Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tuesday & Wednesday

We had a lot of mail on Tuesday. Chuck is hard at work opening it below. He came in early bringing bottled water for the volunteers, lots of water. As soon as the water was put away we put him to work.
 Gertrude at 94 years old is our oldest volunteer. She faithfully drives to the office each Tuesday to help. She also takes home and grades all of the silver series that comes in each week.
 Jeanette is the most enthusiastic volunteer. She brightens the office each time she walks in with her big smile and readiness to pitch in.
 Below Jeanette and Joyce are hard at work applying labels to envelopes.
 Below is the ‘dream team’ These volunteers are more than just readers they step in to help where ever help is needed.
 Robin is our go to person. We hear all day long, “Robin what do we do with this?” and of course she has the answer.
 Below Chuck is hard at work stuffing envelopes.

Our Tuesday group is so much fun to be with it makes it a joy to come to work.  The Wednesday group is in charge of entering all of the Bible requests for the week then mailing out those Bibles.  I forgot the camera today but Cindy, Carol, Robin and I got all of that work done this morning. I am very thankful for such wonderful willing helpers in this ministry. We had 121 Bibles go out today.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Another Beautiful Day

We had such a gift today, a gift of 65 degrees and sunshine this afternoon. Even the morning, although cool, was sunny for our walk. I only did the one round again as today was Berean day. We really enjoy the opportunity to serve in that office. Everyone that comes is so welcome and needed. Today we did 2 days work, making sure tomorrow’s work was done today as I will be out of town starting tomorrow. I forgot the camera so just snapped these few pictures with the phone. Everyone really helped. It is an absolute priviledge to spend the day with these volunteers.

Once everything was done for the Bible studies, lunch was served and then I went to work entering the Bible labels getting those finished also. When I left Mark, Marvin and Robin were still working. Mark and Marvin were finishing up the certificates while Robin was applying the Bible labels to the Bibles. Those will go out tomorrow when Bill arrives. We ran out of postage on our meter and could not get the meter to reload. Bill is out of town but will take care of that when he gets back tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Snow Day

We awoke to 4-5 inches of snow, on the trees, on the ground and most of all on the roads. The thermometer had risen from -2 to 2 above zero so Bill Schick sent a group text to let the volunteers know that we didn’t have a lot of mail today so if they wanted to they could stay home but the office would be open today. Below are a few pictures taken this morning.

The snow was very beautiful glistening like millions of diamonds in the sunshine frosting every strand of grass, limb, and tree. Pictures just couldn’t do the true beauty justice. Especially pictures taken with a phone.

The entire drive was spent thanking the Creator who created such beauty. I was not expecting a lot of help and was pleasantly surprised when the two Bill’s came along with Kathy, Shirley, Vonnie, Chuck and Robin. We easily were able to finish the studies and even got the Bibles entered and ready to be mailed out all before lunch today.
Thankful for their willingness to drive out on a frigid snowy winter day.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Last Tuesday in January

We were a little shocked this morning. Bill picked up the mail on Monday and left it at the Berean office for the volunteers that arrived early Tuesday morning. We had tub after tub of mail. By the time we had finished we counted over 600 envelopes that all had to be opened and processed. Thankfully we had a wonderful group of volunteers that not only came in for the morning they were needed to help after lunch in order to finish. When I walked in a few minutes before 9:00 am Bill and Eva Jean were already getting ready to start opening the envelopes.
 Ron is always willing to do what ever is needed and today we really needed him.
 Vonnie does so many different jobs but today she was desperately needed to read letters. Behind her is Mark on the computer. We had 3 computers going today and were able to keep up only because of Mark on that 3rd computer.
 Our oldest volunteer here at this office is Gertrude. She drives here. She told me of course she drives she would never make it if she had to walk. She also takes home all of the silver series and grades them. Gertrude has always been such an amazing servant for our Lord. She was a missionary in one of the countries in Africa, living in the mud huts and teaching the natives about Jesus. We are thrilled she helps us now.
 Below Chuck is already at work applying labels. Mark and Bill had the first set printed by the time I arrived and when Chuck arrived he was put right to work.
 In the other room Robin, Joyce and Rhoda were also applying labels.
 Jan was put to work stamping envelopes with our meter. That saves us time and 2 cents each.
 When the studies were all opened, Eva Jean, Gertrude and Ron joined Joyce and Robin in the other room for stuffing and sealing envelopes.
 Below are Bill and Mark who are busy entering data on the computers. Each study that is returned must be checked that the prisoner has not been moved and if they have been moved the address changed. They also record what study the prisoner has returned and print off 2 labels for each study. One goes with the study to be graded and the other label is put on an envelope and the next 4 studies sent back to the prisoner.  This sure generates a lot of mail that must be processed.
 Rhoda was needed to help Kathy and Vonnie with reading the letters. We got over 160 letters today with 157 of them asking for Bibles.

Kathy brought the lunch today serving us piping hot pizza from Sam’s club, an amazing crunchy salad, cuties, and a delicious peach and blueberry dessert. After lunch everyone went right back to work. Below Joyce, Chuck and Vonnie are filling and sealing envelopes.

We got a visitor today, Darlene came today, she needed graduation certificates, Bibles and studies. Darlene and her sister Judy volunteer at the Sheridan Correctional center.
Most of us left around 1:30 but Robin kept working until almost 3:00 pm stuffing and wrapping the Bibles that will be going out in the mail tomorrow.  Cindy, Robin and I will be back tomorrow to enter each of the Bible request on the computer and print out address labels for all the Bibles Robin got stuffed and wrapped. She certianly saved us a LOT of time tomorrow.  THANKS ROBIN!

And a BIG BIG thank you to everyone that came to help today. It really does take many hands to make this work load lighter.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tuesday Morning in January

Finally got some extra time this evening to work on the Berean Blog. We had a really wonderful year in 2017 and 2018 is starting out just as wonderful. Our Bible requests are up, more and more studies are coming back and the Bible program is growing. We are thankful that the volunteers are in place and ready to work. Tuesday Jan 9th was pretty typical. We had 75 Bible requests, and well over 200 studies to process.

We are thankful for each person that helps with this part of the ministry. Many hands really do make light work.