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9 Sun. UK – Speaking Volumes and CLC Bookshops
Some of our shops are working with ‘Speaking Volumes’. This charity provides 50% of the full price of the Christian books and DVDs to be placed in public libraries and libraries in schools, hospitals, prisons, churches... anywhere that these resources can be made available to a group of people. Those wanting to give the resources to the library pay the other half of the cost. Pray that more of our shops get involved with this project. It helps our sales, connects perfectly with our Mission Statement and – thanks also to your prayers - will produce spiritual fruit.
10 Mon. India – Ranipet bookshop
ELS/CLC India opened their 20th bookshop in January. ELS has had a small point of sale at the Scudder Memorial Hospital in Ranipet for some time but, praise the Lord, we now have a larger space, in a prominent position, enabling us to have a bookshop and meet more needs .
11 Tue. Russia – Changes in Moscow later this year
Roger and Anita Jones are preparing to leave CLC Russia later this year. Anita, who is Russian, has been involved with the Moscow bookshop even from the planning stage, which was quite a time before being its manager when it opened in 2006. Please pray for them and for CLC as together we seek God’s will for their future in the UK. Pray too for the right person to take over the management of the bookshop from Roger.
12 Wed. Myanmar – Major Project
Please pray for wisdom and God’s guidance for Jacob Mung and the other members of the CLC publishing team in Myanmar as they work on a major project this year. They are translating and publishing a study Bible. Praise the Lord for the help and support they are receiving.
13 Thu. Chile – Annual Conference
The CLC Chile annual staff conference takes place from the 16th to the 19th of March. The theme, taken from Psalm 78:72, is ‘Integrity and Ability’. Jacob Mung, National Director of CLC Myanmar, is the guest speaker. Following the conference, Jacob will visit the CLC Chile bookshops in Concepción, Temuco, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar and Santiago. In each of these cities, CLC Chile is organising a presentation of CLC as an international mission and Jacob will be taking part. Pray that the events raise the profile of the ministry.
14 Fri. Romania – Partnership with OM (Operation Mobilisation)
National Director Ronela Micula writes: “We thank God for another donation of books by OM Special Projects and for a new project, in partnership with OM, to publish the book AIDS Action by Dr. Patrick Dixon.” This book – to be launched in these days - may not attract a lot of interest, as an AIDS problem is not generally recognised within in the country. However, the CLC team trust that it will be a relevant and important resource as there are many people affected by AIDS, including a number of young adults who received transfusions of unscreened blood while in institutional care as young children.
15-16 Sat/Sun. UK – Guildford has a new manager
When we sadly the CLC Kingston on Thames branch, manager Graham Lapthorn transferred to become the manager of CLC Guildford. Pray for him and the team as they work together, improve the shop systems and re-engage with individuals and local churches to strengthen our ministry in the area.
17 Mon. Bolivia – Seven Months Old
“We give thanks to God for the first few months of the CLC bookshop ministry in Santa Cruz. We have seen God’s blessing and provision for our needs on a daily basis. Our sales continue to increase and each month we visit churches and take book tables to special events in the city and surrounding villages. The customers are very grateful that we are able to supply such a good variety of books and Bibles. Glory to God!” Gamaliel Padilla
18 Tue. CA1 – Merchandise from Moscow
Please pray that it will be possible to order a container load of books from Moscow. Such a large quantity is greatly needed and there is definitely sufficient demand, but the logistical and financial difficulties in such an operation are considerable.
19 Wed. Panama – Warehouse Needed
Please join with the team in praying for a suitable property that would serve as a central warehouse, both for the books imported for the CLC shops and for their wholesale work. At the moment they are using shop and office space in the main CLC branch (Via España) in Panama City, and this is not ideal.
20 Thu. Kenya – New Team Member
Edith Wamalwa writes to say that they have found it difficult to find someone to fill the Retail Sales and Marketing role but the team thank God for Margy who took on this job from the beginning of February. Please pray that Margy will settle in well with the team and quickly adapt to this part of the ministry.
21 Fri. Uruguay – Nearing Home
Fourteen percent of the nation is over the age of 65 and Billy Graham’s book Nearing Home (Casi en Casa) has been a blessing to many older people as they near the end of their earthly journey. We have heard many testimonies from people grateful for the impact this book has had on them and the challenges the author puts forward.
"Explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfilment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God's point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day." Billy Graham
22-23 Sat/Sun. UK – Newcastle
The local team is working with a Christian charity and local churches to present copies of the Lion Storyteller Bible to every school in the city. Pray that the discussions and negotiations are successful and the project comes to fruition. Can you imagine the potential impact that this project could have on tomorrow's adults?
24 Mon. Switzerland – Shop Rent Reduced
Praise God that our landlord has understood the economic difficulties we face and has agreed to reduce our rent by 17.5% until July, when there will be a review. We are relieved to have a more affordable rent, but we will have to move if it is increased after July - unless our sales improve significantly.
25 Tue. Indonesia – What is in a Name?
The CLC ministry in Indonesia is known as Yakin (which means ‘confidence’ or ‘assurance’) but in April there are plans to change it officially to CLC. The initials in Indonesian will stand for Cahaya Lintas Cakrawala, which means ‘Light on the Horizon’.
*Please note that CLC originally stood for Christian Literature Crusade but many years ago the decision was taken to just use the CLC initials. However, a few ‘CLC’ countries still want to have an explanation for the initials, and that can vary depending on the language!
26 Wed. Korea – CLC Conferences (advance notice)
Meetings for CLC publishing delegates, regional delegates and Regional Directors will be held, consecutively, from Monday, May 12th until Friday, May 23rd. Please pray for successful and productive meetings and pray too for CLC Korea as they host these events and are involved in looking after all the CLC visitors.
27 Thu. Spain – Sales and Stability
Please pray that God continues to guide the CLC Spain through these very difficult times. Pray for increased sales in the bookshops, warehouse and the online shop so that there will be adequate finances to cover costs and pay bills. Please also pray for economic and social stability of the nation. Things have been very hard for the past three years.
28 Fri. Chile – Encouraging News from Coquimbo and La Serena
CLC Chile has plans to buy premises and open a bookshop about 450 kms. north of Santiago. Coquimbo and La Serena are two cities that are linked together - Coquimbo is a port and La Serena is the second oldest city in the country. Please pray that God would guide Isaac Zuñiga, the CLC National Director, and the team through this process.
29-30 Sat/Sun. UK – Wholesale (the challenges of growth)
Give thanks for the significant upward trend in sales from our warehouse! But as we work with more and more suppliers, lack of space becomes an increasing problem. Pray for Chris Magee (Head of Wholesale), Geoff Bearham (Warehouse Manager) and the team as they work out how to use the space and facilities to the best advantage.
31 Mon. Austria – New Computer System
Pray for shop manager Edeltraud Heumann as she investigates the options for the most suitable computerised system for the shop and who can be the best person to help her with this process from conception to installation.
This coming weekend, the shop team have one of their biggest book tables of the year, at a women’s conference in Carinthia. Pray that the choice of products meets the need and that many women go home with resources bought from CLC that will be of great spiritutal value.
1 Tue. – Techie Conference
We are hosting our first ever ‘techie day’ for a number of our CLC Europe team members involved in websites, social media and eBooks. Please pray for all those involved in the new technologies, as they seek to understand how they can best be used for the future of CLC. Pray for Cristi Cotovan as he leads this conference.
2 Wed. – Publishing Conference
From April 2nd to 4th, various CLC European leaders involved in publishing will be meeting for training and to strategise how to significantly increase CLC publishing on the continent. Various experts are already scheduled to hold important sessions such as ‘obtaining rights’ and the ‘mathematics of publishing’. Please pray that our leaders from Portugal, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belarus, Romania, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria will greatly benefit from these days together.
3 Thu. Italy – Special Meetings
On 4th and 5th March, the Italian Christian booksellers’ and publishers’ association will meet with representatives of the Evangelical Alliance in Italy. We expect between 100 and 150 participants. The aim is to improve collaboration between literature ministries and churches to stimulate church growth and vision for mission. CLC’s Italian Director, Andreas Bader, is very involved in organising this whole event and would appreciate prayer for an encouraging outcome.
4 Fri. Romania – Staff Needs
Please pray for Director Ronela Micula and the team as they need to see God step in and provide for their staffing needs. At the time of writing, Lidia Gusu, who has worked faithfully in the Brasov shop for over 15 years, is planning to leave CLC. Please pray that God would guide Lidia as she considers her future, and pray too for someone to take her place – a key role - in CLC Romania. Over recent years the team has been reduced in numbers and this means an increase in responsibilities for those who are left.
5-6 Sat/Sun. UK – Wolverhampton
Pray for the staff and volunteers as they receive training and become familiar with the recently installed electonioc point-of-sa;le system.
Give thanks for the opportunity CLC Wolverhampton has to provide the bookstall for the biannual residential weekend of The Westminster Theological College at Telford, and for good sales at the first two events.
7 Mon. Dominica – Rent Reduction
“Praise God for the landlord’s willingness to reduce the rent of the Dominica bookshop for a one year period. For a number of reasons, shop sales are suffering; please pray for an increase in sales, for efficient delivery of new stock (we are experiencing delays in the shipment) and for a boost for the economy in general for Dominica.” Davis Laudat, Bookshop Manager.
8 Tue. India – Sri Lanka
Plans are going ahead for the return of CLC to Sri Lanka. Brian Stevenson Athisayaraj, who will be the shop manager, is already selling books through book tables; the plan is to generate enough income through this to help start a bookshop. Current restrictions in loaning or sending money abroad mean that ELS (CLC in India) is not able to fund the initial process directly from India though they have been able to send stock. Praise the Lord that at the first church book table, sales were extremely good – and that was without prior advertising as it was a last-minute arrangement!
9 Wed. Kenya – Growth in Tough Times
CLC Kenya Director Edith Wamalwa writes to say that despite the tough times they have experienced over the past year, the team feel God is asking them to move forward in faith and to trust Him to take them to ‘higher ground’ this year. Plans are underway to set up their next ‘Shop-in-a-Box’ - a bookshop in a converted shipping container. Please pray with the team for God’s guidance and direction in this project.
10 Thu. CA1 – Good News!
Praise God for at least two people - a young lady and an older man - who have come to know the Lord as a result of picking up the free literature outside our bookshop. On a return visit to the bookshop the said that the free tracts and New Testaments had been the catalyst for them to understand and receive the Gospel. Hallelujah!
11 Fri. Ecuador - Annual Staff Conference tomorrow
Please pray with and for the team as they meet tomorrow to discuss various issues and to spend time together around God’s Word and in prayer. One particular prayer concern is to know God’s leading and provision with regard to a new location for the Quito bookshop; they need a bigger space to accommodate both the bookshop and administration offices.
12-13 Sat/Sun. UK – Aberdeen
The Aberdeen Passion Play takes place next weekend, the Easter Weekend. The event is being held at an Exhibition and Conference Centre. CLC Aberdeen is selling tickets in the shop and we are providing a bookstall for the event. Please pray that good contacts are made for the shop, and that there are good sales.
14 Mon. Kenya - Relocating Kitale
We have been investigating where best to move CLC Kitale from its current location. The "bookshop" is a converted shipping container, so with care it can be moved intact to a new plot of land. Our current location is needed by the owner of the land for other purposes. At the time of writing, an alternative location had not been found. Time is passing as we need to move... Please pray we find a place that is good for sales and where we can stay long-term.
15 Tue. CA2 – Part-Time Position
A lady began working with us part-time in February to help us in our marketing, translating and website development. We want many more people to know about our bookshop but we need to be wise with how we use our resources, using both free and paid methods of getting the word out.
16 Wed. Uruguay – Road Works!
CLC Uruguay has a new van specifically for use in the well-established mobile CLC ministry. Please pray for wisdom as the team plan the journeys and prepare the stock to take to churches and communities around the country. Pray too for more staff for the team, people who are called and equipped by God for the job.
17 Thu. Bolivia – Spreading the Word
The CLC ministry in Bolivia only started last year and there is still a lot of work to do in terms of getting the word out that we are there! Please pray for for "fruit" as we contact churches, colleges, other bookshops - both Christian and secular – and any other organisation that would benefit from the books we have to offer. May God give Gamaliel Padilla and the team ideas and creativity in how best to serve and support the Christian community.
18 Fri. Good Friday
CLC’s purpose statement is ‘To make evangelical literature available to all nations, so that people may come to a faith and maturity in the Lord Jesus Christ’. Pray that we will fulfil this purpose in all our work and extra activities over this Easter weekend.
19-20 Sat/Sun. UK – Elim Bible Week
The Elim Bible Week runs from Easter Monday, April 21st, to Friday the 25th and CLC is once again providing a large bookstall. Pray for Geoff Fanning, John Watkins and others as they set up and staff the stall. Give thanks for the excellent relationship that CLC has with the conference organisers and pray we can serve them and those who attend well.
21 Mon. Korea – Clearance Sale
“CLC team in South Korea is having clearance sale of some of their publications. This event takes place from the 21st to the 25th of April. Please pray for us that it will go well.” Young Ho Park, Director.
22 Tue. Ecuador - Goals and Dreams
Director Carlos Marin writes: “We are asking the Lord to enable us to realise our CLC goals and dreams; there is so much to do in this wonderful country! May we have wisdom in Christ to use the tools he has entrusted to us – primarily the printed page – to reach more souls who need the Lord, and to win them for Christ.”
23 Wed. Swaziland - Changes on the Board
Steve & Lorraine Stavropolous, Trans World Radio missionaries in Swaziland for 35 years, are moving to Benin to serve with TWR from there. They have been a great help and support to CLC for many years and in various ways. Though they have been on the Board of CLC Swaziland only since last September, they have made a big difference in a short time! We will certainly miss them! Thank God we have three new people joining the Board, including the CEO of the local Bible Society. The efficiency of the Board is crucial in our ministry. Please pray for all these changes!
24 Thu. – International Office Trustees
Today there will be a meeting of the International Office Board of Trustees. This group plays a vital role in overseeing the work of the International Office. We thank God for all the time they give to CLC and for the skills they make available.
25 Fri. USA – Annual Conference
Please pray for the CLC USA team as they hold their annual conference on Sunday, April 27th and Monday, April 28th. One of our CLC authors, Pastor Tony Hart, will be the devotional speaker. Pray for wisdom, unity and good times of fellowship for everyone.
26-27 Sat/Sun. UK – Canterbury
The CLC Canterbury team asks for prayer as they are seeing a significant decline in customer visits to the shop. There is a need for an additional staff member to help with shop outreach and networking with local churches and organisations. Pray that the right person comes forward.
28 Mon. Mexico - Distribution Commences
At the time of writing, it is hoped that CLC Mexico will be in operation by now. We anticipate working both in retail and wholesale in Mexico City. CLC Colombia is spearheading this project and at least one member of the Colombian team will probably move to Mexico. Pray for the many details involved in starting a new work and praise God for this exciting opportunity.
29 Tue. Bolivia – Strength for Today (and Bright Hope for Tomorrow!)
Gamaliel and Marlene Padilla left CLC Venezuela to pioneer the CLC work in Bolivia. Please pray for them during this time of adjustment, especially as they have left families, including grown-up children, and friends behind. They have both had health problems recently and would value your prayers that God would give them the daily strength they need. Pray too for others to join the team as possibilities arise to extend the ministry beyond the city of Santa Cruz and the bookshop there.
30 Wed. Colombia - Two More CLC Shops
Our team in Colombia recently had the opportunity to acquire two bookshops in the city of Ibague. The previous owners wanted to get involved in other ministries and asked CLC to take over. The work has already made a good start, but please pray that the staff of the two shops would soon feel part of the ‘CLC family’. Pray for the two experienced CLC workers – Maria del Carmen Castañeda and Kike Aguirre – who have moved to Ibague to manage the bookshops.
Thanks for praying and praising!!