Recently, David Capes was in London and visited mission-central for Book-Aid. This UK charitable trust has been around 35 years and provides quality Christian books at “affordable, local prices” in the United Kingdom as well as countries in Africa. Christine Pulsford, daughter of the founders and now director, joins David to talk about the history and mission of this unique ministry.
Book-Aid collects books from hundreds of supporters at collection sites across England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Then they sort them in their headquarters and ship them. Book-Aid supplies Bibles and Christian literature to their partners living around the world where books are wanted but not easily found or affordable.
The books are sold and not given away. This ensures the dignity of the books as well as those who receive them. Also, they are sold in bookshops. This creates jobs in places where jobs are scarce. Book-Aid staff are keen on sending the right kind of books to their partners. Books that are too “academic” or in the wrong languages are sold online to provide income for the charity.
If you find yourself in London, make your way to south London to see their incredible book shop. If you’re not in London, you too can help by donating to the charity at their website www.book-aid.org. David toured the book shop and saw hundreds of great books he wanted to buy.
Joining Christine and David on the podcast is Rob Bradshaw, librarian at Spurgeon’s College in London. He is one of their trustees at Book-Aid. In addition to all his volunteer work, Rob runs a website called “Theology on the Web” (https://theologyontheweb.org.uk). Rob does in the digital world what Book-Aid does in the print world. Rob and David did a podcast together in January 2021. To hear the podcast (20 minutes) click here.
To hear the podcast click here.