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Travel Guide to the Bible: A Book Review by Cara

As we have explained many times, we write our books with a specific audience in mind. People who are new to the English language and who have little or no previous exposure to the Bible. Our target readers are adults whose interest in learning English we see as an opportunity to introduce them to the…

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Bengali books in New York City

The Bengali translation of Simple Truths is the result of a partnership between CSM and Global Gates ministries. Global Gates is a mission that seeks to reach the unreached people of the world through ministry in urban gateway cities. The primary translator for the book was born in Bangladesh and now lives in New York…

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On the ground in Brazil: work on a Portuguese translation

Clear and Simple Media continues to look for ways to put our material into the hands of grass roots pastors and church leaders. On March 18 -22 Tom will travel to Brazil. While there, he will be working with members of the faculty of South American Theological Seminary in Londrina. During the visit, the team…

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The “little book” Boards a Ship to Togo

Togo is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa with a population of approximately 7.6 million. 20% of the Togolese are Muslim. However, the majority, 51%, follow one of many indigenous African…

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New application for Simple Stories: seniors with cognitive disabilities

Worldwide, nearly 46 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are the top cause for disabilities in later life. The global cost of Alzheimer’s and dementia is estimated to be $605 billion, which is equivalent to 1% of the entire world’s gross domestic product. While this disease is becoming a growing problem in North America, there are…

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Bwaba and Cerma Books On Their Way to Users in West Africa

Since Clear and Simple Media made our initial contacts in Western Burkina Faso three years ago, interest in our books has grown at a rapid pace. The book, Simple Truths, was first translated into Jula/Dyula by a pair of pastors with ministries to Jula-speaking people. After some field testing, we added the French translation for…

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CSM Books and the Syrian Diaspora

January saw Clear and Simple Media taking part in a conference for international mission leaders. Delegates representing every region of the world attended. We had multiple conversations with men and women who were connected with and ministering to refugees. Some of the workers we met are working in Diaspora ministries. Diaspora is a term originally…

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CSM books a resource in Addictions Recovery

When we founded Clear and Simple Media, we had a rather limited target audience in mind. We wanted to put tools into the hands of grassroots church planters in Vietnam to help them get new believers started on a solid theological foundation. Since the beginning, we have tried to write in a style that is…

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Simple Stories Show Up in Surprising Places

Clear and Simple Media was founded to place resources into the hands of untrained or under-trained church planters in Vietnam. Since that time, we have watched God take our books and put them in places and use them in ways that we had not imagined. Several church in North America have now found our resources…

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New Partnerships in the Arabic-Speaking inner-city

Avdal Boktor is from Egypt. He came to the United States several years ago as a refugee. Like many other highly educated immigrants, he was unable to find work when he first came, eventually settling in a depressed area near Detroit. We met Adval during our time at the Unleash Converge Pastor’s Conference in January. For…

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French and Creole books helping the Haitian Church

In our last post, we shared news from our experiences at the Unleash Converge Pastor’s Conference January 29-31. In a variety of venues, we shared conversations with passionate people who were looking for tools to help them accomplish the tasks God has given them. A few of those conversations were especially memorable. Slems is a pastor…

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The CSM Network continues to grow

January 29-31, Lee and I attended the Unleash Pastor’s Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference was attended by over 400 pastors from Converge churches (Baptist General Conference) from all over the United States.  While Clear and Simple Media did not have an official presence at the conference, there were many opportunities for conversations with pastors and…

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Faulty Files and Silver Linings

For a number of months, Clear ans Simple Media  has been working with church leaders in Burkina Faso to translate “the little book” (Simple Truths) in both the Cerma and Bwaba languages. Thanks to the help of national leaders there, both translations were completed in June of 2018. Field testing began soon after, and we…

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Worldwide Interest in CSM Websites

Clear and Simple Media publishes on three seperate websites. The ministry information site is Clear and Simple Media (www.clearandsimplemedia.org). The site which publishes in simple English, helping readers to understand the Bible is A Simple Word (www.asimpleword.org). The story site, where visitors can hear and read stories from the Bible is Hear A Story (www.hearastory.org)….

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A Some of the Seed Fell … in Yemen

One of the metaphors that we use to describe our websites is the parable of the Sower. Jesus describes a farmer who sets out to sow seed in a field. He broadcasts the seed in what seems to be a broad and indiscriminate manner. The seed falls on many kinds of soil, with varying effect….

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Early Responses from the Travel Guide in French

With the completion of the French translation of our Travel Guide to the Bible in October, Clear and Simple Media engaged in our most ambitious field-testing project to date. All of our publications pass through many steps before they go to press. When we put a book into translation, the process is more complicated. The…

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Two New Translations Go To Press in West Africa

Progress. Sometimes it is slow and steady. Sometimes it seems not to move at all – either standing still or inching along undetected. At other times, it comes in bursts. For the past three years, Clear and Simple Media has been active in Burkina Faso. During a story-development trip in 2015, Simple Truths was put…

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…a book in her own language

Literature is a powerful tool. We know this from many conversations with grass-roots church planters in the places where we have placed materials. Our first publication, Simple Truths for the New Believer, is now in print in 40 languages and in use in as many countries. Pastors and indigenous mission workers have found the book…

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Les lecteurs Français peuvent maintenant lire nos livres.

In early September, we announced that two new translations of our Travel Guide to the Bible were in process. The translation task is the “biggest” we have done to date. While we have been working in translation for more than a decade (the “little book,” Simple Truths is now in 41 languages), we had never…

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Unexpected Outcomes

When we write material for publication, we have a target audience in mind. We write for people who are new to English. We write for people who have had little or no exposure to the Bible. That is why we use a reduced vocabulary set and a simplified grammar. However, from time to time, we…

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Learning English with Simple Stories

Clear and Simple Media materials are now in use in a number of different places and the people who use them and the ways they are being used are quite diverse. When someone writes us to tell us how helpful our publications have been, it is quite encouraging. Here is a note from a church in Canada….

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New French and Spanish Translation Projects Underway

For some time now, we have been fielding requests for translations of our book, Travel Guide to the Bible. The book is an introduction to the Bible that we wrote for people who are new to the English language and who have no previous experience with the Bible. While we have been doing translation projects…

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Good News from Fada N’Gourma

One of the goals of Clear and Simple Media is to put user-friendly discipleship material into the hands of grass-roots church planters and pastors – books that are linguistically simple, theologically clear, and biblically faithful. In June, we completed the first phase of printing our “little book,” Simple Truths in Gourmantché. We were able to…

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Website Traffic Increasingly Varied

One of the metaphors that we use to describe some of the work we do comes from the Parable of the Sower. In this story, Jesus describes a farmer who sows the seed (the message of the kingdom), broadcasting it in a wide and indiscriminate manner. The seed falls in many different places, on many…

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Social Media Research Shows Mixed Results

When people ask what we do, we often give this simple response. “We write books and tell stories in simple English.” Of course, the stories are from the Bible, and the books are about the Bible, but that nine-word sentence sums it up. However, though that sentence is simple, the process itself isn’t. At Clear…

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