No.23 – Africa is losing out!; CIO latest; Ethiopia

Dear friends – please read this interesting article in yesterday’s Independent (UK newspaper) – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/africa-subsidises-world-billions-a-year-say-campaigners-a7754041.html

It suggest that the rest of the world is really taking FROM and not giving TO Africa.

Certainly the poorest 20 nations are mainly in Africa AND THAT’S WHERE I’M GOING TO CONCENTRATE MY EFFORTS AND RESOURCES.

SO ASIA AND SOUTH AMERICA – PLEASE HURRY UP AND CATCH UP OR YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND – AS FAR AS EASYBIBLES IS CONCERNED!!

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IN JUNE I HOPE TO MOVE OUR CIO FORWARD WITH A BANK ACCOUNT – TO HELP AFRICA BY ADDING 25% TO UK DONATIONS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR NEW ENERGY FROM OUR TRUSTEES.

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FROM PASTOR HENOK IN ETHIOPIA :

‘More than 70 languages are spoken in Ethiopia,and I strongly believe
that these people should find bibles that have been translated by
their own languages in easy way.

I have planned to send printed Amharic Mark level 1 to to some local
churches in remote villages in southern Ethiopia.
Most churches in rural villages are with very limited financial
resources,and can’t print their own bibles,and equip themselves.
Please pray for churches that have been planted in remote,and Islamic
areas in Ethiopia.
Blessings,
Henok estifanos ‘

No.22 – May 2017 is our BREAKTHROUGH MONTH – led by YOUTH – for THE POOR AND LEARNING DISABLED

Every day this month i’m being encouraged by young people , in their 20’s and 30’s, TAKING www.easyBibles.com FORWARD.
Even the main African leader Bp Isaac Makokha is only just 40 yers old. His birthday was just before my trip to Africa in April/May – but i sent no present – in line with my financial policy to NOT help with education, health or even bereavement problems. I was taught several years ago that , even in the poorest nations translators and checkers must look to God for such help.

The real BREAKTHROUGH started not with easyBibles but with our friends in MissionAssist and the agreement of the Bible Society in Swindon, UK to help them to publish their EasyEnglish Bibles at level A.
Our easyBibles ministry is built on their success and kind helpfulness. So i’ve repeated using their photo of being number 12 in the league table of English Bibles – as our featured image. If you look carefully you can just see ‘ee’ in position 12 of this chart from the American Bible Society.

SO OUR YOUNG TEAMS ARE BUILDING ON FIRM FOUNDATIONS AS THEY MOVE US CLOSER TO CHRIST’S WORDS IN LUKE CH 4 V 18 – THAT HE WAS ANOINTED TO PREACH GOOD NEWS TO

    THE POOR

Our new, encouraging and enthusiastic friends include :

Kia(Juba Arabic and Arabic) , Kabaale (Luganda), Darious (Bari – bravely based in Juba) and Alison (Zande) at St Lawrence University, Kampala, Narcisse from CAR (Sango, French and Lingala) at Camp Rhino, North Uganda, Caren (Dholuo) ,Henok (Amharic but has recruited friends to add languages), Thuy (Viet), Seline (Teso). Lianneilun (helping his father with Vaiphei and new languages from Manipur), plus experienced business consultant Paul in Busia,Kenya (a great help to Bp Isaac) Revd Joseph (Luganda in his church in N W Kampala), and Justus (Director Africa for Bethany Kids wonderful ministry visiting former patients of Kijabe Hospital to assist their recovery.
These older and mature leaders will advise and support Bp Isaac as he preaches and leads us forward in Africa.

My apologies to anyone that this old man has forgotten to mention.

Also we rejoice in fellowship with Kijabe Hospital Chaplains – Geoffrey, Sylvia,Stephen………and our SIM European missionary friends as they bravely help to reach Somali peoples.

Please pray for Bp Isaac and myself as in June we shall revise our new Youth Competitions.

No.21 – Sideways growth in Manipur and Ethiopia; my last trip to Asia for easyBibles – in Jan 2018

Pastor Khupkan Vaiphei in Manipur, India hopes to recruit 2 volunteers to start new easylanguages for Manipur, soon.

Similar progress is reported from Henok in Ethiopia who was introduced to me in January by friends in MissionAssist and has already finished an excellent Mark’s Gospel in Amharic – and is moving on to start John. Henok is involved with Children’s evangelism and desires gospels that are much easier for children to read.

Henok has other friends in mind for the more than 70 languages of his nation.

I’m sending 2 Kindle Fire tablets to each team – to support these very positive moves!

Thuy a young woman doing easyViet has battled on to finish chapter 12 of Luke at level A – despite recently losing her father after many years of ill health. She is a graduate of her aunt’s Bible College.

My only trip for 2018 outside Europe will be to help the poorest nations in Asia and Africa.
I’m praying about something like :
Mon Jan 22th – Manchester to Kolkata to meet Ps Vaiphei
Jan 25th – Kalkata to Kuala Lumpur to meet Thuy from Vietnam plus other Asians who’ve done some work by then
Jan 30th – Kuala Lumpur to Nairobi
bus to Kampala visiting Kijabe, Kisii, Busia in Kenya en route.
Feb 6th Entebbe/Kampala to Addis Ababa to meet Ps Henok and friends before returning to Manchester on Feb 9th.

A lot depends on the work done by volunteers in various nations – THIS YEAR BEFORE I BUY MY PLANE TICKETS.

THIS MAY WELL BE MY LAST TRIP TO ASIA FOR EASYBIBLES – I WILL BE 77! AND THE POOREST NATIONS IN AFRICA ARE LEADING US FORWARD!

For example, Caren whom i met 2 weeks ago in Kisumu, Kenya has already finished Luke’s Gospel at level A – ready for checking and field-testing – in easyDholuo – ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LANGUAGES IN EAST AFRICA! PRAISE GOD!

No.20 – Africa 2017 part 6 – List of easylanguages involved; Asian Conference in 2018

We are very grateful for this list for East Africa and note it is gradually increasing :

Marachi, Lukhayo, Swahili(for Kenya) and Ekegusii – already started by Bp Isaac (Busia, Kenya) and Cardinal David (Kisii)
Kinyarwanda, Kinyamurenge and Kirundi – already started or encouraged by Revd Celestin and his wife Liberatha in Rwanda/Burundi.

Kamba, Meru, Masai, Gikuyu & Somali from Chaplains and friends in Kijabe.

Dholuo (for Kenya) from Caren in Kisumu.

Then in Busia, Kenya we were much encouraged by Cardinal Protus and Bp Isaac’s church.
Seline helped by Bp Isaac agreed to start easyTeso.

On to Busia, Uganda where Bp Wilson Waswa told us that the joint Lugwe+Lusania NT will be published soon.

Back to KAMPALA and two exciting days:
CONFERENCE on Tuesday 2nd May – 8 of us discussing :

Sango (CAR), French for Africa, Lingala, Zande, Juba Arabic, Arabic & Bari (South Sudan)

CONFERENCE on Wednesday 3rd May we continued talking about above plus Luganda as taxi-manager’s Pastor Joseph had joined us from N W Kampala.

THEN WE TRAVELLED TO PASTOR JOSEPH’S CHURCH FOR A WORSHIP SERVICE WITH ABOUT 50 PEOPLE ON A WED AFTERNOON. WE LAID HANDS ON BISHOP ISAAC AND ASKED GOD TO BLESS HIS LEADERSHIP AS AFRICAN LEADER FOR EASYBIBLES. AMEN!

On the plane home i met Wendy with her Dutch partner and small child. She promised to help check easyGikuyu….

I shall persevere with emails with people from more distant contacts who were unable to meet with us this time – particularly Frank and Sauli from Tanzania (re Tanzanian Swahili & Dholuo) and Henok from Ethiopia (Amharic). But Henok has finished Mark at level A and is seeking friends to start the many languages of Ethiopia. Also we, of course continue with Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zambia, Algeria, Namibia, Lesotho, S Africa, Namibia, Eritrea, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Zimbabwe…..

TOTAL NO OF LANGUAGES MOVED FORWARD FOR EAST AFRICA = 26 approx, so far – from 25th April to 3rd May 2017 – PRAISE GOD!!

Similarly, Ps Khupkam Vaiphei (easyVaiphei) in Manipur has found a volunteer to start a second language there. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE ASIAN CONFERENCE EARLY NEXT YEAR!

I realise that the feature image of a child’s rainbow should have 7 colours and lacks indigo. Bp Isaac told me that Kenya is leading the world in accepting gay people. Amen!

No.19 – Africa 2017 part 5 – Last day; Wed 3rd May; African leader

We left our hotel with George to go to a 4 star restaurant with Narcisse from CAR (doing easySango), his friend Kia Moss (starting easyJuba Arabic and Arabic, Pastor Joseph and A to visit Ps Jojeph’s church in N W Kampala.

On a Wednesday, they had no meeting but quickly gathered together about 50 people to hear about easyBibles from Bp Isaac and myself.

WE THEN ALL PRAYED AND LAID HANDS ON BISHOP ISAAC FOR HIS ROLE AS ‘AFRICAN LEADER FOR EASYBIBLES’.

No.18 – Africa 2017 part 4 – Back to Kampala

We were given lunch in the border town of Busia, Uganda by Bp Wilson Waswa who had been helping Sudanese refugees settle into N Uganda and hopes soon to finish the NT in a combined orthography of easyLugwe and neighbouring Lusania – following the insistence of the Ugandan Education Authorities.

So on Mon evening (May 1st) we returned by bus to Kampala to the same ‘Holiday Express Hotel’, and were met again by Taxi Manager George and his Pastor Joseph – who has since started easyLuganda.

We had an 8 -strong meeting on Tues 2nd May with George and his pastor Joseph
Alison Tepe and 2 friends from a university in W Kampala Bishop Eusau, a son of Bishop Samuel Peni and Darius from Juba, South Sudan (doing easyBari). You have to be very brave just to return to Juba these days!. But Pastor Darius hopes to form a team of younger people there to do different easylanguages.
Bp Isaac and myself – and a man who Bp Isaac bumped into on a bus called – an Anglican called A

IF BY NOW YOU’RE A LIITLE CONFUSED WITH ALL THESE LANGUAGES – DON’T WORRY – I’LL PLACE A LIST LATER!