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7) Download “One Cross, One Way, Many Journeys” for free, today —

Pragmatism and relativism are the new religions in many cultures. In this book, David Greenlee dives into the topic of how conversion is at the core of Christian experience. But, he asks, is it a process? Or can conversion be confined to a point in time? In our tolerance-driven, globalized world, should we even use the “C” word at all? Social, political, and theological challenges push us to think again about this vital theme. Drawing on 25 years of mission experience, Greenlee blends anthropological insights with evangelical theology to provide helpful missiological insights on conversion. He thoroughly illustrates the issue with cases and stories from South Asia, where anti-conversion sentiment runs high; the Islamic world, where the Law of Apostasy challenges any who would turn to Christ; and Europe, where traditional religion and postmodern “tolerance” both resist any suggestion of conversion. Download Greenlee’s book as an ebook, for free, at…

http://www.ibsdirect.com/download/AuthenticProducts/ebooks/9781932805772.pdf

Note: This URL will likely “wrap.” If you have trouble reassembling it, just go to the link below and use the working link on our site.

2) Free Social Media Online Course —

The objective of this 8-week course is to provide students with an overview and understanding of how secular advertisers market products and ideas using social media. This course examines the ways that ideas can be communicated. Students will post comments on the spiritual applications each week and write a ministry proposal as a final project that synthesis the information learned in the course with spiritual communication objectives. Better act fast though. You’ll need to sign up before Sept 10th. Visit

http://www.comresources.org/Training/

to enroll. Questions email Dan Henrich at

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9) Evaluate the Professional Quality of Life for your Workers —

Kelly and Michele O’Donnell also recently shared with us a 30-item assessment tool originally developed by Dr. Beth Stamm. The latest version is in eight languages and is available online for free. It looks at two broad areas in one’s work: compassion satisfaction (positive: the pleasure you derive from being able to do your work well) and compassion fatigue (negative: the emotional responses you experience related to burnout and exposure to primary/secondary trauma). See the tool at…

http://www.proqol.org/ProQol_Test.html

They also mentioned three assessment tools from The Headington Institute relevant for mission/aid workers. These tools provide quick estimates of your levels of stress, burnout, and self-care/lifestyle balance. (We’re indebted to you for your help, Kelly and Michele!)

5) Best Free Software to Resize Your Digital Pictures —

Here it is, quite possibly the best free software to resize your digital pictures, for example, to web-appropriate size. Let’s face it: Maybe 80% of the public are getting this wrong. Cameras keep offering more and more megapixels because the public has come to equate higher megapixel counts with higher quality (not always the case, by the way). So we now regularly snap pictures 4 megabytes and larger, even when we intend to use them on a website for which, truth be told, they would load much more quickly if they were 80k or less in size. So here’s the solution: Image Resizer:

http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/

Mac users will want to try DroPic:

http://www.kreynet.de/dropic/

Get started today, resizing your photos to produce snappier online experiences (100kb per image max).

6) New Free Online Missionary Community

Missionary Friend is now open for the mission community to start networking.

http://www.missionaryfriend.com

Some would say this is the first free online Christian missionary community devoted to spreading the good works of all missionaries across the world.  Missionary Friend is all about sharing mission ideas, successes, and problems amongst the missionary community.  At Missionary Friend each member will have the ability to share photos, videos, experiences and knowledge.  Missionary Friend is a resource for all missionaries in the field and on short-term.  The Prayer Wall is a great way to spread the voice of prayer and have the prayer warriors of the mission community praying.  Check it out.

9) For Those Fighting Addictions: Check out these Free Courses

Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell wrote this past week to recommend a site offering free courses for education and accountability in fighting addictions. Peer mentors, working confidentially, help those struggling. As is usually the case with Kelly and Michèle’s recommendations, this site looks like it has a lot to offer. (Thanks for the tip, Kelly and Michèle.)

http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/

5) Helpful [free!] Resources for Those Ministering to Muslims

Here’s a website created for expatriate and national believers who are ministering to Muslims in the Arab world.  It seeks to provide a comprehensive on-line database of information and critique of print and audio-visual resources for church planting ministry use.

http://www.resource-international.info

An https version of the site is available by sending email to

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9) Wycliffe Associates UK, Hospitality service

Wycliffe Associates, on the web at…

http://www.wycliffeassociates.org.uk

offers overnight and some holiday accommodation in many parts of the UK free or at minimal cost. They have recently produced a spreadsheet showing more detail about the type of accommodation, location, length of stay.  Each entry has a reference code that can be quoted if you are interested.  You don’t have to be British to stay in this accommodation! Questions? Contact

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3) Free Downloadable Evangelistic Films

indigitech2Create International’s resource website at:

http://www.indigitech.net

is focused on resourcing Christians around the world with a variety of evangelistic tools. Aiming to enhance one’s personal witness and provide effective cross-cultural tools in multiple languages, this website tool box is full of options, with more than 10,000 external links to resources and informative articles for helping you be as effective as possible in your witness to people of other cultures and languages. They now have a searchable database of hundreds of people groups with links to audio, video, and literature tools for evangelism and mission mobilization. Create International has just completed a new section of “FREELY downloadable evangelistic films” for more than 45 of the largest and least reached people groups! They are available in both Apple and PC compatible formats which are playable on any desktop, laptop, or portable media player. Please visit their “Indigitech” website and get equipped to reach the nations!

5) Free Downloadable Hindu Evangelism Resource

southasianNow available in English, Bengali, French and Hindi Languages, these free print-ready tracts are designed for tri-fold use to print at your church or home computer. The tract is designed to make witnessing to Hindus simple. The Vedic Bridge and Truth that Triumphs are contextual Gospel tracts ready for you to download and print in PDF format And they are free to download and distribute

http://www.go2southasia.org/resource/evangelism/

3) Take a Member Care ‘how-to’ Course for Free

godintheglobalofficeStudy under the people who wrote the book on Member Care (Kelly and Michele O’Donnell). Watch this interactive slide presentation and learn how to further connect and contribute to the member care field. It is oriented towards those with member care responsibilities and interests and especially towards those studying/working in the health care fields. It works well for groups that want discussion and relationship-building. It can take from 30 minutes to three hours, based on how much you want to interact with the reflection/discussion questions,  the video clips, and web links. The title, “God in the Global Office,” reflects a Christian emphasis that sees God at work everywhere (global office) together with humans and on behalf of humans. The presentation (“slidecast”) is narrated. The written notes and the audio version are also available on request.

http://www.slideshare.net/MCAresources/god-in-the-global-office

6) World Hunger Fund Free Resources

worldhungerToday, October 11 has been designated as World Hunger Day. Learn more at…

http://www.gobgr.org

or contact

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