Thursday, April 28, 2016
We had such a busy day today at the Berean office. Papers, wrappers, and boxes were just flying around off the table and sometimes on the floor. We mailed out 561 Bibles today and each Bible had to be stuffed, wrapped and labeled but the stuffing stuff wasn't prepared. We stuff 1-4 lessons in each Bible along with an outline PLUS a letter explaining the program PLUS a postage paid return envelope PLUS an explanation statement on why we are now sending the paper back Bibles. This is a LOT of work. That wasn't the only work going on though in this office, Below Roma, Edie and Anna are busy working on the studies while Chuck and Diane R read letters.
Rebekah arrived with our favorite worker Jordan to work on Bibles.
Rachel, Rebekah and Eva Jean were the only Bible workers for an hour and believe me they were discouraged. The list of labels seemed to be overwhelming.
Although you wouldn't be able to tell by the smile below.
Those three were so grateful when more help arrived. When Chuck and Diane R were finished reading letters they came out to help with the Bible wrapping.
Below Diane H is busy printing out the labels from the request that came in today.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Carol, Cindy and I worked today until 1:00 pm but didn't finish. We had to make the decision to stop and just walk away hoping the Thursday group can finish up. We had over 500 names to enter all wanting Bibles.
Does it seem to be a pattern of not getting done? Well this will probably change pretty quickly, the first batch of new Bibles will be going out tomorrow and if the reaction is anything like the phone call I took today the recipients are not going to be happy. A chaplain from Texas called to ask for a case of Bibles. When he was told we no longer have the giant print study Bibles but can send these new paper back ones, he was quick to tell me, "never mind." they really want the other ones, they can read them in their cells and the enjoy the study questions and maps. Pray for this program!
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
We were more than blessed today with a great group of CHEERFUL volunteers. The office was filled with the sound of happy voices as we all worked together to get the mail processed.
Above Mary, Glenna and Leona jumped right in to start opening the studies. Below they were joined by Shirley, Eva Jean and Vonnie. On the other table were the readers Kathy, David, Marvin and mom. Chuck and Marvin L were working on the third table.
We broke for lunch at noon
but went right back to work and were able to finish up the studies by 2:00 pm. We had a LOT of mail but everything worked and work went smooth as silk. What an amazing day with a great group of people. They ALL deserve a HUGE thank you. They not only do the work they make this work fun.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
We had a busy day at the Berean office. The last of the big black beautiful Bibles were mailed out today. We are not sure of the count but probably around 400 of them. Over a 1000 of the new smaller paper back Bibles were delivered today for next week. Below Timmy and Justin have just finished helping stack them in the office.
Diane is opening the gift in the picture below.
Jordan was watching the work going on just a bit bored.
He finally just decided to start 'helping' his mom get the Bibles stuffed.
Below Chuck and Diane are reading the letters that came in today.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Since we just couldn't get done yesterday with the tremendous amount of mail today was catch up day. Thankfully Carol and Cindy came to help. Carol had to fold studies in order to fill the studies as the boxes were empty. Below she is working on the 9-12. We needed a couple hundred of those.
Cindy is hard at work entering the Bible request letters in the picture below.
Around 1:00 pm we needed to quit for the day. Carol is holding the box she filled with studies to be mailed out but all of these still need to be sealed. What a good job for the Thursday workers.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Our cup runneth over, well maybe not the cup but the mail sure was today. We had another record and this time didn't even try to finish. Thankfully we have a few willing volunteers coming in tomorrow to help finish. Check out those busy workers in the pictures below
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The number 650 doesn't seem huge until one takes into the account of exactly how much work it IS to stuff, wrap, label, stamp and load that many Bibles. First we needed to get the Bibles delivered and into the office. We had a great chain gang line going.
We didn't have enough of the 1-4 lessons folded for stuffing so Eva Jean and Chuck are frantically folding them for stuffing in the video above and in the pictures below.
Edie and Marie are preparing another set of 4 for stuffing.
Roma was busy in the other room working on the studies that came in today's mail.
While Diane R was reading the letters. She was the only reader today but kept up just fine.
By the time we finished each van held 325 Bibles. We know this because we only had 650 Bible stamps and actually had 655 request this week so 5 of these prisoners will have to wait until next week before their Bible gets sent out.
In the picture below Eva Jean, Roma and Edie are busy working on the studies.
Today was my birthday so the boss made me go through the lunch line first. It was a great birthday, so very productive and all these wonderful volunteers came to my party!
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Today's mail was another record for Berean. It was so much mail, even with all of the volunteers we didn't finish opening it until after lunch.
Everyone sat right down and jumped right into opening and processing this huge amount of mail. One of the prisoners today sent along 2 pages of hand written religious jokes. That is exactly how he worded the letter. We gave that letter to David. We only took the time to listen to one of the jokes and it wasn't religious or funny but had us laughing hysterically listening to the incredulous sound of David's voice as he tried to read it.