Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Our Skeleton Crew

 Mom and I were on our way to the Berean office by 8:13 am and only Beth beat us there. Today was TAG for most of the ladies, Bill and Joan are up at Mayo Clinic, Skip and Pat on a trip, Bruce was farming so that left a skeleton crew of Marvin, Leila, the two Shirley's, mom and I and today was a much bigger mail day than usual. We were kept busy all morning. 

So busy I only took the time to take the 3 pictures above. We were able to finish with everything and were ready to leave for home just after noon. We still needed to stop at the Hanna City post office to drop off the 2 full boxes of Bibles heading out and about 70 studies and made it to that office with 3 minutes to spare before they closed for lunch at 12:30 pm. Very thankful for what we got done today. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Filling Boxes

Mom's car didn't have any air conditioning and it was predicted to be 94 degrees. We didn't have a lot of Berean mail so mom slept in today and I went to Berean myself.  Kathy was the only reader today. Skip was at the jail and Marvin was in Branson. 

Beth came in to help but needed to be at her Bibles study group at 9:30 am. 
Chuck and Shirley were put to work with labels and stuffing studies.
Below Vonnie, Shirley and Chuck were working on folding studies to fill boxes for later.
We were able to get other work done today since there wasn't that much mail. We still had 21 Bible requests and about 30 studies.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

A Decent Amount

 We had a pretty decent amount of mail this morning at the Berean office and were glad for everyone volunteer that arrived.  Besides about 80 studies that needed processed there were also quite a few letters requesting Bibles. We started work before 9:00 am. 

We were thankful Marvin was back. 

Below Vonnie, Kathy and Shirley are busy stuffing studies for the next sets going out.
Once those were done it was time to get the Bibles ready for mailing.
It was a really good morning. We enjoyed pecan pie and coffee for our break.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Key Lime

 As yesterday was a holiday, the post office wasn't open until today to pick up the Berean mail. Each time Monday is a holiday we don't get a lot of mail for the week and today was no exception. Most of the volunteers were told they would not need to come in but we still had enough to get the mail processed this morning.

Beth, Vonnie and Shirley went right to work opening the mail. Skip was the only reader this morning and had all the letters read as I was processing the studies on the computer. Bill came in to help. He had ordered ink for the stamp machine and below he is searching his phone to find out when that was to be delivered as we were low on ink.
It turned out that the ink was being delivered today.
Each week Shirley takes care of all of the intermediate studies. 
Once the studies were finished and the people requesting Bibles were entered into the computer we printed those labels and got the 22 Bibles going out today ready.

We were enjoying key lime pie and coffee by 10:30 am.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Willing Hands

 Mom and I arrived at 8:45 am and already there were volunteers hard at work. We had over 80 Bible studies come in for grading and over 30 Bible request letters.  Vonnie almost single handedly filled almost all the basic studies herself while we worked in the other room

Leila was one of our readers today, Bruce ran the postage machine but also processed studies. Mom worked on putting the return address label on envelopes while Shirley opened mail and then processed all of the intermediate studies.
Below Skip is entering all the Bible requests, Bill is looking up addresses while Kathy writes to prisoners.
The postage machine needed to be refilled with money so Bill is taking care of that job in the picture below.
Kathy is answering any of the special requests.
Below Vonnie, Leila and Bruce are getting Bibles ready for mailing while Shirley stuffs the last of the intermediate studies. 
After everything was finished we took a break and had a dessert and coffee and of course conversation. We sure enjoy working together and really do get a lot accomplished in a few hours each week. We really are thankful for willing hands.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Maybe Next Week

 We didn't have a lot of mail this week but took that opportunity to get some other jobs done such as folding studies. Below is a short video of some of the work getting done while we have fun doing it. 

We finished around 10:30 and enjoyed coffee and coffee cake around the table visiting. Hopefully next week we will be swamped with Bible requests. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Wrapping Bibles

 Mom and I arrived at the Berean office about 8:50 am and already there were volunteers waiting for the mail. Skip carried it in and even before we got into the office they had passed it out and were opening it. Mom was put to work placing the non for profit stamps on the envelopes she worked on last week.

Below the group is hard at work opening the studies.
Once the studies were processed most of us ended up in the other room to wrap Bibles.
Below is a short video of this room while Bill and Kathy work in the other room answering letters.
We left as the rest of the group was finishing up. Hopefully they all took a break and had some dessert and coffee before leaving for home. It was a good morning and we had 34 Bibles to take to the post office and got another 60 Bibles wrapped.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Thankful To Be Back

 After missing last week while on vacation I was very glad to get back to the Berean office today.  We had enough to do to keep us all working until 11:00 am. I didn't remember to take pictures until we had finished processing the studies in the other room. 

I noticed what I thought was a new picture up on the wall.
Vonnie explained that the picture has been here for weeks. I guess I'm not that observant.  Below Bill was telling us some stories from his life in Mexico, Skip was printing off the Bible stamps and brought them in to start working on Bibles, Kathy is busy writing to prisoners,  mom is putting the new studies in the envelops. Vonnie is working on filling the intermediate. Bruce and Leila were working on envelopes while Shirley was folding. Beth had been working on studies but stopped to listen to Bill.
We really do enjoy working together.  We enjoyed apple pie and coffee before heading home. I was thankful to be back.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Harder and Harder

 The mail for Berean had 10 returned Bibles so when Marvin arrived at the Berean office he went to work to find out why they were returned.  One had on a sticker no books, periodicals, magazines allowed. Another had a note no leather, vinyl, or hard back books allowed. A few came back with the note this person already has a Bible. Some came back with the note full name and number required (we had their first and last name and the correct number but not a middle initial.)  Another came back with housing required and on our label the housing number was blacked out.  It is getting harder and harder to get Bibles to prisoners.  What a crazy world we live in. Thankfully the Peoria County Jail is letting Berean workers in. Rhonda called from the jail, they needed Bibles. In the video below we were discussing how to get them there. At the end of the video Beth was telling us about some guests she had for dinner and how one of those guests became a Christian.

Our air conditioner at the office wasn't cooling and it was really heating up in there with everyone hard at work.  Meister Heating and Air was called and in 20 minutes Philip showed up to check it out.
He had to change the compressor but got it working.
We were really thankful for that air as we had 2 skids of Bibles to bring in and stack today. There was plenty of work to be done today and plenty of volunteers to help get that work done.

Below is our assembly line for stuffing and wrapping Bibles.

When we finished we enjoyed raspberry flips Beth brought in as a special treat.
We would really appreciate prayers that God would provide a way for us to get Bibles to those asking for one. Covid shut down many of the prisons and jails we had been able to hold services, studies, and counseling and most of these facilities no longer allow Berean volunteers in to provide any of these services.  Now we are having trouble even getting a Bible to hurting inmates. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Productive Hours

 We didn't have a lot of mail but that was a good thing today. There was no water at the Berean office. The Unsickers had a water leak and had to turn it off until they could get a plumber there. We were able to finish everything by 10:30 am, had some home grown melon, coffee and brownies then left for home. Beth came today to help. We were all thrilled to have her. She gave us some updates and stories of different prisons and had everyone laughing. 

The only volunteer here not pictured was Bill. He was busy with the postage machine getting that to work so we could mail out the Bibles.  It was only 3 hours of work but thankfully they were all very productive hours.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

86 Today

 We didn't have a lot of mail today as far as studies but ended up mailing out 86 Bibles. Not bad for a morning's work. Vonnie had us wrapping Bibles and folding enough 1-4's with the cover letters to stuff with the Bibles and with all of us working we were done in record time. Below Bill is working on the computer.

At 9:30 am we stopped for prayer then Skip read a letter.
Below Vonnie is getting the studies all organized for stuffing.
Below she is counting Bibles to make sure we have enough.
We really do enjoy working together even if there is not as much work as usual. Praying next Tuesday we will be swamped.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Office Blessing

 Skip arrived at 8:00 am and had the computers on and the coffee made by the time I arrived with the mail.  Chuck also came early and Kathy arrived a few minutes after Chuck. Bruce, Leila, Shirl, Marvin, Bill and Shirley arrived pretty quickly after that. Everyone went right to work.

Bill gave us an update then Skip shared.
We had an easy morning and easily had everything done in time to enjoy pie and coffee together. What a blessing this office is.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Staying Late to Finish

 I walked in the Berean office door right at 9:00 am and of course everyone was there waiting. We really enjoyed working together today and got a lot done. Skip took the picture below. He was supposed to be taking selfi with the rest of us in it and we all laughed when that didn't happen.

That meant we needed a picture of him.
We had a few problems, the printer wouldn't work at first but Bill was able to get it working again. Not pictured in those photo's is Bill but he is in the video below.
Bill needed to have 200 packets of 1 through 4 with the letter and outline made up for the 200 Bibles he was sending to Iowa so we stayed late to finish those. Besides the 200 Bibles sent to Iowa we filled 22 Bible requests and processed about 50 studies. We are very thankful for everything that was accomplished today.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Dozen Delicious Donuts Donated

 We had another fun morning at the Berean office and yet even though we were having fun working together we still got lots accomplished.

Ruth, Fedi and Mom came extra today and they were all  put right to work.
Below is a video of just some of our work this morning.
I left with Skip to pick up the truck then came back to grab the Bible studies and the left over sweets served today.  We had someone donate a dozen delicious donuts and think it just may have been Wayne and Lukie. A special thanks to them. They really were delicious and we really did enjoy them.