In 1986 two vanloads of books were sent to Poland. In the late 80s, work in countries behind the iron curtain expanded.Vehicles laden with food, clothes, medicine and books were driven from Scotland to Christians in communist countries. Money was taken so that goods could be bought in the local 'dollar shops' and distributed.
Books were posted to pastors in Hungary and Romania, but many packages failed to arrive.
In the years following the 1989 Romanian revolution, hundreds of truck loads of food, clothes, medicine, books and even tractors were sent East. Pastors were helped with mini libraries and some cars were supplied. Friends of Blythswood went to give a week of lectures in theology.
In 2013 illiteracy is still a problem in many parts of the world. Illiteracy is especially becoming a big problem in Albania. This is the view of Besa Shapllo who heads Mission Possible Albania. "We have been helping various small groups with literacy classes and literature," Besa says.
Mission Possible's Miracle Magazine, designed to appeal to eight to twelve year olds, celebrates its tenth birthday this Christmas. "The first issue came out at Christmas 1993," remembers Besa. "Initially it had a circulation of 3,500 copies four times a year but now it has grown to over 12,000 copies and eight issues in the year."
The magazine is distributed through schools and bookshops. "The stories teach Christain ethics in a way that is universal, simple and attractive to children," Besa says.
Ten-year-old Klaudia is one child on whom Miracle Magazine has made a big impact. "Klaudia phoned our office when she found that she was a winner in one of our competitions," says Besa. "Later, she visited to see how the magazine is produced. She told us that there is a church near her house which she had visited last Christmas with some of her friends. There she had heard the Christian Message for the first time."
Blythswood is respectful of all faiths. Klaudia is from a nominally Muslim family, and is cared for by her father and grandmother. "They pay so much attention to her needs and wishes that they will sacrifice anything only to see her happy," says Besa. "She invited her friends from Miracle Magazine to her birthday party. It was obvious to us how much she needed the company of other children. As a result, a Miracle Club has been started in her neighbourhood."
Blythswood Care was founded in 1966. The work developed from the 70s and 80s and continues Today.