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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Happy Volunteers

We had a very good morning at the Berean office. Plenty of volunteers to get the work done by noon.
Mark came again and went right to work on the computer.
The readers today were Leila, Marvin, Dave and Kathy

 Kathy and Dave brought the lunch today and got all the letters read before needing to get lunch set up.
 The two Shirley's, Glenna, Jan, Bruce and Chuck opened the mail.

When they finished with processing the studies they went to work on stuffing envelopes and mailing Bibles in the other room.

The picture below was taken just as the last Bible was packaged up. Happy smiles to be finished for the day.
Thankful to work for such wonderful HAPPY volunteers.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

They Are BACK

We had some of our long lost volunteers come back today and we were thrilled. We had a big batch of mail and needed each and every person who came. We really enjoy each other's company as we labor together.  The office was filled with happy voices.

We were able to process 68 Bible requests and over 200 studies this week. It is nice to see the program growing again.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Another Good Day

We wanted to start with a prayer and have in the past but usually get so busy we forget. Marvin is now setting his alarm to go off at 9:30 am for that reason.  The work just goes so much better when we ask for His blessing and His help to do HIS work.  Marvin came in early this morning to work on our computers.
 We are always glad to see Bill, he is a true leader for the ministry. He makes the coffee and serves it but more than that he deals with the post office, he talks to chaplains directly about the ministry, opens doors to prisons and jails and saves thousands of dollars in postage by working with the chaplains direct. Below he is making the coffee for our lunch break. Shirley, Chuck and Jeanette are busy filling the studies.  
 Vonnie organized all the studies while mom and Chuck stuffed envelopes
 This was Shirley's second week and today she was a pro. 
 We had a good morning, quit for a leisurely lunch around 11:15 am. I'm thankful for all who come to volunteer at this office.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

7 Baptisms

We didn't have a lot of mail today, but that was a good thing as we didn't have a lot of volunteers. 
We had a new volunteer come in and we were thrilled to welcome her.  Glenna and Vonnie were happy to give Shirley instructions.
We asked the other Shirley to help David read as Marvin was at the jail for the baptisms. Jeanette came in a bit later and also helped with the reading of the letters. 
Today the Peoria County Jail had 7 baptisms. Bill, Spark, Skip, and Marvin were there to witness these.  Marvin arrived here just before lunch and was able to tell us all about them. What a privilege it is to be a part of this ministry and to experience just a small bit of the harvest.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Asking For Prayer

The letter below was mailed to us at Berean Prison Ministry and I would like to share it here.  This is a letter asking for prayer but also thanks those helping with this ministry. 
Dear B.P.M,
I wanted to write a personal letter to you to share my life.  On the17th of this month, this year I tried to commit suicide here in prison.  I struggle with myself about my past and often at times wonder who I am.  (No I'm not crazy)  I just feel lost.  I claim to be a believer but yet I do the type of things I don't understand.  I'm hungry for God, for His Word but its as if I 'm holding on to something.  I argue with this voice in my head that tries to steer me away from God, it often wins out and I don't know what to do.  I was placed on suicide observation being that I attempted to do so all my property was taken from me.  I just now got the privilege of mail and pen and paper back.  Yours was the first piece I received.  I eagerly done the courses.  They help me realize that someone does care.  I don't have my Bible, but there was a piece of an Gideon one in my cell. I think it's NKS, not sure but I"m doing the best I can.  God knows I need help, I want help and I'm confused about me.  I need you all to pray for me.  I'm going to ask for prayers.  I know the Word tells us that Prayer makes thinks happen, esp. when there of the righteous.  I want you to know I do appreciate all that you do for people like me.  God will reward you!
Pray for him, his signature isn't legible so I don't know his name but God DOES! God knows exactly who he is and what he needs.
We had a good amount of mail and plenty of helpers to get that mail processed. Below are a few pictures from today.