Daily Archives: 2012/01/29

1) How do You Manage and Track your To-do list? —

Might sound like a strange question to some, but to others, you know exactly what I mean. At any one time, I have about 100 things on my list of things to do. Trying to figure out which one to do next (or which 3 to do at the same time) is a constant challenge. Being able to hide the ones that I can’t do yet, because I’m waiting on something from someone else, keeping like-things together so I can “see the forest and the trees” side by side, and knowing when deadlines come… Yikes.  It scares me like the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. (And that’s a lot.) For me, for this phase of my life, I’ve settled into an app on my new iPhone called ToodleDo. They have a companion web app (so you don’t *always* have to type on those little on-screen phone keys). Learn more by using your favorite search engine to search for info on the title… or just go to…




But what are *you* using — and why? What works best? My wife swears by her paper Day-timer. Says she likes the “non-volatile memory.” :-) (She has a very good point.) How ’bout you? Just click “Comment” below and tell us your favorite pick and why. Thanks in advance.

2) New book: Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies —

Here’s a new missions book by mediastrategist Dan Henrich: Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies (Volume 1). It gives a series of case study reports on various film, radio, web and mobile phone initiatives in Africa, S America and Asia in the last few years. A sample chapter is online in PDF format. You can win a copy during February. Read more at…



3) Reflection and Prayer Training —

Preparing Leaders for Prayer Days and Short Retreats will be held at the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, SC (close to Charlotte, NC, USA) in October, 2012. The Full Session will be October 3-12, and the Short Session October 3-8. Participants will experience a number of prayer and reflection topics, as well as work in a small group with a staff member, learning how to lead the topics for others. Funds are available for partial scholarships. Please contact

kate_ringattscodotorg for an application and detailed information.

4) Keys to go Anywhere . . . TESOL —

Ready to make a global impact? Did you know you can make a difference in the injustices of poverty, human trafficking and unavailable education in the nations? Youth With A Mission in Salem, Oregon, USA is offering a TESOL course from March 26 to April 20, 2012 in effective teaching techniques. In four weeks you can receive a TESOL certificate to teach English as a Second Language and be prepared to go anywhere in the world to make that difference. Find details and application forms



5) Emerging Markets Research & Service Opportunities —

Anda Leadership needs your help. They’re finding quite a bit of information on emerging markets, multinational corporations, etc. However, they’ve had a harder time finding good statistical information about small businesses and entrepreneurial organizations in emerging markets. They’d like to be able to project income and then report on results vs. current levels of production and revenue, along with economic impact. Have you researched this and/or anything similar? If the resource is publicly available, please post by clicking on Comment below, so all can learn. If the research is private, feel free to contact Howard at


In addition, they are seeking trainers and others to assist in their work. Visit




for more information.

6) Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference —

The Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference (STMLC) is an annual training event open to churches, schools, agencies & individuals. It is designed to impact team members, leaders, and those who train, organize, or supervise Christian short-term mission trips as well as those who receive them. If you want to learn to lead short-term mission teams with excellence, you won’t want to miss this! April 12-14, 2012 in Bloomington, MN. Learn more about this conference at:




or go directly to the registration page here:




or call 1.877.STEM.646 or 952.996.1385 for more info. Early registration/group discounts available.

7) 11th International Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference —

This year’s conference will take place at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington, February 16-18, 2012. Besides helpful seminars on ministering to Japanese, there will be an emphasis on the situation, needs and opportunities for church planting in the devastated Tohoku area. Rev. Akira Sato, Rick Chuman and Jonathan Wilson will be among the speakers. For more information see




8) TESOL training course in Chiang Mai, Thailand —

Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. They have a course coming up June 4-July 6, 2012.  This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.  For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4.  For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening.  This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching. The same course is taught once a year in Manila (April/May). Contact Melody Kuka,

infothaiatactesoldotcom, for more information or




9) Global Changing Challenges Conference in Indonesia —

The Humanitarian Assistance Network for Disaster (HAND) is hosting a “Global Changing Challenges conference” April 3-4. It’s a progression of concepts discussed at the Hong Kong Starfish Community Expo that was held in October.  It seeks the spread of ideas, followed by communities actively engaging together in community development and disaster response — which is the purpose of the “Starfish Community.” See registration info at…




(Thanks to the Humanitarian International Services Group for sending us a note on this meeting this past week.)

10) See One Author’s Top 25 Best “Work as Worship” (BAM) Books —

Want to learn more about “Work as Worship” (some would call it Business as Mission or BAM)? What could be better than a top-25 list of books about the subject? Build a library on your Kindle or otherwise. Work as Worship guru, Justin Forman, lists such works as “Our Souls at Work,” by Mark Russell, “Business With Soul,” by Michael Cardone, and “God is at Work,” by Ken Eldred. Check out the complete list at…




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11) We’re Grateful…

Thanks to The Mission Network, Anacortes, WA, for undergirding Brigada’s global ministry with a $100 gift this past week! We appreciate you!

Thanks also to Insurance Services of America (ISA) for their gift of $59.58, reflective of Brigada participants who purchased trip interruption insurance and thereby protected travelers and donors alike from disruption and waste. For more info, see…



12) The BackPage: A Penny for Your Thoughts about Urbana —

When I was just getting started, I (like everyone else?) attended an Urbana Missions Conference (1984, if I recall). We had been involved in missions for 2 years and I had heard all about Urbana and was hungry to go. About 2 weeks before the event, I strained my back big-time. Pulled it totally out of place. But wild horses couldn’t have kept me from attending. My wife drove and I laid flat on my back the whole trip there. And I didn’t regret it.

For this week’s “BackPage Editorial” would you mind sharing a synopsis of your favorite Urbana story? Some have said that this one conference has done as much as anything else to ignite a new generation of worldwide witnesses If that’s the case, there should be some great stories out there. Was it there that you came to decide for sure that missions was going to be your ‘thing?’ Did you meet your future spouse there? Do you have a story about not having the money to go… then suddenly at the last minute, the provision came through, but only after you prayed & fasted? Are you a former *speaker* at Urbana? Tell us what it’s like standing on the platform, looking into the eager eyes of 18,000 students hungering to change the world? Let’s sort it out and get ready for Urbana 12. Just click on the “Comment” box below to share your story, anonymously or otherwise. Learn more about Urbana at…




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