2014/08/24 — Brigada Today

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

In this issue…
1) Your Take on “Line” App
2) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
3) Does Your Brigada Appear “Blank” or “Snipped?”
4) YouVersion: The Bible You Always Wanted for Free
5) Got Kids? Visit Lifekids.tv
6) Thrive Retreat in Tanzania for Cross-Cultural Women
7) How to Prepare for Missions
8) Get Original Version of “Send me!” as PDF — for free!
9) New Version of “Send Me!” is a Winner: “Global Mission Handbook”
10) What is “Liminality?”
11) Get Smart with “Mission Smart: Critical Questions” (the book)
12) Propempo’s Path for Missionary Prep? It will Amaze you!
13) We’re thankful…
14) The BackPage: The Magic Behind LifeChurch.TV
15) Closing Stuff

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2) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

Copyright HolderLearn to teach English as a second language at Asia’s Center for TESOL. The next course is October 13-November 14, but you’d better click fast. There are only 2 places left. But you can always sign up for the course after that — January 5-February 6 2015. These are intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks, the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). To learn more, visit

http://www.actesol.com

or contact Kathy
khenwoodatactesoldotcom

3) Does Your Brigada Appear “Blank” or “Snipped?”

calvaryIt’s time we call in the cavalry. As we mentioned previously, several Brigada users have complained that their email-version Brigada is arriving completely “blank.” But the funny thing is, when they send us a copy of a sample “invisible Brigada,” we can read their sample just fine. So it’s as if Brigada is invisible in THEIR email client, but not in ours? How can this be? Any theories? To date, we’ve not been able to determine any common theme — email client, browser, etc.

Of course (please help spread the word to users with invisible Brigadas because they won’t be able to see this item! :-) ), when your email version of Brigada arrives, you COULD just use it as a trigger to go to Brigada on the web at…

http://www.brigada.org

Because Brigada on the web is always posted first anyway.

In other news, one Brigada user complained that her copy of Brigada was snipped prematurely in Gmail. I’m not a gmail expert by any means, but I couldn’t find any indication that there is a “message length” or even default message view. Is there? If so, does anyone know the limit? Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Just click “Comment” following the web version of this item to respond.

4) YouVersion: The Bible You Always Wanted for Free

YouVersion_logo_The-Bible-App_for-lightIf you haven’t visited YouVersion for a while, it’s worth the time.

http://www.Bible.com

Thanks to the organizers, you finally have a free bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. It’s simple, clean and ad-free, with 150 million installs (and counting). With it, you can read, study, subscribe to Bible-reading plans, and use it across all your devices, with your notes, bookmarks, highlights, and plans syncing perfectly. And by visiting their “Now” page at…

http://now.youversion.com/

You can get an idea of how much use the product is getting. (A lot, by the way.) So far, they’ve incorporated 982 versions in 679 languages. YouVersion is a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, which, in and of itself, is worth a visit. Wow.

http://www.lifechurch.tv

They began in Oklahoma City with 40 people meeting in a two-car garage in 1996. They have multiple locations in five states, along with 20 tv campuses. ChurchReport.com considers them the 5th most influential church in the USA. If you have kids, see the next item. :-)

5) Got Kids? Visit Lifekids.tv

Life-KidsIn the previous item, we highlighted YouVersion (in case you’ve been sleeping under a rock and haven’t heard of it). But if you’re a missionary family serving far from your local church and you’ve been seeking resources online to help your kids get faith and/or keep it, try visiting…

http://lifekids.tv/

There you’ll find music and teaching videos, challenge cards, bible stories and more. Download coloring pages and activity guides. Check out parent resources and small group studies for your family. It’s colorful, it’s relevant, and it’s free.

6) Thrive Retreat in Tanzania for Cross-Cultural Women

thriveThrive is hosting a special get-away at the Seascape Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged October 19-22 or 23-26, 2014. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $720. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125.00 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.

http://thriveministry.org/retreats/2014/africa

The retreat will include many opportunities for self care (including complementary haircuts, massages, pedicures and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups.

7) How to Prepare for Missions

suitcaseLast week’s item, “3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?,” evoked several really great comments. Justin pointed us to a guy named Jack Rose who had gathered his thoughts into a 6-part series. Find the parts here:

http://thegobusiness.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/how-do-we-prepare-for-missions/

http://thegobusiness.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/preparing-for-mission-2/

http://thegobusiness.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/preparing-for-mission-part-3/

http://thegobusiness.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/preparing-for-missions-4-2/

http://thegobusiness.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/preparing-for-missions-5/

http://thegobusiness.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/preparing-for-missions-6/

It’s a great series — and it indicates how one guy got involved to help steer others toward service.

8) Get Original Version of “Send me!” as PDF — for free!

send me your journey to the nationsIn another response to last week’s item, “3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?,” Brigada participant David, of Propempo.com, pointed us to the fact that “Send me!” had been revised (how did we miss this? :-) ) and the original version is now available for free as a PDF. We found it at…

http://passionexchange.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/send-me-your-journey-to-the-nations.pdf

But it might be elsewhere as well. You can order the new version at…

http://www.amazon.com/Global-Mission-Handbook-Crosscultural-Service/dp/0830837175/

9) New Version of “Send Me!” is a Winner: “Global Mission Handbook”

global mission handbookFind it at…

http://www.amazon.com/Global-Mission-Handbook-Crosscultural-Service/dp/0830837175/

It’s the new version of the “Send me!” book to which we referred last week. Available in both print and Kindle, it provides resources for personal spiritual preparation as well as cross-cultural skills and hands-on missionary training. The authors outline the process for finding actual placement with a sending church, mission agency or organization, with key questions you should be asking along the way. This guide also includes material on the latest developments and issues in mission, such as religious pluralism and Jesus, globalization and culture, business as mission and community development, global poverty and human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and malaria, international justice and commercial sex workers. And it is filled with real-life examples of people mobilizing for mission around the world. Highly recommended. (Thanks to David, of Prompempo.com, for catching us up on the revision.)

10) What is “Liminality?”

It’s a new word for me, I’m ashamed to admit. But it sounds like a cool anthropological concept. So your assignment today, if you decide to accept it, is to find 3 instances in your day in which you can rightfully use the word in a sentence. Learn more at…

http://www.liminality.org/about/whatisliminality/

:-)

11) Get Smart with “Mission Smart: Critical Questions” (the book)

mission smartWe’re still reaping additional rewards from the question on “what would you tell a new recruit.” David, of Propempo.com, recommended we check out “Mission Smart,” which you can find at …

http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Smart-Critical-Questions-Launching/dp/1492339261/

Mission Smart addresses serious gaps in the mission mobilization process and offers fresh solutions for seeing less missionary attrition. It is for overseas ministry candidates, church leaders, and mission agency staff. The goal is to send the right people who know their callings, can thrive overseas and be effective in cross-cultural ministry.

13) We’re thankful…

thank you wordsThis past week for the Brigada reader from Akron, Ohio, who, out of his own will and grace, sent $25 to help get Brigada out the door and onto screens throughout the nations. God bless you!

Want to help fuel the fire? To give online, just scroll to the top of this page and click “Donate.” By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299, USA. (And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you!

14) The BackPage: The Magic Behind LifeChurch.TV

lifechurchtvI recently attended a convention at which Craig Groeschel was speaking. He’s the founder of LifeChurch.tv (see items 4 and 5 above). As mentioned above, they began in Oklahoma City with 40 people meeting in a two-car garage in 1996. They have multiple locations in five states, along with 20 TV campuses. ChurchReport.com considers them the 5th most influential church in the USA. These days, about 26,000 worshippers visit their physical campuses every week — but maybe that doesn’t matter anymore. Read More…

15) Closing Stuff

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