It is with enormous sadness that Book Aid has to announce the death of Ada Hiley on Saturday 2nd September.
Many will know that Ada was the co-founder of Book Aid, along with her husband Bob and she worked tirelessly and wholeheartedly for the Lord setting up and running the Book Aid bookshop here in London and overseeing the other BookAid bookshops around the country
Ada was 86 years old and was at work on 31 July the day before she had surgery for a longstanding serious health issue. That surgery was not successful and after a number of serious complications she did not recover. She finally went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Saturday morning. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
One year after the container was dispatched to Zimbabwe full of books it has finally been released! When it arrived at Harare last year it was impounded out of the blue and a tax of 40% and $1 per kilo had been imposed. We and our container partners have spent a year praying for its release- unable to pay the tax imposed. Today we have heard that they won their case against the company who have agreed to allow the books to leave the port.
Our partner writes:
“Thank you so much for helping us pray and all glory we give it back to Him. We have accumulated storage charges (over $4000) yes but it is manageable compared to what we could have paid in tax. We have started selling the books now and trusting God for good sales.”
Book Aid London
Book Aid London is restructuring its premises in the next 5 weeks in the lead up to Christmas. We are excited to see God’s provision unfolding but it is a challenge to deal with the constant supplies of books into the London warehouse while we do so!
So for the next 8 weeks we have asked our collectors who rely on the London van removing the donated books from them to make every effort to hold on to books and free us from collecting for a short while. We appreciate your understanding at this time if our collectors are unable to accept your offer of books during December and January.
Book Aid Warrington shop
Book Aid is very pleased to announce that plans are underway to reopen the Warrington Book Shop from October 2016. The shop will be managed by Pastor Stephen Holland and his team of volunteers. It will open on Mondays and Saturdays from 10-4. Stephen has spoken of his passion to see good Christian literature available on the UK high street.
Please pray that word will spread that Book Aid is opening again. We are thrilled that Joy and Doug Wood continue to make the premises available for the ministry which has played a significant part in raising funds to support Book Aid’s overseas ministry.
Book Aid is having a 50% sale at its London bookshop on Friday 19 August 2016 and Saturday 20 August 2016 from 10am – 4pm.
Book Aid is sad to have to announce the closure of their shop in Warrington. Joy and Doug Wood have run the shop since 2009 with the help of a committed team of volunteers, but as a result of recent health problems they are now unable to continue. Discussions are underway with other Christian retailers about the future of the Warrington building.
Book Aid has benefitted enormously from the commitment and knowledge of the Christian literature ministry Joy and Doug have brought to the Warrington shop during the last 8 years. As a book collecting point in the Merseyside area and as a retail shop raising funds to help send containers to our overseas partners their contribution has been significant. Their involvement will be sorely missed and we wish them every blessing for the future.
The Warrington Book Aid shop will close on 30 July 2016.
Book Aid is continuing to sell books in the UK from its 4 other shops in:
For information about other collecting points or for more details of our other shops please check out our website or phone 0208 778 2145.
We would like to thank all the staff, customers and donors for their support at Warrington during the last 8 years.
Christine Pulsford Interim Director
29 June 2016
The Vice Principal of Full Gospel Assemblies Bible College Lahore, Tariq Warsi, speaks of the need for academic books for their small library. Book Aid was pleased to be able to assist the College.
…to the Paran Church in Blackmill and to 2 private donors from Warrington and South London for funds totalling £120 sent to Book Aid since Easter towards purchasing Bibles. We have been able to order 75 paperback New King James Versions from the CLC London shop at a good price. Thank you CLC for your missionary vision! We expect the Bibles to arrive in time for the next container departing in April for Book Aid Kenya Mission. Philomena Mulandi, the Director of Book Aid Kenya Mission was in our London warehouse today and she was able to select the version (NKJV) best suited to customers in the shop in Mombasa. Her preference was for the cheapest we could buy so that as many as possible could benefit.
Book Aid’s stock of Bibles is at an all-time low so please do continue to look out for any spare copies to donate.
Early this morning we shipped a container to Zimbabwe (see photo taken by the truck driver) which included 76 boxes of Bibles on board along with many more boxes of books. Last year we sent them 92 boxes of Bibles and we hope they won’t be too disappointed! Book Aid is experiencing an unprecedented request for Bibles from our Container Partners in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya and we have a shortage of Bibles coming through our warehouses! How do we know that? Well our Container partners have recently been telling us that out of all the books we send them Bibles are what they most need and that they cannot satisfy the demand for Bibles in their areas, that people come to their shops asking for Bibles. Book Aid has recently tried to double the number we put in each container but this only takes up a small part of each shipment and we would like to send more.
If you have a Bible or 2 (or more) to spare, or if your church has Bibles not being used very often, they can be sent to countries where there is great demand. Book Aid can be contacted at [email protected] and we will able to let you know where there is a collecting point near you, or Bibles can be delivered in person to any of our shops or mailed to Book Aid Bromley House, Kangley Bridge Road, London SE26 5AQ.
At the 2015 Christian Resources Together (CRT) retreat in September this year Bob and Ada Hiley were privileged to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their many years of serving God through Christian Literature.
Bob & Ada Hiley Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
The award was presented to them at the Book Aid Head Office in South London prior to the Annual Retreat by Steve and Mandy Briars the organisers of CRT so that Bob could be present. Ada was able to attend the Retreat at The Hayes, Swanick where the award was formally presented at the Gala Dinner by Ian Metcalfe Director of Publishing, Hodder and Stoughton.
In presenting the award Ian spoke of Bob and Ada being well known for Book Aid but that they had been with CLC for an incredible amount of time prior to that working in Leicester, Birmingham and London before becoming involved in the International ministry of CLC from which had come their inspiration to set up Book Aid. They had built up Book Aid to 2 depots, 200 collecting points and 6 bookshops in the UK. He went on to say that Steve Briars of Together Magazine had gone to interview Bob recently for an article to appear in the next edition and found out that Bob’s involvement with Christian literature went back to 1948 when he was in the Royal Navy. On board ship he had had a Bible to read but when the ship he was on docked in Chatham he came across the CLC bookshop and had been amazed at the number of Christian books available. The team at the shop had invited him to volunteer with them and he gladly became involved by packing books.
Ada received the award with great thanks on behalf of the Book Aid team:
“It’s a team effort – over 200 people collect for us from the Shetlands to the Channel Islands… Over 60 years we have been doing something we have really enjoyed. It didn’t matter how long the hours or how heavy the work we just got great pleasure from it. So thank you for recognising it.
Thank you to all who have helped. We have received so many lovely books and kind words. Many of the books, we don’t know where they have come from, so thank you to all the bookshops, publishers and individuals who have helped us. This award is for our lovely team of co-workers and helpers, not for us, we have just been a part of it.”