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Brigada Today 2014/04/13 —

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In this edition:

1) Achieve Full Funding in Record Time
2) If You Want to Pull Together Your Brainstorming Group…
3) If you Have to Have that Coffee Shop Environment to Work…
4) New Book on Singles in Mission
5) Calling All Those Interested in the Hui and Dungan peoples
6) It Just Might be the Most Talked-About Bug Ever?
7) Where is the Best Training for Community Development?
8) Remember the Fax Machine?
9) How Does John Piper Do It?
10) “Pilgrims of the Alley” Book Might Help You in Displacement
11) Just When I Thought We Didn’t Need Another Travel Site…
12) How to Avoid being Ineffective and Nonproductive
13) We Give Thanks…
14) The BackPage: Jack is Back… Lessons from the New 24 Series
15) Closing Stuff

1) Achieve Full Funding in Record Time —

kingdom.come.trainingKingdom Come Training can train and coach you to full funding in a few months rather than a few years. It is all done over live, interactive videoconferencing which means you can get the training anywhere in the world with Internet access. Some faith ministry workers are getting their full funding without leaving their field location.

One recent participant wrote: “Together, the trainer and coach give such service that it is virtually impossible to fail if you do what they tell you, which, by the way, is a lot of fun! I have enjoyed this so much, would recommend it to anyone, and still can’t believe I am 100% supported in five months for a family of four.”

Check out KCT at:


2) If You Want to Pull Together Your Brainstorming Group… — Try Hackpad…


It’s kind of like GoogleDocs, but better for collaboration. You can invite tons of friends to brainstorm with you… or set your docs as private. It’s your choice. I’m stuck on WorkFlowy, so I might not use this as my primary tool, but it still looks interesting. If you try it, please let us know your thoughts here. (And thanks for the tip, Caleb!)

4) New Book on Singles in Mission —

missionAre you (or someone you know) single, either comfortably so or not? Either way, Debbie Hawker and Tim Herbert have now published, “Single Mission: Thriving as a Single Person in Cross-Cultural Ministry,” (2013) and, odds are, their work will likely have a relevant chapter. it comes highly recommended by our good friends, Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, of Member Care Associates. They wrote, “Single Mission aims to encourage and equip single mission personnel, and to help them be strong in their faith, effective in their ministry, resilient and content with their lifestyle… Chapters have been contributed by over 30 women and men from six continents.” It comes with 4 parts and an appendix: Part One: Single mission workers from different cultures (18 chapters), Part Two: Sexuality (8 chapters), Part Three: The journey from singleness to marriage (8 chapters), Part Four: What we know about single people in ministry (6 chapters), Appendices: (4 chapters). We’ve needed this kind of resource for some time. Sounds like it’ll scratch an itch. Find the Kindle edition here…


and the paperback edition here…


(Thanks again, Kelly and Michele!)

5) Calling All Those Interested in the Hui and Dungan peoples —

Copyright HolderThere is a growing network of ministries, churches and cross-cultural workers coming together in a more collaborative effort to multiply disciples and churches among the Hui & Dungan peoples in East & Central Asia. As part of this growing movement, a group of workers will be hosting a Stateside conference July 11-12 in Spartanburg, SC. If you are interested in exploring ways to get involved among the Hui & Dungan or you are already involved, they invite you to join them this coming July. Field workers, partnered churches and indigenous believers (given that Visas are issued) will be attending. For more information, contact Steve at
srcatsilkroadcatalystdotcom . Steve will email you the specifics and how to register. Registration cost is only $30 before June 15 and three meals will be provided. Home stays are also available but space is limited.

6) It Just Might be the Most Talked-About Bug Ever? —

heartbleedSeems like everybody and his uncle is informed about the Heartbleed bug that’s making its way around the internet. Some sources have said that as many as 2/3 of all websites have been hit in one way or another. In fact, according to some sources, it has affected servers, routers, switches, phones and even video cameras. (See…


for example.) “The biggest exploit of the past 12 years,” said one source at Singlehop.


If you’re like I am, you have passwords at scores… maybe HUNDREDS of sites. Are we supposed to go through each credential and change every single password? Even if we do, is that enough… because couldn’t Heartbleed have already stolen enough from us to do damage well into the future? Not a fun scenario to contemplate. Do you have any insider info that might help the Brigada audience manage the Heartbleed bug… or have you found a resource that will? If so, please click “Comment” after the web version of this item and share the knowledge. Two-thirds of us will likely sleep better, but ALL of us will be thankful you took time to respond.

7) Where is the Best Training for Community Development? —

cheThis past week, we received an inquiry from a Brigada participant wanting to know where he could find the best training for community development, in a 3-5 day format. We sent him to…


where he would find the training schedules for those who have formulated a more formal affiliation with the CHE Network. But do you know of any other such listings of relevant training for community development, either in CHE form or the new “Neighborhood Transformation” format for urban areas? If so, please click “comment” after the web version of this item and we’ll all be glad you did.

8) Remember the Fax Machine? —

faxzeroEvery once and awhile, I’ll still need to send a fax. Maybe it’ll be in conjunction with a legal signature or some form that has to be filled in. If I’m on the road, away from a fax machine, sometimes I’ve wished for a trustworthy online alternative. Recently, a friend recommended


I’ve read the privacy policy. It sounds ok in its current form. Of course, they could change it at any time. But the price is right. (Up to 3 pages for free, so long as you’re willing to look at an ad on the cover page.) The privacy policy promises that they won’t release your personal information — per se. But maybe you’ve heard of a better service with a more solid track record. If so, please click comment after the web version of this item. We’ll appreciate your personal experience, if you have it. Thanks!

9) How Does John Piper Do It? —

How does he constantly ring the bell for life-changing messages? Check out this video, …

It was produced by a December college conference (probably connected to Campus Crusade or “Cru”) … but it’s vintage John Piper. How does he do it?

10) “Pilgrims of the Alley” Book Might Help You in Displacement –

pilgrimsbookDave Arnold is a writer living in Dearborn, Michigan. He has a website,


where he blogs. In his new book, “Pilgrims of the Alley: Living out Faith in Displacement,” he transitions through 3 sections: Disorientation, Blessing, and Homecoming. Using the metaphor of a pilgrim, he helps those who are “stuck” get “unstuck.” In short, he teaches those who are on a journey how to navigate a life of faith in the midst of uncertainty, chaos, and even darkness. You can order the book in Kindle or paperback at…


11) Just When I Thought We Didn’t Need Another Travel Site… —

hipmunkWe’ve profiled Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, Travelocity, Bing, Hotels.com, Priceline, TripAdvisor, BedandBreakfast and HomeAway.com before. And just when I think we don’t need another one, I find one. Lately, I’ve been hearing about…


It comes highly recommended, even though I had never heard of it until last week. Have you used them before? Any impressions? Do you have a favorite such aggregator, not mentioned above? If so, please click “Comment,” in the comments under the online (web) version of this item. And thanks for passing along your find.

12) How to Avoid being Ineffective and Nonproductive —

According to II Peter 1:5-8, “Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” Peter goes on to add that, “If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:8) I think it’s time we sought out those biblical qualities! :-)

13) We Give Thanks… —

thankyouThanks to Kingdom Come Training for your support of getting the Word of Christ to unreached peoples by sending a $50 gift to Brigada! Want to help Brigada get each and every edition out the door effectively to thousands of cross-cultural witnesses around the planet? Just click “Donate” in the upper right and follow the instructions. By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to:


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14) The BackPage: Jack is Back… Lessons from the New 24 Series

Perhaps you’ve already heard about the 12 new episodes of 24 set to air on Fox starting May 5th. During the American football game dubbed “the Superbowl,” Fox ran a series of teaser commercials to grab our interest. But now you can see full-length trailers in all their glory at…


So I thought I’d run a BackPage editorial about the series coming back to life. I admit — I’m somewhat of a fan. I guess there’s a part of me who admires Jack’s penchant for action, his belief that there has to be a way, and his undying determination to beat evil, at all costs. Yes, I know that, at times, he has stopped to a revenge killing or two, but I justify that by citing some Jewish code about an “eye for an eye” (and maybe he’s still catching up to the Sermon on the Mount). His methods are sometimes contradictory: He’ll disobey orders from the highest level, especially if he doesn’t trust the highest level. :-) He’ll fake a robbery in a gas station if it delays a terrorist from spreading evil. He’ll even commit a cold-blooded killing, as long as he believes the guy he’s shooting deserved it because of the fact that he was a mass murderer or pedophile. Yikes — he sounds a bit reckless, wouldn’t you say? But at the end of the day, I have to admit that I side with those who believe that, at times, in the midst of a terror attack, we WANT a guy like Jack Bauer on the job… someone who can make quick decisions and usually decide for the people’s good, and to protect the constitution and defend his country’s highest values.

So what does all this have to do with missions? Well, I’m still working all that out. But I’m still looking forward to the 12 new episodes. :-) (Can you think of a good reason I should have written this editorial?) Maybe in missions, we WANT people who will face incredible odds in difficult countries, yet never give up. Maybe we want action-oriented types who will launch church-planting movements at all costs, because, if we fail, Satan and his forces will commit the most evil act of terrorism of all time: the subversion of the human race straight into the front doors of Hell. So we need some courageous Jack Bauer types who will not give in to the world’s swan song, but instead, will buck the trend of status quo without giving up … until every last unreached people group and city have heard the call of Christ to Heaven’s gates, by way of the Cross, on which the Messiah suffered a bloody death to save us all.

There. Surely that’s enough to justify a “backpage” editorial about the fact that Jack is back?

15) Closing Stuff

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