Historical Overview by Joan Nicholson

Starting in 1971, God gave me 28 wonderful years in Spain enjoying the ministry, and the fellowship of a dedicated team. Shortly after arriving, in a meeting in Madrid, God spoke to me that He wanted CLC to expand to other cities in Spain. Soon after, the Spanish leaders at the time, Jose and Pilar de Segovia, sent me to Valencia to open a bookshop there.

I started with books stored in the CLC apartment and made visits to the local churches to make CLC’s ministry known and to take their orders. I found premises to prepare and then opened the shop. I needed a co-worker. God supplied when He healed the daughter of a couple who had received me with great kindness. God told me that He would heal her and, in a meeting some months later, He did it! Later, this lady joined me as an excellent godly helper who took charge of the shop when the Spanish CLC leaders left and I had to return to Madrid.

Back in Madrid, life gathered pace as we moved from the seventh floor office we had as a shop to a small premises near the Bullring by the inner ring road. Then we were offered the distribution of Vida books and started our warehouse in the garage below the house. Ian Currie found a suitable warehouse in a block of warehouses built by the side of what became an outer ring road. The team grew with more missionaries, and we also opened shops in Vigo, Sevilla, Malaga and Murcia as Spanish workers joined the team. The more recent economic depression has robbed us of three of these bookshops and brought years of struggle to our wholly Spanish team. But the work has adapted and continues.

Forever Grateful, CLC 75

Based on material first published in a 75th anniversary magazine, you will find stories from the 75 years of CLC. There are stories of God’s faithfulness and miracles, of people coming to faith and special ‘forever grateful’ moments.

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