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Easter, The Ultimate Propulsion

Easter, The Ultimate Propulsion

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Cross on enter key of computer keyboardTwo preposterous impossibilities compel me to act.

The first: Christ rose from the dead. Preposterous to assert, but too many witnesses to deny.

The second: the same Spirit that returned him to life now lives in me. Even more preposterous, but also scary.

It’s one thing for some celestial being to amaze me with a power demonstration. It’s quite another for him to give me that very same power. We humans have a rotten track-record for handling power. Always have. The more we get, the more we mess it up. What was he thinking?

Inside MAF-Learning Technologies' Costa Rica Team

Inside MAF-Learning Technologies' Costa Rica Team

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Allow me to introduce you to our Learning Technologies team here in Costa Rica.

MAF-Learning Technologies has been working in Costa Rica in some form or another since 2004. We became officially registered as an organizational entity in Costa Rica in 2009, and the current members of the team have been together for well over a year. We've partnered with over 30 organizations offering education and biblical training to both mainstream church leaders and peripheral leaders who are discipling people tucked away in some of the most remote parts of the country. Our team has supported projects in 16 different countries, mainly in the Spanish-speaking Americas.

Inside MAF-Learning Technologies' Technology Team

Inside MAF-Learning Technologies' Technology Team

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I've been a member of the MAF-LT Technology Team for 3 years now, and I've worked on a number of different software-related projects. Every one of the projects has been driven by the same goal: to make resources available in ways they were not available before. Pastors, discipleship leaders, and Christians in isolated regions of the world do not have access to culturally relevant Christian training materials. In fact, they may not even have access to any resources at all.

Inside MAF-Learning Technologies’ Education Team

Inside MAF-Learning Technologies’ Education Team

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Men meeting at table with notebook computersInstructional design, consultations, educational principles, course design, distance education, learning management systems. These are some of the words that describe the Education Team within MAF-Learning Technologies. The team consists of Nicholas Ivins, Ralph Dawson, and Brian Ward. We work in harmony with the Technology Team to help bring training to isolated church leaders. One of our primary activities is to consult with other ministries.

What do we consult about? We advise in areas of how to build distance courses and how to deliver distance training using appropriate technologies.

Why Is Training Important On The Mission Field?

Why Is Training Important On The Mission Field?

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Greasy hand holding oil filterIn order to save money a friend decided that he would not change the oil filter on his car when he changed the oil. The car ran this way for a while, but then the engine froze because the oil filter got completely clogged. Are we doing the same thing to our missionaries when we do not provide ongoing training, expecting them to keep on running without the input they need?

The training can be on parenting, marriage, cross-cultural, or theological issues. The main question is what priority does your organization put on training those on the field?

How to Create a Mobile Phone App

How to Create a Mobile Phone App

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Mobile App page 1You already know me as a dreamer.

Well, I have been dreaming for some months now about a way to use smartphone apps in order to advertise/present our organization and our staff to potential and current partners, and supporters.

I played yesterday with a 3 steps to create a mobile app with great success. (that means anyone is able to do it). For more screenshots and links ...

Jungle Tech - a 21st Century Parable

Jungle Tech - a 21st Century Parable

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Lisu village pastor listens to audio player A Lisu village pastor in northern Thailand listens to the Bible for the first time in his own language

A village pastor traveled a jungle trail, hardly noticing sharp pebbles as mud squished up between his toes. He followed the path automatically as it wound left, right, left again, around thorn-thickets growing beneath towering trees. Sunlight filtered through staggered, leafy layers of overhead canopy fueling fast growing under-brush. Energized in sticky late afternoon heat, insects droned and whined, though after a lifetime in the jungle only silence would have startled him.

His left hand waved away a wasp, while his right felt the solid lump, safe in his pocket. He’d run out of thread weeks ago. But fortunately, filaments stripped from a vine fit the needle’s eye allowing him to fix the remaining white sack in his fraying shorts. It should hold its precious cargo, but his hand remained, protecting his connection with a bigger world.

Church Survey Tool, Version 1, Now Online

Church Survey Tool, Version 1, Now Online

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Screenshot of TYCP Welcome pageI've just put our new tool online called, Take Your Church’s Pulse survey. Here are the survey instructions and landing page: edutecnologia.org/pulse/ This is the first version. Updates and enhancements will follow soon.

How to Prep a Whiteboard Image

How to Prep a Whiteboard Image

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I found two apps--Genius Scan and Gimp--that help quickly prep a whiteboard picture so that it can be printed out in good contrast with a white background. Both work well, allowing easy cropping and basic image contrast/color sharpening for better viewing or printing. Having said that, I recommend Gimp as a slightly more advanced technique because Genius Scan might have a hard time picking up different marker color contrasts.

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