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Words for the World | MAI

January-April 2010
C O N T E N T S : 
< The Ride Continues
< Watch MAI Friends at LittWorld on YouTube
<  More Good News
<  What's Ahead in 2010
< MAI's First Lifetime Training Award
< Aspiring Authors Gain Skills in Singapore Workshop  
< Just Released: A Novel Idea

Hi, !

Here at MAI we give thanks for our many friends who are creating good news for hungry readers. In this issue, you'll catch glimpses of how MAI's training is equipping these talented men and women. We hope that in 2010 you'll be blessed by the books, articles and other reads that these servants of the written word are birthing so sacrificially. 
-Dawn Herzog Jewell, Editor

 The Ride Continues
John Maust, MAI President
Have you ever waited in a long line for a popular attraction at an amusement park? The minutes crawl by as the line snakes slowly forward. 

Finally you reach the platform, and your car hurtles forward in a rush of motion and excitement. The ride ends in seconds. But the wait was worth it.

LittWorld 2009 seemed like that. The MAI staff and host committee prepared three years for the November 1-6 conference in Kenya. Then, some 150 Christian publishers, editors and writers from 36 countries gathered for an intense week with speakers, training workshops and networking.

The conference sped by, and I’m still mentally processing everything. But God obviously worked among us.

Significantly, Africans comprised more than 50% of the participants. Many came away with new skills and passion for publishing.

"I left the conference with two main ideas," said Pierre Nyamikou of Centre de Publications Evangeliques (CPE) in Côte d’Ivoire. "The search for excellence in publishing work, and the motivation to keep our light shining in the world."

"LittWorld was like a baptism for me," said Zina Ando Ratovona of Editions Presses Bibliques Africaines in Benin. "I now have a wider sense of the future possibilities, opportunities and challenges. I have gained confidence and assurance that I am not wasting my time by investing myself in publishing."

After LittWorld, MAI received many inquiries for on-site training in Africa. We will respond to the areas of greatest need and opportunity for Christian publishing on the continent and beyond.

So, while LittWorld is over, "the ride" continues! Thank you for helping us create life-transforming Christian literature in Africa and around the globe.
>>Check out photos from LittWorld.
>>Read what participants are saying.
>>Download powerpoints and handouts from LittWorld workshops. Create a username and password to sign in.
Watch MAI Friends at LittWorld on YouTube
>>Ando Zina Ratovona (Madagascar), editor  
>>Godwin Anunibe (Nigeria), writer
>>Marlene Legaspi-Munar (Phillipines), writer
>>Eric Villarama (Philippines), writer
>>Ria Zebua (Indonesia), writer
>>Rose Birenge (Kenya), publisher

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African woman typing
What’s Ahead in 2010
In 2010, MAI will deepen our training involvement in Africa, plus:

Develop author training
in the Middle East

Give marketing training to Christian publishers in East/Central Europe

Provide publisher and author training in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and other Asian nations

We will also celebrate MAI’s 25th anniversary—thanking God for His faithfulness, and you for your support
Photo above by Anna Pugsley

MAI's First
Lifetime Training Award
MAI honored Peter Cunliffe as first recipient of our Lifetime Training Award at LittWorld 2009. Throughout his 50-year Christian publishing career, Peter made training a constant priority, equipping publishers in Venezuela, Russia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Peru, among dozens of other places.
"Peter has helped Christian publishers master the business side of publishing, while keeping them focused on the ministry of the written word," said MAI President John Maust. Read more.


Aspiring Authors Gain Skills in Singapore Workshop

Singapore bustles with nearly five million people, a melting pot of Asians from China, Malaysia and India, but published Christian authors in the island nation are relatively few. Last August MAI partnered with host Armour Publishing to hold a three-day workshop there for three dozen beginning and published writers.
At the beginning of the workshop, MAI President John Maust asked participants who their favorite authors were. Thirty-three different authors were named, but only three were Asian. Someone wondered aloud, “Why aren’t there more Asian authors?” John replied, “That’s why you’re here.”

One of those budding authors is Jiamin Choo. Four years ago, she waved good-bye to her family in Singapore and set sail as a missionary with the MV Doulos, a passenger ship. She returned home a writer.

During Jiamin’s four years onboard, she visited 31 countries and crammed 20 journals with accounts of God’s faithfulness. Once while visiting a prison in Sri Lanka, Jiamin told the Christmas story in her limited Mandarin to two Chinese women prisoners. One of them accepted Christ that day. Jiamin’s journals capture this anecdote and many others.
The Singapore writing workshop helped equip Jiamin to transform her journals into a book.  “Writing has been a lonely and difficult process, but the workshop has helped me to press on to write for God's glory,” she said. 

A Singaporean publishing company is already interested in her manuscript.  Jiamin hopes the book will result in “more young missionaries sent out for the worldwide harvest field.”

-By Lily Panagiotis, MAI intern
Read more about the writer workshop.
Read more participant quotes.
Photo above: Jiamin publicized the ship's arrival in various ports to local media, including this Japanese TV newscaster.

Just Released: A Novel Idea
Glean tips on brainstorming ideas, crafting and marketing a Christian novel in A Novel Idea (Tyndale House Publishers). Contributors include Jerry B. Jenkins, Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, Robin Gunn, Angela Hunt and many other bestselling Christian authors.
All proceeds further MAI ministry to train Christian writers.

>>Buy online. Quantity discounts available.



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