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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/Almagd TV ministry north of Cincinnati, OH. Call of Love ministers through a Christian Arabic satellite TV channel to Muslim…

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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 Almagd TV

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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CSM: providing tools for people with passion

Our recent trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, saw us presenting our ministry, Clear and Simple Media to the people of Ebenezer Baptist Church. On our first evening there, we shared CSM with their College & Career group. After sharing and then giving a devotional, we spent time visiting with several of those who attended, answering questions,…

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An Evening with the Friendship Club

One of our stops was at Hillsdale Baptist Church in Regina. We arrived in time to attend a ministry called “the Friendship Club” on Wednesday evening. The Friendship Club is a place where adults with disabilities can come and have a time of worship, Bible teaching, and discussion. From the moment we arrived, we could…

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New ESL Manual Helps Churches Reach Newcomers

With the increased numbers of immigrants and refugees coming to North America, churches are looking for ways to reach them. Several of these churches have found Clear and Simple Media material to be a helpful tool to do that. Churches are using our books, especially Simple Stories, in English Classes, to attract and reach these…

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An Unexpected Conversation in Casablanca

Casablanca is one of the most famous cities in the northern corner of West Africa. No one is certain when Casablanca (Al-Dār al-Bayḍāʾ in Arabic) was founded. A small village sat on the site as early as the twelfth century. It became a pirate base used to plunder ships, and so the Portuguese destroyed the city in…

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Vérité Simple: Of Milestones and Next Steps

On Monday morning, August 26, Nebié and I would make a trip 20km north of Ouagadougou to a camp where 464 Christian young people had gathered. The camp was serving as host for the annual retreat for the Jeunesse Evangelique Africaine. JEA is a campus group made up of upper secondary school and university students,…

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Guide Biblique arrives in Burkina Faso

When we complete a translation project, it marks a milestone; a “mission accomplished” in one sense. But in another sense, it is only a beginning. With the completion of the translation of the A Simple Word website, we celebrate a milestone. And – we were ready for “the next step” – the operational launch of the site in…

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Field Testing underway in West Africa.

With the completion of the translation of the A Simple Word website, the CSM French project is ready for Phase 2. That phase of the operational plan will be launched this week. On Saturday morning, August 24, Tom will arrive in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where he will spend the week with Nebié Badiou. Nebié is…

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A New Story from Nepal

We recently received an email from a young lady we know in Nepal. That in itself is a story, as internet access requires a significant journey from her village. She is beginning year five of living and ministering among a people deep in the mountains. Here is an excerpt from her email:  I moved to…

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A First Look at the French Travel Guide

Clear and Simple Media has delivered more than 30,000 copies of Simple Truths to Burkina Faso since 2016. The “little book” is now in print and in use in the Dagaari, Cerma, Gourmantché, Bwaba, Mooré, French, and Jula (Dioula) languages. Multiple church planting networks are using this evangelical catechism to prepare new believers for baptism….

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Bengali books hit the streets in NYC

Some weeks ago, Clear and Simple Media was able to send 200 copies of the book Simple Truths to Global Gates workers in New York – 100 in Bengali, 50 in Arabic and 50 in English. Global Gates is a mission that seeks to reach the unreached people of the world through ministry in urban…

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“Whose work is this?”

Years ago, I worked as a helper to a cabinet maker. He was a craftsman and the poster child for, “Measure twice. Cut once.”  He was meticulous. I was young. I had volunteered for the assignment, but after a few days, I was becoming somewhat impatient. In one of those moments of second measuring and sanding…

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French West Africa Project Nearing Completion

The internet has changed the world as we know it. Most historians compare this new technology to the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the telephone. Communication will never be the same. Whatever you think of the technology, its impact on our world has been dramatic – which is why Clear and Simple…

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Arabic Broadcast Group Requests CSM Content

We have seldom had to look for projects. They have a way of “stepping in front of us,” often, quite unexpectedly. We are currently involved in one such project. Call of Love Ministry http://www.calloflove.org is a broadcast ministry targeting Arabic speakers, primarily in the Middle East. Several weeks ago, the people responsible for programming asked…

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“We are learning the Bible and meeting the Saviour”

Regular readers may remember that in March of 2019, we reconnected with an old friend involved in new work. Dr. Daryl Busby is the former President of Canadian Baptist Seminary and now invests his time as a chaplain in a senior’s facility in British Columbia in Canada. He has a particular interest in the research…

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The Church in Burkina Faso: Troubled and Growing

If you are attentive to world news, you know what has been happening in Burkina Faso. Armed militants (jihadists) have made attacks on Christians in several parts of the country. In one community (Arbinda), 19 Christians were killed in attacks which have taken more than 60 lives in recent days. One observer now says that,…

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