About Manna Publications (UK)

in association with Publications Manne (France) and parent organisation Manna Publications (USA)

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FAQ 1. About Manna Publications organisation
FAQ 2. About Manna author Fred Morris
FAQ 3. About Manna Publications Bible teaching courses
FAQ 4. Where and how are Manna books printed?
FAQ 5. Who pays for the cost of printing?
FAQ 6. Who uses the books?
FAQ 7. Who distributes the books?
FAQ 8. Who translates the books?
FAQ 9. Who makes up new book titles in new languages?
FAQ 10. What happens during Covid-19 lockdown?
FAQ 11. About Manna Bible teaching books online
FAQ 12. About Manna audio Bible books
FAQ 13. What are the unique benefits of Manna Bible teaching books?
FAQ 14. How can I help Manna Publications organisation?
FAQ 15. How can I publish my own Manna Bible teaching books?
FAQ 16. How can I publish a Manna Bible teaching book in my own language?

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FAQ 1. About Manna Publications organisation

Manna Publications Bible teaching courses and commentaries were written by Fred Morris in the period 1990 to 2010 after he retired from missionary work. They are based on his perceived need of Bible teaching books in Easy English as a missionary in Africa and Asia. (See more details in the panel on the right.) Manna Publications is a not-for-profit organisation affiliated to Avail www.availmission.com UK charity registration 1017386 and supports the Evangelical Alliance statement of faith www.eauk.org. Since the year 2000, God has enabled Manna Publications to support the printing and distribution of 600,000+ Manna Bible teaching studies in 40+ countries and 40+ languages, by printing typically 500 copies at a time at points of greatest need.
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FAQ 2. About Manna author Fred Morris

Fred Morris (1924 - 2018) visited Japan at the end of World War 2 whilst in the Royal Australian Navy and experienced a love for the Japanese. "I knew they needed God just as we [all] do. All are sinners and need to be saved by the blood of Jesus." Later, he met his future wife Lorna, also Australian, and together they settled in Japan to help establish a Christian church and local Christian bookshop. Over the next 50 years, God expanded their ministry as missionaries across Asia and Africa and eventually in Jamaica, where Fred began a Christian literature ministry with Christian Literature Crusade before retiring to the USA. In 1990, he began to write his Manna Publications Bible teaching courses and commentaries in Easy English for self-publishing projects overseas. See Fred's life story.
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FAQ 3. About Manna Publications Bible teaching courses

Fred used his sermon notes from his missionary days to provide small easy-to-read Bible teaching studies called Manna Publications Bible teaching commentaries in Easy English, typically 40 pages long. They include questions for further study and topics for personal meditation. See sample pages Many of Fred's Bible teaching books are now available for free downloading to read or print or translate from this website.
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FAQ 4. Where and how are Manna books printed?

Fred Morris did not print his Manna Publications Bible teaching studies in the USA then mail them overseas. Instead, he created good quality print masters at home and mailed them overseas in cardboard tubes to his known and trusted Christian contacts to print them locally at the point of need, typically 500 copies at a time. The books are now checked in the UK for Easy English then translated into other European languages. These days, the print masters are sent overseas electronically by email in pdf format, together with the funding for initial print runs or for translation into local langauges. See list of countries and languages here . See photo of print shop in Africa here
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FAQ 5. Who pays for the cost of printing?

Manna Publications supporters in the UK and USA fund initial printings of the Manna Publications Bible teaching studies in each country. This happens after the overseas publisher/distributor is approved and a local printer's quotation is approved. The approved publisher is sent the print money electronically along with a print master in pdf format for printing low-cost versions, in black ink only, using coloured paper covers. See photo of books printed in Dem Rep Congo here. Sales money from selling books at affordable prices fund expenses of distributors. Money left over is used for the next print run and subsidised by the Manna Publications organisation or overseas churches/missions if needed.
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FAQ 6. Who uses the books?

Manna Publications Bible teaching courses and commentaries are used by church pastors and members for self-teaching or for teaching in small groups, using Bibles if available. They are used in youth and adult Sunday Schools. They are also suitable for new believers and all who wish to know more about the Christian faith. The Easy English and other European languages are useful for adults with learning difficulties or limited reading skills. They are often passed on to family members and are also used in schools, colleges and prisons. View our Publicity article showing Manna aims and methods for printing and distributing Bible teaching books overseas at the point of need.
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FAQ 7. Who distributes the books?

Manna Publications Bible teaching studies can be distributed by any approved publisher/distributor who seeks to serve their Lord Jesus in spreading the Good News of God and extending His Kingdom on Earth. This can be achieved in rural churches or home groups in cities and towns. Distributors are unpaid volunteers who are appointed by Manna publishers to arrange distribution of books and collection of sales money and account for their expenses. Distributors often attend church conferences and set up a table-top bookstall. They sometimes gain access to schools, colleges, prisons and hospitals. See photo table top book sale in Malawi.
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FAQ 8. Who translates the books?

Translation of Manna Publications Bible teaching studies are normally arranged by an approved Manna Publications publisher in the country of need. He or she should request the latest Manna Publications translator's Word file, in Easy English or français courant, from Manna UK along with the translation instructions. See example .RTF file here: Revelation Chapters 1 to 3. A qualified person must separately proof-read the translation before returning the file to Manna UK for make-up as a new Manna Publications Bible teaching course or commentary.
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FAQ 9. Who makes up new books with new titles and new languages and customised covers?

MissionAssist UK www.missionassist.org.uk provide make-up facilities for Manna Publications Bible teaching books. Currently we have 19 Bible teaching commentaries translated into 40+ languages with customised covers for use in 40+ countries. It is normal to add a map on the front cover showing the country of printing before sending out the print master pdf file to print at the point of need. See ready-to-print .PDF sample of a Manna Publications Bible teaching book (two A5 pages on an A4 sheet) here: Ruth & Hannah for D.R. Congo in the Kisongye language. See some of the countries and languages available: here
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FAQ 10. What happens during Covid-19 lockdown?

Currently, Manna Publications Bible teaching studies cannot be printed in most countries worldwide due to the Covid-19 lockdown. (See Manna news blog announcement for March 30th here.) However, the Manna Publications Bible teaching books can be read online or printed at home for personal use at your own cost. Go to free downloads for English and French books (Format F1) here or for Spanish books here. For other languages, please contact us here.
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FAQ 11. About Manna Bible teaching books online

Instead of printing Manna Bible teaching books, you may wish to read in full colour our Manna Publications online Bible teaching books in Easy English or French here. These may be downloaded free of charge to mobile devices. These downloads may also be used for printing A4 pages in large print.
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FAQ 12. About Manna audio Bible books

We display four audio files containing the Mark part 1 Manna Publications Bible teaching book here. The file size is over 4mB. We have plans to extend the range of audio files in smaller file sizes. Watch this space for further news or read our weekly news blog here.
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FAQ 13. What are the unique benefits of Manna Bible teaching books?

  • All Manna Bible teaching courses/commentaries were written by ex-missionary Fred Morris who was familiar with local needs in various locations across Africa and Asia. His writings are based on his missionary sermons and he had the educational abilities and needs of the end readers very much in mind.
  • All Manna Publications Bible teaching studies are edited in the UK by an editorial team with many years of experience in the use of Easy English in Christian literature. They remove Western jargon and culture, explain theological words, and avoid Prosperity teaching. They ensure the writings are relevant to Africans and Asians, including Jews and Muslims, as well as others of little or no faith. They check all Bible cross-references before publishing and use the Holy Bible New International Readers Version in Easy English. See NIrV Bible
  • The Manna Publications UK editorial team also looks for opportunities to express Old Testament teaching fulfilled in the New Testament and to reveal God's eternal purposes in the NT writings which refer to fulfilment of the OT. They cover useful Bible topics and themes as well as providing foundational Bible teaching.
  • The Manna books provide useful Old Testament teaching for Jews and Arabs regarding the origins of faith in the One True God and Creator through Noah and Abraham. They also provide important teaching for people of other faiths or no faith regarding the purposes of God in Jesus Christ.
  • All Manna Publications Bible teaching books are first published using Easy English. Because the English is easy to read and understand, they are quickly and more accurately translated into local languages - over 40 to date, with up to 20 different titles.
  • The use of Easy English and other European languages enables readers to become fluent in worldwide languages, useful in commerce and career development or administration of Christian ministries.
  • The printing of Manna Publications Bible teaching studies only at the point of need is almost unique and provides employment for local people in Africa and Asia and work experience in publishing, selling and distribution plus accountability for funding and sales money.
  • This in turn enables churches and missions to set up small publishing ministries in the areas they operate with sales money helping to print more titles, supported by subsidies from Manna UK, Manna USA or local missions as needed.
  • The provision of easy to read and understand Manna Bible teaching commentaries benefits believers in remote locations where there are few Bibles and even fewer qualified teachers.
  • We aim to upload daily and weekly Manna devotions as an aid to Bible knowledge, application, meditation and thanksgiving here.
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FAQ 14. How can I get involved with Manna Publications organisation?

Offers of volunteer supporters in the UK, USA and Europe or volunteer publishers and distributors in Asia and Africa can contact us here.
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FAQ 15. How can I publish my own Manna Bible teaching books?

Churches, missions and individuals worldwide have permission to download and print one or more copies of Manna Bible teaching studies from this website using Format 1 here or for Spanish books here using Size 1 or 2. Alternatively, you can make up your own teaching books using part or all of the English or French text from Format 2 here ensuring that the Manna Publications copyright information appears in your publication and it conforms to our Terms & Conditions.
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FAQ 16. How can I publish a Manna Bible teaching book in my own language?

Please contact us here to explain what you want to do. We will then reply with further instructions and tell you how we can help you publish Manna Bible teaching courses/commentaries in your own language.
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Summary


Manna Publications is the name under which the late Fred Morris published his small Bible teaching commentaries for Asia and Africa. When Fred and his wife Lorna worked as missionaries in Jamaica, they were burdened to put self-teaching, easy-to-read Bible studies in Easy English into the hands of local Christians/churches/missions wherever there is a shortage of teachers or literature in the countries where they had served as missionaries. This vision continues to grow with more European languages and other local languages translated at the point of need.

In 1990, Fred and Lorna retired to the USA with their family. They soon commenced publishing Fred's 40-page Bible teaching courses or commentaries. In October 2000, Fred established Manna Publications in the UK where skills were available to edit Bible teaching into easy-to-read worldwide English for use overseas at the point of need.

Manna Publications (UK) is a non-denominational voluntary organisation which supports the Evangelical Alliance (UK) statement of faith. Manna Bible teaching commentaries use the easy-to-read New International Reader's Version Bible 1998 text NIrV Bible which is based on the popular NIV Bible.

  • See our News in English for our latest overseas printing projects.
  • View a presentation "This is Manna Publications." (PDF)
  • View our Publicity article showing Manna aims and methods for printing and distributing Fred's Bible teaching books overseas at the point of need.
  • View a sample page showing a typical Manna Bible teaching book two-page spread.
  • View a list of publication titles for downloading/translating/reading.
  • View a list of typical features in each book with testimonies.
  • Read the life story of Manna author Fred Morris "From Navy Boy to Missionary".
  • Please contact us if you have publishing requests, queries, comments or wish to donate.


Manna Publications provide easy-to-read Bible Teaching Commentaries free to download with Western culture/jargon removed and religious terms explained, which are also easily translated into local languages.











Manna Publications (UK) is a non-profit organisation staffed by unpaid volunteers, in association with Manna Publications (USA) and Manna Publications (France). Manna Publications (UK) is affiliated to www.availmission.com Leeds, (Charity Reference Number 1017386), and to Manna Publications (USA) Harrisonburg, VA.




PHOTOS

Manna author, ex-missionary Fred Morris (USA)
Manna author, retired missionary Fred Morris (USA), established Manna Publications (USA) in the year 1990 and Manna Publications (UK) in the year 2000. The first overseas printings of his Genesis Bible teaching commentary Part 1 were with his former missisonary contacts in Mongolia and Kenya. To date, 561,130 low-cost A5 booklets have been printed in 42 countries and as many languages at various points of greatest need since 2001.


Fred died September 13th 2018 at the age of almost 94. He leaves a worldwide volunteer organisation of administrators, donors, prayer supporters, editors, publishers, printers, translators and distributors, who endorse his Bible teaching in easy-to-read commentaries and welcome the opportunity to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ 'to the ends of the earth'.


Read the life story of Manna author Fred Morris "From Navy Boy to Missionary".