No.42 – Conference works wonders; ideas for new site; DONOR’S PACKAGE

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.easyBiblesincorporated.com .

2) an African team of Area Co-ordinators

    We could start with :

    a) Bp Isaac for E Africa and

    b) Ps Henok who is already doing so well in Ethiopia.

    They would advise other nations – each with their own leaders; e.g.

    Narcisse for CAR and ‘Camp Rhino’ which is larger than many nations

    Monique and Ocen for Uganda – helped by Kabaale

    Kia for S Sudan

    Samuel Mpanilehi for Tz

    and soon Boureima Diallo (our friend of 15 years) for Burkino Faso and West Africa – also i/c Fulani Ministris in 19 nations
    He was in Wales last week.

    WE WOULD ALSO LAUNCH OUR DONOR’S PACKAGE – WHERE AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP TAKE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILTY FOR A LANGUAGE GROUP.
    FOR EXAMPLE :
    1. LITTLE BLOGSBURY UNITED CHURCHES GROUP MIGHT LOOK AFTER easyBomgo from Tanzania
    2. Joe Bloggs might fund easySegri from Tibet
    3. Mary Quint and Oldershaw Nurses Christian FellowshIp might look after easyKisontago from Zambia..

      THE DONOR’S PACKAGE

    1. £100 to help print Luke’s Gospel at Level A
    2. a further £200 to buy an Epson printer when all 4 gospels + Acts are finished, checked and field-tested at Level A and all 4 Volumes of Veryeasy gospel stories are also ready.

    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 WHILE THE DONORS MAY 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!

No.37- Ethiopia; Distinguished enthusiasts; Flint

Ethiopia is doing very well with 4 level A easylanguages (Tigrinya, Somali, Amharic and Wolayitta) having finished all 4 gospels and Acts. They are also finishing Oromo and starting Southern Ethiopian languages Maale,Gamo and Gofa.

Like other teams they will soon finish translating and checking Joyce Ferrie’s 4 volumes of ‘veryeasy’ gospel stories.

We have many distinguished and experienced friends, who over the 14 years of ‘easyBibles’ have encouraged this ministry.

I mention some of them below :
1. Fr Jim Fallan i/c Family Prayers for whole Roman Catholic Church (Rosary).
2. Richard Hoyle i/c Eurasia for WBT/SIL.
3. Louis Ratman National Director for WBT/SIL Uganda then Malaysia
4. Fr Alberto Dalfovo – Principal, Philosophy Dept, Makerere, Uganda – who also helped start their Divinity School.
5. Revd Rajendrum formerly CEO Bible Socy of India
6. Fr Mario Cassello, Comboni Catholic missionary to Uganda
7. Andrew xxx a translation consultant for the United Bible Society, living in dangerous places.
8. Lutheran Professor of Chinese, Stavanger Missionary College
9. Professor Carlos Gohn, Brazil
10. Edward George, translation consultant FMPB India
11. Revd Norman Hillyer Librarian at Tyndale House, Cambridge
12. Mr Ma, Principal, Zhoukou Bible College, Henan Province, China,
13. Justus M. Marete, Director For Africa, BethanyKids
14. Several AIM missionaries, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya
15. SIM leaders at Kijabe Hospital, Kenya

My apologies for those i’ve forgotten

This recent email came from an experienced and very brave missionary in West Kenya who with his wife ministers to Somali people :
‘Hello Martin,
I received a donation not long ago from the UK. And all the good things you are doing to make the gospel available to the marginalized people all around the globe God is going to reward you for that.
Be blessed and many greetings’

More news soon about our Kampala Conference – Dec 4 – 10th.

The featured photo is from North Wales Holiday Clubs – last year. Please pray as we move gently forward this Christmas in Flint. Churches in UK are sadly becoming quite weak – many Sunday Schools are closing. We have several missionaries now from Africa and Asia.

Please pray for South America and easySpanish, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu etc. It’s great that we have a new friend in Khartoum doing easyArabic.
Much to celebrate soon about 2018.
God is good -“All the time”