This photo is of Juliman and Victoria and their fine family in Jakata, Indonesia where they have started doing easyIndo and easyNias at all 3 main levels ( A, B and veryeasy). They have already sent me Jonah at level B and John at level A. We shall soon be printing in Jakata. Juliman was born on Nias – a tsunami island.
Through the splendid help of Joyce Ferrie and Peter McGuire we now have a full set of 4 volumes of veryeasyEnglish Bible Stories ready to translate. Each set contains 25 stories. This development will fit in with our revised Gold Table (above). As far as the ‘veryeasy’ level is concerned this is now ‘JOB DONE – OVER TO YOU’ because, by the time you have translated, checked and field-tested 100 stories – YOU WILL BE THE EXPERTS IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE – and please continue as your churches decide. The 4 volumes are at https://sites.google.com/site/easybibles2/veryeasyenglish https://sites.google.com/site/easybibles2/veryeasyenglish and more veryeasyEnglsh stories may be obtained from http://www.easyenglish.info/accessible/ .
Other languages in Asia are also progressing well :
Nepali (led by Juliman’s friend Harka) has now finished and sent me copies of all 4 gospels at level A and are moving onto Acts; they are also prioritising the veryeasy stories.
The Viet team has now finished 9 chapters of Luke
In Africa, Pastor Abraham ( whom i met on my 2 visits to Ethiopia) is working on Amharic with Senior Lecturer Pastor Teshome (whom i met in Norway). They are finishing and printing Luke at level A. They will make a very strong nucleus for work with the 80 languages of that nation.
We are printing Matthew and John at level A in easyKirundi for Bishop Alain in Burundi.
From Bishop Wilson in Busia, Uganda :
‘Dear Rev. Martin, Thank you so much for your Communication. Actually, when you talk about ‘easyBibles’ starting in the Office of the Bible Society of Uganda in 2003, I remember having interacted with an Officer from the Wycliffe Bible Translation Team who by then were staying in Entebbe Uganda.
I requested them to stand with the Bagwe to assist the translation of the Bible in the Lugwe Language; but the Bible Society of Uganda told them that they were working on the same but were not. The Bible Society of Uganda by then were assisting the Basamia in the Translation of the Lusamia Bible which they have so far assisted as to complete the New Testament.
For us we were very much marginalized and they called us Bagwe as ‘the dying Language’ and yet the Bagwe are one of the Communities that have the Kingdoms in Eastern Uganda.
I thank God that the Bagwe are soon going to start reading the word of God in their mother language starting from the Gospels. Kind regards, Rev. Wilson Waswa, Uganda. ‘
Martin assumes that Bible Societies have limited funds. This explains why (in a previous post) the same bishop tells us that only 16 of the 56 languages of Uganda have scriptures in their own language. It is good to be able to help with easy to read translations at different reading levels.
Pastor Elie in DRC and i have been agreeing that we are mortal. Perhaps (unless Jesus returns soon) we shall be watching ‘easyBibles’ from Heaven. Elie put it very well :
‘The way is still too long, i think we are just starting… and God’s
boat is sailing further…
My prayer is that God guides us as He wishes for His glory.’
You will need to enlarge this invoice from Nepal – but basically it shows that for about £200 we get 500 gospels booklets from Nepal – compared to 200 booklets for Africa. But the quality is different and Asia is usually the cheapest continent for printing. We hope soon to have our CIO set up – to claim back Income Tax. The Nepali team are world leaders, having moved onto Acts and are also very keen (like the DRC teams) to translate the 4 volumes of ‘veryeasy’Bible Stories – the first volume is ready now! – thanks to Joyce Ferrie and Peter McGuire. Please see :
https://sites.google.com/site/easybibles2/veryeasyenglish and our revised GOLD TABLE.
The new ‘easyBibles’ school (below) in Lubumbashi (DRC) – for adults (including Pygmies) who need help reading is making good progress despite Bishop Evariste’s diabetes – mainly thanks to the oversight of Pastor Elie Kakudji -a very generous pioneer for easyBibles in Africa. Oh. for more people like Bishop Evariste, Pastor Elie and their wives.
But God is working – praise His Holy Name! Bishop Alain in Burundi, Kamoza in Malawi and Alison in South Sudan are finishing their 3rd level A gospel. Rose in Kisii has finished several stories in veryeasy Ekegusi and all 4 gospels at level A and 26 chapters of Acts – but is still deciding about printing.
In Busia, Uganda Bishop Wilson tells us of their good working methods :
‘Normally, my translation Committee meets on every Mondays,and we work for the whole day” Thus from 8:30 AM up to 4:30 Pm.We have Four (4) phases. Phase one, is the preparations of the Manuscripts, we assign books to the Translators. Phase two,is Corrections. They bring on every Mondays for Corrections. Phase three is Printing. After Corrections, we take for printing.Phase Four,is Re-corrections. After the Secretary has done the Printings,she may have made some mistakes,so we have to meet once again for re-corrections. After the Re-corrections, we send it to your Office for Review,after the review from your office, you send back to us for the final Corrections.’ All very good. Actually i don’t have an office – just several helpful friends in UK to help with basic checking. We cannot read Lugwe. Bishop Wilson has also warmly invited me :
‘Dear Rev. Martin,
Thank you so much for your Communication. Actually we met for the corrections of Mark, and we were able to complete chapter 14 and 15, we wanted to complete chapter 16 and send them together so that you can print out three (3) books,” Thus’ Matthew,Mark and Luke so that we Launch it to the Bagwe Community.
We are however been able to complete the write up of the book of Acts which is on printing Stages. The Bagwe Community together with the Omwe’engo ( The King of Bagwe Community) are wishing that, on the Completion of the New Testament, during the Launching of the entire New Testament, that you will be the Guest of Honor. We need to continue praying for this project.
Perhaps i shall be able to visit Uganda for the 12th Anniversary on Nov 26th 2015 – God willing – and then visit a few other African countries with finished New Testaments at level A too. I’m saying to countries like Uganda and Malawi that we must not make the situations worse for LGBT people by careless translations of Paul’s letters. Please remember that ‘easyBibles’ started on Nov 26th 2003 at the invitation of the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Uganda in Kampala – beginning with Swahili in Tanzania. Naomi in New York is doing a good job working on this at level A.
As the first NTs are just over the horizon, let us give thanks to God for all His grace and mercy and for giving us Mt 25 v 40.
From our German friend, Walter who gets our printing done in SIM Kijabe, Kenya and has worked for over 30 years in Africa :
‘Burundi printing: Yes, we are quite positive that the Kirundi books could be printed and sent along with our Rwandese colleagues and put on the bus Kigali – Bujumbura.
Mozambique translators: We had an amazing seminar there. I was quite shocked to learn that the average school attendance for Mozambicans is 1 year! Few people have a Bible, even though they could be bought for one day’s salary of a cleaning lady. But why spend the money if you can’t read.
Our colleague Ademola, together with long-term missionaries from AIM and SIM seem to be quite well connected across the country. Let me know what you are looking for and we can see what they can arrange. They also have a small printshop in Beira that could produce the booklets right there. – Did you know that the Coastline of Mozambique is 6942 km? What huge distances to cover!’
This world map is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita (click on this and make this map larger).
and gives an indication of the poorest countries and tells me where to send most money to reach the poor. But we are all aware that the poorest countries contain some rich, greedy people (part of their problem NOT solution) and we have to be as wise as serpents.
I try to target the lightest blue countries on this map and help others as doors open cheaply. Our funds are limited and many Christian leaders have yet to understand Luke ch 4 v 18 and Luke ch 7 v 22 and Jesus’s desire that the Good News reach the poor. Many Christian leaders in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and India are selfish and IGNORANT OF CHRIST’S WISHES!!!
Many African and Asian Christians in London, US and Hong Kong are also blinded by false teachings – such as the Prosperity Gospel too.
But i thank God for 3 AIC Bishops in Burundi, DRC and Uganda – and Bishop Samuel in South Sudan and sister Kamoza in Malawi and others who are sacrificially taking this vision forward.
And let’s not forget Asia :
Nepal have finished and printed all 4 gospels at level A. More chapters have come in Luke in easyViet and John in easyChinese – both at level A.
Nepal are moving on to start Acts and very soon will be working on the new 4 sets of ‘veryeasy’ Bible stories from Joyce Ferrie helped by Peter McGuire with formatting.
I aim soon to encourage Bangladesh. Myanmar/Burma are doing their 2nd gospel at level A.
May our loving God open more hearts to serve Him.
In 2008 i visited Malawi then the poorest country in the world and stayed with several friends at the home of Kamoza Chimungu in Lilongwe. 6 years later, it is wonderful to have this picture of her receiving 200 copies each of Mark and Luke in easyTumbuka from Mrs Kabango and SIM, Kenya. Kamoza has moved onto John’s gospel.
The next photo shows easyNepali Mark. Soon Matthew will arrive – their 4th gospel as the team moves onto Acts and more gospel stories in ‘veryeasy’ Nepali. Praise God.
SIM, Kenya are now printing 2 gospels in easyLugwe for Busia, Uganda and will them move onto 2 gospels in easyKirundi for Burundi.
And from Pastor Elie in Lubumbashi, DRC :
‘Please attached are the Gospels of Matthew and Mark in level A easyFrench for Africa.
They are kindly being checked by Bishop Alain and Brother N from Cameroon but living in UK. John’s Gospel is also being revised .
The team have received comments from several people who read our first edition (Luke at level A). Most of them appreciated it and said that it was simple enough; but advised us to adapt it to our culture. We shall use colours and illustrations and make other changes, too. Then a large printing and distribution will be initiated . You know, the DRC has already produced 4 gospels at level B, a set of veryeasy gospels stories, and soon 4 gospels level A. There are more works on site…….’
We hope soon to have more photos of the 2 easyBibles schools in Lubumbashi. Thank you for praying for Bishop Evariste and his diabetes – he is a bit better but still weak.
The team doing level A Luke in easyViet is now checking ch 8.
Peter & John in Acts 4 v 13 ;
Here we see ‘unschooled, ordinary men’ telling the world’s rulers and religious leaders about Jesus and His ‘Good News’.
With ‘easyBibles’ the educated middle classes ( they can speak English and use laptops!) are unpaid volunteers in the world’s poorest countries enabling the poor and marginalised to read of Christ’s love too.
Today i received this important email from Bishop Wilson in Busia, Uganda :
Dear Rev. Martin,
Greetings in the matchless name of our soon coming King and Lord Jesus Christ from the Lugwe Bible translation Committee. We are so happy to inform you that the book of John has been completed and we have started the book of Acts. We are typewriting both Mark and John which is going to take us just one week and shall send it for Corrections.
I am going to hold meetings with other Communities who wanted to start the Translations so that they may know what they are to do and how your Organization can help in to enable them have the Bible in their mother Languages.
Rev. Wilson Waswa.,
A few weeks ago this same Bishop sent me a document on the history of the Bagwe peoples (who speak Lugwe). It is long. Please email me if you would like a copy.
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Today i also received ch 7 at level A Luke in easyViet from my ‘niece’ in Vietnam. We have never met – but our wonderful God is opening doors for www.easyBibles.com
STOP PRESS – i’ve just heard from AIC Bishop Alain in Burundi that his team hopes to finish Mt, their second gospel by next Sunday. I think we can get them there too from SIM, Kenya.
These 2 gospels in level A easyTumbuka from Malawi were translated by Kamoza Chungwu helped by Joyce Ferrie in Scotland. Kamoza is now working on John’s gospel.
They were printed and dispatched by SIM, Kigale, Kenya – who are now printing Matthew and Luke at level A in easyLugwe for AIC Bishop Wilson Waswa in Busia, Uganda. He was helped by Yvonne Harrison in England. The booklets are A5 size and their covers are coated in plastic. This team are now doing Mark’s Gospel.
In my last post on this site, i mentioned the need to encourage and not persecute ‘gay’ people. I’ve since made some wonderful friends by visiting the LGBT group (called Unity) at Bangor University – near to my home in North Wales, UK.
Today, i would like to stress the foolishness in preaching what is called , “THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL”. This wrongly teaches that true believers will become financially wealthy.
Jesus did not promise His followers that they would become RICH!!
Did Jesus, Peter, Paul, Stephen, John….die RICH?? Of course not.
We are blessed – although we don’t deserve it – by His love. That is more than enough.
Preaching the Prosperity Gospel does much damage – especially in Africa.