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At the Press: French Magazine, Bonnes Nouvelles

February 24, 2011

The January-April 2011 issue of Bonnes Nouvelles, the French edition of our Good News magazine, is now going to press. It is already available online at

The issue was completed on February 23. The articles in this edition include: “Jesus-Christ Stolen Identity,” “Why is Europe so Important?,” “Easter or Passover?,” and “Europe A New Superpower?”

From California, I help manage and coordinate the production of the BN working with a team of French speaking people from three different countries.

We have contracted the services of two translators, Renée Avilès, a professional translator from Ontario, Canada, and Annette Bernal from Bordeaux, France. Our proofreaders are Martine Ruml, a French teacher from Columbus, Ohio, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Audoin, a retired elder living in Bordeaux, France. He and his wife have been doing the final proofing for the BN for the last 12 years or so.

Our layout and design contractor is Raphaël Bernal, from Bordeaux as well. Raphaël has been working with Bonnes Nouvelles for many years, as well as with the production of our French Bible Correspondance Course and booklets.

The May-June issue is already in the proofreading stage, and starting with the July-August issue, we are planning on staying only one or two issues behind the English Good News.

Maryse Pebworth—Edition française

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Update: Christchurch Earthquake

February 24, 2011

Update on Christchurch, New Zealand, Earthquake by James Moore:

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. We have been able to cope at the welfare centres so far—all of us have trained hard to prepare ourselves for events like this. We also have learned from September’s earthquake; however, this recent earthquake has been a greater challenging for us.

Image from Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K Orion that conducted aerial surveillance of areas affected in Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011. Crown Copyright 2011, NZ Defence Force – Some Rights Reserved.

Since the earthquake we haven’t really had much sleep; it is very difficult for us to get any rest even when we do try to sleep. We have all been doing long hours working at the welfare centre; last night I spent about 14 hours helping to operate the welfare centre by doing all the radio and phone communications, organising work for other volunteers, ordering in equipment, organising flights, hygiene, security, planning and raising other concerns.

So it has been pretty stressful. I’m reasonably tired; however, I’m really struggling to get any sleep like everyone else because of the aftershocks and I cannot stop thinking about how we can improve the welfare centre.

However, this is nothing compared to what other people are going through. I really feel sorry for the people I met previously in the September earthquake who are (now) staying in the welfare centre and cannot return to their homes. Although we do have challenges, I feel really blessed that we have a roof over our head and my friends are still alive. I better try and get some sleep before I have to go back in again. Thanks once again for your prayers and thoughts.


February 24, 2011 Posted by | Media and Communications | , , | 6 Comments