No.7 – Fasting Wed April 5th; Asian Conference, Vaiphei; World’s poorest nations

Because of the rapid developments in Africa – my main focus for easyBibles; I have had to delay my Asia Conference until next year – probably starting in Kolkata, India with our new leader of the EasyBibles Society for India – Revd Khupkam Vaiphei who already is a translator with the VAIPHEI BIBLE TRANSLATION COMMITTEE in Manipur and will finish the NT at level A before we meet again. We first met at the 2010 Conference in Tokyo. His eldest son Lianneilun and his whole family wonderfully support him. One of his recent rallies is our featured photo. A man of deep spirituality who fasts often. He is well ahead of others doing easyBibles not only in India but also in Asia. His existing Bible Society has verified his level A materials.

More about this conference and other places (perhaps Nias a tsunami island of Indonesia or Kuala Lumpur or Shanghai) that i’ll visit (God willing -I’ll be 77 then) next year.

Soon another update as my plans for April 24th to May 4th in Uganda and Kenya emerge. It seems Bishop Isaac and i shall be able to reach several translators from the world’s poorest nations to start or continue with easyBibles. Countries include those at the foot of the tables referred to in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29_per_capita such as the Central African Republic, Somalia, Burundi and Malawi. Pastor Elie Kakudji in DCR already, of course helps many nations with ‘easyFrench for Africa’.

Praise God!

No.6 – SIM friends; Africa trip; Marginalised people

Tomorrow we have the next Fasting Wed Update – but new positive issues are piling up.

Jenny and i have known our European friends in SIM for nearly 20 years since they came for tea in North Wales. We’ve also visited their home in Europe. They have bravely helped the Somali people for many years and I stayed with them at the SIM Guesthouse in Nairobi in 2002 and 2003.
Yesterday they wrote :
‘Dear Martin,
Great to hear you are coming. How are you doing? Are you coming to Nairobi too? Kampala and Kisumu are both north west from us about x hours. I wish we could come (to the Kisumu Conference) but we are moving right now in order to start a new ministry. Just recently I was reading the Bible with kids and I thought about you. I wished I had easyEnglish Bibles to read with them.
Please accept our apology for the conference. Let us know the dates if you are coming to Nairobi. Maybe we could come there. Our new location is again x hours from Nairobi.
Be blessed in all the preparations
Give our love to Jenny,’

SO BISHOP ISAAC AND I AIM TO SEE THEM SOON AGAIN IN NAIROBI.

Please see my LGBTQIA+ notes today re a letter (probably sent to many in UK) from John Bercow, Speaker of House of Commons, UK about easyBibles taking part in www.ukparliamentweek.org in November.
People suffering from Mental Illnesses (and about a third of us will before we die)are helped by my friend Andy who leads a team to print my posters for North Wales. The featured image on the right is from them – sorry it’s so small to see. Another wonderful ministry to encourage MARGINALISED PEOPLE. They live near to the heart of Jesus!

MORE NEWS TOMORROW –

No.5 – Uganda & Kenya Conferences April 25th to May 4th

I arrive at Entebbe airport at 03.30 am on Tues 25th April and will wait in a cafe to meet friends led by Bp Isaac Mokakha and then travel to Kampala for a simple Conference on Wed 26th or Thurs 27th before catching a bus to Kisumu where we conference together from Fri 28th till Mon 1st May. We return by bus to Kampala – stopping en route to meet Bp Isaac’s helpful family and friends in Busia, Kenya and then to meet again some of Bishop Wilson’s family and their new king in Busia, Uganda.

I had a wonderful time with these people in Busia, Uganda in Sept 2015. Some of Bishop Wilson’s wonderful family ( they have 12 daughters} are in our featured photo.

In my last update, i mentioned the move forward in CAR and i hope to encourage Alison from South Sudan in his wonderful ministry.

You’ll notice that we’re getting to grips with easy level A and veryeasy Bible materials for the poorest countries in the world. Please see page ‘POOREST 20 NATIONS’ above.

Translators and their teams are usually rich by comparison – they can speak English and use computers/tablets.

James ch. 2 v 5 reminds us that ‘God has chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him.’

More on Wed, particularly about India and Asia – Fasting Wed April 5th.

No.4 Phase 2 – Inspiration to keep going; Central African Republic, Uganda and Ethiopia

Please see my new PAGE above called PHASES 1 & 2.

I rejoice particularly today for the Central African Republic (CAR) – the poorest nation on Earth and wonderful on-going purposeful developments in UGANDA and ETHIOPIA:

1. Alison, my friend for about 6 years from Nzara, South Sudan doing easyZande and studying in Kampala, Uganda has found a new friend from the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29_per_capita) to start Luke’s Gospel in easySango. There has been much prayer for this day!

2. Bishop Wilson in Busia, Uganda has persevered with the Education Dept to combine Lugwe and a nearby language called Lusamia to produce a new Orthography. 3 Students have graduated through training to translate the Bible again and have reached Galatians in the NT.
The featured photo shows the enthronement recently of the new King of the Bagwe peoples in Busia. I met this man 2 years ago in Busia when Bishop Wilson launched the book of Acts in easyLugwe. Soon afterwards they finished the whole NT. Then the Education Department insisted that his team did the whole NT again with the revised Orthography. They have got as far as Galatians.

3. H in Addis Ababa is the new leader of easyBibles in Ethiopia. Since he started in Jan 2017 he has finished 10 chapters of Mark in easyAnharic level A. This is excellent progress and his friend is working on easyOromo.

More news soon!

2017 New website update No.3 – EasyEnglish

We build easyBibles with help from many friends including MissionAssist (also known as Wycliffe Associates – UK). Here is a note from their Website Manager John Williams:

‘EasyEnglish listed in the Top 20!
The Get.Bible website (managed by the American Bible Society) have carried out a survey of the most popular Bible websites in the world and created a graphic using their logos. How many can you recognise?

(This image is seen on the featured image to the right)

Hopefully, you spotted the “ee” for EasyEnglish in there. We came in at number 12 in the survey and their description of our website is:

No.12 Easyenglish.info – EasyEnglish is clear and simple English (vocabulary with a smaller word count), developed by MissionAssist

New address for EasyEnglish Website
The web address of the EasyEnglish Bible is www.easyenglish.info but we will soon be moving to a new address: www.easyenglish.bible. The content of the site will stay the same.’

Martin adds – the above note is from easyEnglish and THE ADDRESS OF EASYBIBLES IS UNCHANGED.

2017 New website update No.2 – EasyBibles Society of India; Asian Conference for EasyBibles; bank for CIO

Dear friends – OUR NEW WEBSITE IS NOW FINISHED AND I’VE STARTED EDITING AND REPLACING POSTS AS WELL AS ADDING NEW ONES. PRAISE GOD!
i received splendid help from a new friend who lives near to Bangor, North Wales and he has done a superb job. We are using JustHost which is very helpful and staying with WordPress, because their templates are what i’m used to. Please see the new site and email me comments to mlloyd3000@gmail.com.
As we have lost 2 years of updates plus many files, please soon email me any missing files as attachments. I shall hunt through my old emails too.

ENCOURAGING NEWS FROM INDIA where the new EASYBIBLES SOCIETY OF INDIA has taken several steps forward. During my 7 visits to India i met the General Secretary of the Friends Missionary Prayer Band (one of the largest missions in the world – mainly sending missionaries from South India to North India). He has recommended me to meet the leader of Wycliffe India and after phone calls and emails we are tentatively arranging for me to travel to his base in Dehradun, North India for July 21st – 25th. He hopes to invite team leaders from different parts of India to join our meetings.
Please pray for these plans as i have visited India hopefully before – with many disappointments – and we want to use our time purposefully.
Today, Sunday 19th, i’ve just arranged to meet Revd Vaiphei in India – either in Dehradun or Kolkata for those dates. He currently leads our best Indian team – in Manipur – where he translates for their Bible Society, too.

The Wycliffe India leader remembers my addressing a conference in Hyderabad c 2003 (promoting easyEnglish standing on a chair as they all queued up for lunch). John Waters – still the leader of WBT/SIL INTERNATIONAL remarked – in a friendly manner – that everywhere he went he couldn’t escape from Wycliffe Associates.

For the following week, Wed 26th to c Wed Aug 2nd (when i plan to return home), i’m praying for a venue for our first ASIAN CONFERENCE – preferably hosted by a nation – such as Indonesia (Jakarta) – who will be well on their way to joining Top Table by July 2017. Please Asian friends come back with offers/suggestions. I’ll probably visit Africa/Kenya again in 2018 – then Asia again in 2019 – God willing.

So much prayer needed please for July and especially for India.

Please pray also for our Trustees and myself hope to persuade a local bank to process UK donations for our new CIO or Charitable Incorporated Organisation.