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People Respond to Website Relaunch

We mentioned a few days ago the relaunch of our A Simple Word delivery site. We have already begun receiving new interest. New readers are visiting the site. New people who have signed up for courses. When a person first responds, they receive a thank you email. Then, if they register for a course, each…

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Relaunch. asimpleword.org. January 15, 2023

We are quite excited to announce the relaunch of our primary content website, www.asimpleword.org. This site contains all the content from all of the books and articles we have written. In addition, people who come to the site can take 15 different courses based on that content. When they complete each course, they receive a certificate…

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The Travel Guide ‘Travels’ to Myanmar

Lai Ro Thang is a long time friend and pastor in Yangon, Myanmar. He first took an interest in the “little book”, Simple Truths for the New Believer more than ten years ago and translated the book into Burmese and Mizo-Chin for the churches there. Since that time, Rova (as he first introduced himself on my first…

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Assembling the Pieces

AFRICA Part Six SIM has been engaged in missions in Burkina Faso for almost 100 years. They have been responsible for planting hundreds of churches among multiple people groups, especially in the eastern part of the country. But they have also been responsible for gathering and placing missionaries and competent support personnel in central Burkina…

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A Good Result for a Long Day

AFRICA Part Five When one plans a trip, there are always expectations. Those expectations should be reasonable and consider the realities of cross-cultural work. I went to Burkina Faso with what I knew were high hopes. I should know better by now. This trip is not my first. I knew that things change. Plans hit…

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“…but then face to face.”

AFRICA Part Four Everyone who goes overseas for missions knows what I am about to say. No matter how advanced communication technology is today, there are some things that you cannot say or know unless you are in a room, present with someone. I think Paul may have had that in mind when he penned…

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Pieces of the African Puzzle

AFRICA Part Three No. It does not compare with those of David Livingston or Lott Carey, but a journey to Africa is still no small undertaking. What complicated this trip was not the multiple flights, visas, immunizations, and passages through customs/immigration. The knotty parts of this trip were the questions. My friend Nebié Badiou is…

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With a Few Folds and a Staple

I am writing this on November 1 from the SIM Guesthouse in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. AFRICA Part Two My friend Dieudonné and I sat together for two hours discussing the “petit livre.” Dieudonné has been the catalyst behind the broader translation and distribution of Simple Truths for the New Believer since he first translated the book into…

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 Long Voyage pour une Courte Visite

I write this piece from Burkina Faso on Monday, October 31, after a meeting with a friend.  AFRICA Part One In 2015, during a trip to Burkina Faso, I was part of a Story Development Team with a division of CRU called StoryRunners. As I had only recently left Vietnam to return to Canada, I…

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500 Farsi Books in Transit to Canada

Ahmad Zeividavi is a friend of ours. He serves as the Executive Director of the House of Omeed, a ministry in British Columbia about which we have written in previous articles. I thought you might be interested in watching the progress of the projects we are working on with Ahmad. Here is a piece of…

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Praying for God’s Mercy in Myanmar

Our friend Rova has been an enthusiastic advocate of the use of Clear and Simple Media materials in Myanmar since the beginning. By my first visit to Yangon in 2016, Rova had already translated Simple Truths for the New Believer into Burmese and Mizo-Chin and had printed and distributed hundreds of books. Life has been…

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Dari, Pashto, Farsi and the Providence of God

Shoaib Ebadi is Afghani, born and educated in Kabul, where he worked as a lawyer. In one of the many times of trouble in that country, Shoaib immigrated to Canada, where he heard the gospel and came to faith in Christ. Shoaib Ebadi now lives in Winnipeg, Canada where he works as Executive Director of…

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“A Hundred Times More Than was Sown”

Lai Ro Thanga is a long time friend and pastor in Yangon, Myanmar. He first took an interest in the “little book”, Simple Truths for the New Believer a half dozen years ago and translated the book into Burmese and Mizo-Chin for the churches there. Since that time, Rova (as he first introduced himself on…

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“Omeed” is Persian for Hope

Partnerships. When we think about how the ministry of Clear and Simple Media has grown, that word “partnerships” is foundational. In the early stages of our first project, church planters in Vietnam urged us to put our first “little book” into Vietnamese, then Stieng, Cò Ho, Hrê, Hmong, and Ba Na. Each network communicated a…

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“It was clear that the book was a powerful tool…”

Although the genesis of Clear and Simple Media grew from a desire to assist grass-roots church planters in SE Asia, God has seen fit to use the materials around the world. Forty-eight people groups have at least one of the books in use in their language. We are in the middle of expanding that number….

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Conversations About Jesus…in Estonia

Beth Anne Erickson works in Estonia. With the recent crisis that has resulted from the war in the Ukraine, refugees have moved from Poland, through Latvia and Lithuania, then to Estonia. Beth has used our material in English, Ukrainian, and Russian as the ministry she is a part of encounters larger numbers of people moving…

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“Now I am declaring my faith in Jesus…”

Pastor Dallas Rempel is on the staff of the Hillsdale Baptist Church in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The church has been using Clear and Simple Media material for several years in a variety of ministries. The church has used our book, Simple Stories, to teach English and to introduce the story of Jesus to people who…

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Clear – But Not So Simple (Myanmar)

For several months now, we have been working with translators to put our book, Travel Guide to the Bible, into Burmese and Mizo-Chin for the church in Myanmar. If you have been following world news, Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested after the country’s military seized power in February 2021. The event…

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“What’s New?”: Four Short Stories

Website Developments We are now in the process of combing the two CSM delivery sites, Hear A Story and A Simple Word. Although we have experienced several snags which have delayed the project by six months, we are getting close to activating the new site. After three months of field-testing in English, we will begin…

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Молитесь за Россию (Pray for Russia)

I hope this does not sound strange to my Christian readers. Yes, the Russian leadership today is orchestrating a war in the Ukraine. But we make a serious mistake when we believe that the entire Russian population (146,000,000) favors what is happening. They were not given a vote. Nor will their opinion be sought. Many…

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Моліться за Україну (Pray for Ukraine)

The war in the Ukraine is now in its third week. Since February 24, 2022, more than 2.6 million Ukrainians have crossed a foreign border as refugees or have become internally displaced. The nation needs your prayers. In 2019, during a trip to Canada, we visited a Ukrainian-speaking congregation in Saskatoon. The leaders had seen…

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Estonia and the Ukrainian Diaspora

More than 1.45 million people have left Ukraine since Russia invaded the country 10 days ago, the International Organization for Migration said on Saturday, sparking what the United Nations agency described as the fastest and largest displacement of people in Europe since World War II. This ”diaspora” is bringing hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to…

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رهنمای سفر در کتاب مقدس

If you are having difficulty reading the headline, likely you are not from Afghanistan. Afghan Persian, or Dari, is also commonly referred to as Farsi. There are many historical and political reasons for the naming variants, but Dari is spoken by over 70% of Afghans as a first or second language. Dari can also be…

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Social Media: We Need Your Help!

Over the past few months we have been designing social media posts for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  We are hoping that people who see these would be curious about the posts and connect with our websites through the links provided.  What about you? Have you seen any of these posts? We would appreciate it if…

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Champions in West Africa

Every endeavor needs a champion. What is a champion? A champion is someone with a deep belief in the value of a project or cause, which generates in them a personal passion, which results in a tenacious commitment to that cause’s success, and whose influence on others puts the wind in the sails necessary to…

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