Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Things are looking up

When so many businesses, large and small, are closing their doors, it is good to know of a local bookshop celebrating success.

Bob Clark took over management of the Eastbourne Christian Resource Centre at the beginning of 2011 and records many encouragements over the past few months.

“A particular highlight is that Bible sales are increasing dramatically, now that we have a wider

choice. The same is happening with commentaries, dictionaries and concordances, all of which have been brought to the ground floor. Bible notes, too, are growing in sales, as we have a wider range and easier-view display.”

There are areas of the ministry which Bob is keen to improve.

“Communication with our ministers and pastors; our service to churches in other towns, for example, Hastings and St Leonards, Bexhill, Seaford; and the availability of ‘collectable and hard-to-find’ books, located on the first floor, which is a real treasure trove!”

Bob is of course not alone in the shop. “Sandie, my wife, is more ‘behind the counter’, and heads up the part-time staff, three in number, and the volunteers, which has increased to five. I myself work more outside, liaising with church leaders and events. Together, the team is seeking to

listen carefully to customers, regarding their needs and wants; to reduce the overall stock to allow finance to buy in best-sellers; to enlarge the range of Bibles, children’s books and Scripture cards.”

The shop is open from Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm, so why not drop in and see what has been done, along with the changes taking place!

Being surrounded by Bibles, one would expect somebody like the manager to have a ‘favourite’ passage of Scripture which gives him support and inspiration. For Bob Clark, it is 2 Peter 1,3:

‘God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness’ (New American Standard).

From time to time, special events take place at the Centre. Here is one, to which all are invited ... Saturday September 3rd, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, Donald Kamese will be signing copies of his new book ‘Mission Possible’.

Donald was commissioned by the Eastbourne churches to set up Christian work in Mexico.

A review by John Lindner, editor of ANM, a World Missions magazine, states: “This is a remarkable young man who has learned a lot, and with his approach to life will continue to learn much.

Young people, and all considering life and missions, will benefit greatly by reading this book.”