I have just returned from the annual International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) that was held in Denver this year. Though the number of attendees at the show was down significantly again this year (as much as 20%), the atmosphere was different than last year. It seemed to me that last year there was a lot of doom and gloom in the air, and this year, the remnant that attended seemed very focused and ready to tackle the challenges in front of them. With the lack of attendees and vendors, we were able to spend more quality time in each of our appointments. I had prayed in advance that our team would have many divine appointments, and I believe God answered my prayer. There were 20 CLCers from all over the world at ICRS, and many doors were opened for future ministry with key vendors. All our international attendees commented on the overwhelmingly positive reception they received by suppliers when they mentioned that they worked with CLC. I have included some highlight photos below.
Denver was a great city for the convention, and the weather was beautiful all week.
The large blue bear peeking into the convention center is a landmark in Denver and quite impressive the first time you see it.
Neil Wardrope (CLC International Director from Sheffield, England), Christopher Robert (National Director of CLC India), Gary Chamberlin (Regional Director of CLC Europe) and Jusu-Wai Sawi (National Director of CLC Sierra Leone) enjoying a moment together on the first day
As has been our practise, we kicked off the week with a CLC meeting for fellowship and prayer on Sunday afternoon. It was a wonderful time together. Thank you, Dave Peacock, for translating the meeting into Spanish for Elsa Maria.
Charlie and I are at the booth, ready for people to stop by. Our booth was smaller this year, but just as effective.
Jim Pitman ready to go home at the end of a productive week
Eurel Hodge (CLC Antigua) and Davis Laudat (CLC Dominica)
Romualdo Macinas (National Director for CLC Philippines/Regional Director for CLC Asia)
Chris Magee (Wholesale for CLC UK) and Christopher Robert quite happy after making good contacts all week long
Lawrence James, our publishing partner in Malaysia
Neil Wardrope hard at work getting the best deals possible for CLC International
Robbie Halstead (former CLCer) drumming up business for his new consulting firm, Kingdom Retail Solutions
David Scouler (CLC Australia) smiling all week long at the great deals being offered
The main reason we go to ICRS is to see the smiling faces of our friends like Claire Efird. She is from the Salt Shaker Christian Book store in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she partners with us in making great deeper-life Christian books more widely available here in the USA.