Tuesday, August 27, 2019


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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Working Side By Side

Most of us arrived before the storm hit this morning and we were all safe inside working hard when the lightning, thunder and rain started.  Inside was bright and cheerful as we worked side by side processing studies and filling Bible requests. 
 Mark helped on the computer until the studies were processed then helped Marvin and Leila with reading the letters.  Joyce, Vonnie and Ray were working hard in the other room stuffing and wrapping Bibles.
 Bruce, Shirley and Shirley worked on the studies until Bruce was needed to run the postage machine.
 Chuck had been helping with the studies but as soon as they were finished he joined the others wrapping Bibles.
 The group below had an assembly line going to get the Bibles stuffed, wrapped, labeled and stamped.
Everyone here works well together side by side. 
Don't forget to call or send in your reservation for the Berean Banquet which is coming up Thursday night Sept 12th, 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.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Banquet Invitation

The Berean Banquet will be held Sept 12th, 2019 6:00 pm at Five Points Washington in Washington, IL.  Our speaker will be Gracia Burnham  Please click on this link to learn more about Gracia. 
A steak dinner is being served, $30.00 per person or $240.00 for a table.  You can make your reservations by calling (309) 672-0991.  We look forward to seeing you.

Please click below to view the invitation

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Almost 100

We had a lot of mail to process today at the Berean office and thankfully we had a lot of volunteers to help with that big job.

We had a good system to stuff the studies and fill the Bible requests.
 We were able to finish by noon just in time for a nice lunch.
Cathie, Mark's wife made a special peach dessert for the volunteers today and that was amazing. We didn't leave much for Mark to take back home. A big thanks to all who came to help today. We were able to fill almost a 100 Bible requests.