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About Gospel Literature Outreach


GLO began in Australia in 1965 primarily through the vision for evangelism of Colin Tilsley.
His vision was to mobilise Christians to be involved in missionary teams both short and long term. The first short term team was to Madras, India. Longer term teams were established in France and Italy in the 1970s. Colin developed Motor Neurone Disease and passed to be with the Lord in 1981, at the age of 46. Before he died Colin had shared his vision with others and the work of GLO had also been established in New Zealand and Europe.
The base for GLO Europe was established in Motherwell, Scotland in 1974 and the first full-time workers commended from UK assemblies were Robert & Eileen Kilpatrick, John & Cathie Speirs, David & Joy Prosser and Fred Kelling. There are now over 70 full-time workers across Europe.

From the beginning, the work included the organising of short term mission teams and the establishing of a Bible Training Centre (now called Tilsley College). Another key feature of the work is the Business Ministries which initially involved a bookshop and coffee shop in Motherwell. GLO also ran a wholesale book ministry in Scotland, operated on behalf of STL (Send the Light Ministries).

Funds from these ministries have been used to support the work of mission in Europe since the work began. GLO is a registered Scottish charity (Charity No SC007355) and all puchases in the Bookshop & Coffee Shop make a contribution to continuing our work. Surplus income from the Bookshop (currently around 8p in every pound spent) provides funds for world mission, taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to many people of the world. We also try to purchase where possible from suppliers that reflect a Christian & ethical ethos, and many of these suppliers return funds to various supported charities and Fair Trade projects.

Further information about the work of GLO can be found on our GLO Europe website by following this link: www.glo-europe.org


Our Purpose

Through partnership in mission, our purpose is to engage in evangelism and the establishing of local churches.

Our Aims

o To reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
o To provide training for Christian workers
o To establish resident teams
o To establish local churches
o To stimulate missionary vision
o To promote the distribution of Christian literature.