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2017/04/02 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org

In this issue…

1) Prayermate is a Cool Prayer App
2) Learn How to Learn How (to Learn another Language)
3) Professional TEFL Certificate Online then Get a Job Overseas
4) Streetlights Bible app is just Plain Cool
5) Debriefing Event
6) Aspiring Missionaries Need Additional Training
7) E-Media Ministry needs COO
8) For Men Only — Renew, Refresh, Retune, Get Traction
9) Member Care Resources List from Team Expansion
10) Tribute to Cross-Cultural Worker Member Care Pioneers
11) Background on Shipping Laptops in Cargo Holds
12) ZohoCRM Continues to Impress
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: The Relevancy of the Bible for 2017
15) Closing Stuff

1) Prayermate is a Cool Prayer App

We’re enjoying implementing PrayerMate. It goes a step beyond simply allowing you to develop a prayer *list* by implementing feeds from any partnering agency or entity — churches, Operation World, Joshua Project, etc. We’re still trying to work out the kinks, but this idea is really awesome. It basically helps you syndicate your prayers!


2) Learn How to Learn How (to Learn another Language)

TRAIN International’s language acquisition training, ACQUIRE, is coming up in Joplin, MO, June 5-16. This two-week intensive training equips cross-cultural workers with effective strategies and tools for gaining language mastery. At ACQUIRE, you will:

*** Learn proven and effective principles and techniques of language acquisition
*** Understand the impact language learning will have on your entire overseas experience
*** Improve your ability to discern and generate new phonetic sounds
*** Gain insight into working with language helpers on the field
*** Invest time with language helpers putting into immediate practice the phonetic training and methods of language learning
*** Gain the confidence that you CAN learn your target language
Learn more and register at:


3) Professional TEFL Certificate Online then Get a Job Overseas

Get trained in Teaching English As A Foreign Language to help arriving immigrants or to obtain genuine work abroad. You can start anytime with this online course. ConnecTEFL is an affordable 120 hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification program. The course can be taken online anywhere in the world! The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards and enables one to obtain a teaching job in most countries. Learn more at…


4) Streetlights Bible app is just Plain Cool

We’re sooooooooo pumped about this new version of the Bible, the Streetlights Bible (app). Learn more at …


But you really have to experience it (and share it with a friend) to get the most out of it. : ) We believe it premiered this week — and we’re thankful to Chad for sharing it with us. (Chad works in an inner city area with 50 different ethnic groups. Amazing guy.)

6) Aspiring Missionaries Need Additional Training

The folks at Good Neighbor Insurance wrote this past week to recommend The Master’s Mission to those thinking about long-term service overseas. They train future missionaries for remote areas: Animal husbandry, clearing airstrips, plumbing, digging clean water wells, millwork, carpentry, veterinary help, general accounting, heavy construction, mechanics, diesel mechanics, solar systems, electrical, drafting, building small dams, as well as Bible classes and church planting.


Or check out their video at:


7) E-Media Ministry needs COO

A Seattle based radio and e-media ministry to Muslims needs someone to manage its daily operations. Administrative ability is key. G.R.O. supplies MBB’s with outreach websites & Internet radio stations. It aims to create a missionary radio network which travels via the Web to computers, radio, cell phones & satellite. If you’re leaving the field & want to continue reaching Muslims, please contact

11) Background on Shipping Laptops in Cargo Holds

In case you hadn’t picked up on our apologies to security-types, we recanted of our rant against countries, airlines, airports who were (are) forcing passengers to check laptops in checked luggage. Apparently, cargo holds are designed to “blow out” leaving the passenger cabin intact. Yikes. So basically, countries and airlines are saying, “We can live without baggage if terrorists do the ultimate dirty deed. But we don’t want to expose this to our passengers.” So we picked up a Pelican Air case sized *just* big enough to drop our backpack (with laptop) inside. Granted, there’s still a chance that it wouldn’t make it to the final destination. But hey — if their intel is good, then we wouldn’t have made it anyway. So — thanks to the security types for watching out for us. We apologize for ranting about the inconvenience. At the end of the day, the inconvenience is the terrorists’ fault, not yours. Thanks to all those who responded to our rant — to straighten us out. : )

12) ZohoCRM Continues to Impress

We’ve mentioned it before, but — if you’re looking for a constituency management software and you don’t have an I.T. person, be sure to check out ZohoCRM. There are favorable free start-up options (you get a LOT, in fact, for zero dollars) and this software is working. We’re testing it via a non-org role — with the neighborhood where we live, just to keep track of all our neighbors. We have notes on all 580 houses in our subdivision now! (Non-NSA type of notes, mind you.) See the ZohoCRM help files at…


13) We’re Grateful for…

$100 from Mission Network
An anonymous Brigada participant from the Great Pacific Northwest who wanted to speed Brigada on its way to thousands of users all over the globe by sending $10. Thank you!!! We appreciate you.

Would you consider joining with them in empowering Brigada to the nations? It’s easy to give. Just click “Donate” at www.brigada.org, or mail a check 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. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: The Relevancy of the Bible for 2017

That’s the issue in question at…


as they struggle to re-introduce men, women, and young people of 2017 to the Word of God. To see some of their initial steps, go to Facebook, then search “Look Inside” — and see the video, “Apology.” Their humble, straight-forward engagement will, we predict, go far with some. What’s your take on these videos for the context in which *you* work?

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