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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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1,045 Books Arrive in Pastor’s Living Room

We reported in late June that the Mizo-Chin version of the Travel Guide to the Bible was ready to print. Because of the multiple struggles our friends in Myanmar are facing, we had high hopes for the outcome, but we were also realistic. The best intentions can get sidetracked in what is functionally a “war-torn”…

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Why Clear & Simple Media?

After I was introduced at a recent conference, I was asked the two questions that people ask most frequently when they first hear about what we are doing. Why Clear and Simple Media? Why English? The WHY for Clear and Simple Media grows out of a theological conviction – specifically our confidence in the Bible….

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Farsi Travel Guide in the Hands of Iranian Christians

Sometimes, a translation project can take years. Sometimes, months. On the rarest occasions, only weeks. Since our earliest connections with Ahmad Zeividavi, we have been aware of the fact that we were involved in a “special” partnership. Ahmad is an Iranian. He immigrated to Canada and since his arrival, he has been involved in reaching…

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Travel Guide Ready for Press in Mizo-Chin

For several months, we have been working to complete the translation for the Travel Guide to the Bible in Mizo-Chin. Mizo-Chin is one of the indigenous languages of Myanmar, with speakers in one of the provinces of India which borders the nation that was once called Burma. Our champion in Myanmar is a man named…

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Farsi Book Goes to Press

Several months ago, we were contacted by our Iranian friend Ahmad who serves with the House of Omeed. Ahmad founded this ministry that attends to the needs of immigrants and refugees who are settling in British Columbia, Canada. He had requested permission to translate the Travel Guide to the Bible into Farsi. Farsi is the…

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Simple, Clear, Faithful

Since we began more than a decade ago, we have used three phrases to “keep us on track.” Writing with simplicity can, if one is not careful, distort things. That is why all three of our guiding phrases are important. Linguistically Simple, Theologically Clear, and Biblically Faithful. What follows are the first few paragraphs of…

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“…by Aboriginal Christian Writers for Aboriginal Christian Readers…”

Publishing is only a small part of what we do at Clear and Simple Media. We would not consider ourselves industry experts, but we have published enough material (books, letters, study guides) that we have learned a few things along the way. That experience, and the knowledge we have gained through it, turn out to…

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The Nigerian Experiment

We were able to complete the edits and relaunch our primary delivery site (www.asimpleword.org) in January. The French translation of that site is nearing completion and should be ready for field testing by July of this year. Because we have been able to find “first response” teams in at least four Francophone West African countries, we anticipate…

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Better Together: Finding Good Partners

We have been blessed from the very beginning of Clear and Simple Media to have had great partnerships. The first, and one of the most productive, was with Pastor Pham Linh in Vietnam. It was while teaching a group of “underground church” pastors near Ho Chi Minh City, that Linh’s encouragement led to the writing of “the little…

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Warm Welcome in Touba (and a call to prayer)

People give multiple names to the seasons in Senegal. The most common are “the dry season” and “the wet season.” The dry season begins in November, and, as the name implies, most parts of the country will see no rain during those months. The advantage of that season, especially the early portion, is that temperatures…

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Out of Africa

Africa.  While I have been there many times, Lee and I have never had the opportunity to go there together. The days of March 25 to April 4 were a wonderful exception. We traveled to Senegal to attend the Converge Africa Regional Conference during the first part of the week. We had been looking forward…

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Generating Progress in Myanmar

Anyone attending to the news in SE Asia knows the challenges the population of Myanmar is facing. Recent announcements of the extension of Marshal Law to more areas where opposition to the military government is on the rise have made an already difficult situation there, worse. To emphasize its control, the current government has been…

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“This Useful Book” (Ghana)

We have written of our friend Pastor Dieudonné Some of Banfora, Burkina Faso before. Dieudonne’ is not only a pastor and church planter, he is a passionate evangelist who is constantly traveling in West Africa to share Christ. Some of our recent conversations have centered around Ghana. Many mission strategists believe that reaching Ghana’s youth…

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Nashville, New York, Dakar

March 25 -30, Lee and I will have the privilege of being a part of the CONVERGE Africa Regional Gathering near Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. International workers from all over the African Continent will gather for five days of worship, instruction, strategy sessions, and fellowship. We will be attending as a part of the CONVERGE…

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Myanmar: More Troubling News

Two stories appeared on my world news apps this week. Both from Myanmar. The first spoke to the Rohingya crisis. This minority people group is being detained in an “open air prison” in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A 37-page report by the Human Rights Watch details the abuses of the Burmese military, especially against the women…

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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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