Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Special Treat

 Ruth, mom and I left for the Berean office around 8:15 am. We arrived there at 8:45 am to find most people already hard at work. We had a visitor today and were really thankful to have Bruce back to run the postage machine. 

Above Vonnie has just gotten a phone call from her son Wes and left shortly after that to pick him up. Below we have just had our prayer and Marvin is giving us an update.
It must  have been a serious update, look at all the sober faces.
We really do need prayers, we are struggling to get the prisons and jails to give the Bible to the prisoner who requested one. We get the request letter and send the Bible out that day then a week later it will come back with some ridiculous reason such as they are not allowed to have any religious material in that facility, or leather books aren't allowed (ours are NOT leather) and another reason is no stickers are allowed. Vonnie made it back with her son Wes.
Of course we put him right to work.
Kathy made the treat today and that REALLY was a treat. She makes this home made peach/blueberry cake that is so moist and she brought it hot out of the oven and topped it with whipped cream.
A huge thank you for that special cake.
Below is a short video of some of the jobs that got done today.
Another fantastic Tuesday at the Berean office.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Hardly Enough

 I was almost the last to arrive and yet I was 10 minutes early. This group of volunteers are so punctual. We didn't have a lot of mail again but there was work to do.  As soon as the letters were processed Vonnie and Shirley went to work on wrapping Bibles. Skip told us he was going to get another load in. The Bibles are actually burgundy. Kathy asked why they weren't black and Skip told us the very same Bible in black was $3.00 more so burgundy it is. We all aagreed. 
At 9:30 am when Marvin's phone went off we all gathered in the other room for the prayer and updates. Shirley on the right of the picture was trying to finish the intermediate studies while Marvin was explaining some of the prophecies of the 3rd Temple. 

Always fascinating to hear how the Lord works. We really are thankful when a prisoner that wrote to ask for a Bible actually received the Bible. The the first picture we had Skip entering after loading his car with studies going out, in the picture below Skip is going to start hauling out the Bibles that are getting mailed today while Shirley and Sharon pack another box of them. Vonnie is the supervisor, she prepares the boxes of studies, tells Skip what number lesson needs to be run off and how many she needs. She also knows when we need to wrap more Bibles. 
We really are thankful for each of these volunteers from the chaplains to the graders this program could not run without YOU ALL! The word thanks is hardly enough.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Large Loving

 Mom and I followed Ruth to Zanes so she could drop her van off for some repairs then from there we three drove to the Berean office. Skip had already dropped off the mail but then he had to leave for a meeting. Marvin, Vonnie, Sharon, Shirley and Ray were already there and hard at work by the time we arrived at 8:55 am. Kathy was not able to come as Dave, her husband, was scheduled for an angiogram. It took both Vonnie and Shirley to do her job.  The other Shirley was also not able to be here today. Marvin was hard at work at his computer. He is able to look up inmates to see if they are still in prison and if so their addresses. 

Ruth and mom were busy with the return address stamp.
I got the studies entered so Sharon and Ray could get them processed. Once the letters were read and processed they went into the other room to work on getting more studies folded and the Bibles ready for mailing.

When Joan N arrived to pick up studies for grading Ruth yelled from that room into the computer room, "Judy your friend is here!"  I responded, "she is not my friend, she is my sister (in the Lord which was unspoken). To be honest she is BOTH! Of course everyone of the Berean volunteers are counted both as friends and brothers and sisters in the Lord. We really are a part of God's family that work here and all of us are blessed by being able to do the work. We sure have a large loving family and I'm thankful.