CLC International (UK)
Bookshops with mission in mind

2010 - Around the CLC World

January

  • CLC UK gets to grips with taking over six bookshops from Wesley Owen on a single day. Many changes and adjustments are required!
  • CLC Ecuador opened a new shop in the city of Manta in December and the early indications are very encouraging.
  • CLC Venezuela celebrates the opening of their brand new warehouse and headquarters in Valencia with several international guests including representatives from the major publishers.

February

  • CLC Hungary reports that a number of churches have taken up the challenge in Jentezen Franklin’s book on fasting.  14 churches fasted and prayed together for revival across the country.
  • CLC Portugal starts a new series of the Chronologocal Bible Study led by a local professor, attracting non-evangelicals to the bookshop
  • CLC USA: a customer accepts Christ in the Chestnut Hill store as the team pray together
  • Feb 27th: Chile is hit by a massive earthquake affecting four of our bookshops

March

  • The arrival of books from Brazil always bring joy to CLC Mozambique.  It is a huge amount of work for each delivery, but sales increase dramatically as a result.
  • CLC Netherlands participates in the national Book Week.  Christian publishers and booksellers combine to produce a special promotion
  • CLC Uruguay opens up the second floor of their new building to have a special section of value books.

April

  • CLC Kenya opens a bookshop in the Umoja district of Nairobi – in a converted shipping container!  This is a pilot project for a scheme we hope to expand in 2012.
  • The Apple iPad is released. How will this and other electronic devices affect the way books are sold and read?  Only time will tell, but CLC needs to be alert to the changes.
  • Liz Patten and Petra Nemansky join the CLC Sierra Leone team for a celebration as the School Library project is launched.  More than 50 schools receive a selection of Christian books.

May

  • CLC New Zealand is able to send its bookbus back out on the road reaching rural communities with no access to a Christian bookshop.
  • CLC Poland struggles to obtain Bibles as they are not available from suppliers.
  • As economic tension rises around the world, social unrest is evident in many countries – Thailand, Jamaica, Ecuador, Romania among others.

June

  • Efficient computer systems are an essential part of our work.  CLC in France, Colombia and Kenya all upgrade their systems
  • CLC Indonesia has the opportunity to be present at some major Christian events with booktables
  • CLC Chile reports with gratitude to the Lord that help from the CLC family has enabled all damage to CLC property to be repaired and for help to be given to many others.  And sales have increased despite the disruption!

July

  • Rudy Kuijer joins the CLC International team with the role of developing a series of evangelistic materials and training our teams in how to use books in evangelism
  • CLC USA opens its fifth church store, this time with Sharon Baptist Church. This is a growing trend and a significant opportunity
  • CLC Italy uses Facebook to effectively promote events and new titles.  A recent book signing by a Juventus footballer attracted much attention.

August

  • CLC Togo sadly closes after 23 years of ministry.  We trust that many people will continue to be blessed by the silent missionaries left behind – 1000s of good Christian books.
  • CLC Pakistan reports growing political tensions in Karachi with targeted killings taking place in the neighbourhood of the shop.

September

  • The European Leaders’ Conference takes place in Sicily, Italy.  More than 50 gather for training, envisioning and encouragement.  The pizza and pasta was great!
  • CLC Philippines reports great sales at the secular Manila International Bookfair.
  • Several of our African shops are informed that they will have to move from their current location:  Manzini in Swaziland, Maputo in Mozambique and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania

October

  • Following Togo, we also came to the decision to close the work in St. Lucia.  Other viable ministries are operating in the country.
  • The Leaders from 8 African countries come together for a conference in Nairobi.  Great teaching, great fellowship but the highlight was a visit to an elephant orphanage!
  • CLC Colombia holds a twin celebration for the re-building of the Baranquilla shop and the re-furbishing of the Medellin shop.

November

  • CLC Korea is awarded Christian Book of the Year for two of their recent publications and are working towards the building of a new warehouse.
  • CLC Philippines opens a new bookshop in Malolos, not far from Manila.  175 people attend the celebrations and new CLC publications are launched at the event
  • Reminding us of the spiritual battle we are engaged in, CLC France experiences a Satanist buying Bibles for “rituals”

December

  • CLC Panama opens a new shop in the largest commercial centre in the country – Albrook Mall – and are immediately encouraged by interest from Christians and non-Christians alike.
  • The city governor and 200 people attend the opening of our new shop in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  It is a day of great joy as we celebrate the realisation of a long held dream to own a property in this city.
  • CLC Australia announces they are taking over an existing bookshop in Wollongong, a town just south of Sydney.