Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Today was the last day of work for the rest of this year. Next week the Berean office will be closed. We will not be working again until January 2nd, 2018. We had so many wonderful volunteers today we were able to finish all of this weeks work today. Below Gertrude, Vonnie, Eva Jean and Ron are busy opening the mail.
Mom and Chuck were put right to work on applying the labels.
Below Bill is answering questions from Marvin.
Jan is getting the stamps from the cupboard.
Leila, Ron and Marvin were soon moved to the other room to work on stuffing envelopes. Robin was busy keeping everything running smoothly in this room.
Below Bill and Marvin are visiting with Kathy about some of the letters.
We had a visitor today, Marie brought her daughter Laura. Laura lives and works in Mexico and has come home for Christmas.
Above and below they are just finishing up with the stuffing and sealing of envelopes.
We took a break for lunch after finishing the studies and request letters.
After lunch we were able to get the Bibles out for the week. We had a very good day for our last day of work of 2017. Thankful for all the help today and all of 2017. What a GREAT year this has been.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The program is growing again. We had more mail than usual and more Bible requests than last week. That is always a good sign that we are doing something right with this program. We had a brand new volunteer today, at least brand new in our office, Gertrude has been grading the intermediate studies for a few years but today she showed up at the Berean office to work.
Bill is hard at work on the computer while Kathy is reading letters.
Bruce and Chuck were kept busy with the mail and letters. At the other table Gertrude and Eva Jean were kept busy opening the mail.
Below are our 4 readers of the day, Leila, Jan, Marvin and Kathy. We had many request letters today and these 4 were kept busy.
As soon as the mail was all opened and read, Chuck, Bruce, Eva Jean, Joyce and Marvin went to work on stuffing the studies.
Robin was in charge of keeping everyone busy and did a great job. We were able to get them all stuffed by lunch time.
After lunch everyone left except Robin and I. Robin got the Bibles wrapped and stamped while I worked on entering the Bible requests and printing out the address labels. By the time she had to leave I was working on the last sheet of labels.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
We had another great day at the Berean office. So many willing workers that not only did we get today's work done but tomorrow's work too. It helped that there only about half the mail we usually get.
Above Marvin is getting ready to open the letters and below Bruce is opening studies.
We had a new volunteer today, Benj works at Cat and Cat gives their workers a day off to volunteer somewhere. Last week Benj volunteered at the South Side Academy but they ran out of ceiling tiles so today he came here and was put to work by his dad, Marvin.
Marvin and Benj were a couple of our readers today.
When Bill arrived we asked him if he would mind making the coffee as David, who usually makes it, was not able to come today.David had a meeting while his wife Kathy went to TAG along with a lot of our other volunteers. We NEVER complain about TAG, that's where most of this wonderful help actually came from. One TAG meeting they asked Diane and I to give a talk about Berean, we did, showing the entire group what we were doing. We asked for help and help came in abundance. In the picture below you will see lots of laughter. Poor Bruce got caught sitting in Chuck's chair. In his defense someone took the name off of the back of the chair.
Speaking of chairs, below Jeanette is sitting in MY chair. When I asked if she would like to just stay there she quickly got up. We had a laugh at that too.
Below Jan, Benj and Marvin are busy at work reading request letters.
Bruce and Chuck are still chuckling over Bruce getting caught in the wrong chair as they are working on the labels.
Joyce was given the job separating the studies. That is Robin in the background. Robin is the organizer of that room, along with making all the copies, she keeps everyone stuffing the correct studies.
In the picture below these volunteers are actually doing tomorrow's work. They are stuffing, wrapping and labeling Bibles that will be mailed out today instead of tomorrow.
Robin kept Chuck, Vonnie, Jeanette, Benj, Bill and Bruce working in an assembly line to get everything done by lunch time. We really do have a wonderful time processing the studies and filling the Bible request. Thankful to be working with so many amazing volunteers.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
We had a skid load of Bibles delivered this morning at the Berean office. Thankful Robin and Eldon were willing to help with the unloading. While the Bibles were being unloaded Cindy was busy typing in the requests for the week.
To see the Berean new's letter click HERE.
To see the Berean new's letter click HERE.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Another wonderful morning of fellowship while we worked on the prison Bible studies and Bible requests. Tuesday mornings are such a blessed time with such wonderful volunteers. We work together in harmony, with prayers going up for the prisoners, this program and each other. There really is nothing sweeter in the eyes of God to see His children serving and loving HIM and each other. I'm very blessed to be allowed to participate in this program and if you are looking for a way to serve there are many many opportunities with the Berean Ministry. Below are a few of the volunteers working at the Berean office today. Vonnie and Marvin are working behind Rhoda and Shirley.
Marvin is busy applying the address labels to envelopes.
Marvin and Kathy were the readers today while Bill is working on the computer entering the lessons.
Vonnie is busy separating the studies by numbers.
Bill is getting the Bible wrappers ready for Marvin to enter while Robin is busy making copies.
Rhoda, Shirley, Vonnie and Chuck are filling envelopes and once they are stuffed with the new lesson, sealing them.
Below Bill is getting ready to print out the certificates of those prisoners that have finished all 50 lessons in this study.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
We didn't have a lot of mail today and blame that on the Veterans Day Holiday Saturday. For some reason when there is a holiday over the weekend or on a Monday we just don't get much mail. We had a good group of volunteers to come in and process what mail we did get. Leila, Dave and Kathy were our readers today.
Bill had the main computer and runs it well.
Eva Jean is working on labels below.
Once the mail was entered on the computer, the labels put on the envelopes and the envelopes put on the studies we migrated to the other room to work on stuffing the next set of lessons for each prisoner. Below Jeanette is checking with Chuck about the spelling on a name while Vonnie and Jan put the studies in order. Shirley and Glenna were stuffing and sealing envelopes.
Below Joyce and Leila are probably discussing really important items of the day, maybe what is for lunch but more than likely something with the prison ministry.
Dave and Bill were in the other room working on the computer.
Below we are just about finished for the day. These volunteers are experienced on how to get these jobs done and done efficiently.