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2019/07/28 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…
1) FREE Counseling and Psychiatric Assessments in August
2) Free video tutorials on GMAIL, Google Drive, and other Google Apps
3) This Guy Will Teach You and Your Family French, Spanish, Latin
4) Finally, a Free, All-in-One Design Tool for Everyone Using Windows
5) How Did I miss the Development of “HEIC” as a New Graphic Format
6) Canada “Nexus Card” Seems like a GREAT Deal!
7) Teaching English Online as a Ministry
8) Discover the Discover App (a Bible Study App for Android/iPhone)
9) Starting or Rebooting a Prayer Ministry at Your Church or Group?
10) Missio Nexus Just Released a New Study on Attrition
11) Pre-Order “Moms in Prayer: Raise them Up!”
12) New Wineskins Missionary Network to Stage Global Conference
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: What Can We Do about Human Trafficking?
15) Closing Stuff


1) FREE Counseling and Psychiatric Assessments in August

GRC understands August is fraught with transitions personally and professionally. With transition comes stress. GRC wants to help. To get your Fall off to a fresh start, GRC is offering FREE initial assessments for counseling and psychiatric care. Complete a Service Request Intake Form during August. The assessment can take place in September. Let GRC help with your transition. They have time slots available. You don’t have to wait. Register today at…




2) Free video tutorials on GMAIL, Google Drive, and other Google Apps

You can get free video tutorials to help your ministry team be proficient in Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Hangouts, Google Voice, Google Blogger and more! This gift is from the same friends at Christian Ministry Academy who gave us free access to their 200+ training videos on MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and more). Get started at…




3) This Guy Will Teach You and Your Family French, Spanish, Latin

Are you sick of having to pay $500 every semester for a simple class in Spanish or French or Latin, whether for you or for your home-schooled kids? Would you just love to learn another language at an affordable price? Well finally, somebody has thought of a practical, affordable paradigm. This guy — Dwane Thomas — is funny, practical and effective in this teaching/training. He has some super language training gifts that can help you overcome your fear of learning to speak another language. But one of the best parts is — you and your family become “members” of his training by paying one simple fee per month ($25). For that price, everybody in your family can participate (in whichever language you want) as much as you like! There are both live classes (to give you that structure you need so you don’t put off the training) as well as recorded videos (so you can train any time you want). Check out the entire system at…




4) Finally, a Free, AllOne Design Tool for Everyone Using Windows

PicPick is a free (for personal use), all-in-one design tool for everybody who uses Windows. It features a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel-ruler, a protractor, a crosshair, a whiteboard and more. You can capture anything, edit your images, enhance them with effects, share them, create mosaics in the faces of people you need to obscure (because they work in sensitive lands). And to top it all off, it’s free. We’ve needed this. We’ve been looking for it for years. Now it’s here.  




5) How Did I miss the Development of "HEIC" as a New Graphic Format

Have you been seeing these new “HEIC” images lately? Nothing on your laptop will open them? They seem to have come about, in part, from a new iPhone iOS upgrade. If you need an app to convert them (for free) on your laptop, just head on over to…




You’ll find exactly what you need — with no spam, no trash built in, and totally for free. Thanks imazing!


6) Canada "Nexus Card" Seems like a GREAT Deal!

Thanks to Brigada participant, Doug A., who shared that you Canadians have what’s called a “Nexus Card.” Apparently the cost is just $50 (Canadian) for five years and it INCLUDEs the equivalent of TSA-Pre. Well done! Sounds like a super deal. Learn more about the Nexus program here…




Doug (who used to work with Global Recordings) was kind enough to add, ” Even though my wife and I are now retired from the day to day ministry, we still view Brigada as the ultimate source of mission info and use a lot of it. Blessings on you and your team.” Super kind of you, Doug! God bless you!


7) Teaching English Online as a Ministry

There are dozens of companies that you can teach English online for. One of the best for ministry purposes is Enlai (or Native Camp). This website connects you with mostly adult Japanese language learners. About half of these students just want to talk with an English speaker, so you have twenty-five minutes to get to know and hopefully have spiritual conversations with them, while getting paid! Learn more at…




8) Discover the Discover App (a Bible Study App for Android/iPhone)

The Discover App is a free Discovery Bible Study (DBS) app for Android and iPhone in English, Arabic, Somali, Dari, Pashto and Indonesian (with more languages in development). It is ideal for running DBS groups and making disciples who make disciples – even if you don’t speak the language of the people you are reaching. Try it today on your phone.




When you search your marketplace for the app, be sure to call it “Discover Bible” — and the author will be “books.”


10) Missio Nexus Just Staged a New Study on Attrition

This report examines trends in missionary attrition, identifies reasons why missionaries have left the field, highlights questions each agency should be considering for the future, and provides practical steps to assist organizations in serving missionaries well through transition. Of course, reading it is a member-only benefit, but we hope you’re already a member.


Learn more about the attrition study here:




(And thanks to Missio Nexus for single-handedly making this study happen!)


11) Pre-Order "Moms in Prayer: Raise them Up!"

If you pre-order “Moms in Prayer” book, “Raise them Up,” you can also participate in a four-week book club with the authors, Sally Burke and Cyndie Claypool De Neve! During the four-week book club, Sally will give participants a behind the scenes glimpse at why she and Cyndie chose the prayer focuses they did including:


*** Praying for Protection

*** Praying Through Suffering

*** Praying for Boldness in Faith


You’ll have a chance to ask Sally questions during private Facebook Lives/Zoom meetings and are sure to walk away encouraged and equipped to Raise Them Up! But you’d better act quickly. The book releases on August 6. Pre-order here:




(By the way, each week, they will also be giving away Moms in Prayer swag!)


12) New Wineskins Missionary Network to Stage Global Conference

New Wineskins Global Mission Conference is coming up soon — Sept. 25-29, 2019 at Ridgecrest Conference Center, NC. Their theme is “Better Together.” The common vision for the network is “Empowering Anglicans for World Mission,” but they welcome all guests to participate. This conference will draw 1,000+ folks from over 30 nations. They’ll have over 70 ministries represented in their exhibit hall, with 18 plenary speakers and another 120 presenters doing mini-workshops on a huge variety of mission topics. They’re calling these mini-workshops “MAP talks” or Mission Awareness Presentations (like TED talks). They are also offering 20 pre-conferences on topics like Refugees & Immigrants, International Student Ministry, Business as Mission, the Arts in Mission, the Persecuted Church, S.E. Asia, Reaching Muslims, Reaching Hindus, etc. You can download conference promotional videos, press releases and our conference flyer from the Media Tab at their website. Learn more and register at…




13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift from Mission Network, which helps raise awareness about needs and opportunities among the unreached worldwide. God bless you!

…another $50 gift from the folks at Godspeed Resources. They are a faith-based group of credentialed mental health professionals caring exclusively for global workers sent to serve cross-culturally. Learn more at www.godspeedresources.org .

…a $25 gift from Christian Ministry Academy, staffed by people who dedicate their lives to trying to help you — most recently with Google apps. Learn more at…



Want to join these partners in helping Brigada through 2019? If so, 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 by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!


14) The Last Bit: What Can We Do about Human Trafficking?

I was pretty shocked at the July 29th article in USA Today about human trafficking. I didn’t realize what a massive, worldwide problem human trafficking had become. I didn’t know there were 4 million victims right now, including 1 in 7 runaways. (Girls in foster care are particularly vulnerable.) I had no idea about the money involved — billions of dollars annually. I had no idea that prosecutions were down, even though trafficking is up. But now that I’ve learned this, I’m concerned: What do I *do* about it? First, please read the article at…




Now — will someone please coach us on what common folks can *do* about it… please. Just click comment.


15) Closing Stuff

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