Report from the CLC UK Conference 2013. From Eddie Olliffe's Blog

Article Date: 05/06/2013 13:41:46

Around 60 CLC workers from the UK bookshops and Alresford wholesale warehouse came together in mid May for three days of spiritual refreshment and ministry planning.

 Eddie Olliffe
Eddie Olliffe

The Conference was addressed by Carlos Cunha of CLC Portugal; an inspirational and passionate retailer switched on to social media and in connecting with his local community. 

Carlos
Carlos Cunha, CLC Portugal

#Holymoments CLC met against a backdrop of serious economic pressures but when the pressure is on, reliance of God becomes more apparent. There was a wonderful sense of the Spirit of God in the place, the presence of God was so evident and prayer permeated the conference. This tone was set by each of the speakers and there was a real sense of unity and missional purpose. 

Neil
Neil Wardrope

#Faithstories A strong feature of the conference were the international reports from Portugal, Austria, Spain, Canada, the Caribbean, Bolivia, Colombia, Indonesia, the Philippines, PNG, Swaziland, Liberia, Kenya, the UK … and more; Challenging and inspirational when you hear how others struggle, often against extraordinary odds to get the message out. In particular, Sierra Leone where the CLC shop reopened after many years of conflict and, Liberia with a return to Monrovia after 15 years of war. 

Fellowship

The main speaker was former CLC and WEC missionary, Patrick McElligott, author of ‘On Giants’ Shoulders’ His ministry was practical, funny, powerful but winsome. He called for ‘a sustaining vision in our work, to look up and see the Glory of God and not to look down and see the problem’.  


Patrick mcElligott
Patrick McElligott

William Mackenzie of CFP closed the conference with the text; ‘Underneath are the everlasting arms‘ (Deut. 33), reminding us all that this was true ‘whatever our circumstances’. As I left, I mulled over in my mind; just what drives CLC? I’ve concluded that it’s a blend of faith, prayer, committed people, a mission purpose plus a love for God and a clear calling. To be at this conference was a humbling experience. 

William Mackenzie

CLC’s is an important ministry which is facing the reality of change courageously and creatively. It recognises that its ministry is in no way finished as its takes steps to shift its focus from simply selling books to distributing life changing content around the world. 

Eddie OlliffeEddie Olliffe is a charity and retail management consultant who has worked in Christian literature for over 30 years.  Eddie was recently made a CLC UK Trustee and we are very grateful at CLC for his contributions to our team.

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