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Brigada Today 2014-04-06

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In this edition:
In this issue…
1) Millennials in Missions
2) Thrive Retreat in Snowmass, Colorado for Cross-Cultural Women
3) Our SmartSheet is Working Great
4) You’re Invited to a Global PrayerCast
5) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai, October 13 – November 14
6) While You’re in the Capital, Download Entire Websites
7) Free One-Hour TeleClass on Coaching
8) Every Time and Date Tool in the West — and East
9) New Bonk Book Explores Families in Missions
10) We Love Missions Catalyst
11) How to Protect your SmartPhone from Prying Eyes
12) The Best Mapping Apps
13) We’re Grateful…
14) How Many Ways Can You say Thank-you?
15) Closing Stuff

1) Millennials in Missions —

onlinesurveyThis year the Millennial Generation became adults ranging from 18 to 33 years of age. The Pew Research Center conducted three surveys during January and February, and it released the results in March as a report titled “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.” Here is a discussion of some of the more disturbing results, the implications of those results for missions, and suggestions for missionaries and mission agencies.


(Thanks to GoInternational for sending help to Brigada in the form of encouragement, prayer and a $30 gift this past week.)

2) Thrive Retreat in Snowmass, Colorado for Cross-Cultural Women —

retreat-sponsorThrive is hosting a special get-away at The Stonebridge Inn located in beautiful Snowmass, Colorado for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged July 15-18, 2014. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $720. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125.00 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.


The retreat will include many opportunities for self-care (including complementary haircuts, massages, pedicures and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups.

3) Our SmartSheet is Working Great —

screenshot-collaborate-with-smartsheet_3We’ve come a long way since Lotus 1-2-3. Some people say the spreadsheet in general (and Lotus in particular) is what caused the personal computer to catch on. We really like the new service called “SmartSheet.” It’s like serving up an Excel spreadsheet in multi-user format on the web — on steroids. Pick up a 30-day free trial at…


You can track just about any collection of items. Currently, I lead a small group of workers attempting to stage a global prayercast later this month (see the next item). It’s working GREAT to track participants, times, channels, topics, and much more. Try it. You just might like it.

4) You’re Invited to a Global PrayerCast —

The stream will originate from a church in Phoenix, Arizona. But by the time the hour is done, you will have prayed side by side with believers in Central Asia, South Europe, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, South America, North and South Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, West and East Africa, and churches of all size in the USA. The entire hour will be packed with prayer (there’s no sermon), and you also will spend time with your family, home Bible study, or local church, praying about local and area needs too. You’ll lift up prayers along 3 major themes with others all over the globe: global suffering (poverty, human trafficking, hunger), unreached peoples and cities, and finally, revitalization of your church for the sake of our hurting world. It will be epic — and it’s also free. Join thousands of others from throughout the planet. Gather your group, Apr. 30th, 9pm EDT, 6pm Phoenix time and Pacific Daylight Time. Learn more at…


or catch the one-minute video at…

Global Prayercast 2014-04 (1 Min.) 1080p from Team Expansion on Vimeo.

5) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai, October 13 – November 14 —

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). Contact Kathy for application forms or more information:
or see


7) Free One-Hour TeleClass on Coaching —

Lori - cutout2x3It’s taught by Lori Webb, an instructor with Creative Results Management, the coaching trainers. She explains, “If you want to see people transformed… if you want to help others develop… if you want to multiply your efforts… then you owe it yourself and others to explore coaching.” Register for her free TeleClass, meeting on Tuesday, April 17 , 8am (Seattle) or 5pm (Paris). You’ll learn 3 major obstacles people in ministry face and how you can overcome them, 3 benefits of coaching in your ministry and how to achieve them and 3 reasons people don’t coach well and how Creative Results’ Certificate Programs can help. Yes, there will be a gentle commercial at the end, but you’ll still reportedly pick up a lot of content in the rest of the hour. For a complete description go to the Explore Coaching page.


or register directly here…


Upon registration you will receive an email with call in instructions that will connect you to the TeleClass.
(Thanks to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for mentioning this free coaching class to us in an email last week. Learn more about their work at http://www.membercare.org)

8) Every Time and Date Tool in the West — and East —

tad-logo-comThe folks at


have been busy. They’ve been cooking up every possible calculator you can imagine… world clocks, time zone calculators, calendar tools, weather apps, sun and moon predictors, timers of all kinds, calculators, and more. There are apps for ipad, iphone, android, windows, and more. For example, I grabbed the code to make a countdown timer for the days remaining prior to our Global PrayerCast. See it in action now at…


9) New Bonk Book Explores Families in Missions —

family missions bookJonathan Bonk’s new book, “Family Accountability in Missions: Korean and Western Case Studies (2013: Editor: Jonathan J. Bonk; Associate Editors: Dwight P. Baker, J. Nelson Jennings, Jin Bong Kim, and Steve Sang-Cheol Moon), contains case studies regarding the nurture, care, and education of children, as well as MK identity issues, marriage, culture and language, education, roles, finances, resilience, corruption, retirement, and transcultural kids. Get the English paperback here…


Korean speakers will want to start here for the Korean version:


(Thanks to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for sending a heads-up about this new book. Learn more about their work at http://www.membercare.org)

10) We Love Missions Catalyst —

SubscribeIn those early days, Missions Catalyst operated as a part of the Brigada family of email conferences. (See the Missions Catalyst “About” page for more info at…


I can remember midnight exchanges with the then-editor, Nate Wilson. Later, when Shane and Marti picked it up, I could see it would only become better with each passing year. Though I’ve never met Pat, she adds a great service with the international news briefs. They’re a great team and we highly recommend subscribing. Just click “Sign up for our emails,” in the middle of the page at…


Until the next issue comes out, you can read their stuff in a web version at…


11) How to Protect your SmartPhone from Prying Eyes —

pryingeyesSo you work in a sensitive land and you’ve secured your laptop with encryption, a VPN, and secure email. But what about your phone? Because now you’ve got apps, pictures, and lots of SMS messages. Well here’s an option:


NQ Vault comes highly recommended by the folks at MobileAdvance.org (part of the Christian computing group that assists cross-cultural workers). Using this app, you should be able to keep most anything from prying eyes. Give us your feedback here after installing please. Android users can try the same app at…


(Thanks for pointing me to the mobileadvance.org resources, Greg!)

12) The Best Mapping Apps —

world_cubeWe received some great feedback on our question about mapping. One user still recommended Encarta. Read about its legacy at…


Then (thanks Belinda) there’s the YWAM group right here in Louisville…


Maps of all sizes and current info. Charles recommended the CIA sites…


(Thanks Charles!) And Jon, who happens to lead Global Mapping, wrote, “If you go to our site


the links at the bottom provide many free maps. You can also generate your own maps on


and then print them out. Another amazing tool is


all of Patrick Johnstone’s graphics, power points and maps available if you purchase the digital collection. If you contact us at
infoatgmidotorg we can also help you brainstorm some of the best tools for mapping.” (Thanks Jon!) Like always, we appreciate the Brigada family getting involved — synergy at its best!

13) We’re Grateful… —

the-mission-network-headerThanks to the Mission Network, who sent $100 this past week because they believe in Brigada enough to make a monthly pledge of $100, partly because they want to dare other agencies, churches, and individuals to do the same. God bless you!!! Learn more about Mission Network at…


Meanwhile, thanks to the anonymous user from New York who sent $100! God bless you!

If you’d like to help as well, just click “Donate” in the upper right corner, or, mail a check made payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ through Team Expansion is tax-deductible.

14) How Many Ways Can You Say Thank-you? —

thank youSuppose you’re sitting at your desk, writing postcards to donors. How many specific ways can you say thank-you? I’ve collected the list below from various sites on the web. (You can search and probably find others.) For example, check out…


Either way, here are 50 ways to get you started:

* God has used you greatly to encourage us
* God has used your gift greatly to help us keep going here in __
* It is comforting to us that God uses His people (you!) to minister to us through your gifts
* Thanks for being part of our ministry team
* Thanks for being an important part of our support team
* Thanks for being a part of our team
* We pray that God will provide for you for being so good to us
* Thanks for giving to the Lord and designating it in our direction
* You came to our rescue by helping us meet our needs / some recent needs
* Your financial gift helped us through a difficult time
* We had the biggest smile on our faces when we received your donation
* You sent us just the right amount at just the right time
* We are thankful to God and to you for the financial help you have been to us
* We are thanking God first for your gifts to us, and now we want to thank you, too
* Thank you for impacting our lives and ministry with your gifts
* We believe that there will be people we are reaching here that will be standing before the throne someday because of your giving
* God has used your gifts to increase our faith
* God has used your gifts to help our ministries
* God has used your gift to show His love and care for us
* You have added so much to our lives
* You have really impacted our lives and ministries with your giving
* Thanks for your donations which help us impact the people we came to reach
* What would we do without your faithful gifts
* Thank you for entrusting us with your gifts
* You will always be special to us because of the way that God has used your giving in our lives and ministry
* Thank you for your thoughtful ways
* Thank you for brightening our day with your giving
* Thank you for the friendship (love) expressed in your donations to us
* So wonderful to receive word of your gracious / generous / timely gift(s)
* Your gift arrived at such a great time
* Your gift met a great need we had
* Your gift helped meet a (great / big / unexpected) need we had
* Thanks for your readiness to share with us in our time of need
* Thanks for your readiness to share with us in our work for the Lord
* Thanks for sharing with our family
* Thanks for working so hard that you can give to the Lord’s work
* Thanks for adding to our lives / ministries with your gifts
* Thanks for making such a difference in our lives
* Thanks for being so thoughtful of us and our needs
* Thanks for being your generous self
* Thanks for thinking of us with your giving
* Thanks for remembering us here in far off _____ with your giving
* Thanks for being there for us month by month with your faithful giving to our ministry
* Thank you, to one of our most treasured friends
* Warmest thanks to a real jewel
* Thanks to a jewel of a friend
* The donations means so much coming from you
* We especially appreciate your gifts because we value you (or value your friendship) so much
* We were delighted with your latest gift
* We feel honored that you would support our ministry
* We are so appreciative / grateful / touched / moved by your gifts to our family
* Your large donation left us speechless
* Thank you for your gracious / amazing / thoughtful / remarkable / special / outstanding gift / donation
* You have outdone yourself with all of your giving to us
* You have been more generous / kind / thoughtful than we deserve
* Thanks for making our day / month with your giving to our family
* Thank you for letting God use you in a powerful way in our lives

So… imagine… if you use a different “thank-you” message each month, you now have enough thank-you’s for 4 years! :-) If you can name others, please add them to the “Comment” following this item on the web. Thanks in advance for any help you can lend.

15) Closing Stuff —

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