Thursday, August 27, 2015

Banquet Time

Everyone is invited to the Berean Prison Ministry Banquet. This year the banquet will be held at 5 Points, 630 Wilmore Rd., Washington, IL at 6:30 pm on September 11th, 2015 There is plenty of room, plenty of parking, the featured speaker is Tim Goeglein, the meal is delicious and the tickets are FREE but there will be a free will offering taken. If you would like to go to learn more about this important ministry and how it helps change lives,  there are 3 easy ways to reserve your seat or better yet reserve a table for 8. The first way is to call Ellen at (309) 672-0991 OR email Ken Helmuth at and the third way is a bit harder. Print out the flyer below, tear off the bottom and snail mail it in to Berean Prison Ministry PO Box 761 Peoria, IL 61652
 Diane and I had a great work day today at the Berean office. We have had so many chairs donated the room is getting crowded. Check out the video below:
Mark arrived with a pallet load of Bibles and 10 boxes of paper. Thankfully Joan and Marie brought their children in to help. There aren't any child labor laws here yet are there? These kids are strong, willing and able to unload 600 Bibles, wrap them, label them then load them into the car for mailing. So thankful for willing helpers. Roma and Edie provided the pizza for lunch. Well Edie wanted to help provide the pizza but Roma refused the help so Edie offered to bring lunch another day. We were all ready for a lunch break after that back breaking work.
 We had a lot of mail for a Thursday and weren't able to finish before 2:00 pm. I had to leave then but the rest stayed to finish up. Hannah and I loaded Hadassah, Jewel, Whitney, and their foals up to take out to Middle Grove. Those mares were so glad to be back as soon as the halters were removed they took off at a gallop to go find the herd. We got stuck in a lot of traffic on the way back and didn't get home until 4:30 pm. Mom came over for the evening then mom and I went over to Diane's for a bit. Spark came over as I was out taking pictures of the sunset tonight.
He wanted to barn storm ideas on how to get the word out about the banquet. The board sent out flyers and news letters, but we really believe social media is probably the best option. An event was created on the Berean Facebook page. Please if you use Facebook, would you mind sharing it to get the word out? Why we need to do this is the Bible program has exploded. We were spending $20,000 a year on postage and this year $60,000.00. We do not have the funds to keep this up and if this is to continue we must raise the money or shut this program down. Not everyone believes in this ministry, we have heard, "they deserve what they get," but speaking for myself, I'm thankful I don't get what I deserve because of Jesus. I'm going to the banquet and am going to bring with me a basket and a roll of stamps and pray that roll of stamps turns into a basket full.

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