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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. 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 CSM/COL…

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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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The Travel Guide becomes a textbook

We have mentioned in previous posts the various ways that CSM publications are being used. People involved in church discipleship, addiction rehabilitation programs, in preparing new believers for baptism and in working with seniors with cognitive impairments have all reported finding the materials useful. Last week, we added a new user group to the list….

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Ahora nuestros libros hablan español

Over the past several months, Clear and Simple Media has had translators working on the Spanish version of the Travel Guide to the Bible. Last week we received a note from our primary translator, Isai. With great enthusiasm, he informed us that the first draft of the Spanish translation draft is now complete. Isai is a…

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CSM Books Now Available Online

Clear and Simple Media is pleased to announce that our books can now be purchased online. While all of our material can be found online on our two delivery web sites as electronic documents, some people prefer a hard copy. Those people have found it a bit complicated to get those books in a timely…

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Surprises in Cincinnati

One of the best things about being involved with this work is the surprises. On a recent trip to the midwestern United States, CSM had one of those. On October 23, we visited Call of Love ministry north of Cincinnati, OH. Call of Love ministers through a Christian Arabic satellite TV channel to Muslim countries…

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Books and Website soon to be available in Arabic

According to most linguists, over 300 million people in the world speak Arabic. More than 80% of these speakers are Muslim. In an attempt to reach many of these people with the gospel, Clear and Simple Media has begun to engage in strategic partnerships with ministries that are well networked in that world. To make…

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CSM announces Broadcast partnership with Arabic Satellite Station

When we began Clear and Simple Media, our ambitions were rather modest. Now it seems as if God has other ideas. Call of Love Ministries was founded in 2001 to be a tool to draw Muslim people to Christ. They do this through various media and outreach venues to deliver God’s message of hope and…

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The “little Book” speaks Ukrainian

During a recent trip to Canada, we spoke to a Ukrainian congregation. After the service, the leaders asked if we had any of our books, in particular, Simple Truths, in Ukrainian. At that point, we told them no.  Historically, we only engage in a translation project where we know that the book will be of help…

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