maps in Conjunction with People Selector
6) You Might Like ooVoo Better than Skype?
7) Got An iPad? Grab This App about Cities
8) Learn New Ways to Tell the Story
9) If Your Ministry is Located in the USA, Try “NextDoor”
10) It’s not Too Late to Study/Teach This Summer in China
11) Gospel Funder: Innovative Crowd-Funding
12) World Christian Tract Finder
13) Momentum is Building for N. Am. Mission Leaders Conference
14) The BackPage: Characteristics of Learning Leaders
15) Closing Stuff

1) Mobilization Video about Unengaged Muslim Groups

Islam VideoI guess I’ve been asleep. I hadn’t presented, or even SEEN, the video at…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9mOrLq_Jmo

about unengaged Muslim Groups. It would be a great session-starter or “countdown” video before a special focus on Muslim peoples. Of course, who will be remaking these as we send new teams of witnesses to these people groups? :-) I ask because I’m assisting with one new team who has already been working in one of these [now previously-] unengaged groups for nearly two years. I guess Finishing the Task is helping with that question. Anyone else tracking this data?

http://www.finishingthetask.com/

2) Community Development Curriculum on DVD in 10 Languages

BOKSI’m holding a gorgeous curriculum in my hands. It’s from Nation-2-Nation Film studios and it focuses on community development. It’s available in at least 10 major languages. It combines the cumulative knowledge of doctors, agriculturalists, dentists, and veterinarian experts, who have worked among the world’s poor, and pools that information into a single, practical and easy-to-use curriculum. The series, known as “BOKS” (Building Other Through Knowledge and Service) is being used by missionaries and nationals in over 35 countries. It is currently available in: English, French, Creole, Spanish, Indonesian, Hindi, Cebauno, Tagalog, Mandarin, Swahili, and Hausa and costs $175. Learn more at…

http://www.winministries.org/store

There are 4 sessions on basic hygiene and health, 8 on Basic Medical Prevention and Care, 2 on Basic Dental Care, 5 on Family Health, 7 on Basic Ag. And Farming, 4 on Pregnancy and Childbirth, 4 on Child Development, and 2 more on the Female Reproductive Cycle. So with 36 sessions, this is a virtual introductory course on the entire community development foundation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this just might be the most comprehensive distance learning curriculum available anywhere today in community health. 21 DVD’s — all for $175. That’s basically $8/DVD. I can’t imagine any better deal ANYWHERE that would so comprehensively give you so much of a body of knowledge at a distance. Plus, the videos are high quality. Yes, many are lecture-based, rather than the participatory style that CHE has made so famous. But if you have to learn this material through a distance learning course, you probably aren’t worried about using participatory instruction techniques (because you’re solo). If you can’t get to a CHE course in person, then this course is highly recommended. And if you CAN, then take CHE to acquire the training in participatory teaching, then use this course to expand your body of knowledge about the principles, techniques and the knowledge base of community health.

3) In Your Ideal World, What would a “Brigada App” Do?

Suppose we were going to create a Brigada ‘app’ for IOS and Android. What should it ‘do’? Think outside the box, please. If you get a moment, open our normal website in your iPhone, iPad or Android browser. How would you prefer that a specialized app would improve on your Brigada experience. We’re considering building one — and your ideas could help us a LOT in putting together something that really “scratches an itch” that matters. Thanks in advance for any help. Just click on “Comment” following the online version of this item.

4) What Do You Hear About the One World Futbol?

You’ve probably heard about…

http://www.oneworldfutbol.com/

It’s a soccerball that is reportedly ‘nearly indestructible,’ designed especially for refugee communities and other poor segments of society that normally wouldn’t be able to afford or otherwise purchase their own soccer balls. The company suggests a “buy one give one” strategy. Has anyone in our Brigada family used these balls? Do they work as advertised and can you offer any kind of testimony? If so, please click “comment” under the online version of this item.

5) Joshua Project Offers Maps in Conjunction with People Selector

It’s a perfect map-match: Just navigate to…

http://www.joshuaproject.net/people-selector.php

Choose the criteria needed for your own project. In my case, I wanted to find totally unreached people groups with populations of 100,000 or more. The People Selector responded almost instantly with 1,587 groups, plotted on a world map. This is a great tool and one for which we’ve dreamed since we began this ministry back in 1995. Great stuff.

6) You Might Like ooVoo Better than Skype?

As we’ve mentioned previously, Vsee generally gets great marks for security. But some have trouble working with its one-on-one focus. (It doesn’t really seem to be designed as a bridge for groups, but rather as a one-on-one solution.) By contrast, you might really like ooVoo.com. You can host up to 12 people at a time on a video conference, all for free. Skype would charge a subscription for such a thing. Which video conferencing software is your own favorite?

http://www.oovoo.com

http://www.vsee.com

8) Learn New Ways to Tell the Story

Learn the importance of using story to reach oral cultures with the Good News. Get practical help and ministry ideas. Meet others who share your interests. Either way be sure to register by June 1st for a $25 discount. If you succeed in bringing a friend, they’ll give you an additional $25 discount. The dates are September 16-19 (Monday 5pm to
Thursday 8am) at the DoubleTree Conference Center, Chesterfield, MO (that’s really close to St. Louis). Learn more at…

http://www.ionevents.org/

9) If You Minister to Those in the USA, Try “NextDoor”

Is your ministry in the USA? Would you benefit by a community focus in your neighborhood? If so, try the great new community-builder called “NextDoor.” A Brigada reader referred us to this new Cool Tool just this past week. I decided to try it with my own neighborhood and have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly it is catching on. Already, 23 neighbors have joined me in the new online space that is set aside just for our own subdivision (nobody else can join). Just browse to…

https://nextdoor.com/invite/zecuwzekmgnvqfzgqxxt

And sign up. It’s absolutely free — and no ads, either. You can delineate the precise perimeter of your neighborhood, and the software will automatically generate postcards and even mail them out for you at no cost. If you know email addresses, you can either send out the link for your new neighborhood yourself, or, if you prefer, provide them, and NextDoor will invite your neighborhood FOR you. Looks like a fantastic tool for community development types — and it’s completely spam-free. Love it.

10) It’s not Too Late to Study/Teach This Summer in China

Believe it or not, here’s an opportunity you still might be able to make happen. Visit…

http://www.errchina.com/SummerBridge.html

To learn about “Summer Bridge,” and

http://www.errchina.com/summerProgram.html

to learn about Summer Teaching. Put the two together, and it looks like you could spend virtually the entire summer in China. Download more details, brochures, and applications at the sites above.

11) Gospel Funder: Innovative Crowd-Funding

You’ve heard of Kickstarter as a crowd-funding technique to launch business start-ups. Now there’s such a thing for missions, churches, and you! You see, unlike Kickstarter, Gospel Funder is a 501(c)3 — so they’re one of the few (maybe the ONLY?) crowd-funding source that works for non-profits. They do regular webinars to explain their ministry. Learn more or sign up for one at

https://gospelfunder.org/

And thanks to Greg (and the rest of the “ICCM Tech” guys) for tipping us off on this.

13) Momentum is Building for N. Am. Mission Leaders Conference

They’re calling it “Stand.” It’s the North American Missions Leaders Conference. The dates are September 19th-21st, 2013 in Dallas/Fort Worth. Main Speakers include Francis Chan, David Platt, Decio de Carvalho (COMIBAM), Peter Tarantal (OM International), Beram Kumar (Southeast Asian Network), Berting Fernando, Ruth Haley Barton, and Mike Breen (3DM). There will be 7 Affinity Groups, with workshop tracks and super workshops. If you register before June 30th, pay $379. Learn more at…

http://www.missionexus.org/mission-leaders-conference/

(Thanks Joshua! :-) )

14) The BackPage: Characteristics of Learning Leaders

I enjoyed this past issue of the International Orality Network (ION)  Newsletter. I honed in on J.O. Terry’s article about Learning Leaders. He wrote that they are generally “a peer among the listeners or people group. They may not be literate, or if literate, often are only marginally literate. It is best if learning leaders are taught or trained in the same manner they will in turn use in teaching others.” I thought about Paul’s admonition in II Timothy 2:2 and tried to imagine how we profile students that will become effective replicators of the material, behaviors, and attitudes that we’re modeling.

In fact, speaking of modeling, he added, “Modeling is very important in training. All needed teaching information must be in the lesson. Since a learning leader may be nonliterate, the lesson must be memorable for the learning leader if it must be learned orally. Simple lesson guides rich in participation activities (if culturally appropriate) are helpful. Singing is often a good way to facilitate learning and memory, though this is a cultural preference. Because the learning leader usually does not have knowledge beyond the lesson resource, question and answer activity may not be possible except for a catechism type review. In extreme cases of learning leader nonliteracy a picture illustrating the Bible story may be used to trigger recall and give focus to the lesson.” I admitted to myself that I hadn’t ever thought very deeply about how these type learners would teach others. It would be worth exploring. In that vein, Terry continued, “The learning leader must reinforce listener learning by leader repetition as needed and encouraging listener recitation. The learning leader as a peer will know intuitively how to relate to listeners with proper teaching etiquette that includes how to encourage participation among listeners and how if needed to handle incorrect responses. The use of linked or sequential lessons can reduce learning leader stress without having to introduce unrelated or unlinked new lessons. Periodic reviews by a competent teacher as well as occasional visits to a teaching venue can help to keep the Bible Storying on track and effective.”

In all of this, I realized that storying (and its methodology) was stimulating my thinking about broader discipling processes. All of which makes me wish I could go farther in my training as a storyteller — because I have a hunch that storytelling would teach me more than a bunch of stories. :-) Your thoughts? Are you able to resonate with my conclusions?

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