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Printing for Burkina Faso, Mali

While the pandemic has caused a great deal of chaos and disruption in the world, there are some encouragements in the midst of it. In recent days, we had increased correspondence with our friends Dieudonné Sómé and Nebié Badiou in Burkina Faso. They have been able to find a printer to print the “stronger” Simple…

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New Online Course in Development

Our desire to create an online course based on our book, Travel Guide to the Bible, has taken some time to find traction. But in the month of September, we were able to secure the resources to launch phase one of this multi-phased project.  We have been able to complete three components of this online…

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Travel Guide to the Bible Course Field Testing Begins

Over the past two months, we have been able to complete the questions for our online course from the Travel Guide. Our original project goal was to write 25 questions for each chapter of the book. This would allow a student to test themselves, not only on the content of the book, but on the…

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CSM Completes Text for Newest Book

For several months, we have been working to complete the content for our newest book, Simple Answers to Not So Simple Questions. The book is a series of essays written to expand on the content of Simple Truths, our evangelical catechism.  The essays will first appear as blogs on our www.asimpleword.org site. Then the blogs will…

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Burkina Faso Requests More Books

Clear and Simple Media has been working in Burkina Faso since 2015. We started by consulting on a story development project with StoryRunners (CRU). During that six-week project in the town of Banfora, Simple Truths was translated into French. After some field-testing, we later added 6 more languages: Dyula, Mooré, Bwaba, Cerma, Pougouli, and Gourmantchema….

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Progress in Online Course Development

For several months now, we have been writing material for an online course based on our book, Travel Guide to the Bible. Our friends in West Africa have been asking for this for more than a year now. While this will be of great benefit to our friends there, we have had to adjust our…

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Arabic Ministry Website Uses Travel Guide to Encourage Scripture Engagement

One of the great joys of doing what we do is working with ministry leaders who are passionate about what they do. Last week, we shared a FaceTime call with our friends at Call of Love Ministries. Call of Love is an outreach ministry that owns a television station that does outreach to the Arab…

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Travel Guide Now Available in Arabic

One of the ways to assess one’s progress is to mark milestones. Last month we were able to count another one. We are grateful to report that the Arabic translation of the Travel Guide to the Bible is complete. We started this translation in mid-January. While there were some delays due to the COVID-19 virus,…

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Arabic Satellite Television Project Partnership

Early in the partnership between Call of Love Ministries and Clear and Simple Media, the leaders of Call of Love believed that the book, Travel Guide to the Bible could be adapted for Television. Call of Love manages an Arabic language television station that broadcasts throughout the Middle East via satellite.  Their original idea was to…

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ENKLA SANNINGAR för NYA TROENDE

When we first wrote our “little book,” Simple Truths, we had a limited audience in mind. We began the project for use in Vietnam, in Vietnamese, and a few tribal languages. Soon, we started hearing from missionaries who asked if we could help them translate the little book into their language. Today, we now offer…

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Extending Our Reach Under Quarantine

Since March of this year, we have been working to respond to a request from our friends in Burkina Faso. We have been involved in this West African country since 2015, completing seven translation projects there so far. In 2019, Clear and Simple Media launched our French website (www.véritésimple.org) in Burkina Faso, and early in…

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New Friends, New Projects

One of the joys of the ministry at Clear and Simple Media is working on projects that come to us unexpectedly. These projects are not always things that were part of our original plan for the year, but they provide us with an occasion to be involved in initiatives that have the potential to make…

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Would You Like to Hear a Story?

Researchers estimate that, of the more than seven billion people in the world, 70% are oral learners. While one can argue with the numbers, even the most casual observer knows that people, regardless of language or culture, love a good story. Insights derived from oral culture studies have led multiple Christian mission agencies to have…

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Preparing Online Course Material

Sometimes we are asked how we decide on what projects we become involved in. The answer to that is not always straightforward. However, for the most part, the projects that we engage in are not things that we have sought out. Our projects have a way of coming to us. Since March of this year,…

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First Glimpse of a New Book Design

One of the earliest goals we set was to build a growing catalog of materials that are linguistically simple, theologically clear, and biblically faithful. To this point in our history, we have written those materials ourselves. But we are increasingly seeing the potential to find resources that already meet the theological and biblical criteria but have a level…

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Turning Lockdowns into Opportunities

It has been a long time since the world has seen a pandemic. And this one has seen an unprecedented response by people and nations around the globe. For us, it has meant following the “stay-at-home” protocols as recommended by governors and health professionals. While that has meant cancelling trips overseas and delaying conferences with…

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Why Simple English?

It is not unusual, after a presentation, for us to get questions about what we do and why we do it? Why English? Why simple English? Here is part of the answer. In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released an interactive, online map pinpointing the vast array of languages spoken in homes across the nation….

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New Project. Expanded Capacity.

Three weeks ago, we shared a report on a trip to Orlando, Florida. There, we met with Nebié Badiou, a church leader from Burkina Faso, who was in Florida doing an intensive English course. We also reported that, as a result of that trip, we began to discuss a new project. The project is not…

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Of Pandemics, Unrest, and Hope in West Africa

The Coronavirus has had many devastating effects on the world. Some of them have come directly from the sickness the virus causes. Other effects of the pandemic are not so straightforward. In many countries, the virus has had a domino effect. The poorer countries have once again seen how their capacity to provide adequate medical…

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From Canada to Mexico, By Way Of California: The “Little Book” Takes A Trip

Clear and Simple Media has produced publications that are now in translation in 45 languages and are in use in at least 40 countries (that we know of). Since the beginning stages of the ministry, we have enjoyed watching how our books get to the places where they eventually end up. In early February, a…

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Arabic Project Sees Steady Progress

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford In December, we sent our book, the Travel Guide to the Bible, to a translation team in Egypt. Their goal was to translate the book into Arabic by the end of April. Our most recent conversation with our contact for…

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LAUNCH RESULTS FROM VÉRITÉ SIMPLE TOGO PROJECT

The last week in February saw the launch of our French website, A Simple Word (Vérité Simple), in Togo and Benin.  Our launch strategy involved investing in Facebook ads as a first contact. The ads offered a free book, “L’Historie de Dieu et Votre Historie” (God’s Story, Your Story), to all those who enter their…

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Somali Christians Using CSM Tools in Ethiopia

Some weeks ago, we completed the Somali translation of our evangelical catechism. Soon after, we received the audio edition of both the more lengthy version of the book (Simple Truths for the New Believer) and the abbreviated version (God’s Story, Our Story) in Somali. We engaged in the work to assist a group of our…

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Doing Bible Interpretation: A Test Of Capacity

Several months ago, Clear and Simple Media launched a test project with our friend and author, Dr. Larry Caldwell. Larry, for many years, was a missionary to the Philippines. Today, Larry is the Academic Dean of Sioux Falls Seminary in North Dakota. In 2016, Larry wrote a book titled Doing Bible Interpretation. We wanted to…

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Three Years In The Making: Simple Truths In Swedish

One of the surprises since launching Clear and Simple Media is seeing how our materials get to the places where they end up. We sometimes say that our first little book “escaped.” We began the ministry as a project for Vietnam and a few tribal languages. Soon, we started hearing from missionaries who asked if…

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