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Farsi translation ready for press

On January 31, we received news from our Clear and Simple Media contact (M Gh) in Central Asia. The team at “Persian Bible Institute put the booklet together in an excellent Farsi.  The final work was edited twice and it looks great!” The books are expected to go into print by late February. Distribution will…

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Good responses from Burkina Faso

Pastor Nebie Badiou is coordinating the distribution of the Simple Truths books in Burkina Faso. In a recent report, he talked about a distribution in and around a town in eastern Burkina Faso. The name of this small town is Diabo ( at the east of Burkina Faso). There we have more than 50 churches…

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Vietnamese Churches request more books

On a recent trip to Ho Chi Minh City, we met with Pastor Pham Linh, leader of the Community Gospel Churches. This network of house churches has just under 100 workers in southern and central Vietnam. At the CGC Board Meetings in January, the group requested a reprint of an additional 500 books to be…

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Report on Christian Martyrs

The Center for Studies on New Religions (Censur) will publish its annual report this month stating that nearly 90,000 Christians died for their faith in 2016. That number means in 2016; one Christian was martyred every six minutes. Most of these killings resulted from “tribal conflicts” in Africa, some because Christians refused to take part…

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Simple Truths now in 30 languages

Clear and Simple Media is celebrating a milestone. With the completion of the Farsi translation later this month (January 2017), the “little book” Simple Truths will be available in 30 languages. The project began just over ten years ago as an attempt to assist the growing church in Vietnam. Once the book was completed, translated, and…

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Statistics from 2016

The statistics for the A Simple Word website (www.asimpleword.org) are in for 2016. Since launching the site in June, 2,947 unique visitors have accessed the site from 74 countries. The most frequent users by country are from (in order of most sessions) Vietnam, India, Russia, United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Ukraine, Canada, Columbia, and the United…

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Contract negotiations

One of the logistical challenges for a publishing ministry that targets the “have not” countries in the world is providing durable, quality books at the least cost possible. During the month of December, we have been negotiating with OM Books in India. Their printing business in Hyderabad is one of the largest in the country…

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Farsi Translation underway

The process of finding and retaining competent translators was completed earlier this week and the translation of Simple Truths into Farsi has begun. Farsi (sometimes called Persian) is spoken today primarily in Iran and Afghanistan. There are also ignificant populations of speakers in other Persian Gulf countries (Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen,…

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Research begun on Farsi translation

It is not unusual to receive a new request at Clear and Simple Media for a translation of Simple Truths. Sometimes, the way we receive them is. In a recent conference near Toronto, we were connected, in what could be called a “chance encouter” with an Iranian pastor. He had escaped Iran a number of…

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Books for Bihar Church-Planter’s Conference

Mid-November marks the launch of a new project for Clear and Simple Media (CSM). On November 12-13, Chandan Kumar Sah and the Empower Bihar church-planters will hold a conference in Darbhanga, Bihar, India. CSM has agreed to provide copies of the new Maithili translation of Simple Truths to the 300 church-planters in attendance. The books will…

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Maithili translation project for India/Nepal

Clear and Simple Media announced this week that they will be initiating a translation project in the Maithili language for the Bihar province of India and southern Nepal. Maithili is spoken by  34.7 million people in India and is one of India’s 22 official languages. It is widely used in both rural and urban communities. Maithili…

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15,000 Books “on the dock”

The Dagara, Mooré, Jula, French projects were completed earlier this week as 15,000 books are printed and are ready for delivery. The books will be used by churches across Burkina Faso and Togo. For several months, the material had gone through a field-testing and editing process to assure that the books were clear, well-translated, and…

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First books off the press in Burkina Faso

On Tuesday, October 11, the first set of newly revised Simple Truths books came off the press in Ouagadougou. At the request of local pastors in Burkina Faso, Clear and Simple Media assisted in putting the “little book” in the French, Mooré, Dagara, and Jula/Dioula languages earlier in 2016. Over the next several months, pre-press copies…

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Printing In Burkina Faso Underway

October 6 to 14, Clear and Simple Media will be on the ground in Burkina Faso. After several months of preparation, translation work, and negotiation, up to 20,000 copies Simple Truths for the New Believer will be printed in Burkina Faso and ready for distribution in Burkina Faso, Togo, and Côte d’ Ivoire. The project…

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Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti

Early this morning, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti. The hurricane hit Haiti’s southwestern coast on Tuesday with strong winds, driving rain and storm surge of up to 5 metres.  Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean whose citizens have not yet fully recovered from the severe earthquake in 2010. The country is not…

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Hear A Story is Live!

After several months of writing, editing, and recording, HEAR A STORY is now live and online. On October 4, HEAR A STORY published its Simple English 32-story set on the newly designed website at www.hearastory.org. The story set moves from Creation to a summary of the book of Revelation in 32 stories using a limited English vocabulary (under…

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Haitian Creole Translation Completed

The final edits are complete and the Haitian Creole translation of Simple Truths was posted to our site on August 22. Haitian Creole is a French-based “mixed language” with influences of several African languages. Creole was made one of Haiti’s official languages in 1987 and is the first language of about 95 percent of Haitians.  Simple…

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Stories in Recording Stage

The Hear A Story website is nearing completion. The site will feature recordings of a 32-story set of Simplified English Bible stories. These stories begin with creation and end with a short summary of the book of Revelation. Each story builds on another to complete the picture of Jesus as God’s Promised Saviour. Here is…

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Deadlines Approaching

Our target date for the launch of our newest delivery website is only three weeks away. The Hear A Story site is now “live ~ but under construction.” It features audio Bible stories that are written and recorded to introduce new English listeners to God’s story. Most of the people in the world have an oral…

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Hear A Story Countdown

The newest Clear and Simple Media website will go live in less than six weeks. Our target date for launch is October 1, 2016. The Hear A Story site will feature audio Bible stories that are crafted to introduce new English listeners to God’s story. Most of the people in the world have an oral learning…

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West African Pastors React

Our friend Somé Dieudonné in West Africa has been a part of distributing 3,000 copies of our evangelical catechism to pastors and church workers in Burkina Faso. Here is an excerpt from his note to give us a glimpse of how the “little book” is being received. The book is now being distributed in French,…

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Haitian Creole translation nearing completion

Clear and Simple Media is pleased to announce the completion of the first draft of the Haitian Creole translation of Simple Truths. Haitian Creole is a French-based “mixed language” with influences of several African languages. Creole was made one of Haiti’s official languages in 1987 and is the first language of about 95 percent of Haitians. …

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African church using Simple Truths

Clear and Simple Media received news this m0nth that one of the denominations in Burkina Faso has begun using Simple Truths as a discipleship tool in all of their 300 churches across the country. Since most of the new believers in Burkina Faso come from either Islamic and/or Animistic backgrounds, they come to faith with very…

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Uyghur translation completed

The newest translation of Simple Truths (Uyghur) was completed July 15, 2016, and will soon be available for distribution. Since Uyghur is spoken in both Western China and Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, the translation has been completed in both the Arabic script (used among the Uyghur in China) and Cyrillic (used in Central Asia)….

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New Translation Nears Completion

Clear and Simple Media will be publishing a translation of Simple Truths in the Uyghur language to be available July 1, 2016. Uyghur is spoken by about 9-11 million people, primarily in Xinjiang Region of Western China. Uyghur is also spoken in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and at least 20 other countries, with small communities…

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