No.43 – Christmas greetings; www.independent.easyBibles.com; Poorest nations; work nearly finished; field-testing

Happy Christmas to all prayer partners!

My second site www.independent.easyBibles.com will soon be constructed to become the Premier site for easyBibles. It is described in Update 42 below and starts in mid-January.

I’m working on my list of POOREST NATIONS to email to anyone interested. Please contact me at mlloyd3000@gmail.com

Both sites will get updates but only www.easyBibles.com will have a Donations button.

I’ll not raise money for independent sites. Indeed this is the FUTURE without Martin Lloyd -as many missions have stated in their AIMS
But the work of easyBibles will continue till Christ returns – as gospels etc are modified after field-testing and new editions are needed -but the COPYRIGHT MUST STAY WITH THE NATIONS CONCERNED.

The featured photo from Shanghai shows field-testing by a young man of easyChinese with a middle-aged lady in church’

Happy New Year to us all

Jan comment – this second site is proving so meaningful in East Africa that we shall accept the method and work on it next Monday Jan 18th – namely www.independent.easyBibles.com

No.42 – Conference works wonders; ideas for new site; INDEPENDENCE

This Kampala Conference was led well by Bp Isaac; supported by Monique and Ocen but showed us all clearly that the concept of ‘African leader for easyBibles’ does not make sense – except perhaps for Bill Gates. Who else could hope to fund the travelling involved?

So, my initial suggestions for change are :-

1) for our new website in Jan that we start with a title such as :

www.independent.easyBibles.com .

2) teams having their work moved to this new site would : –
a) have finished, checked and field-tested 4 gospels + Acts at level A
b) have finished, checked and field-tested the 4 Volumes of ‘veryeasy’ Gospel Stories
c) by selling booklets and attracting the support of their churches – have become financially independent.

The whole process belongs to the nation doing the work
and the back covers of each booklet must contain words similar too : –
‘Copyright 2017 Tanzanian easyBibles team’ and ‘www.easyBibles.com’

EACH LANGUAGE TEAM IS THEN EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO SELL AND PRINT – SUPPORTED BY THEIR LOCAL CHURCHES (who will eventually take full control) WHILE THE DONORS MOVE ONTO NEW LANGUAGE PROJECTS.

No.41 – Fasting Wed; Hospital for 3 days; IDEAS FOR 2ND SITE; SKYPE

We thank our kind friend on Anglesey for adding the Facebook image. In January, we shall explore news ways for a second website – as www.easyBibles.com is now full! PRAISE GOD!! All contributions/suggestions to mlloyd3000@gmail.com soon please.

I NEVER WENT TO AFRICA ON MONDAY – INSTEAD TO ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY IN BANGOR HOSPITAL.
I left again late yesterday and have encouraged the Kampala Conference by email etc. I just phoned Monique and she has served lunch to 28 people.
I rejoice that most of my work in East Africa (home to the world’s poorest nations) is finished or left in safe African hands. I shall continue to do what i can from outside – possibly Addis Ababa – but i’ve had no joy with anti-malaria tablets.

So : –
1. Apologies for late Fasting Wed Update
2. Let’s surround Bp Isaac & wife Caren; Monique & Ocen, Cardinal David, Narcisse & Manasse and Patrick, Kabaale and Seme and many other experienced leaders with OUR PRAYERS – MORE INFORMATION VERY SOON.

THIS WILL INCLUDE THE MANY TRANSLATIONS STARTED BY THESE 28 PEOPLE AND OTHERS STARTING RECENTLY IN PLACES TOO FAR FROM KAMPALA -SUCH AS KINSHASA.

MY OWN SMALL TROUBLES (CATHETER) SHOULD BE SORTED BY EASTER WHEN IT WILL BE MY PRIVILEGE TO VISIT ASIA AGAIN.

TILL THEN LET’S STRUGGLE TO ADD SKYPE TO OUR ARMOURY – FOR CLOSER CONVERSATIONS ACROSS CONTINENTS.

No.40 – Wonderful problem; new site soon; Kampala Conference latest news

We’ve an expected but wonderful new problem. Although i’ve removed and stored our level B Commentaries i’ve now got gospel files coming in so fast that www.easy Bibles.com IS FULL. Perhaps we should next move level A texts out and onto another site called www.level A easybibles.com ? Then in future our 3rd site could be www.level B easybibles.com as we reinstate and upgrade our level B commentaries?

ALL OUR WORK NEEDS CONTINUAL REVISION AS THE LANGUAGES ARE ALL CHANGING!!

THE ESSENCE OF OUR UPDATES WILL ALWAYS BE SEEN ON FACEBOOK – CURRENT OPEN GROUPS -‘open house’, ‘easyBibles.com’ and ‘SSM churches UK’ Happy hunting and please note that so far, we only have two UK donors helping us.

blessings,
Martin & Jenny

No.39 – HAPPY 14th BIRTHDAY ‘EASYBIBLES’; Kampala

Dear friends – on Nov 26th 2003 i was in the office of Henry Kalulah the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Uganda telling him about easyEnglish when he suggested that build a team to start easySwahili. Since then i’ve had the privilege to travel to Asia ( China and India both 7 times each, Malaysia 2x etc) Africa 11x and Peru once introducing this Mission based on Mt 25 v 40.

In summer 1963 after university i had planned to travel from my parents home in Romford, Essex by boat to Mombasa and on to Makerere University, Kampala to train to teach, get my Dip Ed and spend 27 months teaching in East Africa. My plans changed when my parents sadly divorced and i taught for 35 years in England and Wales.

I married Jenny in May 1967 and this year we celebrated our Golden Wedding. We have a good life together, with our 3 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 3 grandchildren – doing youth work and since 1984 when i was ordained as a Baptist Minister, we have had churches in Coningsby, Lincolnshire and Llandudno, North Wales. Currently, as well as leading ‘easyBibles’ we are seeking to plant or encourage small gay-affirming churches across North Wales.

Next Sunday i return to Kampala for my 5th visit and greatly look forward to our week-long Conference. We expect 15 to 20 people staying in homes or sleeping on mattresses on a church hall floor and others coming just for Visitors Day on Friday 8th December.

More updates next week.

The featured photo shows dolls made by our friend Elsie Griffiths. Some are already in Camp Rhino,
North Uganda

No.38 – Dinka & Nuer; Arabic; Updates and Facebook; Pukka members

Today i rejoice that Dinka and Nuer refugees in Camp Rhino, Uganda – but from South Sudan – both encouraged by my young friend Patrick are not only doing easyBibles at level A but are to travel TOGETHER to Kampala for our CONFERENCE THERE from Dec 4 – 10th.

Another friend in Khartoum has started easyArabic (different from Juba Arabic)
In future, as FACEBOOK is becoming so important, especially to poor people in Africa – i shall still do UPDATES on this website – but we shall soon install a fb link too. This fb link will give you the most recent information.
So i expect keen supporters ( i remember the old word ‘PUKKA’ meaning ‘ “fully formed”, “solid”, “permanent”, “for real” or “sure”, “genuine” or sincere.) – i expect them to monitor new UPDATES for themselves. So that by Easter 2018 we shall develop a group of ‘SAS’ style warriors (for prayers, donations and support) to take ‘easyBibles’ forward until Christ returns. This list will include national churches and eventually whole denominations that have accepted full responsibility for reaching their own poor and marginalised people.

Today’s featured photo is a painting by my learning-disabled friend Alan Thompson of the entrance to Heaven – where Alan has lived and rejoiced for nearly 2 years! Praise God!