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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tooting Our Horn

We had a busy day today with lots of volunteers and all went well except I forgot the camera. The phone was used for a few pictures.

This office just processes the studies and the Bible requests. There are many other parts to this prison ministry of which sometimes the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Even so it is amazing at how many people are touched by Berean Prison ministries from the local jails and prisons all over the United States, Russia and Romania. If I would start to list them or IF I even knew it would be like tooting our own horn.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mail Call

We had a good amount of studies come in today. Lots of the first set of 4 which is wonderful. That means the prisoner that received his or her Bible also took the time to do the study and send it back.  We were thrilled this week to welcome back some of our volunteers that had been missing awhile.
Mark was able to come back after his unexpected surgery in Arizona. We put him right to work on the computer.
Robin was hard at work getting the studies all folded and ready to be mailed out.
 Glenna (the volunteer in red) was welcomed back with open arms. We were thrilled to see her, especially today when there was plenty to do. Chuck and Glenna went right to work opening the mail.
 Shirley (volunteer in yellow) was back after missing first for her total knee operation and then last week the unexpected triple bypass surgery her son had.
Vonnie arrived to help with the mail while Robin checked out what we were doing in this room.
 Marvin came in to help Chuck with the labels.
 Megan was big help today.

We know she won’t be here long as she will be heading to Mexico soon but we were thrilled she stopped in today. She was put to work organizing the letters and studies keeping everything flowing smooth. Mom was back from her trip to China. Below she is sealing envelopes.

 Jeanette is always so willing to do what ever is needed. Below she is sweeping up the computer room.
As soon as the mail was all opened and labeled, Robin put them to work stuffing envelopes.
 Leila, Glenna and mom had a lot of catching up to do once all the work was done.

We had a very productive day and thank everyone for generously giving their time to process the studies, letters and mail out the Bible requests. The prisoners anxiously wait for mail call and for some of them this is the only mail they receive.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Another Good Morning

We had another good morning at the Berean office today.  We were able to get pretty much everything done.  Below are a few pictures of the volunteers today.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Chair

We had a fun group of volunteers today and the office was filled with laughter as we worked on the Bible studies. It was really Jeanette’s fault. She came in and promptly sat in Chuck’s chair to apply labels.
It wasn’t really her fault, Chuck came in early and sat at the other table to help get the studies opened leaving his chair at the back table.
Marvin was given an almost impossible job of finding an address. We got a Bible request from a man that only had his name and number on the request. The envelope was blank. Marvin got on-line and found the man’s address.
Marvin and Kathy were the only readers for a while.
When Joyce and Jan arrived Jan was put to work reading letters to help them out while Joyce worked on the studies.
As soon as the studies were finished the volunteers went into the other room to wrap Bibles. We sent out  179 Bibles today.
Not pictured was Vonnie who worked on stuffing boxes.  We finished with everything by noon and had a nice meal together.  It really was a good morning’s work. Thanks everyone for making this office a cheerful place of work.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

90 Requests

We had 90 Bible request today. Robin, Chuck and David came in early and got those Bibles stuffed and wrapped which made it easy to finis the weeks work all today. Once the Bibles were wrapped Marvin and David came in the other room to read letters. Kathy came in and joined them. She not only reads letters but also writes the letters we need to send out.
 Marvin and Vonnie were kept busy opening the studies that came in today.
 Chuck and mom were also kept busy not just opening the mail but applying labels.
 Stephanie brought the lunch today which meant we also got to see Israel and Elisabet.
They got to eat lunch with us.
 We enjoyed the food but the fellowship at lunch is almost as good as Stephanie’s meal.

After lunch the rest of the Bible requests were finished so the rest of the Bibles could be labeled and ready for mailing. We had a great day!

  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Another Productive Day

The volunteers for Berean Prison Ministry are all top notch. It is a JOY to show up at that office each Tuesday to spend time working along side each and everyone. Today was no exception. We got everything done, the studies processed the letters read and the requests filled.
 Above Vonnie is opening and sorting the studies and below Jan is applying postage to the envelopes using our postage machine.
 Above mom, Vonnie and Joyce are working on the studies and below Jeanette is applying the address labels to the envelopes then the envelopes to the studies while Dave and Kathy read the letters. Marvin is working on the computer printing out certificates for those that have finished all 50 lessons.
 Above Chuck has just grabbed a cup of coffee before sitting back down to work on labels. Below the volunteers are wrapping and addressing the Bibles that went out today.
 Above Bill is printing out the Bible postage and Below Kathy is smiling as she reads.
 Above they are just finishing up the Bibles and Below Robin is finishing the studies. Robin keeps this room organized and gives everyone a job keeping them all busy doing the work correctly. She is a big reason why we have been able to get two days work done in just 1 morning. We are very thankful for Robin!
 It is amazing the work that gets done when everyone is working together.

The saying “many hands make light work” is SO true. A big thank you to all who came today.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Postage Ink

We had a very good day at the Berean office. The Bibles were delivered WHEN we had muscle power. Mark, Marvin and Robin helped Eldon unload a pallet and a half of them stacking them against the wall.
 We had really good help opening the mail and applying labels. Chuck, Marvin L, Joyce and Vonnie went right to work opening the mail while Bill, mom and Marvin read letters.

Robin worked on wrapping some of the Bibles, enough for today’s mailing but the postage machine ran out of ink so we couldn’t print off the stamps to mail them out. Bill ordered new ink and it should be here soon.  All of today and tomorrow’s work got done today. I was thankful for the help

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Another Big Mail Day

Marvin bought and installed a new cabinet for the Berean office today. We needed more table space and this new cabinet will really help out by giving us room to put a lot of the supplies. Thanks Marvin!
 We had another big mail day today. Below Gertrude and Vonnie are hard at work opening the mail.
 They were soon joined by Shirley, Chuck, and not pictured, mom, all opening the studies.
 Joyce was put to work stamping envelopes.
 Jeanette came in just a bit later and was bothering one of our readers (Marvin her brother) which caused Leila to laugh. Kathy (also not pictured) was our other reader today.
 Jeanette took a couple stacks of studies out to the other room to work where Robin was busy wrapping Bibles. Bill had just arrived, he brought our printer ink.
 We had a good crew working and got all of today’s work done AND all of tomorrow’s too. Below Marvin and Bill are working on the certificates.

Thankful for another good day with great volunteers.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Big Mail Day

We had a FULL tub of mail today. It is nice to see the Bible program growing but more mail means more work. Thankfully we had a good group of volunteers come today.
Mackenson and Berlica came to help us today. Above Mackenson is opening envelopes while below Berlica is helping Robin with the Bibles.
 We were really busy today, getting the studies processed and the letters read but were not able to get the Bible requests entered. That will need to wait until tomorrow. Below Gertrude our oldest volunteer is telling our two youngest volunteers Bible stories while they work on stamping envelopes.
 Jeanette, Marvin, Dave and Kathy are hard at work in the picture below. Mark is busy at the computer entering the studies.
 Chuck, Jan, Vonnie and Shirley (not pictured) were busy with opening and processing the studies.

We had a good day getting all of the studies done by noon. We broke for lunch, then Bill, Marvin and Mark stayed to work on extra things while the rest of us left for the day. A big thank you to all who showed up to help today.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

More Requests

This blog post is a little late, this is actually Tuesday April 10th’s news. Just got a little too busy to sit down at the computer. We had another wonderful day at the Berean office. Lots of volunteers and even some visitors. We were able to get all the studies processed, the Bible requests entered, and both mailed out. So thankful for Bill Schick, the director of Berean Prison Ministry. He has taken over keeping the postage machine filled, dealing with the post office on changes, hauling all the mail to the post office and ALSO makes the coffee each morning he comes in. Below are a few pictures from Tuesday.
 Jeanette brought in our visitors of the day, her grand daughter and daughter.

We processed and mailed out over 80 Bibles this week. Thankful for the willingness of the volunteers to come help with this program.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Another GREAT Day

Knowing TAG was today Robin and I thought we may have a light amount of volunteers and we had a pretty good pile of mail to process. Each time the door opened to the Berean office we were thrilled  and soon the office was filled with the sound of happy volunteers joyfully serving. Below are a few pictures of our morning. The 3 readers today were Dave, Marvin and Bill.
Bill and Mark are in a discussion while below Marvin is showing Shirley an address to put on one of the studies. At the back table Chuck is applying labels while Bruce is opening the mail. Mom is reading letters.
 Above Jeanette is getting ready to apply labels to the studies she is holding while asking Dave a question. Below Marvin, Mark and Dave are discussing one of the problems with computer program we are using.
Above Jeanette and Rhoda are filling studies while Robin organizes them. Below Marvin is working on certificates of those that finished all 50 lessons.

We stopped for lunch but after lunch went right back to work on getting the Bible requests ready for mailing. We had 82 Bibles go out in today’s mail. Thankful for each and everyone that came today. What a wonderful group of volunteers all willing to serve where ever it is needed.

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