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Author: Ron Graham

Ministry Reports

Ron Graham’s Report
— for Jul-Aug-Sep (3rd Quarter) 2019

This page reports my work on simplybible.com for the information of those who take a special interest in that work.

The website simplybible.com has enjoyed three remarkable months. Among other things, we reached the end of the 2019 upgrade. This year’s upgrade has greatly improved the site visibly and functionally.

Visits to the site continued to rise. For the third quarter of 2019 there were 541,056 visits compared to 303,186 for the same quarter in 2018.

New on simplybible.com

In the 3rd quarter of 2019, I made  9 new Bible study items as additions to the website. They were...

Lessons as Web Pages
What if They'd Said No?
Chart of Bible Books (Bislama))
Why Do You Call Me Lord?
The Part and the Perfect
The Greatest Question Ever

Half hour videos
YouTube ~Wonderful Words (1) Salvation
YouTube ~Wonderful Words (2) Justification
YouTube ~Wonderful Words (3) Sanctification
YouTube ~Wonderful Words (4) Reconciliation

Completion of the Links Project

In addition to those new Bible Study items, during the quarter I came to the end of a year‑long major task, namely the 2019 upgrade. This mainly consisted of adding new links at the end of existing pages. (These are links to related pages, together with a brief synopsis of the suggested lesson. We include some cross references, each of which provides a list of relevant lessons to choose from).

During the quarter I added more than 600 of these new links. Now, the 1417 study pages on the website, and many of the index pages, are all furnished with these links at the end of the lesson or index. This long and rather huge task may now be regarded as done.

Site Speed Progress

I have completed the task of inserting a preload instruction into each page on the site. Pages load quicker with this addition. It enhances the work I did last year in moving the javascripts for a page down to its end so they did not delay loading. To minimise the work of inserting the preload, I did the preload edit on each page while the page was open for inserting the links mentioned above. There were 1787 pages into which preloads were inserted.

Website Usage

The figures for page views over the quarter (total of pages opened by visitors) were as follows:

Month Pageviews Visits
Jul277,311141,974
Aug306,860192,868
Sep314,580206,214
Quarter898,751541,056

(Source Awstats).

That is an average for page views of around 299,500 a month or 9900 daily.

For the twelve months to the end of September, the number of page views was 3.1 million. (Source Awstats).

Page views Jul, Aug, Sep (Year Comparison)

Here are the figures (from Awstats) for Page Views comparing the third quarter of each year shown

2015 ❱❱❱ 301,621

2016 ❱❱❱❱ 397,158

2017 ❱❱❱❱ 417,672

2018 ❱❱❱❱❱ 485,591

2019 ❱❱❱❱❱❱❱❱❱ 898,751

For the first time ever, pageviews for the month exceeded 300,000. That was in August with 306,860 and again in September with 314,580.

Google says there were 405,000 clicks over the quarter Jul‑Aug‑Sep.

Requests for PDF documents

In addition to pages viewed (as shown above) there were 4358 downloads of lessons in the PDF format:

2019 DOWNLOADS
July1416
August1584
Sept1358
Qtr TOTAL 4358

(Source: Awstats)

Pageviews per Nation

As an indication of the site's outreach, here's a list of the countries in August 2019 in which more than 900 pages were viewed. (There are of course many other countries where less than 900 pages were viewed.)

PAGEVIEWS FOR NMAATIONS 
IN MONTH OF AUGUST 2019

United States.143,606
Nigeria........21,195
South Africa...13,673
Philippines....12,774
India..........10,014
Australia.......9,441
Great Britain...9,191
Canada..........8,026
Kenya...........7,980
Angola..........7,338
Indonesia.......6,466
France..........4,706
Ghana...........4,032
Singapore.......2,964
Zambia..........2,245
Uganda..........2,171
Malaysia........2,003
New Zealand.....1,956
Jamaica.........1,731
Germany.........1,423
United Arab Em..1,201
Tanzania........1,110
Russian Fed.......945

(Source: Awstats)	

Video Work

At the end of September 2019, the YouTube simplybible channel had 41 videos, and 342 subscribers.

During the quarter I made four half‑hour videos as part of an intended six videos on “Wonderful Words” in the Bible.

These were produced by editing and converting lessons from the Australian Video Ministry originally recorded on VHS tapes. I am now editing and converting these archived lessons as videos for YouTube.

As an indicator of the value in making these videos, the six Revelation videos uploaded to YouTube last quarter already have had 1381 views in total.

You can inspect the video library at youtube.com/simplybible/videos if you wish.

Since no major upgrade to the website is envisaged in 2020, YouTube video can become a major project instead.

Vanuatu Opportunity

As mentioned in my previous report, a number of people, from various islands of Vanuatu, are in Australia working in the orchards and market gardens. There was a large contingent here in Childers. Some of them are from families we know from our missionary work in Vanuatu two decades ago. Their coming to Childers for some months has opened up a door of opportunity for us. And some will likely come back to Childers later this year or early next year.

On the several Sundays when they were required to work, or no bus was available, we held church services at home in Childers. I conducted the worship in Bislama (including the lesson). We also provided a good solid meal —nambawan kakae. Some of them visited us during the week as well. Those who went back to Vanuatu took with them a number of useful items that we were able to spare.

Thank You

Thank you yet again for continuing to assist me in the Lord’s work. Thank you for your prayers also, and your interest and belief in my work on the website. We reach and teach thousands of people, around the world. By sharing with me in this work, you make it possible for you and me to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation".

Love and best wishes in Jesus.

  Ron Graham

Addendum: Website Upgrades Summary

Having now completed the 2019 upgrade, I thought it appropriate to give you a summary of the main upgrade tasks done over the last three years in upgrading simplybible.com to its current form.


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