Tuesday, October 1, 2019

So Much More

This blog is really only about the Bible and Bible study program of Berean Prison Ministry. There is so much more to this ministry. Our volunteers go into the jails and prisons all over Illinois and not just on Sunday's. There are counseling sessions, rehab help, Bible studies, one on one help and of course services where the WORD is taught. I'm just glad I have an opportunity to serve in this one tiny area. In this office we read letters from all over the United States. Some of the letters are just heart breaking. Today a very nice thank you letter came in. Many of the letters are requesting a Bible and that we can do, thanks to the Apostolic Christian Church who provides us with funds to purchase many of the Bibles. The Roanoke Apostolic Church has provided us at very unexpected times with thousands of first class stamps.  At one point we were very low on stamps. One of the volunteers said, "You need to ASK for money to buy stamps!"  she was told, We will NOT ask people, we will pray about stamps. Just a few days later a full bag of over 1600 first class stamps was brought to the office.  A very special thank you to who ever donated stamps. The prisoner's love getting mail and really look forward to receiving their graded Bible study back. 
Today we had another good day of work getting almost 90 Bible requests and sending those Bibles out today. Those Bibles are stuffed with a set of lessons plus a self addressed stamped envelope. If the prisoner sends us those studies, we get them graded, send those studies back plus the next set of 4. Below the volunteers are busy stuffing and wrapping Bibles. 


Today we also had come in over 200 studies all which needed to be processed in order to send them to the graders and send the next set of lessons. There is plenty of work to be done and I'm thankful for the wonderful volunteers that so willingly come to do the work. 




Even Wayne stopped in today.
What a great day!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Opportunity To Serve

On Sunday evening a man named Frankie Palermo came to the fellowship hall and gave a talk on his life as in the mob, his father, the mob boss, his incarceration of 18 years in the 2nd toughest prison in America, his conversion and now his preaching in jails and prisons.  The talk really was amazing. Frankie wrote a book called A Trophy of God's Marvelous GRACE and gave each one there a copy of his book. Below are a few pictures of the evening.











We enjoyed the evening.  Today we had a good amount of mail but also a good amount of volunteers to process that mail.









We mailed out almost 60 Bibles and sent 206 studies out. This really is an amazing ministry and all of us volunteers are glad we get the opportunity to serve.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Given a Chance

The Berean Banquet was a success. The speakers were amazing and the testimonies wonderful. Joan Schick organized and helped cook the meal and we all enjoyed it. The food was delicious. If you would like to see pictures of the banquet click HERE.
Today we didn't have a lot of time to talk about it until we broke for lunch. Below are a few pictures of our morning.




We are thankful for each person that came to the banquet to help support this ministry. So many people believe these prisoners are getting what they deserve BUT..don't they too deserve to know they CAN be forgiven from their sins? Don't they deserve to know Jesus died for them too and that HE loved them AS THEY ARE enough to shed His precious sinless blood for each and every person. If they are not told how will they know?  Each prisoner that asks for a Bible should be given a chance to read that Bible and this ministry is trying to give each that asks this special gift.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Gearing UP For the Banquet

We had a very busy day at the Berean office processing around 130 Bibles and over 200 studies.  Thankfully we had a good group of volunteers to help with all of the mail.








The Berean Banquet is THURSDAY, just 2 days away and there is STILL room. Please contact Bill Schick if interested in coming. 520 395-6000, if interested at all in prison ministry you really won't want to miss this banquet. The Berean Banquet starts 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.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

NoCommunication

We were very efficient today at the Berean office. There were plenty of volunteers and everyone went right to work as they arrived.
 We were able to process the studies finishing before 10:30 am.
 Above Jeanette is reading letters and below Bruce is taking a break from running the postage machine. 
 As soon as the studies were finished a good group went into the other room to get the Bibles ready for mailing. We just had 57 request this week for a Bible but everyone that requested was sent one.
 Kathy and Dave provided the lunch today. Kathy called Sam's Club and ordered 2 pizzas to be picked up in 15 minutes. When she arrived she found out the lady that took her order forgot to communicate with the person making the pizzas and the pizza not only wasn't done it wasn't even started.  Kathy sent a text asking everyone to please WAIT for her to get back. As a joke we all sat around the table, grabbed a fork, snapped a picture and sent a text that we were ALL waiting for her.
 She got a good round of applause and lots of laughs when she arrived with the pizza.
Lunch was delicious. Kathy also served her special salad with vine ripened tomatoes and other toppings, grapes and for dessert brownies topped with salted caramel ice cream!  We all enjoyed the fruits of her efforts. A special thank you to Kathy and Dave for providing a meal for the Tuesday Berean volunteers and thank you to everyone who came to volunteer. We sure have a good time serving others.