Do you ever wonder if your efforts really make a difference?
Can God truly use our meager resources for Kingdom impact?
Interestingly, God often chooses people just like you and me to be one small link in the chain of events that gets Christian books into the hands of people in some of the poorest places on earth.
Check out this chain reaction:
You see? At each step in this process, someone is a link in the chain. Maybe that person could be you. Here is the story of another “link in the chain” living on the other side of the ocean in a place that received some of these highly-valued resources:
Rev. Joshua Webnda walked into the new CLC Bookstore in Monrovia, Liberia and could not believe his eyes. As a Christian educator and theologian from Cameroon, he was visiting Liberia and stumbled into a treasure trove of resources. Not only was the CLC store easy to find on a main street in this bustling city, but it was also well stocked. As he browsed through the shelves, he was overwhelmed by the choices of “very good Greek texts and commentaries.” Not only was there a wide selection, but just as importantly, they were available at a very good price. He said of the experience, “While I visited the CLC Bookshop I quickly thought of my students and pastors in Cameroon who don’t have any bookshop in any part of the country.” After returning to Cameroon, he quickly got in touch with our International Office and began asking what can be done to get these kinds of resources into his country. Little did he know that these books came from people just like you and me and what an awesome link in the chain he was going to be by simply sharing his story and asking good questions.
For some time, we have been praying for a key person to be the vital link on our team to coordinate this program. In God’s time, He brought us that person – Peter Taylor. Here is a little of his story in his own words:
Having spent the last 13 years serving the Lord through CLC, mostly in the UK, the Lord has called me back to the USA to coordinate the Book Link Project. This involves collecting the donations of used Christian books and Bibles, sorting, packing and sending these books to countries in need of this type of material and where new product is out of reach financially to the general population.
While serving in the UK in both wholesale and retail assignments, I was involved for some time in the Book4Schools project where I purchased books from publishers at greatly reduced costs and made up boxes in three categories, Infant, Junior and Senior, for supporters to donate to a school of their choosing. In the years I was involved, we sent out boxes to over 600 schools.
Why Book Link? There is a famine in many parts of the world for good Christian materials. A new Bible in some countries can cost an individual nearly a month of wages. Many Pastors lack even a complete Bible, let alone reference and study helps. National Bible schools have very small libraries for students to use. This is why Book Link is such a needed ministry with which I am honored to serve.