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Give readers some home cooking

Readers in many countries hunger for “home cooking”—Christian books and articles written in their heart language and culture. But they’re getting a diet of translated or imported material, which just doesn’t “hit the spot” like homemade.

MAI is working to end the famine of locally authored Christian literature in the world’s hard places. We do this by equipping Christian publishers and writers to create life-transforming books and articles in the heart language of readers.

This is an exciting time at MAI, marked by new opportunities for training in strategic places:

*Middle East. We just launched a three-year training program for Arab Christian writers in partnership with Ophir Publishers in Jordan.

*China. Our MAI-Asia Trustees traveled to Beijing in October for meetings with selected publishers and writers there.

*Ethiopia. In June we led a training workshop for Christian book and magazine publishers in Ethiopia, our first onsite workshop in this African nation of 85 million.

Since our founding in 1985, MAI has led trainings in 63 countries on 5 continents, and the Gospel has gone forward through life-changing Christian literature in the heart language of readers.

Seeing God’s hand on MAI in the past, and how He is opening new opportunities in hard places, I’m more excited than ever about the unique role and impact of MAI ministry.

“Christian writings have the power to touch lives and transform an entire society,” Congolese writer Benjamin Kisoni told MAI. “Publishing is one of the most efficient ways to touch Africa for God’s glory.”

As you enjoy home-cooked meals over the holidays, please remember the readers who hunger for homegrown books that sustain their hearts and nourish their souls. Join MAI in meeting this need through your prayers and gifts. Merry Christmas!

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