31 Jan 2013 by Mindy Oon-
The Amazing ‘R’ Station is a newly opened Christian book shop cum reading center in Kampar, Perak. Founded by Vera Khor from Kampar Gospel Hall, the bookshop aims to encourage people to read. According to Khor, “I was very blessed by reading books when I was younger, and I grew spiritually through reading books.” Khor, a missionary who served in the Philippines for more than 20 years said she was praying with a few friends when the question of what she wanted to do when she retired arose. It was then that the idea of a cosy little place with books to read and coffee to relax came.
While the idea was a nice one, it was the Lord who fully provided for the place. With free rental for the shop lot, sponsored renovation and a gift of ten thousand Singapore dollars, God provided the finance that was necessary to get the place going. Not only did the Lord provide the finance, He also divinely connected the correct people. Khor said, “God provided the people with the correct expertise to help. He brought the correct people at the correct time.”
As for the name of the place, Khor said “I got the word Amazing when I was singing the hymn Amazing Grace. And since it’s not really a café, I decided that it would be best called a station. And the letter ‘R’ can be so many things – Relax, read, refresh, restore. It is my hope that people who do not know God will encounter Him when they come here. And for those who already know Him, I hope that they will know Him deeper. Also, we would love to help connect the people here to missions.”
One difference between the Amazing ‘R’ Station and other Christian bookstores is that its books can be borrowed. While sustaining itself by selling Christian books, the Station gives readers the chance to borrow books when they apply for membership. Membership fees are RM40 for adults and RM20 for students yearly.
“I had an idea, but it is the Lord who shaped it and brought it to pass”, said a smiling Khor, who was warm and welcoming to the many who dropped by the station. Indeed, in Proverbs 16v9, the Word of God says, ‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps’.
For more information on the Amazing ‘R’ Station, email them at email@example.com or look for amazingrstation on facebook.
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