About Book Aid
In the 1980s a desperate plea came from Africa and other countries where economic crises and foreign currency restrictions had reduced supplies of Christian books to an all-time low. This cry for help from vast numbers of Christians suffering from "Book Famine" became impossible to ignore.
Book Aid Charitable Trust was set up in order to make large shipments of new and secondhand Christian books and Bibles to these needy areas. It concentrates mainly on Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, with smaller shipments being sent to other areas.
Books are gathered by volunteers through a network of UK collection points. They are then transported to the main warehouse in London. Those that have been requested by overseas Christian bookshops are sorted, boxed and placed on pallets ready for shipment.
When the books reach their destination they are sold at affordable prices by Christian bookshops and churches. The money raised is used to enhance and develop local literature initiatives and support Christian ministries.
Smaller shipments of more scholarly books are regularly made to equip Bible College libraries where they are used to train a new generation of ministers of the Gospel.
Those books not required overseas are sold at Book Aid bookshops in the United Kingdom and the money raised used to pay the Charity's shipping and administration costs.
Since 1988 over 32 million Christian Books and Bible have been shipped to book hungry areas thanks to the generosity of British Christians and publishers who have given books to help the overseas church in their time of need.