Please see my new PAGE above called PHASES 1 & 2.
I rejoice particularly today for the Central African Republic (CAR) – the poorest nation on Earth and wonderful on-going purposeful developments in UGANDA and ETHIOPIA:
1. Alison, my friend for about 6 years from Nzara, South Sudan doing easyZande and studying in Kampala, Uganda has found a new friend from the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29_per_capita) to start Luke’s Gospel in easySango. There has been much prayer for this day!
2. Bishop Wilson in Busia, Uganda has persevered with the Education Dept to combine Lugwe and a nearby language called Lusamia to produce a new Orthography. 3 Students have graduated through training to translate the Bible again and have reached Galatians in the NT.
The featured photo shows the enthronement recently of the new King of the Bagwe peoples in Busia. I met this man 2 years ago in Busia when Bishop Wilson launched the book of Acts in easyLugwe. Soon afterwards they finished the whole NT. Then the Education Department insisted that his team did the whole NT again with the revised Orthography. They have got as far as Galatians.
3. H in Addis Ababa is the new leader of easyBibles in Ethiopia. Since he started in Jan 2017 he has finished 10 chapters of Mark in easyAnharic level A. This is excellent progress and his friend is working on easyOromo.
More news soon!
We build easyBibles with help from many friends including MissionAssist (also known as Wycliffe Associates – UK). Here is a note from their Website Manager John Williams:
‘EasyEnglish listed in the Top 20!
The Get.Bible website (managed by the American Bible Society) have carried out a survey of the most popular Bible websites in the world and created a graphic using their logos. How many can you recognise?
(This image is seen on the featured image to the right)
Hopefully, you spotted the “ee” for EasyEnglish in there. We came in at number 12 in the survey and their description of our website is:
No.12 Easyenglish.info – EasyEnglish is clear and simple English (vocabulary with a smaller word count), developed by MissionAssist
New address for EasyEnglish Website
The web address of the EasyEnglish Bible is www.easyenglish.info but we will soon be moving to a new address: www.easyenglish.bible. The content of the site will stay the same.’
Martin adds – the above note is from easyEnglish and THE ADDRESS OF EASYBIBLES IS UNCHANGED.
STOP PRESS – 2 new exciting contacts from US :
1. A who leads a translation etc ministry for SIM
2. L who also leads many translation teams and they have started easyYiddish and easySpanish Luke at level A
More from these experienced leaders soon.
Dear friends – OUR NEW WEBSITE IS NOW FINISHED AND I’VE STARTED EDITING AND REPLACING POSTS AS WELL AS ADDING NEW ONES. PRAISE GOD!
i received splendid help from a new friend who lives near to Bangor, North Wales and he has done a superb job. We are using JustHost which is very helpful and staying with WordPress, because their templates are what i’m used to. Please see the new site and email me comments to email@example.com.
As we have lost 2 years of updates plus many files, please soon email me any missing files as attachments. I shall hunt through my old emails too.
ENCOURAGING NEWS FROM INDIA where the new EASYBIBLES SOCIETY OF INDIA has taken several steps forward. During my 7 visits to India i met the General Secretary of the Friends Missionary Prayer Band (one of the largest missions in the world – mainly sending missionaries from South India to North India). He has recommended me to meet the leader of Wycliffe India and after phone calls and emails we are tentatively arranging for me to travel to his base in Dehradun, North India for July 21st – 25th. He hopes to invite team leaders from different parts of India to join our meetings.
Please pray for these plans as i have visited India hopefully before – with many disappointments – and we want to use our time purposefully.
Today, Sunday 19th, i’ve just arranged to meet Revd Vaiphei in India – either in Dehradun or Kolkata for those dates. He currently leads our best Indian team – in Manipur – where he translates for their Bible Society, too.
The Wycliffe India leader remembers my addressing a conference in Hyderabad c 2003 (promoting easyEnglish standing on a chair as they all queued up for lunch). John Waters – still the leader of WBT/SIL INTERNATIONAL remarked – in a friendly manner – that everywhere he went he couldn’t escape from Wycliffe Associates.
For the following week, Wed 26th to c Wed Aug 2nd (when i plan to return home), i’m praying for a venue for our first ASIAN CONFERENCE – preferably hosted by a nation – such as Indonesia (Jakarta) – who will be well on their way to joining Top Table by July 2017. Please Asian friends come back with offers/suggestions. I’ll probably visit Africa/Kenya again in 2018 – then Asia again in 2019 – God willing.
So much prayer needed please for July and especially for India.
Please pray also for our Trustees and myself hope to persuade a local bank to process UK donations for our new CIO or Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Today we officially announce the launch of our new ‘EasyBibles’ Societies to help poor and marginalised people in Kenya and Rwanda.
In particular please watch TOP TABLE and PREMIER LEAGUE as they develop.
Our featured image (these are always on the right) is that wonderful sign from God -THE RAINBOW
I have yet to use emails etc to reinstate documents apparently lost when my previous helper finished – so the page ‘130 Projects online’ needs updating. Please email me your missing files (if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org – my apologies for this inconvenience.
THIS NEW WEBSITE IS NOW READY – THANKS TO MY NEW FRIEND IN NORTH WALES – PRAISE GOD!
‘Poorest 20 nations’ is worth studying.
Three African nations making excellent progress are :
Bishop Wilson in Busia, Uganda – 4 gospels in level A easyLugwe printed by SIM, Nairobi + sent back to Uganda for field-testing and improving before 2nd printing together with Acts for OHNT (over half New Testament). This team then need to finish and test the 4 volumes of veryeasy Bible Stories ( from https://sites.google.com/site/easybibles2/veryeasyenglish ) before moving on to Phase 2.
Bishop Alain from Burundi will soon be having 100 copies of OHNT in easyKirundi level A printed locally before field-testing. His team will then need to complete the 4 volumes of veryeasy Bible Stories to finish Phase 1 .
Similarly Bishop Evariste (ably assisted by Pastor Elie) from Lubumbashi, DRC doing 4 languages including French for Africa– have the 4 gospels ready to print in DRC and by SIM, Nairobi. I’ll probably wait for the OHNT to be ready before printing with SIM, Nairobi. This will give me time to seek more francophone African countries willing to test some of these books – as volunteers. This team is also working on the 4 volumes of veryeasy Bible Stories to finish Phase 1.
Please observe our renewed emphasis on finishing the 4 volumes of veryeasy Bible stories – to complete Phase 1. The 3 bishops mentioned above are all members of the African Inland Church. May their understanding of ‘easyBibles’ spread throughout AIC and other churches! For the inspiring history of AIC please read www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/ajet/14-2_045.pdf .
Below we see Bishop Alain (Burundi, the 4th poorest nation in the world) distributing easyKirundi level A gospels from SIM, Nairobi to various churches. We hope soon to contact CAR – the Central African Republic, the poorest nation, to encourage easyFrench and easySango through friends in neighbouring South Sudan.
As i will be 75 this year and Jenny and i provide over 85% of the funds for ‘easyBibles’ – now is a good time to review our priorities :
Phase 1 for any language will be to publish and distribute 100 or 200 copies of ‘4 Gospels and Acts’ at easy level A plus the 4 volumes of veryeasyBible Stories.
THIS IS AS FAR AS WE SHALL GET IN MY LIFETIME FOR MANY LANGUAGES. But once teams have produced these documents, they will be well placed to finish the New Testament – should they wish – without my help. And their churches can raise the money to print more copies. Also, when the readers have mastered these 5 books at level A then they should be able to move on to existing Bibles.
Phase 2 will be for languages without Bibles to move on to. Then for teams agreeing not to produce New Testaments that hurt the gay community we shall move forward together through Romans and 1 Corinthians……
Phase 2 has already started with a team in Uganda and i rejoice. Praise God!