WOULD YOU CONSIDER SPONSORING AN EDITION OF BRIGADA?

You can. Set your own amount. What do you think a Brigada mailing would be worth for 10,000 Brigada participants worldwide. See your agency, church, or name here… or dedicate your gift to a favorite ministry or missionary. To get started, just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. You can choose to use PayPal or any major credit card (to do the latter, when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

THE BACKPAGE: TRY A WEBINAR

Next time you’re tempted to bring together 150 households from all over the world (well, 27 countries), try a webinar instead. Our organization just did its first couple of webinars this past weekend.
We brought together the majority of our workers (a few hundred) for a one-hour powerpoint presentation and discussion. It worked great, and cost comparatively little compared to all the airfares. To learn more about doing a web conference, do a google search about them … to find articles like this one:

http://communication.howstuffworks.com/how-to-host-a-web-conference.htm

Got a favorite resource? Favorite web-hosting service? Please click on “Comments” below and point us to your find! Thanks!

Doug

WHOA – DO YOU USE OUTLOOK? THEN READ THIS

Last August, our entire office had to switch away from our contact manager (“Goldmine”), after nearly 10 years of use. We began using Microsoft Outlook… and although there were lots of new bells and whistles, I could never quite get my arms around how to follow up on emails I had sent and replies I had received in the same thread of conversation. Was it too much to ask just to see a single history of communication with one correspondent? Apparently the folks in Redmond just didn’t think we needed that. Well last night, while perusing an article at Justin Long’s “Momentum Magazine” site

http://www.momentum-mag.org

I happened upon a program that, at first glance, appears to have the capacity to change my life! :-) (You think I’m over-dramatizing, but I’m serious as a lost email. :-) ) The name of the program is Xobni (which is “inbox” spelled backward). Find it at:

http://www.xobni.com

Watch the video… read the review at:

http://www.microsoftweblog.com

where the author says it just “might possibly be the best 3rd-party application on the planet.” From my vantage point, he’s telling the truth. Amazingly, this redeeming application is absolutely free! Granted, it’s still in beta; but if you rely on Outlook for email, I believe you’ll find it useful today. (Thanks Justin!)

RUNNING OUT OF HARD DRIVE SPACE?

Now might be a great time to swap. If you’ve ever switched out hard drives before, perhaps you recall what an arduous task it is to a) obtain the original drivers and version of Windows, b) install everything and try to remember all the special settings you’ve changed, c) reinstall all the little utilities and browser plug-ins, d) reinstall all your applications, e) restore all your data, files, pictures, music, etc. Shew! No wonder people dread it.

Dread it no more. Last week, as I was getting ready to lose about 2 days of productivity (attempting all the jobs above), I asked our I.T. guy if he had any last minute tips for me. Shew. Smartest thing I could have done. He told me about a free utility application called Self Image

http://selfimage.excelcia.org

Basically, you buy a $20 pig-tail that connects your PC’s USB port to the data connector & power plug on the new hard drive. Bam. The new hard drive shows up as a new additional drive on your PC. Then you just tell Self Image to create a new copy of the primary hard drive (probably c:) onto the new additional drive (probably e: or f:). It copies everything: Windows, operating system, utilities, even *partitions*, even if they’re hidden! So about 20′ later, I had upgraded from a 100 gig drive to a 160 gig drive. Even as I write this tonight, I’m still shaking my head in disbelief. It was so easy. I can’t understand why hard drive manufacturers don’t give away a CD with this program on it with every hard drive they sell. Their customers would spread the word and their sales would triple over night. Highly recommended. And free. (To our I.T. guy at Team Expansion, whose name is Greg, I give my full measure of gratitude. You’ve earned *high* respect for finding and telling me about such a helpful resource.)

LEARN ABOUT BIBLE TRANSLATION AND MISSION

Let Wycliffe help you totally settle it once and for all. You like the idea of missions but you’re not sure about learning another language. We’ll show you how to learn language the linguistic way. Or you like languages and you’ve wondered about Bible translation, language survey, literacy or other language related ministries. We’ll help you understand the many options in Wycliffe. TOTAL Vision is a new one-week experience in what it’s really like being involved in a vernacular approach to mission. TOTAL stands for a Taste Of Translation And Linguistics. In one week you’ll know if God is leading you into Wycliffe or serious language-related ministry. This new program is being offered twice this summer in Idyllwild, California (in the mountains above Palm Springs): June 8-13 and August 10-15. The cost is only $225 for room and board and all your materials. To get more information and a brochure, call 951-775-7505 or email events_WSW(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]

MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP

Invest four days of focused examination on areas critical for becoming one sent from a local church. The days are a balance of hearing principles and receiving impartation from others who have years of experience. This type of training has become the front door for many seeking to enter into full-time service at home or abroad. The purpose statement for Elijah Company is “Raising up prayer, sending out workers.” For a full description of the training, what others have said, and how to apply, visit

http://www.elijahcompany.org

The dates of this training are June 19-22, 2008, and the place is Living Waters Farm, Virginia. To personally communicate with an Elijah Company representative write to elijco

(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call (757) 333-0446. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF RAISING SUPPORT

Now you can acquire the ministry attitudes and face-to-face relational skills that eliminate the fear of picking up the phone, making appointments and building relationships that result in people supporting your ministry. You can join a group via live, interactive videoconferencing over your own high speed internet connection. Kingdom Come Training will send you the equipment that makes it all work at a very low cost. You will have the time it takes to build confidence that you can ministers to a genuine need of believers to be connected with a major purpose for their redemption-being the expression of Christ to the nations. No pressure tactics! Raising your full support shouldn’t take more than eight months. Just browse:

http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

Or give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or email jerry

(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

TEACH IN ROMANIA

Bucharest Christian Academy is a school primarily serving missionary families in Bucharest, Romania. There is a need for teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels for this coming school year. For more information check out:

http://www.bcaromania.org/

or contact tlong

(at)bcaromania(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

LEARN ORALITY

Get “Bridges I” (Training in Orality) with the group, “Scriptures In Use”, July 24-26, at Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN (outskirts of Louisville, KY). The cost for all 20 hours of training is just $75.

OUR HEARTS GO OUT

to Blessed Hope Communications, for the $16.80 they sent this past month as a gift in recognition of those who talked on Blessed Hope phone accounts. If you have to arrange long distance service with someone anyway, why not consider Blessed Hope. It won’t cost you any more — and you might actually *save* money, because their rates are so competitive. Just browse to:

http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/

Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America for protecting recent travelers during their trips, which resulted in nice thank-you gifts of $18 and $14.81 to Brigada, simply because they purchased their trip cancellation protection by going to:

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

Thanks, too, to anonymous donors who gave $100 and $30 recently.

FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP

Would you help in their place? Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. You can choose to use PayPal or any major credit card (to do the latter, when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

THE BACKPAGE: WILL AN ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN AFFECT YOUR FINANCES?

What’s been your experience now, and in the past? Will a slow-down in your sending nation or in the global economy affect your capacity to minister? Here are some pertinent questions:
*** If your support is mostly from individuals (as opposed to most from church budgets), do you feel you take a bigger “hit” during slow-downs?
*** If you mainly get support from one-time gifts (as opposed to budgeted monthly income), do you feel those one-time gifts drop off in hard times?
*** If you’re sent out by folks in the USA, do you anticipate gaining anything through the 2008 tax rebate (incentive) program?
*** If you *do* feel your ministry will suffer in economic slow-downs, what strategies have you formulated to minimize that impact?

In times of trouble, these are the questions that haunt men’s (and women’s) souls. Got an opinion? Just click on “Comment” below.

NEW DVD FOR OUTREACH TO ATHLETES

Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, has just released their newest evangelistic DVD, “Struggle and Triumph,” which has been designed for use by individuals, churches, para-church ministries, and missionaries around the world for outreach. This 26 minute film features the stories and testimonies of 6 int’l Olympic athletes and comes in 36 languages on a single DVD. To view a trailer of the film as well as to read the stories of these athletes, browse to:

http://www.struggleandtriumph.com/

or call 1-888-244-9159 / 1-937-352-1000. As AIA’s heart is to help resource the body with this film leading up to the Summer Olympics in Beijing (8/8/08), they would like to extend to a special ministry price of $2 per DVD for orders of 100 or more to those who are interested in using for outreach and distribution by contacting Shawn directly.

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