4) Start streaming your Service or Project to the Web/World

livesteamAll you need to know is…

http://livestream.com

They’ll take care of everything else. OK — you have to get a webcam working with your laptop. But beyond that, the rest is easy. Think about it: Your next class, church service, organization-wide meeting, training session, etc., streamed live to the web for your entire organization/church/set of supporters to enjoy. Best of all, it’s totally free.

6) How Can You Keep Track of all your Trip Arrangements?

Trytripit.gif

http://www.tripit.com

List your airfare, housing info., rental car, and more… and let TripIt do the heavy lifting for you to keep everything streamlined and on the same page — all for free. You can always do TripIt Pro for $69/year, regardless of whether you’re in or out of the USA. The ‘pro’ version adds text messaging if any of your flights change, info about open seats, freq. flyer point tracking, and trip information-sharing with your inner circle of friends and colleagues. But the free version is fun to try too. For example, when you get a booking confirmation, just forward it to the tripit email address, and magically, Tripit builds itinerary info on your next trip. Pretty cool, actually.

8) Is this the World’s Best Journal or Note-taker?

notetakerI’m not talking about a person. It’s software.

http://www.dklevine.com/general/software/tc1000/jarnal.htm

If you have a tablet computer or a computer with a touch-sensitive screen, this program will truly shine. But either way, Jarnal will be fun, especially if you’re the least bit graphically inclined. What’s more, you can always pick up a slate input device to make it even more effective with your computer. For example, add a device like the Genius MousePen Graphic Tablet (under $50) and suddenly your budding artist (or your Creative Arts Dept) has a great doodling set-up. Somewhere here, there’s a great Christmas gift lurking for the artist you love. :-)

9) Having Trouble Keeping Track of all those Passwords?

keepassJust pick up a password manager. Try Keepass…

http://keepass.info/features.html

roboformsor Roboform

http://www.roboform.com/

They’re a couple of the best… and both have free versions. Both encrypt all your passwords into a secure database, and — shazam — all you have to remember is one *single* password to get access to all your others. Both can even help you dream up passwords, if you’re fresh out of great password ideas.

10) We’re Indebted To Those Who Keep Brigada Churning…

thank-you-sign-251x388$25 from International Missionary Training Network. Catch their resources at

http://theimtn.org/resources/

That $25 became $50, due to a matching gift from the UAE. In fact, all these gifts doubled too:

$25 from a friend from Kansas City, MO.

$100 from Keith, the head of Creative Results Management, which provides coaching training for non-profit organizations working across cultures. Learn more about CRM at…

http://crmcoaches.com/

$100 from a great Brigada friend in Atlanta. Thank you!

$100 from a long-time friend from Missouri… May God bless the work of your hands as they labor in His global harvest field.

$100 from a network focused on the Qashqa’I nomads of Iran. Learn more about the Quahqa’i at:

http://joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=108219&rog3=IR

$100 from Hope in the City, on the web at…

http://www.hopeinthecity.org/ (We appreciate you!!!)

Tonight we’ve paused to give thanks for each of these gifts… and may God get the glory for the sacrificial service they each represent.

So this visionary church in the Middle East saw that $550 and added $550 with it, making it worth $1100. Thank you!!!!

11) Just 89 True Friends Needed to Completely Finish 2009…

There’s still $220 worth of potential for matching gifts. Would you be willing to help bring those about? This also brings our 2009 total to $8203.57, leaving $ $8,916.43 left to go to fuel the Brigada fire. That means all we need are 89 “True Friends of Brigada…” Would you or your church be one of those true friends? In fact, are you in a position to make a significant gift… something major as a portion of that $8,916… to make up for those around the world that would like to give but have no earthly riches to offer this season? If you’re unable to give $100 at this time, are you in a position to help with a portion of that value? If so, just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. We can even set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. Set it up once and rest easily, knowing that you’re regularly helping get Brigada on the way to the nations. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for your help in fueling the fire of Brigada!

12) The BackPage: Your Best Bet for Learning Creation Care

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the planet. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t recall ever having voted for Al Gore. And no one in my family is a member of Greenpeace. But I believe there is a rising consciousness around the globe… a conscience-response related to the undeniable fact that, if we truly believe God created this world for His Glory, we ought to be a bit more concecarecreationrned about managing it.

That’s one of the reasons I’m excited about the “Our Father’s World” retreat that will feature Ed Brown, of Care of Creation, on March 6th, 2010, at Emerald Hills (on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky). You’ll learn straight from an expert — what kind of shape is our planet in, what can regular people do about it, how can churches and missions agencies get involved, and what are the potential ‘wins’ for all those entities. On top of all that, you can participate with the group in a prayer walk on one of the Emerald Hills prayer trails. Learn how you can combine ecology and missions, while taking care of creation, all in one full day, 8am to 5pm in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on March 6th. Lunch will be included. Online registration will open on December 1st. Only 150 seats are available. In a unique approach to helping raise funds for Emerald Hills, we’ll be conducting a limited-time online action for as many of the 150 seats as possible. Not only will this help cover the costs of the workshop itself, but it will also help Team Expansion’s capital campaign for building Emerald Hills.

Here’s how it will work: For exactly 31 days, make a donation to Brigada of at least $101 or more and ask to be included in the guest list. Alternatively, make a donation of $101 or more to underwrite the cost of someone else’s participation. This is a special program that will only run for 31 days. At the end of the 31 days, we’ll close registration. The first 150 people that donate $101 or more during the allotted time will be at the top of the guest list for the March 6th event. Once we’ve paid all the expenses for the retreat, all remaining donations will go directly toward the new Brigada Prayer Shelter at Emerald Hills. So you’ll be investing in creating a nerve center for missions and world evangelism — and you’ll also get a top-notch seminar *and* a free lunch to boot!

Watch for registration to open Dec. 1st. Be ready to lock in your spot at the March 6th event. Thanks for being part of the Brigada family.

13) Closing Stuff

Disclaimer — We can’t screen ‘em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We try to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road” so we simply can’t preview everything.

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Copyright — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2009. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

1) Advance Global Coaching (AGC)

advancedcoachingAGC is now offering professional life coaching for missionaries all over the globe, regardless of nation or organization. All of their coaches are professionally trained and have cross-cultural experience. Coaching topics include anything that relates to life such as cross-cultural adjustment, vision/ministry clarification, marriage, team, leadership as well as partnership development. They even coach parents of missionaries, mission pastors and anyone considering becoming a missionary! Costs are shared between the person being coached and a sponsor (church, agency or financial partner). For more information go to…

http://www.advanceglobalcoaching.com

and thanks for their efforts to help a hurting world… by folks like Linda.

2) The Tool Every Missionary Needs For Christmas

greetingcardsYour missionary needs an online wholesale greeting card and gift shop. I’m not talkin’ “cheezy e-cards” few people appreciate. I’m talkin’ premium printed greeting cards (16,000+ choices) into which he or she can create the text, insert up to 4 photos per page, and even include gifts. It’s a great way to keep in touch with, and to thank donors; to express heartfelt greetings to friends; to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, and etc. From an Internet cafe in some remote village a missionary can select a card write the text, insert personal photos (even on the front of the card). The system will verify the address, print, UV coat it, stuff, stamp it (1st class U.S. postage) and send it for as little as $1.37 per card. A similar quality card from a big name card shop would cost five times that amount. For a free trial account, e-mail Eddie at:

prayer_center (And, you don’t HAVE to be a missionary.)

(And by the way, we’re grateful to Eddie and Alice for pitching in $50 toward the global ministry of Brigada Today!)

3) Need to Create PDFs? Can’t Afford Adobe Acrobat Standard?

primopdfTry PrimoPDF (alias PDFCreator). It’s fast, it’s effective, and it’s free. See it at…

http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx

As far as we can tell, there are no malware or adware programs installed. You can choose a paid version… NitroPDF Professional, but even it is just $69 (but only ’til Nov. 30th). With the free version, you get a file similar to a “printer driver.” When you send a file to that “printer”, it creates a PDF instead. So you can start with any program, … including 2003 versions of Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. Best of all, the “PDFCreator” version, like we mentioned above, is free.

4) Headed to a sensitive field? Encrypt your Hard Drive for Free

truecryptNow you can use…

http://www.truecrypt.org/

to completely envelope your laptop’s hard drive in a proective shell. Check it out. You can encrypt a folder, or force encryption of an entire hard drive, pre-boot. What’s more, after that, ancryption is “real-time.” You can even hide keep a hidden volume within the encrypted portion, thus tricking an adversary into believing you’ve given up the hard drive, when in reality, you’ll retain private information on the hard drive in a secure sub-partition.

5) Raise Funds For Your Project Selling African Soap

zambiansoapThe Zambian Soap Company has a program for you to use their handmade soap and gift baskets to raise funds for your missions project. Their Christian fair trade company supports the work of Zambian villagers and widows making all natural soap bars. Equipped with the Zambian Soap Co. catalogue, youth groups, Sunday schools, and individual missionaries can conduct fundraisers that both support the ministry in Zambia, and raise funds for your own missions or charitable goals. The upcoming winter holidays are an ideal time for our soap gift baskets. To learn more, contact Andy via

zambezi_soap or visit

http://www.zambiansoap.com

6) My Favorite View at JoshuaProject.net

joshuaproject.jpgWhat’s your favorite tool at …

http://www.joshuaproject.net

Mine is the People Group Finder at…

http://joshuaproject.net/people-selector.php

Why? Because it gives you absolute power to choose the region, the country, whether or not you just want 10/40 Window people groups, a population filter (e.g., greater than 10,000 people), the primary religion, % of Christian adherents, or % of evangelical, unreached status, unengaged status, progress, whether or not there’s a Bible Translation and/or a Jesus film, etc., etc. Using this filter, you can pretty much choose the criteria, the groups, the ‘unreachedness’, and more. I recently sent a note to JoshuaProject’s founder, Dan Scribner, thanking him for his work on this. In his reply, he confessed that he get the idea from the “Dell Refurbished Outlet” system. :-) If they only knew what their used computers had inspired. :-) (Besides the unreached people that were reached, of course, is this not the best thing that ever came out of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement? Hats off to you Dan Scribner and any & all who are helping you!)

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