12.4.12 - Good News Leyton
Good News Leyton is far more than just a bookshop; it is a place where the love and healing power of Christ are shared with people. Many years ago, Tom and Betty Burke moved from their home town, Dublin, to London and took on the running of a shop which was part of a chain of newsagents, and it was at this time that they gave their lives to Jesus Christ and were born again.
They subsequently found their own business in Leyton, a small confectionery and tobacconist shop, and just as Jesus fed the 5000 (John 6:1-13) with a little boy's lunch, they gave Jesus their lives and all their talents, knowing that He could use them to feed many. However, after a couple of years, knowing that the Lord was not happy about them selling tobacco, they ceased to stock it and things began to look black financially
But God had a plan.
The owner of a nearby Christian Bookshop had to move away and had been praying for someone to replace what he had started in the area. He was given Tom and Betty's address and he asked them to pray about becoming a Christian Bookshop. To Betty, this was heaven, because she loved reading and was so hungry for God that she could almost read a book a day! 21 years later, they employ full-time people in a very busy and well-stocked shop.