Media

7) Interested in media or minority languages in the Eurasia region? —

Media, Communications, and IT experts, as well as linguists, translators, and ethnomusicologists, will meet near Frankfurt, Germany 19-22 March, 2012, for the Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (EMDC 2012). To gain access (web site and secure login), email

infoatemdcondotorg

with a letter of introduction.

1) New Crank-up radio Can even Recharge your Cell —

The gizmo-lovers among us will probably enjoy a visit to Eton Corp’s web page…

 

http://www.shopetoncorp.com

 

Check out the Rover, which combines an LED flashlight with a radio that has AM, FM and weather bands. If the power runs low, pop out the hand crank (or have your 12-year-old do so for you :-) ) and start whirring. One minute later, you’ll be good to go for another 15 minutes or more. What’s more, you can use a USB charger in place of the 12-year-old (if you’re fresh out). What’s more, you can also *charge* anything that runs on a USB plug, including a cell phone. As one reviewer observed, if the electric stays out for more than a few hours, these days, you’re going to want to tell all your Facebook friends anyway. :-) The Rover will set you back about $50, but it might be the last flashlight you’ll ever have to buy, at least for power-loss-emergencies. :-)

1) Check out these publishing resources for missionaries —

Magazine Training International offers a series of manuals, audio courses, and DVD courses on publishing. These high-quality professional materials are written and produced for missionaries and Christians in the Developing World. Resources cover magazine editing, magazine design, magazine management/business, and writing for magazines. Although even full price is less than cost, they are available at half price for readers of this issue of Brigada. Click on this link for the special price:

 

http://www.magazinetraining.com/Private_Pages/DiscountMTIresources/

 

MTI’s Web site also offers downloadable resources and tons of information for Christian publishers or would-be publishers. Check out the Web site at:

 

http://www.magazinetraining.com

 

(Thanks, too, to Magazine Training International for the faith they showed by investing $50 in

4) Six Ways to Reach God’s World DVD-Rom and Booklet —

Here is a great new resource for mobilizing from OMF International. This series of four- to six-minute videos highlights simple, yet powerful ways to make a difference from home and around the world. They will help you discover how you can be involved through learning with intention, prayer, going cross-culturally as messengers of the gospel, sending (which includes giving), welcoming internationals around you and even mobilizing others for all of these strategic roles.

 

You can view or download these free videos with discussion guides at

 

http://www.6ways2reach.org

 

or purchase the DVD-Rom and booklet at

 

http://www.omfbooks.com/p-228-6-ways-to-reach-gods-world.aspx

 

or by calling 303.730.4160.

2) Print Your Book in India —

New Life Printers will print your book at a good cost savings. For example, two thousand copies of a 100 page book is .88 cents a copy. Shipping is extra but it can still be a good deal. For example, to ship the two thousand copies to the port of New York would add another .15 cents a copy. A portion of profits are used to support the New Life Mercy Home in Delhi. Contact: Scott

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or call his cell

+919871517936

5) Mobile Ministry Strategy Network Formed —

The first-ever “Mobile Ministry Forum” assembled 16 mission strategists representing 15 organizations for two days in early December 2010 to focus exclusively on the mobile platform’s potential role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  Outcomes included plans to develop a mobile ministry training curriculum, establish a global “mobile practitioner” community and expand an existing database of mobile research.  Read the Forum’s report at

http://bit.ly/MobileMinistryForumReport

View a slide show of the forum at

http://bit.ly/ehmIxy

Indicate your interest in joining this network by writing

9) “The Waiting World,” = the Best New Missions DVD —

See if you agree: This DVD on the 10/40 Window and the major world religions are destined to become best sellers. I just hope they don’t sell out too soon. Just to get Israel Houghton’s “We Speak To Nations” would be well worth the $12.95. Shew. At that price, this DVD is a steal. Best thing since those Urbana videos from the turn of the new century. Finally, they’re refreshed. Yes!

http://web.me.com/mikeklausmeier/Site/Welcome.html

4) “The Waiting World, Special Edition” —

The producers of the prayer video series, “The Waiting Word” have just completed a new edition, and are making it available to readers of Brigada Today. This edition of the series contains six 7-9 minute videos showcasing the 10/40 Window, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism/Tribalism. There is also a bonus music video set to Israel Houghton’s song, “We Speak to Nations”.  The music video would be a good introduction for a missions seminar or presentation, while the prayer videos for each of the major religions of the 10/40 Window could be used to introduce a time of prayer for that religion or a people group of that faith.  The 10/40 Window video gives a basic understanding of the 10/40 Window along with an explanation of why it is important. As a special discount, readers of Brigada Today can email the producers at

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See samples at

http://web.mac.com/mikeklausmeier

2) Save that Favorite DVD to your Hard Drive for the Road —

Tired of lugging around that favorite DVD? Got a netbook with no DVD slot? You’re in luck. Our regular Brigada correspondent from North Africa recommends a virtual drive. The good news is — not only is it cool, it’s also free. Find it at…

http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

Use it to play ISO files on your computer. You’ll use up less battery on the road and you won’t have to juggle those little platters. Our guy has years of experience with it and there’s not a speck of malware in it. It’s just a plain, pure, cool tool.

16) All the Cool People will Have the new Operation World DVD —

You’ll want this resource. Check it out at…

http://www.gmi.org/products/operation-world/operation-world-dvd/

Author Jason Mandryk told us about this at Lausanne III in a special reception on Monday night. One of the CD/DVD developers was there and it sounded as if this would be the resource to beat. It will contain A fully searchable PDF of the Operation World book in color, extended info on each country, and lots of multi-media content — including a Powerpoint about each and every country in the world! You’ll also get extended rights to reproduce the content for your school or ministry, along with additional maps, charts, and data tables not in the printed book. Here’s a chart to see which version comes with what resource:

http://www.gmi.org/products/operation-world/cd-rom-vs-dvd/

(By the way, you can try entering “Brigada” in the comments box at the bottom of the Check Out form if you want to let them know where you heard about it.)

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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1) Create with Create

Got graphics? Wish you did? Either way, it’s worth a visit to Create International’s website at…

http://www.createthailand.com

They’re based in Chiang Mai and are a ministry of YWAM that produces evangelistic, mobilization, and church-planting media resources for unreached peoples. Each summer, they run a School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions to train missionary cartoonists. It’s not too early to sign up for 2011. Learn more at their site. (We’re thankful for their partnership with Brigada.)

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).

2) What’s the best simulcast to multiple sites?

I’ve tried using TokBox

http://www.tokbox.com

I like Tokbox. It’s kinda like the classical “BradyBunch” view of participants (“Hollywood Squares” sort of). It’s medium inexpensive.

To do a simulcast video conference. Once I get to 6 or 7 participants, seems like it’s already maxing out. There’s some latency, some dropped connections, etc. But it’s still the best I can find so far. It doesn’t let me broadcast my desktop though, like a classical webinar provider. For that, I’ve relied on…

http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/webinar

It doesn’t simulcast the video, though. Just desktop — which, don’t get me wrong, is still great. It’s medium expensive.

Also have tried using uStream…

http://www.ustream.tv/

I like it… but again, it’s just video and audio… and there are periods of latency and some drop-outs. No desktop-sharing. But the number of participants is through the roof. *Lots*. It’s very inexpensive.

Do you have a favorite service that fits in with these? A Brigada participant in North Africa is extremely interested. What’s your best recommendation?

If you have an option, just click “Comment” under this item. Thanks in advance for your help! Doug

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