CHRISTIAN BOOKSELLERS, DISTRIBUTORS, PUBLISHERS, SUPPLIERS AND WRITERS — in short, anyone and everyone involved with the Christian trade — are being called upon to stand together in prayer today, Thursday 7th April. The call has gone out via Together magazine: Steve Briars, the magazine’s publisher and managing editor, explains:
Thursday 7 April 2016 has been designated as a Day of Prayer for all those connected with the Christian Resource Trade – retailers, publishers, distributors, authors, in fact anyone who reads Together magazine.
It is over two and a half years, 19 August 2013 to be precise, that through the pages of Together we encouraged the trade to come together for a Day of Prayer. “Well overdue” comes to mind! A great deal has happened within this time; some good, some not so good.
We have all been busy working away in our shops, offices and warehouses going about our daily lives and I have no doubt spending time in prayer asking God to bless and support our individual ministries and businesses.
What we would like to invite you to do on Thursday 7 April is join with us to pray for the Christian retail and supply trade across the UK. Practically it is not possible for us to gather in one place to do this but could we encourage you to find 15 minutes in your day, with your staff or on your own, to pray for our industry. We do believe that we are stronger together and weaker apart. “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Eccl. 4:12 – NLT).
Where, when and whom you meet with we leave to you but may we encourage you to pray united with the rest of the Christian resource trade for the following:
➢ Retailers across the UK both independent and groups.
➢ Publishers, suppliers and distributors.
➢ The books and products produced and sold that they are life-changing.
➢ Those who write and produce the product we sell.
➢ Harmony and mutual understanding within our trade.
➢ 2016 Retailers & Suppliers Retreat that it may encourage and inspire those who attend.
Thank you for joining together with the many others who believe the ministry of Christian literature and resources is life-changing.