2017/01/22 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas and Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…

1) Traction Conference For Men
2) Get your TEFL Certificate Online
3) Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference
4) Three STM Devotional Bible Study Journals
5) Church Based Business as Mission (CBBM)
6) Excellerate Conference
7) Foundations of Media Strategy course
8) Launch of new website for Christians from a Muslim Background
9) Worship Leader App For All Languages
10) Concerned about Whether a site is “Spammy?”
11) New Amazon card gives 5% back on all Purchases
12) World Time Buddy app on Mobile will Keep You on Track
13) We’re grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: Rahmud’s Story – Forcibly Displaced in Sicily
15) Closing Stuff

2) Get your TEFL Certificate Online

Get Professional TEFL Certificate Online to get job overseas in Teaching English As A Foreign Language. Get trained to teach English to arriving refugees or to obtain genuine work abroad! Start anytime with this Online Course! ConnecTEFL is an affordable 120 hour teaching English as a foreign language certification program. The course can be taken online anywhere in the world! The certificate meets the globally accepted TESOL International short-term certificate standards.
For more info, visit…


3) Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference

The 16th annual Reaching Japanese for Christ International Conference is set for Feb. 16-18. The theme is “Faithfully Using The Talents Entrusted To Us,” with a pre-conference theme, “Reaching Japanese for Christ with the Arts and Pop-Culture.” The speaker is Makoto Fujimura, Director of Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper, along with Yuichi Kawano, Pastor of Midori Christ Church in Nagoya. To learn more, visit…


5) Church Based Business as Mission (CBBM)

CBBM moves Business as Mission back into the church as the key to Discipling Marketplace Leaders (DML). After two years of piloting the program, DML is rolling out in multiple countries via partnerships. International Christian Ministries will be holding a two-day training February 23,24 in Bakersfield, CA. For more information on DML see


or contact Dr. Phil Walker at

6) Excellerate Conference

Excellerate is North Point Ministries’ one-day missions conference specifically designed for church leadership and global missions leaders who feel that it’s time to rethink, retool, and reengage how our churches impact the world. You will learn about innovative solutions and practical systems that can transform your paradigm of effective missions, especially as they relate to working with the poor.
It takes place on May 8, 2017 in Alpharetta, GA. For more info, see…

7) Foundations of Media Strategy course

Mission Media U (MMU) is an online learning platform designed to train Christians to be more effective in making disciples and establishing churches. Their course, “Foundations of Media Strategy,” is starting 2/16/17 and running through 3/22/17. Each week in the 5-week course requires 3 hours of work per week including a one-hour live instruction session. For more information, go to


9) Worship Leader App For All Languages

Worship Leader is songbook application for phones and computers which is used extensively in Turkey and Central Asia. It contains words, chords, MP3s, note sheets and has been designed to support many different languages very easily. See


for more details. Please get in touch via the website if you would like to add your own language group’s songs.

10) Concerned about Whether a site is “Spammy?”

Last week, when we attempted to send out Brigada, email recipients protected by Barracuda (and all those who take their queue by following its filtered list) were unable to receive the first emailing. As it turned out, one of the items we featured happened to be so new, it wasn’t even listed in Barracuda’s “safe” list. So they assumed it to be guilty until provden innocent. As a result, hundreds of emails were blocked by Barracuda’s firewall. Have you used Barracuda before? Do you have advice for all of us (who send newsletters to multiple recipients? … which would pretty much be every non-profit employee and missionary in the world)? If there a website to which we could email a proposed newsletter to discern the likelihood that Barracuda would block it? We are aware that we can test one URL at a time at…


But that would take forever to test each URL individually. Is there such a thing as a site that receives PDF’s, then gives a spam score? MailChimp, for its part, was apparently completely unaware and offered no feedback. Thanks for any help you can give.

11) New Amazon card gives 5% back on all Purchases

Are you a frequent buyer at Amazon.com and a member of Amazon Prime? If you’re in the market for a new/additional credit card, you might consider Amazon’s Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. Read all about it here…


As long as it’s your primary card at Amazon Prime, you can start racking up the savins today. Check it out. (Are you aware of other great credit card deals? If so, please just hit “comment” following the online version of this item. Thanks!

12) World Time Buddy app on Mobile will Keep You on Track

Do you frequently travel to other time zones or make appointments with those who do? If so, the mobile World Time Buddy app might be just what the doctor ordered. See it at…


You can set several “favorite” time zones, see at a glance the way your appointments will stack up, note “dark” and “daylight” times in a flash, and much much more. It’s available both for iPhone and Android.

13) We’re grateful for…

…Catalyst International, who sent $25 this past week. God bless you.

…ESI Online, who made a gift of $25. Thank you!!!

…$100 from friends in Hartford City, IN. God bless you!!!

…$11.26 from Insurance Services of America, as a gift in gratitude of TIME Ministries.

…$100 from friends in Dallas, TX.

…$50 from friends in Santa Brabara, CA and

…$100 from Teaching Ministries Interantional. Thank you!!!!!!

This brings to $411.26 the total gifts for 2017 so far. Want to help get Brigada off to a great start in 2017? If so, please click “Donate” at www.brigada.org, or mail a check payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ through Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Although we might not be able to include your gift receipt with 2016 giving, you’ll still know that you helped Brigada cross the goal for the campaign. And for that, we’d be very grateful. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!

14) The Last Bit: Rahmud’s Story – Forcibly Displaced in Sicily

Rahmud (not his real name, but yes true story) couldn’t figure out why all the Muslims kept shooting up his homeland in Africa. He knew he had to get out of the country. He had heard there were jobs in Libya. He knew he had to go. However, by the time he got to Libya, all was lost. The country had become lawless. One night, local men were offering a boat ride to Sicily. Over 150 people crowded onto a boat made for 30. Rahmud nearly drowned. Only 50 made it alive when the Italian coast guard picked him up about 40 miles off the coast of Libya. They took him to a refugee center near downtown Catania, where he was given warm clothing, food, and a roof over his head. A few weeks later, he was invited to a three-thirds group (discovery Bible study). Now, every week he studies a different passage of scripture. He never realized Christians could be so warm and hospitable.

Rahmud’s story is real. The question is — how can we change the situation for tomorrow? Are you working with forcibly-displaced peoples? What advice would you give to those wishing to make a difference? Are you a forcibly-displaced person yourself? Can you share another story, like the one above? If so, just click comment following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing.

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