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Bristol's Bible gift for Africa
One of the 500 bibles collected by Bristol parishioner Judy Gunthorpe

Approximately 5,000 people in Africa will be benefitting from the generosity of a Bristol parishioner.

Judy Gunthorpe heard that a shipment of bibles and Christian books would be leaving Exeter for Africa at the end of January and she wanted to get involved.

She has since collected more than 500 items from the people around the Clifton Diocese.

All the items, including a Bible which is more than 100 years old, will be given to the Book Aid Charitable Trust.

Ms Gunthorpe emailed her idea to the newsletter of her local parishes; 10 days later her garage was overflowing with the contributions.

She said: "I have been astounded and humbled at this flood of generosity; there are over 500 items.

"So far I have filled four cartons with over 180 Bibles and books and a trip to the supermarket is required to find more boxes."

Ms Gunthorpe says each book will be read by at least ten other people, so a total of 5,000.

She plans to put a series of short letters into some of the books, using the addresses of the various churches who have contributed.

For more than 21 years, the Book Aid Charitable Trust have shipped Christian books around the globe.

By 2008, some 25 million hand picked Christian books and Bibles had been donated by their network of collectors from the Shetland Isles to the Channel Islands.

The charity also supports national literature programmes and initiatives such as local publishing, marketing, training and development through funds generated from book sales.



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