Project Update - Arrival of 10,000 Bibles at CLC Mozambique
An update from Petra Nemansky on December 15:
"Here in Mozambique we are excited to tell you that we have now received the long awaited Bibles from Brazil. It has been a bit of a stressful time for us, but all worth it in the end.
The ship came two weeks later than expected and arrived one week before our Bible launch event which was planned for 9 December. The clearance from custom took a bit more time, and the Bibles were not ready for pick up from the harbour until the Friday before our launch. However, somehow the truck driver had underestimated the load and arrived in the harbour with a truck that was too small. He went back to get a bigger one, but by then the harbour office was closed. So, he returned on Saturday morning at 8am, thinking that he could deliver the Bibles to the shop a few hours later. But there were lots of cars having to go through customs, so it took much more time. And then, when he wanted to deliver the Bibles he got confused as the boxes were marked with the address of the Bible Society in Maputo, and not our address, so he could not find us! Finally, the truck arrived at 2pm, exactly the time when our event was starting. In Europe, project managers would get a heart attack, but here, people are much calmer about schedules. Some guests even said that it was exciting to see the Bibles being delivered during the event.
However, it was quite a stressful time, we could not make the displays we wanted to make and had to start an hour later. But in the end, we were all excited to have the Bibles, and many organisations are very interested in the product, which is really great. Now our 'real' work is starting to distribute the Bibles all throughout Mozambique." Petra Nemansky
Please also find attached, the PDF which we sent out to our "Customers & Friends of CLC" database yesterday. There are some photos there and more information about the Bible itself.
So, we have received the Bibles, but please do note that the Fund for the Project is still open.
We have paid the first three instalments to the Bible Society fo Portugal and the fourth and final instalment is due in February.
This photo was taken this morning (15th December 2017), outside the door of our bookshop. We are supporting the GLS (Global Leadership Summit) today in the seminary chapel and tomorrow with a book table in the seminary foyer as well as through the bookshop of course*, and we thought it would be fun to have a Christmas tree made of Bibles! (in photo Petra Nemansky and Liz Patten)