OPAL Publishing

OPAL publishes accessible and affordable Christian books, tracts and leaflets for churches and Christian leaders in the Majority World.

We believe that Christian literature changes lives, and so OPAL serves Christian leaders and churches in the Majority World by equipping them with the quality evangelical literature they need for their ministry and mission.  

The range of resources published by OPAL is growing. 
These include


Introductions to Christian Life and Teaching

OPAL’s introduction to the Christian faith, Knowing and Doing has been translated into more than 50 languages, and over 500,000 copies have been printed.  Written by John McQuoid, a former missionary in Ethiopia, it outlines the basics of Christian teaching and living in simple and accessible style with study and discussion questions.

A Life Worth Living, by Tom Glover, introduces the way to Christian growth and maturity, outlining the challenges to be faced and how there are no shortcuts. 

Knowing and Doing is also available in the following languages

African languages
Amharic (Ethiopia), Bemba, Chichewa, Congolese Swahili, Kiluba, Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), Lingala, Lozi, Luganda (Uganda), Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Orominyan (Ethiopia), Tanzanian Swahili, Tonga, Tswana, Yao
Asian languages
Arabic, Farsi, Burmese, Chinese, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam,  Marathi, Miza, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Mongolian
European Languages
French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Turkish
Central and South America languages
Creole, Spanish, Portuguese

(Not all language versions are stocked in the UK warehouse)

A Life Worth Living is also available in a Bemba translation.

Books on Christian Leadership

Learning to Preachis written for those beginning to preach, or with no formal training, to understand the nature of preaching, and how to prepare and deliver Bible messages. Authored by experienced preachers Jeremy McQuoid (a Pastor in Scotland and Chair of Keswick Ministries), and Stephen McQuoid (General Director of GLO Europe) it is filled with wisdom and advice about this vital task.

Learning to Lead  by David Clarkson (Tilsley College) and Stephen McQuoid (General Director of GLO Europe) prepares Christian leaders to face the challenges of today’s world, and is filled with biblical and practical advice. 

Learning to Share the Good News written by Stephen McQuoid (General Director of GLO Europe) is filled with suggestions for developing strategies and taking opportunities for evangelism through the local church. 

Books for the African Context

OPAL has also published books to help readers in Africa grow in their Christian faith. 

Journey of Life retells John Bunyan’s classic Pilgrim’s Progress for the African reader. Written by Jonathan Newell, an experienced missionary in Africa, and illustrated with images from Africa life, it depicts the Christian life as a journey, with many challenges and blessings on the way. Discussion sections help readers to relate the story to their experiences. 

Blessings Minibus is a series for children retelling parables and teachings of Jesus in an African context using the character of an African Minibus. Written by Jonathan Newell, an experienced missionary in Africa, the books are filled with colourful illustrations, and with discussion questions. Children will delight in the stories which are also an excellent teaching tool. 

‘For other Blessings Minibus titles please search ‘Children’s Books’ via the search function below.

Fear on Every Side and Hope on Every Side tell the story of a young African’s journey from boyhood to manhood, and from the fears and superstitions of his upbringing to his acceptance of Christ as Saviour. Drawing on his experiences as a missionary in Africa, Jonathan Newell uses the account of John Banda to help readers understand social and cultural issues in African life, and how faith in Christ brings hope and security for the future.

Books on Christian Mission

From Glasgow to Garenganze, Ian Burness – This biography tells the remarkable story of Frederick Stanley Arnot and his courageous pioneering ministry in what is now Congo. In this account of the development of nineteenth-century overseas mission, Ian Burness draws on his own insights gained working in Central Africa, and later as General Director of a mission organisation.

Future Publishing Projects

OPAL is developing publishing projects on a series of topics identified as key needs in the Majority World. Written in accessible language and format, and affordable to those with limited resources, they are especially for local Christian leaders, Bible College students, and those involved in teaching and training ministries. Based on our best-selling Knowing and Doing they are designed to help Christians leaders in the Majority World to  – 

  • rightly handle the Bible, and apply it to daily Christian living
  • understand and explain key Christian teachings and their relevance to contemporary life in different contexts 
  • guide their local fellowships in issues of practice so that they are firmly founded on the Bible
  • understand key ethical issues faced by Christians and the Biblical response to them
  • explore the history and mission of churches in their local contexts
  • have access to some of the Christian Classics re-told in ways accessible in different Majority-World contexts 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

— Hebrews 4:12

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