The Backpage: How do we tap into grants?

This past week, I accompanied one of our overseas workers to an appointment with a foundation. The goal, of course, is that the foundation would consider granting a large sum to the overseas team. This was actually my first time to meet with a grant administrator and CEO of a foundation. I’ll admit — I was clueless. I have a feeling there are many experts out there that have tapped into these grants in the past. The question is — will they reveal some of their secrets so we can mentor one another on how to approach foundations.

I’ll give you an example: This grant administrator & CEO said that typically, grant administrators would be searching for 3 or 4 key issues:

  • Does the applicant sync with our foundation’s “mission”?
  • Does the applicant have the capacity to apply the funding to accomplish the mission?
  • Is there sufficient infrastructure to support long-term sustainability
  • (I forget the fourth item :-) )

If you have a resource… of if you have learned some life lessons on how to apply for grants, click on “comments” below. Teach us. :-) It appears that there are plenty of foundations out there. Besides, there shouldn’t be competition among lighthouses, right? :-) Got a web URL from which you learned? A great class? The one I keep hearing about is that I.U. School of Philanthropy. (A gal on staff with our office took that one and really liked it.) Where do you recommend going to drink in knowlege? Many folks say — just visit the local public library. Where would you send us? Thanks for any help you can give.

Doug

TRY OOVOO AND CALL THE USA OR CANADA COST-FREE ‘TIL JUNE 15

We’ve already mentioned ooVoo, a web service offering free web-to-web voice- over-IP (free phone calls from your computer to any other computer in the world ). Now, in celebration of a recent upgrade, ooVoo is offering free unlimited phone calls (well, actually 3000 minutes) to the USA and Canada until mid-June. Instead of phone to phone, it’s web-to-phone (like “Skype-out”). Call your grandmother and watch her favorite movie with her while you laugh online together at the funny parts, just like you used to. Wrap up your work, go home at night, and play chess with your old high school sweetheart — online! Better hurry though: the free calling program ends June 15th, at which time it will resemble “Skype out.” ooVoo also offers free video-conferencing over the web with up to 5 friends. You can even record five minute web-conferences and turn them into teaching lessons or whatever you want. Check it out today — it’s Brigada’s “best deal of the week on the web”:

http://www.ooVoo.com

GET TRAINING IN BIBLE STORY-TELLING

Grab this training in Bible story-telling, referred to as “Bridges I Training in Orality” with Scriptures In Use, on Thursday, July 24 at Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN. Sessions run from 8-5, generally. The cost, including lunches, is $75. See the church’s website at:

http://www.nsider.org

Write for more info at: aruff

(at)nsider(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.]

TRANSFORMING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY

Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Train in the USA June 15-20, 2008. Additional information can be found at

http://www.lifewind.org/display.asp?Page=TrainingDescribed or email Kristin

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DOWNLOADABLE SPOKEN ENGLISH LEARNED QUICKLY

Here’s an excellent free evangelistic spoken English language course for students coming to an English instruction Bible college or Seminary. Over 300,000 students have used the course worldwide. A Bible college, Seminary, or individual may download the entire course from

http://www.FreeEnglishNow.com/help14.html

You may send prospective students a CD of the course for their personal English study. You can expect excellent self-study results for your prospective students. For more information, write Mail

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

ZWEMER CENTER FOR MUSLIM STUDIES OFFERS COURSES

Zwemmer at CIU offers courses to help you understand Islam and Muslims (credit/seminar) for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in an Islamic country, pastors serving where there is a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work among Muslim people groups. Scholarships are available. Current course offering: SUMMER, 2008: Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Johnson) June 23-27; Responding to Muslim Concerns (McCurry) June 30- July 4; The Spirit World of Islam (Larson) July 7-11; Approaches to Muslims (Parshall) July 14-18; The Sacred Sources of Islam (Masood) July 21-25. BY EXTENSION: Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Larson); Understanding Muslim Women (Stacey). For more information, or to register online, visit

or call +1-800-777-2227 Ext. 5327 or email TBonesteel

(at)ciu(dot)edu [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.]

MENTORNET" FREE CPM COACHES’ MONTHLY E-LETTER

Church Planting guru, George Patterson, and his co-workers answer pressing questions for those who mentor and coach shepherds of reproducing, new churches. Read the latest article “Keeping New Believers Faithful at http://acquirewisdom.com/keeping-new-believers-faithful. See past issues at http://www.MentorNet.ws Subscribe at the site or send a blank e-mail message to mentornet_articlesatgetresponsedotcom You will be sent a return e-mail asking you to verify your subscription as required by the CAN- SPAM law. Questions? Write to Mentors(at)MentorNet(dot)ws [as a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble onto one line].

HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE IN HINDI LANGUAGE

This print ready tract is designed for tri-fold to print at your church or home computer. The tract is designed to make witnessing to Hindus simple. The Vedic Bridge is a contextual Gospel tract ready for you to download and print in PDF format. And they are free to download and distribute. The new Hindi version is now available for download as well.

http://www.go2southasia.org/downloads/VbridgeHindi.pdf

It is also available in English at

http://www.go2southasia.org/downloads/Vedic_Bridge.pdf

The Vedic Bridge is also available by writing this address: information

(at)go2southasia(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.]

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), 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.) 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.]

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