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Field-Testers Needed!

If you have been following our news section for any length of time, you know that our ministry, while focussed on producing tools in simple English, is not limited to one language. Our ultimate goal is to have all of our material, including our websites, in as many languages as possible. In fact, one of…

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CSM Enjoys United in Christ Conference

In 2015, several likeminded leaders met to discuss the need to build unity among leaders involved or interested in Native/First Nations ministry. As a result of those conversations, the United in Christ Conference was born. Co-sponsored by Oak Hills Center for Indian Ministries and CHIEF, Inc., the first conference was held in 2017 at Oak Hills…

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New Workbook Fresh Off the Press

Several months ago, Clear and Simple Media announced the completion of a set of 1,500 questions to accompany our Travel Guide to the Bible. The questions are primarily ‘comprehension questions’ to assure that the readers understand the basic content. After those questions were checked for readability, the question set was sent to a set of…

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CSM and CHIEF Form a Publishing Partnership

Six weeks ago, I was able to renew an old acquaintance. I was returning from a car trip to the western US and stopped to see Huron Claus. Huron, a Mohawk, is the Executive Director of CHIEF. CHIEF (Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship) is the focal point of a network of ministries who give focus…

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Simple Answers to Not So Simple Questions: A Book Review

A few days ago, I received an email from my friend, Jimmy Smith. Jimmy lives in Denver, Colorado, where he serves as a Church Mobilization Specialist with Converge. We sent Jimmy a copy of our book, Travel Guide to the Bible, and asked him to give it to his daughter Cara to read as a…

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A Visit to Jehovah Java

When we received the first order of the print version of Simple Answers to Not So Simple Questions, we began distributing them to some of our longer-term ministry partners. Much of that delivery was via the postal systems (Canada and the US). But some of our ministry partners are a bit closer to home. Less…

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Old Stories Made New

In late March, we included a news item (HERE) that spoke of how our materials are being used in creative ways in Seniors Care Facilities in British Columbia, Canada. The man who came up with the idea to use our stories with his Memory Care friends is Dr. Daryl Busby. Dr. Busby is a long-time…

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Clear and Simple Media Featured in Converge IM Publication

The following is an article featured in the Converge IM ‘Global Link’ publication from April 28, 2021. Ministry Specialist Team // Tom and Lee Castor As part of the organizational structure of IM,teams were created that would supply global support to all the regions. One of those teams is the Ministry Specialist Team. As described…

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Progress Under Pressure in the West African Church

Since early in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has had significant effect on the church worldwide. Many countries have imposed travel restrictions, lockdowns, and insisted that churches not gather until the virus is under control. Of course, these measures have also had unanticipated negative impact on economies and social structures that have also posed challenges to…

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Old Tools Used in New Ways

Many times over the past ten years, we have reported how CSM materials are being used in ways that we had not imagined when we created the content. We first wrote our books and recorded our stories primarily for new English readers and to make them highly ‘translatable’. The books are now in 47 languages…

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New Cover Story

‘Rome was not built in a day.’ We use that cliché when we want to remind someone (or ourselves), that some things just take time. When we first were asked by church leaders in Africa to write a short commentary on the questions from our ‘little book’, Simple Truths for the New Believer, we agreed. We…

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A New Opportunity: Virtual Consulting

The effects of the international response to the Covid-19 virus have been varied. Some countries have approached the pandemic with calculated and mercurial actions. Others have been more reactionary and slapdash. In all of these responses, the world (and the church as part of it) have had to learn things that, while uncomfortable, may have…

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Good News (sometimes) Travels Slowly

In early February, Clear and Simple Media was able to send funds to Burkina Faso to assist in several translation and publication projects. We had reported in an earlier post that, as the books become more widely distributed, new language projects are added as a need becomes known. The translations now in use in West…

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Do You See What I Hear?

According to the World Federation for the Deaf, there are more than 70 million deaf people worldwide. Because statistics for deafness are difficult to evaluate, many estimates for the global deaf population are more than double the World Federation numbers. While population statistics vary, there is near universal agreement among mission agencies that the Deaf…

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New Lobiri Project Launches in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa with a population of over 21 million people. The country is populated with people from more than 27 ethnic groups.  In 2016, Clear and Simple Media began working with the national church in Burkina Faso to translate, print, and distribute our evangelical catechism, Simple Truths for the New Believer,…

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Pougouli Books Near Completion

Pougouli (Pwe) is the language spoken by the Pwo people in West Central Burkina Faso. The Pwo people are traditionally Muslim and/or animists. The gospel has made inroads in the culture through the influence of the Burkinabe church. The Pwo people live in an area of Burkina Faso that is largely populated by Dagaara people….

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The Wee Details

“Writers must be smart enough to hatch a brilliant idea — but dull enough to research it, keyboard it, edit and re-edit it, revise it, revise it, re-revise it, review the copy edit, proofread the typeset galleys…”  Joy Williams Clear and Simple Media is involved in many different things, but most of our energies are spent…

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4,800 Books Shipped by New Distribution Partner

With limited travel this past year, we’ve been trying to find a way to get our Simple Truths book into other parts of the world. We still had several hundred Simple Truths in multiple languages and we did not want to keep them in storage.  Recently, we learned of a ministry called Love Packages. Love…

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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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