Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Flying Fingers

We had a decent amount of mail this week which kept everyone busy all morning.  When Marvin's alarm went off we could hardly believe it was already 9:30 am and time for our prayer.  Bill happened to walk in just then so we asked him to have the morning prayer.

 Kathy had a very nice letter come in so she took the time to read it aloud to us. 
 The studies were all processed by 10:30 am so Vonnie had the group start wrapping Bibles. 
 We had 57 Bible request come in today.
Those fingers were flying on stuffing and wrapping. It was Ray's job to seal the sleeve and that is done by removing the back of the tape. His fingers were flying so fast that one of the backing went flying into his mouth.
It almost looked like someone was trying to tape his mouth shut. We all had a good laugh, not laughing AT Ray but WITH Ray. Below Marvin and Mark are working on the problem letters. 
 We had everything done by 11:00 am so had an early lunch which gave us plenty of time to visit. What a blessing this office is on Tuesday morning. We really have a lot of fun while serving at this small part of the ministry.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Many Hands

We had a very good group of volunteers this morning at the Berean office.  One of the volunteers went over and above by bringing lunch for everyone. A special thanks to Shirley for the delicious meal so lovingly prepared. Another happy surprise was the return of Robin who had been taking a break from helping us to play with her new grand daughter each week so the parents could get the crops in. When I arrived Robin was hard at work wrapping Bibles.

 The table below was busy opening the studies
 Not pictured was the table behind them. Chuck and Jan were busy applying labels.  Benji was able to come today and helped on the computer. We had almost 90 Bible requests to enter along with maybe 300 studies so I was very glad for the help. Marvin and Kathy were the readers. 
 Marvin had us listen while he read the letter below. 
 The man who was a former prisoner wrote to tell us how much he appreciated the Berean volunteers and specially Big Mike.  He is now at a half way house and a bunch of the men there would like a Bible and would like to do the study.  Not only did this prisoner turn his life around he is helping others to do the same.  Below Jeanette was handing paper work to Benj her nephew. 
 We are thrilled Ray is back. Ray takes the summers off but when the bad weather arrives he comes to help here. I think he is what they would call a bad weather worker. 
We had a very good day, a great lunch and wonderful fellowship as we all worked together. I sure enjoy Tuesdays and am very thankful for the many hands that make light work.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Best Gift

We had another really good day at the Berean office processing the mail, answering letters and sending out Bibles. We also had a good amount of GREAT volunteers here to do the work. Not all volunteers are pictured, we were short a couple of our computer men (Marvin and Mark) and I was pretty busy trying to do the computer work so that not many pictures were taken.

Bill was busy ordering another shipment of Bibles. What we have in this office now is all we have available and we sure don't want to run out.
 As soon as all the mail was opened and all the labels applied Glenna went into the other room to start stuffing the next set of studies.
Jeanette is busy with one of the many steps involved in making sure the prisoner gets the correct study sent to him out of the 50 lessons in the basic program. There are another set of 50 in the next set of lessons.
In the picture below everyone is filling envelopes. 
 Kathy, Dave and Leila were the main readers of letters, almost all the studies that come in with a letter got to Shirley. Below Kathy and Leila are discussing what to do with a problem letter.
 I didn't get any pictures of the group getting the Bibles ready for mailing as I was still working on the entering the names and addresses of all those wanting a Bible. We sent out 48 Bibles today. It is SUCH a pleasure to work with willing happy volunteers. This office rings loud with laughter and fellowship as we work together making sure a prisoner gets the best gift of all.