Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Working Side By Side

Most of us arrived before the storm hit this morning and we were all safe inside working hard when the lightning, thunder and rain started.  Inside was bright and cheerful as we worked side by side processing studies and filling Bible requests. 
 Mark helped on the computer until the studies were processed then helped Marvin and Leila with reading the letters.  Joyce, Vonnie and Ray were working hard in the other room stuffing and wrapping Bibles.
 Bruce, Shirley and Shirley worked on the studies until Bruce was needed to run the postage machine.
 Chuck had been helping with the studies but as soon as they were finished he joined the others wrapping Bibles.
 The group below had an assembly line going to get the Bibles stuffed, wrapped, labeled and stamped.
Everyone here works well together side by side. 
Don't forget to call or send in your reservation for the Berean Banquet which is coming up Thursday night Sept 12th, at 6:00 pm. This will be held at Five Points Washington in Washington IL.  The featured speaker this year is Gracia Burnham.  For 17 years, Gracia and her husband Martin served with the New Tribes Mission in the Philippines where Martin was a jungle pilot delivering mail, supplies and encouragement to other missionaries, and transporting sick and injured patients to medical facilities.  Gracia served in various roles supporting the aviation program and also home-schooling their 3 children Jeff, Mindy and Zach- all of whom were born in the Philippines.  
On May 27th, 2001, while celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at Dos Palmas Resort off Palawan Island, The Burnhams were taken captive by a militant group of Muslims called the AbuSayyaf Group.  In addition to the Burnhams, the group seized several more guests and took them to Basilan Island, an ASG stronghold.  In the ensuing months, some of the hostages were killed but most were set free.  From November 2001, only the Burnhams and one other hostage remained in captivity. For more than a year, and under the total control of their captors, they
were constantly on the move living in primitive conditions in the jumgle, evading capture from the Philippine military, enduring gun battles, and witnessing unspeakable atrocities committed by the men of Abu Sayyaf Group.  Soon after the events of Sept 11th, the news media took a greater interest in Gracia and Martin's plight and kept their story in the national headlines. On the afternoon of June 7th, 2002, over a year since their abduction, the Philippine military attempted another rescue. Tragically, Martin was killed during the gunfight. Wounded but alive Gracia was rescued and returned home under a national spotlight.  Gracia talks about the spiritual lessons she learned during her captivity and how God has blessed her and her family since Martin's death.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Banquet Invitation

The Berean Banquet will be held Sept 12th, 2019 6:00 pm at Five Points Washington in Washington, IL.  Our speaker will be Gracia Burnham  Please click on this link to learn more about Gracia. 
A steak dinner is being served, $30.00 per person or $240.00 for a table.  You can make your reservations by calling (309) 672-0991.  We look forward to seeing you.

Please click below to view the invitation

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Almost 100

We had a lot of mail to process today at the Berean office and thankfully we had a lot of volunteers to help with that big job.

We had a good system to stuff the studies and fill the Bible requests.
 We were able to finish by noon just in time for a nice lunch.
Cathie, Mark's wife made a special peach dessert for the volunteers today and that was amazing. We didn't leave much for Mark to take back home. A big thanks to all who came to help today. We were able to fill almost a 100 Bible requests.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Almost 80

We had another good day at the Berean office. We had a lot of request letters and by the time the readers had finished there were almost 80 new request that were filled. We also had over 100 studies come in.
 Above and below everyone is working on the studies.
Each Tuesday at 9:30 Marvin set his phone alarm to go off and we have a prayer but Marvin was gone today. Unbelievably this week someone's phone went off right at that time and we thought it was the alarm so of course we had the prayer.
 Below the volunteers are stuffing the new studies for each prisoner.
 As soon as the studies finished we started working on stuffing and wrapping Bibles to fill the 79 requests that came in today.

We were able to finish by lunch and all of us enjoyed our lunch break after getting everything done.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Send the Answers

We had a good morning at the Berean office today. One of the letters though was pretty funny. We actually burst out laughing when Marvin was reading it to us. The prisoner was doing the studies and sent a message that he had enough money to do the studies but wanted us to send him the answers. Just for the record, we don't charge anything for this study and always send a self addressed stamped envelope for the prisoner. Below are a few pictures of our morning.
Bill is holding up a very large snake skin. This wasn't found at the Berean office. 
I actually brought it in to play a prank on Robin but she didn't come in today. I had it coiled up on her copy machine.  Bill went right to work on the computer. 
We had plenty of help and were able to get everything accomplished before noon. 

We took extra long at lunch going over some ideas for the Berean Banquet that will be held in September.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Leaving Early

I had to leave early from the Berean office so really pushed it to get all the computer work done. Thankfully Mark K came in to help with that part. We had plenty of great volunteers and I was able to get home by 11:30 am. The other workers all stayed to finish up.

I'm very thankful for everyone that comes to help.  We got a lot done before 11:00 am. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Silent Alarm

We had a wonderful group of volunteers today and got everything done before noon. This gave us a chance to have a nice visit over lunch. I'm sure thankful for everything that happens in this place.  Marvin has an alarm set on his phone that goes off every Tuesday morning at 9:30 so we remember to pray only today that didn't happen but mom's phone went off right at 9:30, Robin came in for the prayer and the rest of us were mystified why she was in this room. She told us, "I heard the alarm and none of you others paid any attention to it." Only then did we realize it was 9:30 and Marvin's alarm did not go off.  Each Tuesday we pray not just for the program but every prisoner this reaches and the volunteers that make it happen. I'm so glad mom's phone went off at just the right time.  Below are a few pictures of the morning.

This office really is a blessing and not just to the prisoners that request Bibles and do the Bible studies. It is also a blessing for those of us who get the privileged of volunteering here.  If anyone is looking for a place to serve others, you may just want to join us on Tuesday morning at 9:00 am.