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2014/07/20 — Brigada Today

Edited by Doug Lucas; Published by Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…

1) Use This Video in Your Next Missions Event
2) Wow — A Free Copy of Don’t Waste Your Life!
3) How to Wrap up Those Earbuds
4) Check Out This Cool Map of All the People Groups in the World
5) Stand4kids is Now “Weave”
6) Why Don’t We Pray for Militants?
7) Unique Outreach to China Involves Global Learning and Curricula
8) Help Larry Find Stats on Poverty Caused by Corruption
9) Good Reading About The Role Of The Church In Missions
10) Special Website for Spanish-speaking “Third-Culture Kids”
11) Best CRM Software Might be Less Expensive Than You Think
12) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
13) Thanks to those who Pray for Brigada
14) The BackPage: You Are What You Eat; So Don’t be a Parasite
15) Closing Stuff

3) How to Wrap up Those Earbuds

HeadphoneRemember our item about earbuds? (“The BackPage: Why Do Our Earbuds Always Tangle?” in the June 15th edition). Well we loved a comment to that edition by a Brigada participant, Peter. He wrote, “I know this isn’t really the point, but anybody concerned about tangled earbuds should really read this.” See the item to which he referred us:


Brilliant solution. Tangled earbuds are a thing of the past! :-) (Thanks Peter!)

4) Check Out This Cool Map of All the People Groups in the World

Joshua Project MapThe elves at Joshua Project have been working overtime. Check it out…


You can use the drop-down box at the top to zoom in on a particular country, or just explore the world. If you zoom in on a country, click the “country profile” link at the top and see specific intro about that nation. And click on a particular dot to zoom in on info about that people group. The yellow groups are formative/nominal Christian groups. Green groups have established or significant church movements. But 42% of the dots are unreached. Gulp. The task remaining is significant. Three billion people. Yikes.

5) Stand4kids is Now “Weave”

weavefamilyRemember that item, “9) Looking to Motivate Kids Toward Missions?” in the July 13th, 2014 edition? Karen, from Stand4kids, wrote in a comment for that item, “I created Stand4kids. … We are now under the Center for Mission Mobilization. Most products are found at cmmpress.org. Download lessons are at stand4kids.org/dl/. Our children and family team is called Weave and we have a new website with many free activities for families at


Check it out! (And thanks, Karen.)

6) Why Don’t We Pray for Militants?

militantHats off to Ailsa for asking tough questions in response to our item from the July 13th edition of Brigada, “2) Pray for Peace.” In the past, visible at…


Ailsa wrote, “I am surprised that Brigada is not advocating prayer for the militants – for their salvation. Many are praying for the victims -which is good- but no one is praying for the militants.” She asks a great question. What’s your take on it? Click on “Comment” at the end of the web version of this item.

7) Unique Outreach to China Involves Global Learning and Curricula

friends4oneHow many ministries give you a chance to involve your kids in witnessing opportunities with children on the other side of the globe?! That’s what the folks at friends4one say they can do.


Get your kids engaged in mission to China through their global learning and outreach curriculum. Kids 6-12 are matched with a child in China. Through their secure website, they can make a friend, learn about another culture, and share the hope they have! (Thanks for the tip, Laura!)

8) Help Larry Find Stats on Poverty Caused by Corruption

poverty in usBrigada participant, Larry, wrote this past week, wondering “where we can find stats that say what percentage of poverty is caused by corruption and what percentage is caused by human actions and what percentage is caused by “acts of god.” Can you help us find a study on that? For background, see pages like…


9) Good Reading About The Role Of The Church In Missions

what is our missionThis past week, Mike began wondering where to go to learn more about the role of the church in missions, now and throughout the ages. Some might refer him to Andrew Murray’s classic, “The Key to the Missionary Problem.” But we’re betting there are other options. Can you think of other such resources? If so, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance if you can help.

10) Special Website for Spanish-speaking “Third-Culture Kids”

spanish galWhere would you send missionary kids or “third-culture kids” as they are sometimes called? Les tipped us off this past week to a great site especially for those who have Spanish as a first language (or strong second language):


If you know of other sites like this one, please jot it down in the comments after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for helping. (And thanks Les!)

11) Best CRM Software Might be Less Expensive Than You Think

tntmpd logoHow about FREE? We asked, in our June 29th edition, “6) Are You In Search of Great Constituency Relationship Software?” Scott commented, “We have used tntmpd (put out by Campus Crusade) for several years now and find it to be quite useful. It syncs perfectly with Outlook and MailChimp, and our mission sends us a file we can import each month with donations that have come it – so we can keep updated on what is coming in and from whom. And best of all, it is free.”

Learn more at…


And Scott, thanks for the input!

12) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

tesolHere’s a TESOL training course with Asia’s Center for TESOL, October 13-November 14 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There are only 5 places left. 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:
khenwoodatactesoldotcom or see


13) Thanks to those who Pray for Brigada

prayThis past week, no one sent any financial gifts to Brigada, but we know there were several praying… and prayer actually trumps money in every way. If you’re one of the ones praying for Brigada, please click “comments” following the web version of this item and share something about the prayers you’ve offered for Brigada and its future.

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http://www.brigada.org and click it there,

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) The BackPage: You Are What You Eat; So Don’t be a Parasite

parasite defnThe general rule of thumb is this: If you can’t boil it, cook it or peel it – forget it. Unfortunately, most travelers don’t stick to these guidelines all of the time. It becomes incredibly important if you’re going to avoid “becoming what you eat.” Here are some starter ideas from the Mayo Clinic:

Avoid food from street vendors.
Avoid unpasteurized milk and dairy products, including ice cream.
Avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish and shellfish.
Steer clear of moist food at room temperature, such as sauces and buffet offerings.
Eat foods that are well cooked and served hot.

See these are tons of additional tips from the Mayo Clinic at…


Having said all the above, parasites are still nasty. Got a good story you could share (anonymously if you like) regarding someone you know who acquired and beat parasites, … or perhaps they did NOT get parasites and theoretically should have! Now you can tell all. Must click Comment following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your help.

15) Closing Stuff

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