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”

No.36 – TOP TABLE; 24 becomes 44 at Level A; Facebook groups

Today on my open fb groups : ‘Open House’, ‘easyBibles.com’ and ‘SSM churches UK’ i put :
‘We thank and praise God that the number of teams doing level A translations has risen from about 24 to 44 in 3 months – including easySomali from Ethiopia and easySango from the Central African Republic. At our Kampala Conference (Dec 4 – 10) several teams will be displaying their level A New Testaments for critical checking. About 20 people hope to attend, We are much nearer to one of our targets – reaching the poorest 20 nations on Earth.
We do NOT do internet banking but if UK DONORS contact me at mlloyd3000@gmail.com i ‘ll happily supply them with the relevant information for our new CIO.’

The explosion of interest is shown in our revised TOP TABLE
The QUALITY and RELEVANCE of our work is based upon field-testing in mother-tongue situations as well as the quality of one of our source texts The ‘EasyEnglish Bible’ – no. 12 in the Featured Photo from our friends in MissionAssist UK.

No.35 – Fasting Wed 1st Nov – DONATIONS button/page ready; major languages of East Africa being printed

At last the DONATIONS button is ready. When UK Donors email me i shall give them the Bank Sort Code and Bank Account Number and also email them the form to claim Gift Aid Tax – currently at 25%. Our CIO Reference Number is 1167836.

We are printing many 1st Editions ahead of our Kampala Conference Dec 4th to 10th. East African languages involved include – Swahili, Dholuo, Luganda, French, Lingala, Sango, Bari, Kakwa, Ekegusii, Lukhayo, Marachi, Lugbara, Juba Arabic, Zande, Ateso, Lusoga and Lukonzo. My apologies for leaving someone out. Then we shall use the many minds present and the results of field-testing before printing the 2nd Editions. This is important work.

 

Although they cannot get to this Conference we rejoice that Pastor Henok in Ethiopia is producing gospels in 5 languages, including Somali and Revd Vaiphei has made similar excellent progress in Manipur, India and also in neighboring Nagaland.

 

It is also wonderful to be working again with Steven Kaombe of Mozambique – whom i met at the Lilongwe Conference in 2009 and was a great help in Kabwe, Zambia for their Conference in 2012. Working under Bishop Isaac Makokha, Steven will encourage the nations of Southern Africa – with Chichewa, Yao, Portuguese, Bemba, Tumbuka….

 

We shall obey our government’s rules and not send funds directly to countries banned in ‘https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-sanctions-regime-specific-consolidated-lists-and-releases’ as we agreed with Barclays Bank. But sadly the world is full of refugees and languages cross national boundaries drawn up by Europeans.

The featured photo shows Kabaale from Kampala holding some recently produced easyLuganda gospels.