Around 1990, when her late husband Andy `retired’ from ministry, Judy Barker began making a few cards to give to her friends, the words and artwork were prayerfully chosen to bless the recipients with encouragement from God’s Word. Judy worked in black ink using a pen or a fine brush and doing all the lettering by hand.
Over the years she created more cards & started having a few printed to sell locally. All her designs were printed in either green or sepia. Awareness of her unique cards and the blessings they brought spread through church contacts mainly in the Church of England and the requests for cards increased from further and further away.
As the ministry grew, age and failing health forced Andy & Judy to decide to close it down in 2004. Through their work with Marriage Encounter, John and Jan Hall were customers and received a letter informing them of their decision. However, God had other plans, and John and Jan were clearly led by Him to take up this valuable ministry.
They were then able to add new ranges of cards & added colour to some of Judy’s designs. Some designs have also been made available as coasters, fridge magnets, postcards, book marks etc. Now, thousands of people are blessed each month as God has continued to add His blessing to Judy’s willingness to offer her talents in His service for others. More recently, they have introduced some cards based on the beautiful artwork of Christine Coleman.
A new chapter began in April 2019 when Cards of Encouragement was passed on to Mike Hart and the team at Gospel Cards, who have been producing Christian greetings cards for nearly 40 years. The Gospel Cards range of cards and the Cards of Encouragement range complement each other wonderfully, and we pray our Lord will continue to use these ministries to help His family to bless one another and bring others into the knowledge of His saving grace.
So come on – Who do you want to encourage today?
Wishing you every blessing in Jesus’ name,
John & Jan, &
Claire, Mike, Paul and Sarah (The Gospel Cards Team)