Fasting Wed 4th Feb – Bible Society and easyEnglish; Trustees and our new CIO

It’s good to hear from my friend John Williams of MissionAssist (formerly Wycliffe Associates UK) that :

‘The Bible Society have decided to produce print-on-demand versions of Matthew, Luke and John. They have already printed Mark, so that will mean all four Gospels are available in EasyEnglish.’

This is the same level A that many of our teams are using as a basis for translation.

Please pray for the Trustees of ‘easyBibles’ as they meet tonight without me to move forward the setting up of our new CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).

With others, i will soon be working again on an African website for ‘easyBibles’ . This will be ‘gay’ affirming not homophobic. Uganda and Malawi have much persecution over this matter already! Please pray for my continuing discussions with ‘easyBibles’ team leaders in those countries.

Dr Nim Njuguna & Kenya; distribution in Burundi; team leaders and new trainees

Recently God has blessed us with some wonderful new people joining ‘easyBibles’.

It is great to welcome a new Kenyan friend, Dr Nim Njuguna who is a tutor for The London Spirituality Centre –  http://spiritualitycentre.org/index.php/developing/encounter-the-london-course/tutors , and organises volunteers on Wednesdays for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and has also been selected to be an African Changemaker (100 chosen out of 1000 people proposed by their African contacts) to join a project by the Royal Society of Arts – http://www.thersa.org/action-research-centre/community-and-public-services/diaspora-changemakers .

Nim also already runs his own mission to Nakuru, Kenya :
www.nectuk.org includes encouraging young Kenyans (inc 2nd generation) to meet with in Kenya and encourage young Kenyans there by such useful practical schemes as raising goats.
It is wonderful to have Dr Nim’s help with easylenguges for Kenya too. Please pray, too, for his application to be Quaker Chaplain ( one day/week at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London).
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A very important part of our ministry is the distribution of gospels to help the poor and especially the poor readers. These gospels are NOT for the middle classes and their children as they already have Bibles BUT TO REACH THE POOREST PARTS OF EACH NATION!.
So, i greatly admire the ministries of Bishop Evariste and Pastor Elie (DRC) and their sacrificial desire (using their own money too) to start schools helping the ‘least of these their brothers and sisters’ Matthew 25 v 40. They’re helping Pygmies from the jungle areas too. We hope soon for some more photos but DRC has had internet problems for 2 weeks.
Bishop Alain in Burundi sent me this encouraging report yesterday :
‘Dear Rev Martin, Receive my greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I would like to inform you that i started the distribution. The strategy i use is to distribute books in different churches to the poorest people who are not able to buy the Bible.As soon as i finish to distribute  i will send you the report with pictures. Bishop Alain MUBIGALO MUTIKI’
I strongly respect all the men mentioned above, who are prepared to LEAD THEIR TEAMS FROM THE FRONT AND CHECK TEXTS THEMSELVES. THEY ARE NOT ARMCHAIR GENERALS!
I have also asked them to find a few young people to train to produce future translations. All of our work will need revising as we proceed and improve.
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Now that we shall soon be printing ‘Over Half the New Testament’ (4 Gospels + Acts) in several languages we need to concentrate on distribution, collecting feedback and testimonies with photos and improving our documents to make them more relevant and helpful in spreading Christ’s wonderful message of love and salvation to ALL people. Matthew 28 v 19, 20.

Printing for Indonesia and Ethiopia; printing policy; training young checkers

Printing has begun for the Gospels of John and Luke at level A in easyIndo (Indonesian or Bahasa I – very similar to Bahasa M for Malaysia; the border in Borneo was only settled in 1958. These new translations will reach over 200 million people in the two nations). The team will also do veryeasyIndo Bible stories and easyNias and veryeasyNias. Nias is a tsunami island off Sumatra. It is Juliman’s home and he pastors a Nias church in Jakarta. Please scroll down to read more about Juliman, Vicky and their fine family.

Recently Pastors Abraham and Teshome met and had wonderful fellowship in Addis Ababa over the checking of Teshome’s Luke’s Gospel in easyAmharic at level A. This will soon be printed in Ethiopia.

In my many useful discussions with Pastor Elie of DRC we have agreed that it would be very useful if teams could start to train small numbers of young people (perhaps in their 30’s) to improve accuracy with the following :

1)  Chapter numbering should be consistent – same font and size. All verse numbers should be present.
2) Always close speech marks after they are used.
3) Punctuation. Sentences should finish with a full stop – then leave just one space – then the next sentence should start with a capital letter.
4) Capital letters should be used for the names of people and towns.

This will save much time and expense with printers.

Current Printing Policy

As the number of teams doing level A easyBibles increases, my current policy for new teams is to fund first the printing of  Luke’s Gospel then ‘4 Gospels + Acts’ for all teams from poor nations before moving on to help with whole New Testaments.4 Gospels + Acts’ will be known as ‘Over half the NT’ because they are that size!

Now that printing is going well we need to concentrate on distributing, field-testing and improving our work.

Unity, the LGBT group at Bangor University start again today and a few of us hope to attend.

Fasting Wednesday 7th January – Bishop Wilson spreads vision; easyFrench printed in 2 cities

Exciting news from Bishop Wilson (of the Bagwe Community doing the Lugwe language) :

‘Am happy to report to you concerning our good time meeting with the “OMUKUMBANYA”( The King of  The Bagwere Community). I arrived at 10.30 am and  was welcomed by the Prime Minister of the Bagwere Kingdom, who led me up to the King’s Palace. After a long discussion and considerations, we came up with the following resolutions:-

That the King  and his prime minister call an extra-ordinary General Assemble on 8th/01/2015 and I go back again to confirm the Translation Team.

However, The King of  the Bagwetre Community was very grateful for the Bible Translation project and welcomed the idea whole-heatedly.

The Bagwere Community have the population of about 1,300,000 people and already their Kingdom has been confirmed by the President of the Republic of Uganda in Feb,2014.

I was told that the Bagwere have got a Bible Translation department which already  has started working on the New Testaments but the  problem was the print out. I will confirm this on 8th/01/2015, when I next visit.

The Bagwere King is a Reverend and the Chairman for the Organization known as'”Revival and Salvation Apostolic Manistries. His name is: His Highness Ikumbania, John Chrysostom Wayabire.

Best regards, Rev. Wilson Waswa’.

Martin has asked Bishop Wilson to ensure that this new team can do gospels at level A. This must be new work that is easy -to -read. Please note that these are 2 different kingdoms in East Uganda and Bishop Wilson is sacrificially travelling considerable distances.

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In Lubumbashi, DRC Bishop Evariste and Rev Elie are starting to print easyFrench. Because of the very difficult and dangerous access to that country we shall – with their support and blessing – also be printing some copies soon with SIM in Nairobi. Pastor Elie writes :

Friend Martin Baskerville will be involved in DRC this year, and he needs my help also. So the work will be focused on seminars, teachings, distribution of his ‘first steps course’ over the

provinces of DRC. This may help us also to spread the gospels  to  a great number of our populations. Let us pray.’    LET US INDEED PRAY FOR THESE  TWO BRAVE MEN AND THEIR MISSION.

Martin & Jenny rejoice that their artist friend Alan Thomson leaves hospital tomorrow and moves to a new flat in Colwyn Bay.

K in Shanghai has sent ch 7 of John’s gospel in easyChinese level A.

Printing overseas in 2014

God has graciously moved us on from Ian Melton (Cefni Computers, Llangefni, Anglesey, North Wales, UK  – who generously got easyBibles started by letting us use his printers and toners, free of charge); Richard Johnston who found friends to bind our booklets and Phil Roberts – who is continuing to do first class printing for us at reasonable prices in UK – to :

these books which have all been printed in 2014 in Africa and Asia; most of them in recent months.

From top left we have gospel stories in veryeasy Ekegusi printed locally in Kisii, Kenya.

Top centre is Luke at level A in easyEkegusi, 200 copies at size A4 were printed and ring-bound by SIM, Kenya.

Top right is Luke at level A in easyChin printed in Myanmar/ Burma. 200 A4 copies were produced locally.

The central 4 booklets are the 4 gospels at level A in easyNepali printed in Kathmandu, Nepal. About 500 copies of each booklet were printed. Printing in Asia is the cheapest.

The lower 6 white and blue, plastic coated A5 booklets were printed by SIM Kenya and distributed to :

a) Malawi – level A easyTumbuka – 200 copies each of Mark and Luke

b) Uganda – level A easyLugwe – 200 copies each of Matthew and Luke

c) Burundi – level A easyKirundi – 200 copies each of Matthew and John

May 2015 soon take us forward into exciting new developments!!
Happy New Year to you all.


Christmas greetings; the vision spreads; feedback

From Alison doing easyZande in South Sudan :

‘Dear all,
I am very pleased to say Merry Christmas to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope all are doing well during this Christmas season as we are doing here.
Rev. Martin, this is just to inform you that we had a very good talk with Rev. Richard Ruben who is doing Baka language. He is doing a wonderful work and also told me that he has informed two more other tribes who have agreed to do the work. And i will visit him with them on Jan 6th 2015 to explain to them again. I will send the feedback to you when i come back from there.’

These photos are from Gen Secretary Harka of the Evangelical Alliance, Nepal who is also leading their new Wycliffe Associates ministry. They’ve finished all 4 gospels at level A and are woring on the 4 volumes of veryeasyNepali Bible stories. Harka writes :

‘My wife Shova preached from book of Matthew regarding the birth of Christ for this seasonal message.

She found it so helpful to preach the word effectively. The introduction of the book was so clear and helpful.
Likewise people are getting help from our translation work.’
My wife Shova preached from book of Matthew regarding the birth of Christ for this seasonal message.
She found so helpful to preach the word effectively. The introduction of the book was so clear and helpful.
Likewise people are getting help from our translation work.
My wife Shova preached from book of Matthew regarding the birth of Christ for this seasonal message.
She found so helpful to preach the word effectively. The introduction of the book was so clear and helpful.
Likewise people are getting help from our translation work.’
Martin & Jenny wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year :
‘To a large extent in 2014 we have been concentrating our energy and resources on the poorest nations – which are all in Africa – but we rejoice to help Asia too – especially now that Indonesia, Vietnam and soon (God willing) Bangladesh are catching the vision too.’