Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” John 8:12 (NIV)
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Formally New Creation Christian Book and Coffee Shop
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Lighthouse Newsletter No 8 – September, 2020
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’. John 8:12 (NIV)
Back in February when coronavirus first hit us, we were told it could all be over in a few months. And when the lock-down came into force, again we were told it was only temporary, just for a few weeks. I remember hearing in the news when the schools closed that they might be able to reopen after Easter.
Slowly we are learning that it will take much longer to get back to normal, maybe not for some years. Even if a vaccination can be made that works, it will still be many more months before Covid-19 can be brought under control and then it will take years to sort out the economy. The government has been pouring money into companies to try to save jobs, and it will need to be paid back at some point.
All this means it that businesses and shops are going to take years to recover and get back to where they were at the beginning of the year. And we know that some businesses will not survive this pandemic – several have already had to close their doors for good.
With such a gloomy forecast for the future, where does that leave Lighthouse?
We have a very different business model to most firms, and a much simpler one – Trust in the Lord. Our finances do not just rely on sales in the shop, we are supported in so many ways by our friends (that is how we see you, not just customers). From the odd copper when we are told to “keep the change” to larger donations, both regular and one-offs. Many churches support our work with occasional gifts, often giving us the result of a special activity or service.
We believe that God wants us as a witness on the high street. A place where those seeking to know more about Him can come. And many people do come in and ask for help and advice on their journey to Salvation.
By buying your Christian books, greeting cards, CDs, etc, from the shop, you are helping us in several ways; it is more than just financial support you provide. Firstly, it shows the shop is being used and can encourage other people to come in. Then it helps us to turn over the stock, to ensure that we have the latest Christian goods to sell, and it keeps Penny busy, and Penny likes to be kept busy.
So thank you all who support us by using the shop, by giving us donations and by praying for us. May God bless each and every one of you.