Daily Archives: 2008/05/18

May 18, 2008 Brigada

In This Issue…
Back By Popular Demand, Good Ole’ Brigada
Use This Site To Set Up Your Next Group Trip
Looking For A Way To Tag Your Photos?
Multipoint Webconferencing With Low Bandwidth Demand
Arise Shine Morocco
Catch The Short-Term Missions Conference
Follow-Through Conference For Short-Term Ministry
Global Recordings: Just Keeps On Going And Going
Harvest Information System Adds Features Multiple Listings
Ywam To Offer School Of Frontier Missions
Home Assignment Residence Available In Alabama
We’re Forever Grateful…
Give So A 10/40 Window Reader Can Receive Brigada
The Backpage: Magical Missionary Reports

Back By Popular Demand, Good Ole’ Brigada — Shew!

We have heard a chorus of voices… and most were loud and clear: “Please give us back the ‘old’ Brigada!” :-) If you were enjoying our experiments at HTML- and graphics-encoding, you were apparently in the minority. :-) So we’re back this week with the same format that has characterized Brigada since it began Jan. 25th, 1995. But there’s just one difference: we’re working *soooooooooo* hard at sprucing up our website so it’ll be a worthwhile and fun place for you to visit. So if you *do* have access to the web, please stop by and visit:

https://brigada.org/

Check out that Tag Cloud (“Search by tag”), expand those years of archived issues (“Search by date”)[we have already transferred hundreds of previous editions from 2008-2001]. We’ll stay at it ’til we’re completely transitioned to the new “Web 2.0” format, allowing you to write helpful comments, reviews, disagreeing viewpoints, as well as additional resources and helpful links. What’s more, your feedback now shows up *instantly*. There’s no wait for a moderator to approve your comment. You’ll also be able to see the 5 most recent comments (so you’ll see where the discussions are happening), and you can also search with “needle-in-a-haystack precision” using the site-only full-text search service provided by Google. And when we produce these new Brigadas, we’re splashing in helpful illustrations, with the artwork keyed to the organization or theme. So please… stop by and check us out. We’ll hope you’ll find the answers for which you’re searching.

Use This Site To Set Up Your Next Group Trip

Try it. You might like it. Have the various members of your group log on to help plan the same trip. They’ll all pick up the itinerary a lot more effectively, which might help them hone in their expectations precisely for the trip you’re planning together. Log on at:

http://www.tripit.com/

There’s no charge… and you can even use the site to book hotels, rental cars, airfare, etc. (I’m sure that’s the hope of the site’s authors. :-) )

Got a favorite travel site to add to this mix? Click on “comments” under this item and add your resource. You can even do so totally anonymously.

Looking For A Way To Tag Your Photos?

This is an ongoing challenge… how to deal with all these digital media we make today. Working with pictures can be so time-consuming — tagging, captioning, cleaning up the image, posting on a website, sharing the site with others, Yikes…. What are we thinking? :-) Sounds like we need some really good tools. Try…

http://www.itagsoftware.com/

It just might be one of the best photo-tagging programs on the net, especially when we consider that it’s a) free, b) fast and easy, and c) totally compatible with other software (that costs hundreds of dollars more). Beyond that, it’s *effective*, too. (I’m still using Photo-Mechanic.. but it’s not free. Find it at…

http://www.camerabits.com/

It’s a bit faster, perhaps, especially once you get the work flow down pat. Perhaps you have another option? Just click on “Comments” below and add your suggestion.

Multipoint Webconferencing With Low Bandwidth Demand

My friend, Curt, wanted to let us know that he has recently begun representing iZonIP, which is web conferencing software that has three applications. First, meetings with up to 24 participants for collaborative purposes. A whiteboard is available for document sharing and revision. Second, a webinar application allows you to broadcast into dozens of locations with the same whiteboard applications. Third, on-line classes can be taught and documentation can be archived. Currently this software is being used to train Christian leaders in remote and limited-access countries. They can offer low monthly rates for unlimited access with discounts for volume use. For more information, contact

or visit

http://www.izonip.com/

They even have a free 30 day trial. Call 1.866. 835.4673 or 1.603.626.2756

Arise Shine Morocco

Efforts are now well underway to produce an all new English language edition of the popular Arise Shine Morocco (ASM) “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” Prayer Guide. The new 64-page, undated booklet will be available this September. Special pre-publication discounts for bulk orders to be mailed directly from the printers will be available for orders placed by August 1st. Such orders should be placed as soon as possible. Please note that volunteer translators are still needed for other language versions of the new Prayer Guide. For more information, or to place an order, please go to the ASM website :

http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org/

or write ASM at

Follow-Through Conference For Short-Term Ministry

This conference is designed for anyone who has served on a short-term or mid-term mission trip, at a camp, studied abroad or any other type of ministry. Those who want to live devoted lives to Christ every day will be equipped and encouraged through general sessions, seminars, worship and connecting with others who have a passion to keep the flame alive post-ministry. Conference options include:

  • September 13, Concord, NC, hosted by Crossroads Church.
  • September 20, Boring, OR, Hosted by Good Shepherd Community Church and
  • March 21, 2009 in Ogden, UT hosted by Washington Heights Baptist Church.

For information visit
http://www.thenextmile.org/

or

Home Assignment Residence Available In Alabama

That’s Ashville, AL (35 min. north of B’ham, 2 hrs from both Atlanta and Chattanooga) to be precise. It’s even furnished (except for LR) 3BR/2BA, Lg LR/DR, B’fast room, 2 car garage converted to den, LG utility room with W/D, study (now holding a twin bed, but without a closet) on 8.5 acres. Approximately 1/2 of acreage is wooded. They even have a 4-wheeler with a pull-behind mower. They are looking for a family home on furlough that may want to stay in the place in exchange for paying utilities and yard upkeep. In exchange for them paying the $1200/ mo mortgage the owners will make an equivalent monthly donation to their organization for their support. For more information contact

We’re Forever Grateful

We’re Forever Grateful …-…to those who urge us on with prayer and/or giving. The pastor of the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship urged us on this past week with a special gift of $25. If every pastor, missionary, or church leader would follow his lead, we’d make our financial goal then I give you my word we’d keep quiet about finances until the first week of January ’09! :-)

Give So A 10/40 Window Reader Can Receive Brigada


You can do it. Set your own amount. What do you think a Brigada mailing would be worth for thousands of participants in the 10/40 Window? To get started, just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page in the link at the top of the webpage. 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 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.

The Backpage: Magical Missionary Reports

This past week, my 18-year-old son headed off on a quest to become a US Army Ranger. Now granted… There’s an unmistakable sense of accomplishment, not only for him, but also for my wife and me. We’re thrilled at the fact that he cares enough about freedom and liberty, not to mention the constitution of the USA, to be willing to give his life for it. But at the same time, I’ll admit: (confession time) today, his first Sunday in training, I wondered how he was doing. “Did he get a chance to go to a chapel service somewhere on base? Is he sunburned already? :-) Did they already give him his gas mask, haircut, uniform, and rifle? Was he happy, sad, fulfilled, scared, nervous, sleepy, excited, pumped, … I mean… I wondered about the whole range of emotions.

And then, around 5pm, we received that 4-minute call which filled us in on at least most of the answers to those questions. In addition, it reassured us that he remembered we would be wondering about him. He knew we’d be praying for him. And he wanted to be sure to tell us that he loved us.

As I pondered that principle (calling — to let one’s loved ones know that their prayers are most appreciated), I realized — the missionary enterprise is actually quite similar. As the missionary family heads off to do spiritual battle against Satan and his forces in far-flung, hot & arrid places, those who provided the sending foundation are left to wonder what in the world is going on. What a wonderful gesture of gratitude and grace — just that simple call or email back home, which says, “I haven’t forgotten about you; and what’s more, I know you haven’t forgotten about me, and that’s giving me strength.”

The moral of the story? Missionary reporting is magical. Not only does it increase the likelihood of continued support, it also is the right thing to do in light of *previous* support. I’m pretty sure we all grow weary of putting together those letters. Some of us have to do them every month (Team Expansion has monthly reporting as a requirement). Yawn. I’ve been with the organization 30 years now. It doesn’t take long to do the math. But after literally *hundreds* of monthly reports, I remain convinced: it’s the right thing to do.

So take a moment this week to make someone’s day. Skype-out, email out, or postal-mail out; drop in, use ham radio, sat phone, or even a good old-fashioned telephone. Say thanks, so “it sure means a lot”, and say, “Thanks for the prayers.” We might never know just how much it’ll mean to those doing the sending.

May God bless your week!

Doug

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