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Bengali translation for NYC nearing completion

The world is moving to New York City. According to the New York Times, foreign-born persons living in one of the five burrows has increased every year since the census of 2010. That is why missions like Global Gates are there. Global Gates is a mission that reaches the unreached people of the world through…

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The “Little Book” arrives in Sweden.

Since we first published Simple Truths in 2006, we have been quite surpised, and blessed, by how the book finds its way into places we did not anticipate. In recent correspondence through our A Simple Word website (www.asimpleword.org), we received news of yet another corner of the world where the “little book” will have an…

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50,000 Hindi Books Delivered in India

How is your Indian geography? Here is a test. What do Jaipur, Udaipur, New Shimla, Champawat, Chamoli, Udham Singh Nagar, Kotdwara, and Delhi all have in common? The answer? They are all areas where Simple Truths are now in the hands of church planters and mission workers in India. Last week, OM Printers in Hyderabad…

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CSM Attends Inaugural Honor-Shame Conference in Wheaton

June 19-21, 2017 the Honor-Shame Network will gather a learning community from North America and around the world—”professors and educators, pastors and thought leaders, cross-cultural workers and creatives, professional practitioners and others” – for their inaugural conference at Wheaton College near Chicago. Clear and Simple Media will be attending with representatives from 150 other mission…

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Tagalog Project Delays

Completing a good translation is a bit more complicated than hitting “translate” on a Google screen. In fact, a good translation will go through a process that includes an initial translation, field testing, data gathering, and multiple revisions. Sometimes, part of the process includes unexpected delays. We first began the Tagalog translation project in September of…

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Sprichst du Deutsch?

Do you speak German? Over 100 million people in the world do. We have known for many years that German was one of the “world languages.” It is the 11th Most Spoken language in the world.  However, until recently, we had no stated interest in a translation of Simple Truths in German. But, at the…

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Maithili News from Northern India

Baiju Kumar Bhandari is the Executive Director of Eternal Life Ministry in northern India. He writes of the response to the distribution of the “little book” in the Bihar State in India. Maithili is spoken in northern India and southern Nepal. Dear Brother Thomas, Greetings from Mithilanchal in JESUS name.  In this month’s church planter’s…

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Gourmantché translation completed

This week, we received word from Nebié Badiou in West Africa that the Gourmantché translation of Simple Truths is ready for printing. Simple Truths is a small (144 Questions) evangelical catechism. It was first developed for the church in Vietnam. Since the first printings in 2005/2006 in English and Vietnamese, requests for the book began…

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A Request for “Simple” Consulting

The workload has been quite heavy at Clear and Simple Media in the month of May. We are completing printing projects of 50,000 Hindi books in India, working through translation projects for Bengali and Pashto in Central Asia and Gourmantché in West Africa, and initiating a German translation project for June. Then, earlier this month,…

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Books Arrive in Northern India

What follows is a short section of an email from Baiju Kumar Bhandari, Executive Director of Eternal Life Ministry in northern India. Subsequnt to the email, 1,000 Simple Truths were delivered and are now in distribution. Praise the LORD, Brother Thomas Greetings in JESUS name. Today I got a call from the courier that they…

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Translation Process: A Glimpse

In the past 10 years, the “little book” has made its way into 31 languages and print copies have made their way into the hands of more than 250,000 people (approaching 300,000). Until recently, we had no way of tracking how many electronic copies have been sent or downloaded in that period. We don’t add…

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First step taken for Pashto translation

“(Name withheld) will help translate your book into Pashto. I need to get you connected with him. Give me the next step you’d like to take.” This is an excerpt from a series of email exchanges that began many months ago. Now, after some additional follow-up, CSM is pleased to announce that the first phase…

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Books to Haiti

April 11-13 marked the first distribution of the “little book” Simple Truths in Haiti. One thousand books in Haitian Creole were delivered to a variety of networks across the island during those three days. The remainder of the distribution is ongoing, but all of the books should be in the hands of the pastors and…

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Maithili Books Shipped to Bihar

CSM received notice this morning, April 6, that 1,000 copies of the Maithili translation of Simple Truths have been shipped to northern India. The books will be put into the hands of grass-roots church planters in the Darbhanga District of the Bihar State to assist with the work among the Maithili-speaking believers there. The project…

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Project Updates: Tagalog, Maithili, Hindi, Bengali, Haitian Creole

Our work load is often dictated by the requests we receive for our materials. That means that, at certain times, we face multiple deadlines and they can come very close together. This Spring is one of those times. CSM is currently completing 6 projects, all with print and distribution dates over the next 60 days….

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New Translation for West Africa: Gourmantché

After receiving requests from church planters in Niger and Togo, Nébié Badiou, who represents CSM in Burkina Faso, has initiated a project to translate Simple Truths into Gourmantché.  Gourmantché (Goulmacema, Gourmantchéma, Gourma, Gulimancema, Gulmancema, Gurma) is a major language of the Gurma people. The language is spoken by about 1 million people in Burkina Faso, northern Togo,…

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New Book Cover Design for Haiti

Several weeks ago, CSM asked a local designer in Port-au-Prince to create a few new cover options for the Haitian-Creole translation of Simple Truths. A small panel of local workers chose the winner. Here is the new cover design. The book is currently with the printer and 1,000 copies will be ready for delivery to churches…

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Clear and Simple Media in Port-au-Prince

Clear and Simple Media will be traveling to Port-au-Prince April 11-13, 2017 to distribute copies of Simple Truths to churches and Christian schools there. This “evangelical catechism” gives a basic introduction to the Christian faith using a traditional Question & Answer format. The Haitian-Creole translation of the book was completed in the fall of 2016….

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Bengali project underway

Clear and Simple Media is pleased to announce that a Bengali translation of Simple Truths is now in process. The translation will serve the church among the 230 million Bengali speakers worldwide. Bengali is spoken in Bangladesh and several northeastern states in India. Bengali is the seventh most spoken native language in the world. The…

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Maithili books go to press in India

The Maithili version of Simple Truths is going to press in India. The books will be printed in Hyderabad this week and shipped to Bihar in early April. According to K.C, printing should be completed by March 30 and the books should be in the hands of the workers in Bihar by the week of…

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Story Set Recordings Now Online

Clear and Simple Media has built two “delivery” websites to distribute the materials we develop. A Simple Word (www.asimpleword.org) focusses on the distribution of our written material. Hear A Story (www.hearastory.org) delivers audio. In late 2016, we completed the scripts for a set of 32 stories in simple English covering focal points in scripture from…

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Tagalog Books With The Printer

Completing a good translation is a bit more complicated than hitting “translate” on a Google screen. In fact, a good translation will go through a process that includes an initial translation, field testing, data gathering, and multiple revisions. The Tagalog translation project began in September of 2013. While early versions of the book have been available…

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Travel Guide in prepress edits

Clear and Simple Media is announcing the prepress release of prepress proofs of Travel Guide for Bible Readers. The “Travel Guide” is a book-by-book  introduction to the Bible for those who are new English readers. The 70 chapters and 270 pages are written in a simplified English style using limited grammatical constructions. The vocabulary is…

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50,000 Hindi books to go to print

After several months of research and preparation, Clear and Simple Media will be publishing 50,000 copies of Simple Truths in Hindi. The requests have come from multiple church planting networks in India where Advancing Indigenous Missions of Canada serves the national church. Distribution will begin within weeks of publication. According to AIM, the books will serve…

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Maithili books complete field testing

After two months of field testing and translation checks, the final Maithili translation has been completed. The original work was first given to workers in the state of Bihar in northern India for assessment in November. Maithili, also known as Maitli, Maitili, Methli, Tirahutia, Bihari, Tirhuti, and Tirhutia, is a member of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European…

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