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)
A report in the Tiverton Gazette dated October 4th 1988 opens with these words, ‘Some time ago Maureen Rendell had a vision. She had an overwhelming feeling that God wanted her to open a Christian bookshop in Tiverton.’
Maureen honoured that vision through good times and bad, as New Creation became a source of hope and encouragement for hundreds of people in Tiverton and beyond for over 31 years. Her wisdom and gentleness, coupled with a steely determination, have been the raw materials with which God had worked, through Maureen, to keep us ministering and trading – often against opposition and discouragement – for over 30 years at 58 Bampton Street.
We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude, and, as Maureen herself would be quick to point out, all glory, honour and thanksgiving to God.
We shall miss her wise counsel and sensitively loving contributions to our Trustees’ meetings, remembering, in Eugene Petersen’s words from Peter’s first letter to the churches: her ‘inner beauty, the gentle gracious kind that God delights in’.
Maureen – thank you. God bless you.
When we decided to move into our new premises we had to give several months notice to the landlords of No 58 (the old New Creation shop) and this notice did not expire till the end of March. This meant that we had had to pay rent, insurance and utility bills for both properties for several months. The Landlords have found a new tenant for No 58 and have asked us to end the lease a month early. This will save us a little money.
Fortunately, when God was providing so generously for Lighthouse, he also factored in the cost of running two establishments for several months. Still, it will be a relief when we are no longer responsible for No 58 and can put all our efforts into Lighthouse.
Easter is coming!
As we mentioned last month, it will soon be Easter. Penny will be putting out her range of Easter Cards; cards with a Christian message. And we will be stocking the Real Easter Egg again this year. Now in their 10th year, these eggs come with an Easter story book in the box and are made with Fairtrade chocolate. So as well as spreading the true story of Easter, you will be supporting growers in the Third World and your local Christian book shop. If you ever needed an excuse to buy a chocolate egg, this is it!