2016/08/07 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1) Practical Church Mobilization E-zine
2) A-41: Essays on life and ministry abroad
3) Back on that Free Online Photo-editing Tool
4) Let’s Make a List of the Best Insurance Providers
5) Headed to a Place In Which You Should Encrypt Your Hard Drive?
6) For Your Kids: How to Head Off a Future Porn Habit
7) Looking to Adopt Internationally? Check out These Interviews
8) Thrive Retreat in Cape Town for Cross-Cultural Women in October
9) Sorting Out How to Educate Your Kids Overseas?
10) Olympics are a Great Time for Helping Others Catch the Vision
11) Thought Radio was Dead? Silly You
12) Headed Cross-culturally for a Job Overseas? Try AntiochJourney
13) We’re grateful for…
14) The BackPage: A Morning in the Life of a Nepali Refugee Community
15) Closing Stuff

1) Practical Church Mobilization E-zine

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3) Back on that Free Online Photo-editing Tool

Remember a while back, we asked the question, “Why would FotoJet still be free? How will they monetize?” So we contacted the folks at FotoJet and asked them and, as it turns out, they don’t rule out that they might sell out to somebody someday. But for now, the tool is still free — and still top notch. Try it at…


You can make a collage, create a design, edit a photo, resize and crop it, and more. Get started for free today, while you can.

4) Let’s Make a List of the Best Insurance Providers

Boy. In the USA, at least, the Affordable Care Act (AFA) has thrown the insurance paradigm topsy-turvy, eh? Let’s collect our senses and try to make a new list of long-term and short-term medical and travel insurance companies. We should also make notes on who seems savvy about the AFA (if in the USA) and which plans don’t seem to care. Somewhere in all this madness, there’s still bound to be at least SOMEONE who can sort out great solutions, right? If you have a contact or a plan that works, please click ‘comment’ after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your help.

5) Headed to a Place In Which You Should Encrypt Your Hard Drive?

For a long time, Truecrypt was your best bet. But this past week, when Greg, our I.T. guy at Team Expansion, recommended VeraCrypt, I became curious. Upon checking up on him, I found him to be 100% correct. The open source (and free) software, VeraCrypt…


should give you everything for which you’ve been looking: 100% security and safety for everything on your hard drive. In fact, it’s actually BETTER than Truecrypt ever dared to be. So if you need encryption (why wouldn’t EVERYONE want it?), you’re in luck!

8) Thrive Retreat in Cape Town for Cross-Cultural Women in October

Thrive is hosting a retreat at the President Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. Organizers are inviting you to be refreshed, renewed and encouraged October 16-19 or 20-23, 2016. The only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat. Learn more at…


10) Olympics are a Great Time for Helping Others Catch the Vision

Have you ever noticed how Olympics are a great time to help others catch a vision for the world? The “parade of nations” places 200 countries’ names in front of all your friends… and, throughout the next two weeks, your children, workmates and buddies will be seeing people from all over the world, learning their names, and, at times, even catching a glimpse of their lives. See what you can do to help them pray, dream, and maybe even plan to make a difference among some of these nations. Here’s one example. Every time a nation wins, you could ask your kids to color the flag of the winning team by downloading coloring-book type drawings of the flags at…


Then you could pray for unreached peoples or cities within that land using Operation World or something similar.

Do you have other ideas? Please jot them down in the Comments section following the web version of this item.

11) Thought Radio was Dead? Silly You

radioJust because you can’t think of a single AM/FM radio in your house now (apart from the amp sitting under your tv maybe?), did you assume radio was dying? Maybe, like the news of Mark Twain’s death, the idea has been greatly exaggerated. The ONLINE version of radio (think podcasting) has surged in the past year, according to this study by Edison Research.


Imagine, at least in the USA, literally 1/4 of all people surveyed had listened to an on-demand audio program (a podcast) in the past month. Who knew!? Are you doing (or HAVE you done) a podcast or on-demand audio program? If so, please tell us your experience in a comment following the web version of this item. Thanks so much.

14) The BackPage: A Morning in the Life of a Nepali Refugee Community

If you work with Nepalis… or if you know anything about refugees or immigrants or dependency or incorporating immigrants in new worship situations… or if you just have a few minutes to brainstorm, would you listen to our latest podcast, “A Morning in the Life of a Nepali Refugee Community,” at …


(By the way — you can download and/or subscribe to the podcast while you’re there, if you like.) The goal is to come up with ideas that will help this local church with a grown group of immigrants they have living next door. Your brainstorming would be greatly appreciated! Please listen to the brief situation report there, then if you would be so kind, please make any suggestions about the situation in the comments following the web version of the item. Thanks!

15) Closing Stuff

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