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9) Next Week: Special Cool Tools for Offline Use

cool toolsBy popular request (Thanks for asking, Mike!), next week’s Brigada will feature Cool Tools for use in low-bandwidth situations. Are you a worker in a creative-access field with slow internet? What tools have helped you maximize your effectiveness in spite of bandwidth restrictions? That’s what we’ll want to know. Please see “Submit” an item at or just email your item to Doug at

10) Will Amaze (and Equip) You

PrompempoWow. The folks behind have been busy. Their tag line is “Guiding paths in missions since 2003.” Take a look…

Whether you’re an inquirer, a mobilizer, a church leader, or an onfield worker, there’s something there for everyone.

12) Let God Enlarge Your Heart in 2014

The International School of Reconciliation Studies, a Biblically anchored, web based, self-paced 9-12 month school, is beginning a new cohort February 3rd, 2014. Featuring teacher/practioneers in reconciliation from around the world, this course will take you deeper into God’s heart concerning His many colored wisdom. For more information explore

13) Learn the Basics of Storytelling in Two Days

tell the storyThat’s the approach taken by …

Their 2013 Biblical Storytelling Workshop in Louisville takes place January 31 through February 1 at 5007 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY. It’s Friday night and all day Saturday for $30 per person. You’ll receive basic storytelling lessons and strategies in this hands-on workshop will acquaint you with Biblical Storytelling. For registration see the link above.

14) The BackPage: Google: Friend of Foe

This past week, several readers raised questions about our recommendation for Google Apps. One note (from our I.T. guy here at Team Expansion) reminded us that Google wasn’t really a technology company, at heart. Instead, he asserted, Google is an advertising company using Tech as the delivery vehicle. (Thanks Greg.)

Another reminded us of Google’s own Terms of Service,…

He added, “Google harvests everything (including sensitive information) that is sent through Gmail accounts. Data stored on Google Drive becomes property of Google. And the insidious part about this is that they do it with our permission (unlike the NSA that at least works to get at our sensitive data). They have categorically stated that you cannot assume any sort of privacy when using Gmail (and by extension Google Apps). See:

He went on to say, “Some of the tech people I have contact with have even reported private links to private websites suddenly showing up on Google after they were emailed to someone with a Gmail account who needed access to the site. Google Chrome also harvests information that they have no business having (see here:

“so, according to this Brigada participant, it is not a browser for people in sensitive locations.” (Thanks J…)

Does this affect your willingness or likelihood of using Google apps for your team’s content? Knowing that they data-mine everything (including the content you place in your private docs), should you be thinking of switching to a secure solution, and if so, which one(s) are you considering? Please click “comment” under the web version of this item. Thanks for any insights you can share.

15) Closing Stuff

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Brigada Today– 2014/01/12

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In this edition:
1) Join us in Praying for Dalat International School
2) From the “It Could be Worse” Department: Lose $4.4 billion?
3) Build Your Own Free Website with
4) Nice to have MissionMakr Back
5) TRAIN International Will Get You Ready
6) Learn How To Use Mobile Technology for Your Ministry
7) Thrive Retreat in Antalya, Turkey for Cross-Cultural Women
8) First Book published on Counseling adult Third Culture Kids
9) Cool Tools: The Best Voice-over-Internet Telephony Solution?
10) Cool Tools: The Best Solution for RoboCalling
11) Cool Tools: The Best Webinar Solution
12) Cool Tools: The Best Online Blog Readers?
13) Cool Tools: The Best Online Calendar Solution
14) The BackPage: Help Christ’s Work Worldwide through Brigada
15) Closing Stuff

1) Join us in Praying for Dalat International School

International School This past week, we received a $93 gift from a Brigada partner with a heart for Dalat International School, which was founded in 1929 as a private Christian boarding school to provide a North American elementary and high school education for children of C&MA missionaries in Indo-China. It is presently located in Penang, Malaysia and is a very special place. Ask any teacher what makes Dalat special and they will say it is the students. Ask any student what makes Dalat special and they will say it is the friends that they make and the fun they have with them. Ask any parent what makes Dalat special and they will say it provides a quality education in a safe environment. Positive togetherness, moments of camaraderie and satisfying relationships are the hallmarks of a Dalat education. They have a few employment opportunities available at

Please pray for Dalat as it serves both to support missionary efforts in Southeast Asia as well as to reach out to the many unreached in Penang. (…and thanks to the true fan of Brigada for the gift!)

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