Finally — a site designed for those who love to read. Just tell them what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and they’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations for the future. What’s more, now you can find out what your friends are reading (or NOT reading). Plus, you can search by category or topic. And see their “best” lists. Learn more at…
So you work in a sensitive land and you’ve secured your laptop with encryption, a VPN, and secure email. But what about your phone? Because now you’ve got apps, pictures, and lots of SMS messages. Well here’s an option:
NQ Vault comes highly recommended by the folks at MobileAdvance.org (part of the Christian computing group that assists cross-cultural workers). Using this app, you should be able to keep most anything from prying eyes. Give us your feedback here after installing please. Android users can try the same app at…
(Thanks for pointing me to the mobileadvance.org resources, Greg!)
Then (thanks Belinda) there’s the YWAM group right here in Louisville…
Maps of all sizes and current info. Charles recommended the CIA sites…
(Thanks Charles!) And Jon, who happens to lead Global Mapping, wrote, “If you go to our site
the links at the bottom provide many free maps. You can also generate your own maps on
and then print them out. Another amazing tool is
all of Patrick Johnstone’s graphics, power points and maps available if you purchase the digital collection. If you contact us at
infogmiorg we can also help you brainstorm some of the best tools for mapping.” (Thanks Jon!) Like always, we appreciate the Brigada family getting involved — synergy at its best!
If a simplified interface helps you execute, then maybe this is precisely the best option for you. The secret is — finding something that works for you and your context then using it. (Thanks to Phil and others for mentioning it.)
My teammates love to poke fun at me for the number of software products that I’ve tried over the years. I seem to have been especially prolific (another way of saying that I’ve been fickle? :-) ) when it comes to collaboration and task management products (maybe more than CRM’s). I guess I’ve tried Remember the Milk, Todoist, Springpad, Wunderlist, Outlook, Producteev, TeuxDeux, Nozbi, and scores of others. In fact, the list is so long, I’m pretty sure if I would have just DONE the tasks (instead of tracking them), maybe the Great Commission would have been finished by now and we could all just go to Heaven. (OK – I’m joking there.) But I SERIOUSLY have a new app that I’m really liking, and the price is right. Find it at…
They have a free version, but if you like it, I highly suggest you pony up the $3.99 or so to try the paid version. It’s quick and easy to learn. There are lots of tagging options. They’ve already rolled out apps for your digital devices and those apps even work offline. The Google Chrome offline web version works great too, but they have another offline version in the works as well, apparently. They’re soon going to add due dates and links to calendars, as well. It seems really flexible and, if you pony up the $3.99/month, you can even interact real-time simultaneously (though it seems there are not yet any notifications of your teammates’ changes; bummer). I’ll request that and maybe they’ll add it soon. Either way, we suggest you give it a try.
Do you (or did you used to) enjoy the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Grab their free app to get a new Billy Graham Devotion every day in an easy-to-read, mobile-friendly format. Learn more at…
Watch and share some of our most-requested videos including their monthly TV specials and classic Billy Graham sermons. Listen to their latest radio programs including the weekly Hour of Decision featuring inspiring messages from Billy Graham and Franklin Graham – plus classic crusades and a live stream of 106.9 The Light. You’ll get the Bible in mobile-friendly reading and listen-aloud audio formats with a customized reading plan to bring God’s word alive in your daily life. The app also has spiritual help and evangelism tools to help you share Christ with others. (Thanks to Mobile Advance, www.mobileadvance.org, for letting us know about this find.)
Then you just might like Bible Heroes…
It works on all your IOS devices and should keep your kids busy for hours!
During a meeting this past week here at Brigada, we demo’d …
Essentially, it allows you to take any application online as a multi-user web app. From what we could determine, it seems to be limited right now to just two people at a time actively editing, but, bottom line, if you have a need to do joint planning with your spouse or teammate, at least give Screenhero a shot. Sessions are free — and encrypted.
Suppose we were going to create a Brigada ‘app’ for IOS and Android. What should it ‘do’? Think outside the box, please. If you get a moment, open our normal website in your iPhone, iPad or Android browser. How would you prefer that a specialized app would improve on your Brigada experience. We’re considering building one — and your ideas could help us a LOT in putting together something that really “scratches an itch” that matters. Thanks in advance for any help. Just click on “Comment” following the online version of this item.
OK, here’s the deal: If you haven’t tried Quinn Genzel’s “Packing” app, you’ll want to. With Version 9.0 that was just released this past week, the app added multi-person, multi-bag list support (great for family trips), the ability to filter lists by bag and/or person, and the ability to create pre-trip “to do” lists with your packing checklists. This app will set you back 99 cents, but you’ll pay that off the first time you don’t have to buy something that you would have otherwise forgotten. The easiest way to find it is to search the app store or marketplace for your smartphone for the term, “Quinn packing” — That should get you to the right place. But to confirm, learn more about the app here:
If you’re an industrial-strength user, check out Packing Pro at
(Wade, I really owe you for this one. This is a fantastic find. Thanks from all of us who will feel — and be — more prepared for our next trip, and the one after that, and the one after that. :-) )
Tim, a colleague here at Team Expansion, showed me this past week the little iPhone app that T4T has put together called uDisciple. (It’s at least available for IOS; check your own phone operating system to see if it’s available in your own smartphone’s OS.) It’s pretty cool. About two-thirds of it is dedicated to orality, providing a couple of major sample story sets that one could memorize and retell. But there’s also a section designed for Training 4 Trainers implementers. It essentially provides quick notes to remind trainers about lesson plans for 11 major sessions on everything from baptism to the Great Commission. I love it… and hope we see more of this sort of thing in the future. Learn more about all the other resources offered by T4T here…
This is one of those dated items. If you’re seeing this after April 8, it’s too late. Faithlife Study Bible (by Logos Software) is offering their app for FREE, as in no cost whatsoever. It’s available in IOS, Android and Kindle Fire. I can’t figure out why you WOULDN’T want to download this — unless you’re out of memory? Use it offline when your favorite online Bible isn’t available. I had been using Olive Tree, then I tried Bible Gateway. Just installed this and it’s INSTANTLY better. Search for it in your online marketplace or app store. Awesome. And now with the NIV. Free. You heard it on Brigada. :-)
The digital outreach team WebEvangelismo.com based in Puerto Rico have just launched their new Spanish language evangelistic app for Android and Apple. Find it at…
I continue to enjoy working with Nozbe, a software application designed to help you track and execute tasks and projects. I like it because…
*** You can ‘hide’ tasks that you don’t want to see yet. You can make them “pop up” when it’s time to start worrying about them.
*** When you “check off” a task, it doesn’t immediately go away. It gets crossed off and drops to the bottom of the list.
*** You can attach an infinite amount of comments to each task.
*** You can turn a task into a project, then design integral tasks under it.
*** It’s a web app, viewable through your browser. But it’s also a desktop app, viewable even when you don’t have access to the web. It’s also a smartphone app (available in iOS (iphone), android, and Windows phone), an iPad app, and yes — all those are fully functional even when you don’t have wi-fi or a cell signal… and then they sync with the web app and everything else.
*** You can nest your tasks in an unlimited amount of projects, or not. The choice is yours.
*** You can also use “contexts,” allowing, for example, to mark certain tasks that should show up when you’re driving or at home or at the office — because you might only be able to do them at those respective locations. If you’re not there, they aren’t visible.
*** You can attach to do items to particular dates, or — just allow them to be loose (meaning you do them whenever you can get time).
*** Nozbe is completely “team friendly,” meaning that you can see what others are doing, assign tasks to those who serve on your team, and receive assignments from the folks who supervise you. You can ask questions of team members, who can then answer you — without having to resort to unrelated email threads.
*** The whole environment is encrypted, so no matter where you are in the world, only you will see your tasks and projects as you complete them all.
You can learn more at
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Not only is it a fun phrase to say (“What’s your map app?”), but in addition, it’s an important question for at least one cross-cultural worker who wrote in to Brigada this past week. What we’re seeking is the ability to make a custom map, like with Google Maps, but with the easy ability to download it onto an iPhone/iPad with zooming capability. So how ’bout it, mapmakers? What are the options for this cross-cultural worker? (Thanks in advance for any help you can give by giving your best advice in the comment box following this question in the web version of Brigada.)