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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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Printers Ship First 100 Copies of God’s Story, Our Story.

One of the first publications we produced through Clear and Simple Media was Simple Truths. We first developed this small evangelical catechism to assist church planters in Vietnam to train new believers. Since the book was first published, it has been translated into more than forty languages and is being used in multiple countries around…

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Guia del Viajero Biblico: Good News Travel Quickly

Good news travels fast it seems. One week go, we shipped the first 100 copies of the Spanish translation of our book Travel Guide to the Bible (Guia del Viajero Biblico). Pastor Isaí Galdámez of California had worked diligently this past year to complete the translation, so we thought it fitting that he should receive…

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Simple English and the Russian Church (in Massachusetts)

Clear and Simple Media began with a simple goal. We wanted to put tools into the hands of grass-roots church planters to help them disciple their people – especially new believers. We focused our initial endeavors on house church pastors in Vietnam. Now, more than forty languages later, our work has expanded in ways we…

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Online Education Project for Francophone West Africa

Our contact in Burkina Faso, Nebié Badiou, is currently in Orlando, Florida. While there, he is doing an intensive English course sponsored by CRU (Campus Crusade) for many of their International Leaders. Since Nebié was in the United States (much easier to get to than West Africa), we felt that it was essential to connect…

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Church Planters Request a New Resource

As more people and organizations find out about our material, they frequently ask if we would consider additional projects that would help them reach people in their part of the world. One of the things that we have been asked about repeatedly is a shorter version of our evangelical catechism, Simple Truths. This “short” version of…

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Missions Gatherings and Opportunity Costs

Last fall, Clear and Simple Media received an invitation to participate in the EDMC meetings in Southeast Asia. The Eurasia Media & Distribution Consultation, scheduled for late March, is a multi-agency gathering. The conference was created to be secure venue “where minority language workers, translators, literacy workers, language development, trauma healing, and refugee workers in…

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New Partners in Metro Dakar

At the beginning of each year, we review where we have been and then set goals and develop strategies for the year ahead. In our review of 2019, we came to see in the data what we had already sensed intuitively. Last year had been a growth year. We have had years in which we…

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Vérité Simple to Launch in Togo/Benin

With the translation of our website, A Simple Word, into French, we were able to launch the site in Burkina Faso in the fall of 2019. We are excited to announce our second launch in West Africa. Vérité Simple will be accessible in Togo and Benin within the next seven days. Our launch strategy to…

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Somali Field Testing Begins

One of the reasons we write in simple English is that we want to create tools that are accessible to as many English readers as possible. Another reason is “translatability.” Because the source language is so simple, the material is easy to translate. Our book, Simple Truths is now in 45 languages. Field testing has…

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Spanish Travel Guide Goes to Press

We have been looking forward to the completion of the Spanish version of our Travel Guide to the Bible. This past month, we took the last step that will make that book a reality. Isai Galdamez, our translator, met us at a conference we were attending in Long Beach, California. He had first seen the…

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The Travel Guide: A Textbook in Togo

Our work at Clear and Simple Media is a bit like that of the farmer in the Parable of the Sower. He sowed the seed broadly and indiscriminately. He trusted that the seed would find good soil and produce fruit. But he would not know the results until the harvest came. So far, we have…

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Spanish Travel Guide – One Step Closer

Clear and Simple Media is pleased to announce that the Spanish translation of the Travel Guide to the Bible has entered the field-testing phase.  “Field-testing,” as the word implies, means to test something under the actual conditions in which it will be used. Although that does involve proof-reading and translation editing, it is a bit…

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Unreached People May Be Closer Than You Think

In an article from the January 7 issue of the New York times, Kimiko Tamura tells the story of a nearly extinct language. Linguists estimate that the are only 700 remaining speakers. Of those, 100 now live in New York City – half of those in the same building. The article [HERE] tells a fascinating…

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Helping the Displaced in Burkina Faso

With the most recent attacks in Burkina Faso, Christians must remember that the church around the world is facing persecution. Though not unprecedented, opposition to the Christian Gospel has intensified in some regions of the world. Thousands of people are moving away from the troubled areas to more safe surroundings. In Burkina Faso, some of the…

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Arabic Translation Milestone

We have written in several previous posts about our Arabic Project. While the project will take some time to complete, we do have reasons to celebrate along the way. We arrived at one of those milestones the last week in December. With the help of Samya Johnson of Call of Love Ministries (COL), we were…

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West African Sites See Increased Traffic

In late August, Clear and Simple Media (CSM) took a trip to Burkina Faso. Nebié Badiou (CSM’s Representative in country) and I made presentations at a Christian camp 20 km north of the capital city. Five hundred upper secondary school and university students had gathered there for a conference. For the next two days, Nebié…

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CSM Has a New Partner in West Africa: The 6° Initiative

For some months now, Clear and Simple Media (CSM) has been discussing a project 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…

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Arabic Project Takes Another Step Forward

In a previous post, Clear and Simple Media announced a new project partnership with Call of Love (COL) Ministries [HERE]. What follows is an update. A few weeks ago, we at Clear and Simple Media were delighted to announce a partnership with Call of Love Ministries. As we stated previously, the ultimate goal of the…

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Translation #45 underway: Somali

November 5-9, 2019, Clear and Simple Media attended the Converge International Ministries Latin and North America Regional Conference in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The gathering brought missionaries from many parts of the Western Hemisphere together for a time of vision casting and connecting as friends and colleagues. We were asked to make a presentation of the work of…

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Travel Guide (Spanish Translation): A Field-Testing Update

In October 2019, Clear and Simple Media announced the completion of the translation draft of the Spanish version of the Travel Guide to the Bible. We celebrate that. It was a monumental moment for us. It was the most significant step in helping us make the Travel Guide available to the 460 million Spanish speakers in…

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Simple Truths speaks Ukrainian

Clear and Simple Media is pleased to announce the completion of the Ukrainian translation of Simple Truths. The book is now online in the download section of our A Simple Word website [HERE]. Historically, we only engage in a translation project where we know that the book will be of help to an existing group or…

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