30 July 2015
Books for Gibraltar
School children in Gibraltar will now have far greater access to Christian literature, thanks to a Christian bookshop and a charity partnership.
Six schools, all government first and middle schools, have just received more than 1,500 books worth £12,000 through an ongoing project by Words Aflame bookshop.
The gift was made possible by a collaboration between Speaking Volumes, Gibraltar Christian Mission Trust and Words Aflame Christian Literature Trust.
Speaking Volumes provides 50 per cent match-funding for gifts of carefully selected books to all kinds of libraries, including schools, prisons and hospices, public libraries and churches.
Maggie and Joe Hosken, who run the Words Aflame bookshop, found out about Speaking Volumes at a Christian Resources Together conference in the UK last July and were inspired to make Christian books available to places in their community back home.
Gibraltar has a population of 30,000 in an area of less than three square miles. It is a tight-knit community and Maggie believe other schools will be interested once word gets around. The public library has already been given books with funding from the Gibraltar Evangelical Alliance and Speaking Volumes and it is hoped that the prison will accept a gift too.
One pupil remarked: "We were literally told that we could chose anything from the catalogue and as much as we want. It's not often you are approached with such generous free books and quality too."
Paula Renouf of Speaking Volumes said: "At a time when Christian bookshops are struggling to survive, it is heartening that a bookshop is reaching out to its community like this.
It's an easy way to ensure the Christian message is available when someone chooses to read it."