On-line giving

4) Use Your Church or Ministry Donations To Help Missions! —

Radvocacy(TM) has partnered with Swipe Away Poverty(r) a partnership between of Prolific Business Solutions(r) and Compassion International to make every swipe count for global missions. If your business or non-profit uses credit cards, with every transaction, they can help these two non-profits meet their goals around the world. Prolific also promises they will save your business or non-profit money, or they will give you $500 for your time. How can you say ‘No’ to that? If you sign-up, these charities get a portion of Prolific’s profit. If your Business or Non-Profit want’s to help global missions with every credit card transaction, check out Prolific by getting a quote.

 

http://bit.ly/ProlificLinkxn

 

Fill-out the application, click ‘Apply Now’ to get a quote. Prolific will walk you through the process, and answer your questions. If you like what you see, please consider signing-up with Prolific.

To learn more about Radvocacy check-out:

 

http://radvocacy.org

9) New Devotional Booklet Aimed at Igniting Giving —

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) has released a devotional designed to inspire Christians to give generously. “Igniting a Life of Generosity” by Chris McDaniel serves as a Scripture-based guide givers can use to tackle the frequently misunderstood topic of giving. It’s an insightful devotional that will help readers develop a practical and personal theology for generous giving. Readers will be challenged to become more cheerful givers. The devotional is divided into three sections: Corresponding Scripture references anchor each day’s main thought, and insightful questions help readers to more deeply consider the material.  This is a great resource to distribute to your friends and supporters.  They are available in packs of 5, 30 and 100 or can be customized with your imprint and a discounted rate for 500 or more.  To obtain a copy of “Igniting a Life of Generosity,” visit

 

http://blog.ignitingalifeofgenerosity.com/

 

11) The Easiest $10 You’ve Ever Given Away to Brigada —

If you’ve ever purchased anything online before, or if you plan to do so in the near future, this just might be the easiest $10 you’ll ever give away. Glance through these steps — and if you’re willing to follow them, shortly after your first online purchase, Brigada will receive $10 in cash, in your name, just because you tried out the service.

 

First, point your browser to…

 

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=NFoc8Og53v9vfVwTp4UhSA%3D%3D

 

Second, select “My ebates” in the topline menu. Choose “cashback method” and change the checkbox to “donate” then choose “Check” made to Team Expansion, 4112 Old Routt Road, Louisville, KY 40299. Then select “Update.”

 

Third, if you’d rather not receive promotional mailings from ebates.com, click on “Subscriptions,” and check the box at the bottom that says, “Unsubscribe from all promotional emails.” Ebates has a very strong privacy policy and a 100% “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau. Based on their past track record, you will *not* be spammed – Period.

 

That’s all there is to it. Now take a moment to look through all the stores. For example, next time you order something from Buy.com, or Lowes or Autozone, Diapers.com or Kmart, Barnes and Noble, Staples, Vistaprint, Walmart, Sam’s Wholesale, Sears, Verizon, Sprint, JCPenney, NewEgg, TigerDirect, Circuit City, Buy.com, Orbitz, Marriott, Priceline, Expedia, Hotels.com, REI, Bass Pro, Under Armour, and about 1200 other stores — *anytime* you click through the ebates.com site (making sure you’re still logged in), when you buy like normal, the vendor you visit through eBates will send a cash gift to Brigada afterward. Your summary statement will always tell you how much you’ve donated. We’re happy to furnish you with a tax-deductible receipt for that amount.

 

So to summarize — follow the simple steps above to log on to ebates.com, using the link above. Then, find the store (where you were already going to buy something online anyway), use the ebates link to click there, make your purchases as usual (perhaps saving something along the way because ebates constantly makes available coupons for your use). You’ll see at the ebates page, within a day or so, the amount you’re saving as a donation to Brigada (which is a ministry of Team Expansion). That’s all! You never pay any membership fees. If you’ve always wanted to send a gift to Brigada but just never got around to it, at least by following this method, a percentage of everything you buy *will* help Brigada. In fact, just by signing up and making your first purchase through the service, you’ll be sending Brigada a $10 gift right off the bat. If 100 people sign up, that’s a $1000 one-time gift, and all you will have had to do is try the service one time! By the way, one of our Team Expansion workers has been using this service for quite some time and they really honestly do pay out in checks — and the money really does come. It might not be big, but it really does come, and small gifts would add up if many people took part. Thanks for checking it out. As always, we’ll report accurate figures here as to what happens.

10) Would you Stand in the Gap for Brigada?

thanksgivinggirlIt’s easy to give to Brigada. Just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 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.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for any help you can give.

12) The Backpage: Do You Worry Much About The Economy?

I’ve heard it both ways. Some say the economy squeezes charitable giving. See for example, the article in the Ohio University Post at

http://www.thepost.ohiou.edu/Articles/Culture/2008/10/06/25728/

Also see the very fine report at

http://philanthropy.com/free/articles/v20/i08/08000601.htm

in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
But others maintain that giving seems to be the least-impacted in times of financial crunch. What’s your situation? Jot a note about your situation by clicking on “Comment” below.

9) Make A Difference For Brigada

Would you help send this edition and other future editions to 10,000 people in dozens of countries around the world. If so, see the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link on the upper left if you prefer. Either way, you can also click on the “Donate” page in the link at the top of the webpage

http://www.brigada.org/1995/01/contribute.html

Again, 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), 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.

Show Brigada that you Care

Want to donate to Brigada or sponsor an issue? Just click the PayPal button at left to donate via PayPal, Mastercard or Visa. If you’d prefer not to use an online payment service, you can also simply mail a check to:
Team Expansion (Brigada)
13711 Willow Reed Dr.
Louisville, KY 40299

Note: If you’d like a tax-deductible receipt, please mail your check and make your check payable to “Team Expansion.”

So far in 2008, our year to date gifts/sponsorships total $4972.59.

But our needs in 2008 total $17,150. (That’s all — no more.)

(These funds go toward fuel for the Brigada missions fire, along with the costs of our website, secretarial help, and promoting missions. Each month, sponsors like those below are given the opportunity to “renew.” Those who are unable to do so will then “scroll off” the end of this list.)

Can you help?

Click here to Give Wings (support) to Brigada

Want to donate to Brigada or sponsor an issue? Just click the PayPal button at left to donate via PayPal, Mastercard or Visa. If you’d prefer not to use an online payment service, you can also simply mail a check to:
Team Expansion (Brigada)
13711 Willow Reed Dr.
Louisville, KY 40299

Note: If you’d like a tax-deductible receipt, please mail your check and make your check payable to “Team Expansion.”

2008 year to date gifts/sponsorships = $4792.59

Needed in 2008 = $17,150

2004 total = $9,384.79; 2005 total = $10,952.28; 2006 total = $15,096 of 16,650; 2007 total = $14,218.90 of $17,150

(These funds go toward fuel for the Brigada missions fire, along with the costs of our website, secretarial help, and promoting missions. Each month, sponsors like those below are given the opportunity to “renew.” Those who are unable to do so will then “scroll off” the end of this list.)

(This line could be dedicated to your organization, church company, or family for the next 12 months!)

5/4/2008 Small Cloud is the teaching, writing, and prayer ministry of Ed Kleiman. Ed connects scripture and prayer with the goal of helping participants grow a deeply intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Learn more about them at http://www.praybold.org/
Thanks to Small Cloud Ministries for helping get this issue of Brigada out the door — by sending $50. Thanks for your help, Ed!!! 4/18/2008 OUR HEARTS GO OUT… — .. to Blessed Hope Communications, for the
$16.80 they sent this past month as a gift in recognition of those who
talked on Blessed Hope phone accounts. If you have to arrange long
distance service with someone anyway, why not consider Blessed Hope. It
won’t cost you any more — and you might actually *save* money, because
their rates are so competitive. Just browse to:

http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/

Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America for protecting recent
travelers during their trips, which resulted in nice thank-you gifts of
$18 and $14.81 to Brigada, simply because they purchased their trip
cancellation protection by going to:

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm
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[For a complete list of donors from the past 12 months, go to

http://www.teamexpansion.org/donate.html

HOW TO MAKE OUR DAY

One gentleman called our office day before yesterday, letting us know that he hoped to give $1000 through the PayPal link at the Brigada site. He mentioned that he’d rather use a credit card rather than his PayPal account. Please note that it’s easy to do so. Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page, then 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. (By the way, if you’re that gentleman and need help, please don’t hesitate to call back for more help. The gift hasn’t arrived just yet. :-) ) 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.

Our Sponsors…

The following partners have worked out a regular arrangement with Brigada to give on a regular basis. We highly recommend them to you as being among the best in their respective fields. We humbly ask that you utilize their services whenever possible… and we are grateful for their vision and partnership here at Brigada! Want to join them? Just click “Donate” at the top of this page.

Insurancewww.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm
Mark and his friends at Missionary Health (Insurance Services of America) can set you up with international health, life and/or travel insurance needs for both short-term as well as long-term stays. If you’re a missionary . . . or if you know one . . . Mark can probably save you — and him/her — some money. Meanwhile, you’ll be helping Brigada too!

Insurancewww.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp
Jeff and Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance can get quotes from eight different international health insurance companies for international health and life insurance, short-term, long-term and short-term team mission trips. Get group insurance quotes for small and large groups, plans for non-Americans coming to the USA and Americans living in most USA states.

Communications Dial-Abroad.orgwww.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm
Dial-Abroad.org is run by a missionary family and offers a worldwide, international phone service with the cheapest country-to-country international long distance rates I’ve seen. If you are living overseas or call people living abroad then visit this site.

CommunicationsBlessed Hope Communicationswww.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada
Blessed Hope is a Christian owned US long distance service with cheap rates for people living in the USA. Get 4.9 cents per minute interstate rates with no monthly or hidden fees. If you are paying higher rates, then visit this site.


CollaborationCentral Desktop
http://www.centraldesktop.com/l?sr=af_2185213gn5wkcvybdhy9
Central Desktop provides a great batch of services for the team or organization wanting to collaborate on goal-setting, milestone-tracking, group-calendaring, and joint task-listing. This is the service that Brigada & Team Expansion use throughout the year. Give them a try. Even if all you do is register for a free trial, Brigada still gets a $2 gift for your efforts — and it really is truly the service Team Expansion & Brigada are using at this time. Also get web-conferencing and voice conferencing for 10 people, built into the service!

Communications – Global Airtime – http://www.GlobalAirtime.com

This is a great service for anyone wanting to keep in touch while traveling abroad. They provide a Global SIM card that can be used with any GSM Tri or Quad band phone to travel just about anywhere in the world. You will save as much as 90% or more on cellular calls while traveling abroad. BEST OF ALL they will assign you a local U.S. number to take with you so that friends and family here in the U.S. can easily keep in touch with you without making an International Long Distance call. Find out more by visiting their website
www.GlobalAirtime.com

TravelMission Travelhttp://www.missiontravel.org/ — Christian owned and operated travel agency exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, MissionTravel.org focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from MissionTravel.org owners. Also email


or call 1-888-849-8850 in the USA.

Books — William Carey Library – http://www.missionbooks.org/ — This book source, which has been publishing missions books since the 1960s, seems to keep the best books of all. All the hard-to-find stuff as well as the hot-off-the-presses stuff… it’s mostly all right here.

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Want to be listed here as a regular sponsor of Brigada? It’s easy! Just fill out this form and mail it to the address below.
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BRIGADA REGULAR MONTHLY GIVING FORM:

Thank you for your partnership with Brigada!
Please print this form, fill in the appropriate information, and mail it to the address below.

Billing address for the card:

Name _________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________

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Please charge $___________ to my credit card.
(American Express, Discover Card, Master Card, Visa)

For regular givers: Please make my gift on the _______ day of every month.

Cardholder’s Name ___________________________________________

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Expiration Date: _______________________ Security Code __________

Signature ___________________________________________________

Please mail this form to:
Brigada
4112 Old Routt Road
Louisville, KY 40299

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In addition, you can click here to see those who have given so far this year.

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