That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”
— Acts 16:9, NLT
I rarely get visions: I get emails. This one’s from Ashford in Kent, reproduced with the sender’s permission:
Not sure if I’m writing this to the right people or not but if not and you are able to forward it to a more appropriate reader than I would appreciate it if you would.
I live in Ashford in Kent and although up to 2003 there was a very small Christian Bookshop in the town, which was in a small room above a small Christian cafe, where I worked for about 18 months before its closure, there is now nothing available to Christians in the town. Our nearest bookshops are in Maidstone or Canterbury and although I’m sure a great many people are very grateful that they are there it is a very sad state of affairs, especially for those of us who don’t drive.
I know in this day and age the internet is a wonderful thing and Christian literature and music is readily available and I’m sure a great many people, myself included, take advantage of it, but there is nothing like actually browsing in a book shop and just seeing what is available in person.
Ashford is a town that is growing bigger by the minute so I am sure that there are a lot of people who would love to see a Christian bookshop in a prominent place in the town. Are you aware of any plans afoot by any of the large, or smaller, retailers to open a branch here?
I know economically these are not the easiest of times but this situation has been very much put on my heart and a close friend of mine and our Lord is not one to be put of by the economic climate so I remain hopeful.
Thanks for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you.
If this call is for you or someone you know — or if you’d simply like to explore possibilities with Gill — please get in touch and I’ll pass your message on to Gill.