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Passion Grows for Better Reads in Ethiopia 
"I came to this workshop doubting if there would be anything relevant," said Berhanu Tirsama, owner of a small Christian bookstore in Ethiopia’s bustling capital, Addis Ababa. He and more than 50 other Ethiopian men and women flocked to our author and publisher training in May.
Berhanu closed his bookstore to attend only one session, but discovered the teaching was so pertinent that he ignored customers’ calls for three days. “I lost some income, but the knowledge I got from this training is far richer than money,” he said.
>>View our photo slideshow. Photos courtesy of Barine Kirimi.

Asia: Police visit secret workshop

Bernice had traveled to this closed country of Asia three previous times without incident. She wasn’t worried about her safety or that of church leaders joining her writing and editing workshop in August. So, when Rev. Z warned pastors to keep the workshop a secret on Day 1, Bernice was amused by his extreme cautiousness.
But the next day, the police arrived unannounced at the workshop. Why were 30-plus church leaders from dozens of locations gathered here?

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Small Team, Big Impact

Last year MAI equipped 300-plus publishing staff and writers from 37 countries and the year before, more than 300 from 35 countries.  This happened thanks to our volunteer trainers and to youour ministry partnersbut with only 3 staff at our suburban Chicago headquarters:  Bonnie McCullough, Dawn Jewell and me.
Low overhead is a real plus. But I often wondered what more MAI could do if God provided the means for adding even one or two more staff.  

Photo L to R: John, Dawn, Bonnie, Ramon. Photo courtesy of Matt Gibson.
So when He sent us a gifted man ideally suited for MAI’s ministry, we took notice.

Ramon Rocha III, a successful publisher from the Philippines and active MAI volunteer trainer in Asia, recently moved to the Chicago area to help care for his elderly mother.  At first, Ramon looked for a publishing job.  But then he sensed God calling him to serve in a missionary capacity to MAI and also OMF International.
Yes!  But we had no budget for Ramon. So the MAI Board stepped out in faith to raise enough funding so he could begin working for MAI two days a week. One board member even started ironing for neighbors to contribute. It’s an encouraging start. 
Ramon is our new director of publisher development. He leads MAI efforts to equip Christian publishing staff in countries where readers are hungry for locally authored Christian materials.
So now we are four at MAI headquarters, and the potential impact of MAI is even greater. Come visit us sometime. You are part of our team, too!

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