Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Growing Again

We had 83 Bible requests this week. The Bible program is growing again. Thankfully we had a good group of volunteers all ready to read the letters, and process the studies.





By lunch time everything was done and we were free to enjoy our lunch. Another good day at the Berean office.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Scrumptious Dessert

Marvin brought in a special treat for the Berean volunteers today. His wife Gale made a rhubarb dessert that was absolutely scrumptious. Before we could try it out though we got the work done for the day. Marie came in today with Timothy and they brought garden lettuce from her garden to share. They went right to work putting in a few hours before needing to leave.
 Shirley and Glenna are at one table applying labels while Shirley, mom and Vonnie are opening the mail. 
Bill came in to work but as one looks at the pictures below one would wonder exactly how much work was being done.
He was actually telling us about some of the successes of the program and one of the letters was kind of funny. The camera just happened to catch the moment when we were all laughing. Mark worked on the computers until the studies were all processed then joined Marvin in reading letters.  Marvin had a message to call someone. When he made the call he came in to tell us what it was all about.
This ended up being a mother of a prisoner he worked with for years. She found the phone number to Berean and asked Ellen to have Marvin call. She really appreciated how much Marvin did for her son and just wanted to thank him. When it finally came time for lunch Gail's dessert was the centerpiece of the table. It really tasted amazing with a mix of tart and sweet. The ice cream was put on top of the rhubarb bars then the sauce was poured over the ice cream. 
Thank you GAIL! We really enjoyed your creation. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

80

We had 80 Bible request this week along with over 200 studies and had the volunteers here to get all the work done and processed.






Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Another Great Tuesday

Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week. That is the day we get to go to the Berean office and volunteer with some of the best volunteers in the Peoria area. Well there are hundreds to thousands of great volunteers, but these people come week after week to keep this Bible study program going for prisoners all over the United States.  We had 77 Bible requests come in this week and not only were those filled we also processed over a hundred studies.






Not only do we get the work done we all have fun working together.  I really am thankful for this ministry. Not only does it help prisoners find salvation we get a small part in helping show them the WAY, the TRUTH and a new LIFE!  What an awesome God we serve and humbly give Him thanks and praise for His plan of salvation. Jesus didn't have to die for us, it wasn't nails that kept Him on that cross it was His love for US!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Special Visitors

We had another busy day at the Berean office but it really was a fun, good day getting lots accomplished and to top it all off we had 3 special visitors arrive at lunch time bringing goodies.
Stephanie brought her home baked cookies for our dessert along with her two helpers Elisabet and Israel. They ate dinner with us. Israel was fascinated by the small water bottles.  
Our morning was busy but there were plenty of helpers to help with the work. Below Shirley, Jan, Vonnie, Glenna and Bruce are all opening the mail that holds the studies. 
 At the other table Leila and Marvin were busy reading the request letters. We had some very strange requests today.
 Mark took the second computer and between the two of us we were able to keep up with the volunteers opening the mail. 
Robin had everything ready for stuffing the envelopes in the other room and as soon as the last study was processed each made their way into that room to keep working.
 Bill and one of his son's arrived with a van load of Bibles. We were almost out at this office so the timing was perfect. 

We enjoyed our lunch and fellowship together before cleaning up the office and heading out.  Another fun day with wonderful volunteers. A BIG thank you to all who show up.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Rainy Day

We had a very rainy start to the day and when we finished our work at the Berean office the rain was coming down hard and only 46 degrees outside. Thankfully the inside was warm and cheerful. We had lots of smiles and laughter from the start to the end of the work. Thankful to all who showed up and all who are willing to work.



Tuesday, April 23, 2019

After Easter

We didn't have a lot of mail today and more than likely that was because of the Easter Holiday.  We had plenty of volunteers so got not just the mail processed and the Bible requests filled, we got some other work done too.




I missed getting pictures of some of the volunteers but everyone that came really helped and had a good time doing the work. I'm very thankful for those who give of their time to come help keep this office running.  After lunch we were discussing how amazing it is to be able to do this work with the help of all of these wonderful volunteers