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Jane’s Story

We have several churches that use our material to introduce Christ and disciple new believers. The following is an account that we received from a pastor in Canada*. This is Jane‘s (name is changed) story. I first met Jane one Sunday morning at the Baptism Class I was leading after church. It was clear, early…

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Dari Website Reaches Afghans

During the second week in May we spoke with Shoaib Ebadi. After having the Travel Guide translated into Dari and Pashto last year, Shoaib is now overseeing the development of the Dari website (www.asimpleworddari.org). He has been able to hire an Afghan Christian living in India to create Facebook and Instagram posts for the site….

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French Travel Guides on Slow Boat to Togo

200 French versions of the Travel Guide to the Bible (Guide Biblique) are currently in a container, on a ship, bound for West Africa. In March we received a request from some friends in Togo. They were wondering if we could get 200 copies of the French Travel Guide to the Bible printed and shipped…

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New Farsi Books for House of Omeed

We were recently informed that a church had $2000 that they wanted to use for a Simple Truths project. A few weeks later we received a request for more Farsi Simple Truths from Ahmad Zeividavi at House of Omeed in British Columbia, Canada. We had previously supplied him with several hundred Farsi Simple Truths; they…

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Burkina Faso Faces an Elevated Crisis

With much of the global attention focused on Israel and Ukraine, the struggles people are facing in Africa can be easily overlooked. Many who follow our work will know that we have worked actively in West Africa for several years. Our connections and partnerships in Burkina Faso have led to translations and publications in French,…

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New Reasons to Pray for Myanmar

We have written multiple times about the struggles faced by the people in Myanmar. Since the military takeover, all of the people in the country have suffered, especially the minority people there. In what is now a civil war, the military has enacted new policies that are making life even more difficult. We have a…

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CSM Adds Another Language in West Africa

We have many things for which we are thankful. One of those “things” is a person named Diedonné Somé. Dieudonné is a pastor and passionate evangelist from Burkina Faso who travels and speaks frequently in neighboring Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Cote d’Ivoire. He is a Dioula (Jula) speaker but is passable in multiple languages in…

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CSM Resources Featured at Missionfest Manitoba

Missionfest Manitoba is one of the oldest and largest mission conferences in Canada. This yearly event helps churches and Christians come together to focus on what Christ is doing through local ministries and worldwide. Missionfest Manitoba is held in Winnipeg the first full weekend in February. Clear and Simple Media was able to participate as…

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Persian (Dari) Website goes Live

Afghanistan has been in significant turmoil for several decades. With the withdrawal of the American forces in August of 2021, the struggles of the Afghani people have intensified.   In response, Shoaib Ebadi helped found Afghanistan Next Generation (ANG) to bring hope to the people of Afghanistan. Clear and Simple Media (CSM) has previously partnered with ANG’s Shoaib…

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The Remarkable Journey of One Little Book

When we do presentations of Clear and Simple Media, we inevitably tell the story of how the ministry began. The story can be told in different ways (as in HERE and HERE).  One question that arises when we do those presentations is, “How can you explain the growth of the books from one book in…

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MissionAssist, YouVersion, BibleGateway ~ and other “Escape Routes”

Several years ago, we partnered with Wycliffe Associates in Wales to help us with English to English (complex to simple) translations on some of our publications. They not only helped train us in their translation methodology but assigned translators to assist us in simplifying some previously published material. Wycliffe Associates in the UK would later…

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“We Need More Books!”

When we first visited Burkina Faso in 2015, we had no idea how important that 6-week “Story-Development” trip would become. On that trip, we were introduced to the Dyula people (Dioula and Juula). On that trip, God seemed to put a spark of interest in the heart of two of our translators for the “little…

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1,000 Books for the Burkina Nuna

Defining an unreached people group is not always a straightforward proposition. Most missiologists describe an unreached people group as an ethnic group without an indigenous, self-propagating Christian church movement. Any ethnic or ethnolinguistic nation without enough Christians to evangelize the rest of the nation is an “unreached people group” (Lausanne Committee on Global Evangelism). Identifying…

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Sisala Simple Truths for Ghana, Burkina Faso

Dieudonné Somé has been one of our champions in West Africa. We first met in his hometown of Banfora in 2015 when I was in Burkina Faso as part of a story-development team with StoryRunners. Dieudonné is a pastor and passionate evangelist who travels and speaks frequently in neighboring Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Cote d’Ivoire….

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Nouveau projet en Afrique de l’Ouest

After nearly two years of work with translation teams and web builders, the French version (www.unsimplemot.org) of the A Simple Word website went live in November. While we celebrate that event, there is still work to be done.  Many of our readers have already visited the English site (www.asimpleword.org) in the past. You will be…

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Our Partners in Togo: 6DI

For a few years now, Clear and Simple Media (CSM) has been in partnership with the 6° Initiative. The 6° Initiative (6DI) is a ministry of Converge IM and is one of their major initiatives in Africa. 6DI is a church planting movement focusing on the unreached people groups just north of the equator in West Africa. This…

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Providence and the Muskeg Moccasingraph

In 1978, I arrived in Tadoule Lake, Manitoba. My goal was to build a cabin where my wife, soon-to-be-born son, and I could live while beginning to share Jesus in this small northern community. What we experienced and learned over the next three years could fill a book. But one lesson that has stayed with…

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Traveling? Need a Guide? We Can Help!

Earlier this year, we announced the relaunch of our www.asimpleword.org website. This site is our primary delivery site, which houses all of our written and audio content. Since that relaunch, we have been working on two projects, translating that site into two languages. The French translation of the site (www.unsimplemot.org) will target Francophone West Africa….

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A Simple Word for Afghanistan 

Afghanistan has been in significant turmoil for several decades. With the withdrawal of the American forces in August of 2021, the struggles of the Afghani people have intensified.   In response, Shoaib Ebadi helped found Afghanistan Next Generation (ANG) to bring hope to the people of Afghanistan. Clear and Simple Media (CSM) has previously partnered with ANG’s Shoaib…

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French Website Goes Live

In September, we asked prayer for the French translation of our A Simple Word website. We have been talking about it for several years, but had not been able to assemble the team required to tackle the task. In October of 2022, after I travelled to Burkina Faso, God seemed to put all of the…

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Our Newest (little) Book: The Jesus Story

From time to time, we have been asked to write a small book that is specifically “gospel focussed.” While all of our books are gospel oriented, we wrote them as tools for discipling new believers. This request was to write a book for “not-yet-believers.” That sounds like a simple task. But, as it turns out….

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A Big ASK for Francophone Africa

At Clear and Simple Media, our goal has always been “to help people read the Bible and help them understand what they read.” We have done that primarily by “writing books and telling stories in Simple English.” Our objective has been to put material into the hands of grassroots church planters that are “linguistically simple,…

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မြန်မာနိုင်ငံမှ ပိုမိုသတင်းများ

Just in case your Burmese is a bit rusty, the headline reads More News from Myanmar. As our readers know, we have been working on multiple projects in Yangon (the largest city) for some time. The latest was the translation of the Travel Guide to the Bible in Burmese and Mizo-Chin. We announced the publication of one…

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Myanmar News

A few weeks back, we posted news of the printing of 1,000 copies of the Travel Guide in the Mizo-Chin language. Mizo-Chin is spoken in Chin State and Sagaing Regions of Myanmar, with significant numbers of speakers in the Manipur, Tipura, and Maghalaya States as well. Mizo is also the official language of Mizoram in…

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Updates: California, Afghanistan, Canada, Nepal

California Churches Use ASL Stories Simple Stories  is a collection of 32 stories from the Bible that cover the story “From the Beginning to the New Beginning.” We did an audio/American Sign Language version of the stories several years ago. We crafted this project for a specific ministry partner but allowed the translators to distribute the…

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