Kilns Restoration Work Progresses

Seventy volunteers completed substantial restoration work in a five-week period ending August 5 at the Kilns, the Oxford home of C. S. Lewis from 1933 until his death in 1963.

After further repairs next July, the 12-room home will open as a residence for Christian faculty on sabbatical or graduate students doing research work, says J. Stanley Mattson, president of the C. S. Lewis Foundation in Redlands, California.

Mattson led a diverse group of Lewis lovers—who all paid their own airfare, food, and housing costs—this summer in beginning to restore the Kilns to circa 1940 condition: replacing the tile roof, installing new windows, reopening fireplaces, refinishing hardwood floors, replastering walls. With the volunteer efforts of people such as a California surgeon, a Canadian schoolteacher, and a carpenter from Lewis’s Anglican church in Oxford, $85,000 worth of repairs were accomplished for $25,000. Another $13,000 is needed to pay off debts.

Much work remains for next year, including garden landscaping and converting a garage into a study library. Mattson expects more volunteers next year because of the December release of Shadowlands, a movie about Lewis directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

Jerusalem Prayer Goes High Tech

From the same company that started a fax line to the Wailing Wall now comes a prayer line to Jerusalem.

In a joint venture with Bezek, Israel’s state-run telephone company, a Christian newspaper, the Jerusalem Christian Review (JCR), instituted the Jerusalem Christian Review Prayer Line this summer. The line is averaging 200 calls per day.

People from around the world now may phone 011-972-232-3232 to pray with Christian ...

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