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25 Years of Words for the World

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May-August 2010
C O N T E N T S : 
< 25 Years of Words for the World
<  Save the Date!
< Growing Stories from Ugandan Soil
< Maximizing the Market in Times of Change and Crisis
< Of Mice and Men in India 
< Check Out the New Inside MAI Blog
< Our New Web Look
< Where in the World Is MAI?
< Are You Involved?

Hi, Friend!

Celebrate 25 years of MAI ministry with us in this issue! Join us as we take a step back to give thanks for God's faithfulness and look ahead to new opportunities for training leaders in global publishing.

-Dawn Herzog Jewell, Editor

 25 Years of Words for the World 
By John Maust , MAI President
Remember the hit song, “We are the World,” performed by 45 top musicians for African famine relief? The 1985 recording by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie became the fastest-selling single in pop history. (Watch the music video on YouTube or read the lyrics only.)

As it happens, MAI was founded only two months after the song’s release. Like the song, MAI tackled a famine—of life-changing Christian literature written and published in the heart language of readers. In many parts of the world, 90 percent of available Christian books were translations or written in a context foreign to the reader.

And to combat this famine, MAI also called on the best “artists” in our field. We sent top international Christian publishers, editors and writers to equip local publishing staff.

Since Bob Reekie, Jim Engel and the late Jim Johnson founded MAI on May 1, 1985, we have led on-site training in nearly 60 countries on 5 continents. Talented men and women from more than 94 countries have benefitted from LittWorld, our global publishing conference.  

As a result, we have seen writers developed, publishing houses grown, periodicals launched, and books and articles produced that nurture the Church and attract readers to Christ.  

This year MAI celebrates our 25th anniversary with special activities including an October 21 event in suburban Chicago featuring author Jerry Jenkins, a 25-day prayer emphasis and more.

Besides celebrating the past, we are looking ahead to exciting new opportunities such as equipping Christian authors in the Middle East, exploring training needs in China, and sharpening marketing skills among European publishers.

During MAI’s 25 years, we have witnessed repeatedly how God uses the written word to transform lives. This reality and conviction drives everything we do.

For example, we are supporting the launch of a new Christian magazine in war-ravaged eastern Congo where millions of lives have been lost. The magazine aims to “bring comfort to the Congolese and encourage them to seek God’s will in their daily lives after years of war,” says its founder, Anglican minister Etienne Mbusa.

MAI hasn’t raised millions like the hit song. But our training has resulted in books and articles that have transformed readers’ lives now and for eternity. Thank you for helping to make this happen through your prayers, gifts and interest.
Save the Date!

Join us on October 21 in the Chicago suburbs for a dessert celebration of 25 years of words for the world, featuring author Jerry Jenkins.

Growing Stories from Ugandan Soil
"I love reading books, and literature is about reading and entering other people's worlds," says author Lillian Tindyebwe.
Concerned about the lack of training for Christian writers, Lillian and fellow author Betty Kituyi launched the Ugandan Faith Writers Association (UFWA) in 2008. Last year they organized a peace camp for 20 children traumatized by war to record their stories as a way to further their healing. UFWA is editing these stories and hopes to publish a book later this year. Other projects include recording stories of church leaders and a monthly Christian book club.
This June MAI is partnering with UFWA to lead a writing retreat for up to 20 invited Christian writers. Besides sharpening participants’ writing skills, Lillian hopes they enjoy "times of spiritual growth and hearing what God is saying to us through our talents.”
Pray that publishable stories result from this tilling of the Ugandan soil.
Photo above courtesy Dylan Walters, Wikipedia. This photo is unrelated to MAI.

MAI Europe Forum

 Of Mice and Men in India  
MAI-Asia trustee and prolific children’s author George Koshy (photo above) spent three years writing a children’s Bible, the first of its kind to be originated in any Indian language. When a local publisher rejected it, George filed the manuscript in his cupboard.Two years later, the same publisher decided to publish it. George opened the cupboard and discovered only shreds—mice had eaten his manuscript! For the next two years, he worked day and night to recreate the manuscript.

Last Christmas, Samaritan’s Purse distributed 58,000 copies of this Bible in Kerala, India. Recently, George learned that two Hindu children became Christians and now attend church after reading a copy.
"This is a product of much pain," George says, trusting God for additional eternal results.

-Alyssa Keysor, MAI intern
Photo above courtesy Anna Pugsley.
Inside MAI blog graphic cropped

Check Out the New
Inside MAI

Read thought-provoking posts on global publishing in MAI President John Maust's new blog, Inside MAI. Here's an excerpt from his first post, "Less is more, more is less: You decide."  

Many years ago I heard a respected editor describe the state of Christian publishing. "It seems like we are saying less important things better."

Our New Web Look
Have you seen our new homepage redesign? We're excited to share more news about MAI trainings and global publishing friends with you.

 Where in the World is MAI?
Ethiopia: marketing and publishing workshop
June 10-12

Uganda: writer training
June 15-17

Mexico: writer training
July 19-23

Malaysia: writer training
August 16-28

Mongolia: editing and design workshops
September 1-3

England: MAI-Europe Publishing Forum
September 6-10

Sri Lanka: writing and editing training
September 16-18
Lebanon: author development in the Middle East
November 12-16


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