2014/11/09 — Brigada Today

WebCompiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion. Brigada online has more graphics and links at http://www.brigada.org . Your gift to Brigada will help get motivation, resources, and news/trends out to thousands of Christian workers throughout the globe on a weekly basis.

In this issue…

Jump to 1) Have You Ever Been Thankful for Brigada?
Jump to 2) Our Prayer is Syria’s Hope
Jump to 3) Imagine Sporting a Solar Laptop on Your Next Trip to the Bush
Jump to 4) Have you Tried the eBook Reader, Calibre?
Jump to 5) The Best of the Best Task Management App
Jump to 6) The Best of the Best Outliner
Jump to 7) Access Truth Wants to be Your Go-To Language Learning Resource
Jump to 8) Free Maps, Commentaries, Word Studies — Wow
Jump to 9) The Best of the Best Stock Photo and Graphics Site
Jump to 10) Steve’s New Term/Book: “Transformissional”
Jump to 11) The Best of the Best Password Manager? Which one?
Jump to 12) Train And Place Your Church Mission Team In 12 Months
Jump to 13) We’re Grateful: Would you Consider giving before the Year is Out?
Jump to 14) The BackPage: When Bad Guys Do Internet
Jump to 15) Closing Stuff

1) Have You Ever Been Thankful for Brigada?

thankful-wreathEvery year, during these last few weeks, our readers have the opportunity to express their thanks for anything they’ve picked up through the year. Not that long ago, a dedicated reader and missions statesman dared Brigada participants to become “true fans” by giving a one-time gift of $100 to speed Brigada on its way to thousands of screens around the planet, taking with it, encouragement, resources, information, trends, and more. Many have already given. In fact, without even so much as a request, generous Brigada givers have already chipped in $3894.33 throughout 2014. Unfortunately, our budgeted costs (including a part-time assistant and hosting fees) come to a total of $17,120 per year. Many say that Brigada items help them accomplish their mission of reaching unreached peoples for our Lord Jesus Christ. Would you be willing to ask your church to make a special one-time year-end gift to enable Brigada to keep churning out the door and onto the screens of thousands of globally-minded mobilizers and Kingdom-hearted workers worldwide? You can choose either of two ways to donate: To give online, just scroll to the top of our website and click “Donate.” And you don’t need a PayPal account to give online. (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 Drive, 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!

2) Our Prayer is Syria’s Hope

syrian circleIn what is being called the biggest and most complex humanitarian emergency of our era, half of the Syrian population has had to flee their homes. The largest percent are women & children and the next in size if the elderly and disabled. The magnitude of the tragedy and the opportunity for a new Syrian future, demands a response from Christ’s Church. What would God do, that bombs and negotiations have not been able to do, if we highly concentrate and focus prayer for the 31 days of December? Be part of an increasing circle of prayer.

http://www.thesyriancircle.com

4) Have you Tried the eBook Reader, Calibre?

calibreDan has. He wrote Brigada this past week, asserting that Calibre should be the “All-Time Best ebook reader. “It’s free, and over 22 million people have used it. It just keeps getting better. See:

http://calibre-ebook.com/

“It works on my desktop, laptop, e-reader and smartphone. It works great for the 1300+ books I carry around with me in electronic format. All of my books are free… so I stay away from devices that are hooked to sties like Amazon, Apple store etc. Many of my books I have scanned in myself (and cleared my bookshelves) so everything is now electronic. I have nearly 30,000 books on my desktop… all cataloged by Calibre without a hick-up, and all searchable so I can find things very quickly.” Wow. Sounds great. But I’ll have to admit — picking up a book from Amazon via Kindle is SOOOOO easy. I have to wonder how it would connect to this product. I’ll give it a try this week. Either way, thanks for the tip, Dan!

5) The Best of the Best Task Management App

task*** Right now, I’m using Flow but I have to admit, I don’t like that it’s “online” only. (It won’t work when your phone or laptop goes out of connectivity.) But the collaborative portion is great. This has to be one of the biggest markets in the entire app world. There are probably more task management apps than all the tasks on my task list! (And that’s currently quite a few.) What’s your favorite?

6) The Best of the Best Outliner

outliner*** This is another area that has generated a ton of contenders. One thing for certain: It’s NOT Microsoft Word. How could any program be so HUGE and so WELL-RESEARCHED (not to mention so popular) and still not have a decent outliner?????????? For me, most recently, it feels like WorkFlowy will win this category. It’s free, great for real-time collaboration with teammates, and has some powerful features. The web interface is great and the phone interface updates instantly. How is it that these folks have passed up the software engineers at a certain Redmond, Oregon office complex (Yes you, Microsoft)??? Either way, what’s YOUR favorite outliner?

10) Steve’s New Term/Book: “Transformissional”

transformissional-coachingCheck out Steve Ogne’s new book (with help from Tim Roehl) on Transformissional Coaching:

http://steveogne.org/transformissional-coaching/

Sounds good. It’s apparently a holistic approach. “Unlike business coaching models that are only concerned with productivity or results, TransforMissional coaching engages the whole leader in transformation. Steve and Tim suggest that coaches transform leaders by helping leaders clarify calling, cultivate character, create community and connect with culture.” That’s a whole lot of C’s. Your thoughts?

11) The Best of the Best Password Manager? Which one?

password manager*** To me, this one is up for grabs. I just know we need one. Some are advocating for “Last pass” which others still argue for Roboform. Norton wants you to use “Identity Safe.” Some are starting to talk about Dashlane, and others are saying “Keeper Password Manager.” And then there’s Sticky Password, 1Password, MSecure, PasswordBox, and I’m sure there are still others. To me, there’s no clear winner right now — but I’d love to be convinced otherwise. I just know we need this. Any opinions?

12) Train And Place Your Church Mission Team In 12 Months

Discipleship-trainingSend a long-term team or individual to the least-reached in as little as one year. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando’s 5-month long Discipleship Training School

http://www.ywamorlando.com/discipleship-training-school

will give your mission team excellent character development, spiritual formation, and experience sharing the gospel in the 10/40 Window. Next, their School of Missions

http://www.ywamorlando.com/programs/secondary-training-programs/school-of-missions

offered in April and September will focus on cross-cultural mission training. Contact
launchteamatywamorlandodotcom
or call (407) 273-1667 for more information. Their seven-member Launch Team has over 70 years of combined field experience.

14) The BackPage: When Bad Guys Do Internet

For some time now (the last 10 years?), the bad guys have become better and better at Internet and social networking. What do we do if the bad guys become better than the good guys at leveraging the web? Check out the Flames of War, for example (as described by this commentator):

Currently, it seems as if ISIS is on the bubble. For example, Peter Kassig’s “letter,” ever so simply written, seems ever so more powerful than anything ISIS has done.

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/16/7228783/peter-kassig-letter

Maybe the bad guys will NEVER win… because, at the end of the day, the world will see through their lies and judge rightly?

What’s your take on the global war for terror, as it relates to social networking and the Internet? Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item — and thanks in advance for your response.

15) Closing Stuff

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