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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Banquet

The Berean banquet is THIS Thursday and it starts at 6:00 pm at 5 Points Washington. We are very pleased that the horse trainer/ minister Dr Lew Sterrett will be speaking.
We didn’t even think to discuss the banquet this morning. We were short handed with Marvin on vacation and Dave still in the hospital and Kathy staying with him. Thankful Mark made it back from his many mission trips to help out on the computer.
We had some problems with the postage machine today which also set us back as we had a lot of mail to process and stamp. Bill arrived and was able to get it going.
 Chuck, Vonnie, Shirley, Joyce and Glenna went right to work opening the studies while mom and Leila read letters.
 Marvin came in with a big box full of greeting cards Jan donated for the jail. Mark goes to the jail every Sunday and offered to take them.
 When Jeanette arrived she was put to work helping Robin wrap Bibles.
 Wayne, the owner of the building came in today to make sure all was well. We are always glad to see him.
I wasn’t sure what to do about lunch as yesterday I was too busy to go shopping or prepare anything. I planned on stopping at Sam’s club to buy us all something for lunch but last night Robin sent a text that Sam’s club had a fire and the store would be closed for maybe a month.  Mom offered to drive to Walmart and pick up rotisserie chicken, salad, fruit, rolls and a caramel apple pie for dessert.  We took a break and all really enjoyed that. Everything was so delicious, OR we were so hungry from working overtime. After lunch the Bibles were labeled and loaded into Bill’s car. We had 124 Bible request this week and almost 300 studies come in. Peoria church has too many studies to grade so when Roanoke called to ask for some we were glad to send them all the studies this week.  Every time we have a need we are blessed with someone stepping up to fill that need even without us asking. THANK YOU!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Tuesday’s Volunteers

Well 3 days late isn’t too terrible. I had fallen behind with work so the Berean blog wasn’t updated on Tuesday so even though today is Friday this is Tuesday’s news.  We had a large amount of mail again. It really is nice to see the program growing. Many many letters come in thanking the Berean Prison Ministry for the Bibles and studies.  It takes many volunteers to get the letters read, the studies processed, the Bibles here, wrapped and mailed out and most of all the hundreds of people that give their time to grade the studies. Prisoners LOVE getting mail and look so forward to seeing how they do on their lesson. We had a one letter come back with a study that had been graded and NOTHING was written on it, not a well done, not a single mark.  This was so disappointing to the prisoner that he wrote about it AND sent his lesson back to show us. Please please people if you are grading the lessons the prisoner would really appreciate remarks on how they are doing. Some of these prisoners are lifers and don’t have much to look forward to except their mail and some prisoners tell us this is the ONLY mail they receive.  Tuesday we had a very good group of volunteers. Marvin started out reading letters but when the others started arriving he was put to work on the computer.
The other Marvin was put to work opening the studies. We so much enjoy Marvin’s smile. He also asks us riddles as we are working.
 Below mom and Chuck are opening the studies and putting them in order.
  Kathy and David are our main readers. David went into the hospital on Wednesday and they put him in intensive care. We ask for prayers for him. He is such a big part of this ministry. He not only reads for us but he is on the Berean board.
 Jeanette enjoys grading and loves to read the comments from the prisoner. If we were to vote she would be voted ‘most enthusiastic!’
 Once the letters were read and all the studies processed they all moved into the other room to start stuffing and wrapping the Bibles that were to be mailed out on Tuesday. We were running a little low on Bibles so were pleased that by the time we were finished entering all the names of the prisoner wanting a Bible we had enough for all that had requested this week plus just THREE extra. That was cutting it a little close. Hopefully we can get a skid load here by next Tuesday.
 Bill Schick arrived to help today. Bill is the director of Berean and we are thankful when he comes to help. He comes each week to collect all the lessons and Bibles to be mailed out then takes them to the post office but sometimes he arrives after we have left the office.
 Below mom is preparing the lunch. She is always willing to do what ever is needed and of course lunch is ALWAYS needed.
We had a good day and I am thankful for all the help.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Come ONE Come ALL

We have Pastor Zsolt in America right now. Pastor Zsolt opened a church for the Gypsy people in Romania and the Gypsies embraced the gospel with their entire tribe.  Pastor Zsolt will be speaking at the Peoria AC Fellowship Hall THIS Friday August 24th, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  ALL are invited. If you have ever wondered why Berean sends people over to Romania, Pastor Zsolt will explain the saving of souls and the amazing transformation the Gypsies have made since they have been exposed to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We would love to have you, please come!

6:00pm Friday Aug 24th, 2018
Peoria AC Fellowship Hall
7405 W. Route 150
Edwards, IL 61528

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Late Mail

Our mail was late today and everyone got to take advantage of empty tables and no work.

Well that isn’t quite true, Marvin and I worked on the certificates from last week and we had a whole crew in the other room working on folding studies and stamping envelopes. Ellen is out of town for a wedding and when Bill went down to the post office, they said he wasn’t approved to pick up the Berean mail. He showed them his card, told them he was the director and is there every week dropping off Bibles and studies AND he had the box key.  Bureaucracy! When he walked into the office we all erupted into cheers.

Then went right to work to process it all. We had some computer problems and some mail problems which were time consuming.  Today we were not able to finish until around 2:00 pm. We had 120 Bible requests and over 200 studies to mail out. We took a lunch break then went right back to work. Sure was thankful for the good help today and thrilled we were able to get it all done even starting late.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Another Good Day

As I wasn’t here last week it could have been a very hard day but the volunteers came anyway last week and worked until close to 4:00 pm getting everything done. A special thanks to Marvin and Robin. Marvin worked on the computer until late afternoon on Tuesday then Robin came in again on Wednesday and got the Bibles all ready to be mailed by herself.  All of that work meant this week instead of doing 2 weeks worth of mail we ONLY had to do this week. We had a really good group of volunteers today and everyone just went right to work.
Mom made the lunch today and it was really delicious.
We were finished with everything except the certificates. Hopefully those can be done next week. Marvin is gone this week and I’m not sure I can remember how to do them. It was another good day.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Growing Again

Berean is growing again. We got back a LOT of the first set of studies which means that pretty much everyone asking for a Bible is also doing the Bible study. We needed another pallet of Bibles and Jacob brought them first thing. Below David and Jake have just finished unloading the pallet and were talking about the warehouse issues.
 We had a lot of studies come in, below Jan and Chuck are working on one table while Shirley and mom work on the other opening the studies.
 Robin was in the other room stuffing and wrapping the Bibles.
 Jeanette and David were our only readers today, although Shirley also reads when a letter comes with a study.
 Mom is more than willing to help out where ever she is needed. Below she is working on opening the studies. She also corrects problems which is what she is doing with the pen. Her big issue is when the prisoner folds each study individually. She wants them all folded together. It makes it much easier and saves a lot of time for the opener. Now just so the prisoner knows she isn’t mad, she always includes a happy face.
Marie came in with a lot of fresh produce from her garden. Marie also helps out where ever and when ever she is needed.
 Marie usually brings help with her. Timothy, her youngest came this day to help out. He will be getting his cast off soon.
 Below Robin is showing Jan how to run postage, always an important job. Bruce usually does this job but wasn’t here Tuesday.
 Once the Bible labels were printed the volunteers formed a chain with someone adding the return address label, someone else adding the Prisoner’s name and address and another person adding the postage stamp then Robin packing them back in the boxes for Bill to take down to the post office.

We had a good day Tuesday with everyone working hard were able to finish right around noon. I’m very thankful for the help and the prisoner anxiously waiting for his Bible should be thankful too when it arrives quickly.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Birthday Wishes for Chuck

Not a lot of studies today, less than a hundred but we had 77 Bible requests. That was up from 65 requests last week. Today is Chuck’s birthday. He kept getting interrupted by phone calls all morning long from friends and family all wishing him a blessed birthday. Thankfully Jeanette, Bruce, Shirley and Vonnie got the studies processed.
 Leila, Marvin and Kathy were the readers of letters today and had a lot of letters to read.
 Ruth came to help today and prepared our lunch.
We had a good morning and were finished with everything before noon. Thankful for the willing volunteers.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Joyfully Done

We had a good amount of mail today, over 200 studies and about a hundred letters. Thankfully we had the volunteers to process everything. We were all pleased when Shirley arrived. She got announced on Sunday and we wanted to hear all about it. Amazing how we could rejoice with her and keep working as she told her story.  The best news is that her fiancé will be moving to Peoria so we won’t have to lose her help.
 Marvin and Kathy were the readers today, we had 65 Bible requests, quite a few study requests and then some really nice thank you letters.
 Jeanette helped Robin with stuffing and wrapping the Bibles.

We finished by noon and were out of there by 12:30 pm. Each week I am amazed at how the work gets joyfully done.

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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