Who are we?
CLC is an international organization committed to the distribution of the Bible, Christian books and a variety of Christian media.
Our teams are drawn from many nations, denominations and backgrounds.
All are dedicated to serving the Lord Jesus Christ and to the task of
helping others to know Him better through the materials we distribute.
CLC is established in 57 countries. It is represented by more than 180
bookshops, 18 distribution warehouses and 18 publishing houses. The CLC
work in each country is set up independently. We are united by our
common vision, goals and International Constitution.
However, CLC is more than a chain of bookshops, rather it is our desire
to see people's lives changed though making evangelical literature
available to all nations so that people may come to faith and maturity
in Christ. It is an established fact that a large percentage of people
converting to Christianity do so through the reading of a Christian
The organization was founded in England in 1941 and today has its International Headquarters in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
The Vision is Born:
the early days of World War II, a young couple, Ken and Bessie Adams,
heard Jesus' call to" feed my sheep." Together they worked with the
Friends Evangelistic Band in England, holding tent meetings and
visiting homes. On many of these visits, they found that they had been
preceded by others who left literature, especially Jehovah's Witnesses.
Ken declared, "I cannot stand by and … not do something about spreading
the truths of the Gospel." So he and Bessie visited homes armed with
good Christian literature.
by his passion for literature distribution, Ken rented some upstairs
rooms in Colchester, named "The Evangelical Publishing House.". This
took place even when the government was severely limiting publishing
and the opening of bookshops in wartime England. The Adams felt led to
align themselves with the WEC International, with plans to help that
organization establish bookshops in England. Norman Grubb of WEC was
thrilled with the potential of a string of bookshops. Requests,
opportunities, and funding began to present themselves to Ken and
Bessie, resulting in the formation of CLC as an autonomous ministry
established on 1 November 1941.
By the end of the war, there were six literature centres across England
and a work serving German Prisoners of War. Growth continued with God's
grace and blessing and today CLC serves in 57 countries where 700 men
and women of diverse nationalities are joining hands to feed a world
hungry for print.
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