"Our goal is to provide an attractive and engaging format in which to set a clear and uncompromising gospel presentation"
- Barry Sprott (Founder of TELit)
TELit (Thematic Evangelistic Literature) as it was formerly known was established in Edinburgh in 1990 as a result of concern on the part of Barry Sprott over the poor quality and presentation of much that passed as evangelistic leaflets at that time.
Sensing that God was challenging him to do something about this, he left his employment as a social worker and with a few years’ previous experience with a printing company, he took a step of faith and launched the ministry operating initially from home. TELit quickly developed a reputation for quality materials and in 1995, the operation moved to separate premises in Leith where it would continue until 2015.
Always the aim was to make available quality full colour folders in a contemporary style and attractive format without compromising the essential elements of the gospel message. Each folder would be built around a theme – a current event, a season of the year, a specific location, some aspect of everyday life etc – clearly demonstrating the relevance of the Christian message for today.
After 25 years and a period of ill health, Barry decided to retire from the ministry he had begun and managed throughout and was looking to find someone to continue the operation. At that time, OPAL Trust (www.opaltrust.org ) whose ministry is to provide Bibles and books particularly to the Majority World were looking for a source of evangelistic leaflets to complement their activities. And so an agreement was reached in 2015 for TELit to be merged with OPAL under the new name of TELit@OPAL.
The operation was moved to Linwood and is now managed by Robert and Anne Smith. However the vision remains the same and we are privileged to build on the great work done by Barry and his team. As well as continuing to serve the needs of Christians and churches in UK, we are working to widen the availability of other language editions.