We are thankful for each person that came to the banquet to help support this ministry. So many people believe these prisoners are getting what they deserve BUT…don’t they too deserve to know they CAN be forgiven from their sins? Don’t they deserve to know Jesus died for them too and that HE loved them AS THEY ARE enough to shed His precious sinless blood for each and every person. If they are not told how will they know? Each prisoner that asks for a Bible should be given a chance to read that Bible and this ministry is trying to give each that asks this special gift.
The Berean Banquet is THURSDAY, just 2 days away and there is STILL room. Please contact Bill Schick if interested in coming. 520 395-6000, if interested at all in prison ministry you really won’t want to miss this banquet. The Berean Banquet starts at 6:00 pm. This will be held at Five Points Washington in Washington IL. The featured speaker this year is Gracia Burnham. For 17 years, Gracia and her husband Martin served with the New Tribes Mission in the Philippines where Martin was a jungle pilot delivering mail, supplies and encouragement to other missionaries, and transporting sick and injured patients to medical facilities. Gracia served in various roles supporting the aviation program and also home-schooling their 3 children Jeff, Mindy and Zach- all of whom were born in the Philippines.
As soon as the studies were finished a good group went into the other room to get the Bibles ready for mailing. We just had 57 request this week for a Bible but everyone that requested was sent one.
Lunch was delicious. Kathy also served her special salad with vine ripened tomatoes and other toppings, grapes and for dessert brownies topped with salted caramel ice cream! We all enjoyed the fruits of her efforts. A special thank you to Kathy and Dave for providing a meal for the Tuesday Berean volunteers and thank you to everyone who came to volunteer. We sure have a good time serving others.
A steak dinner is being served, $30.00 per person or $240.00 for a table. You can make your reservations by calling (309) 672-0991. We look forward to seeing you.
We were able to finish by lunch and all of us enjoyed our lunch break after getting everything done
This office really is a blessing and not just to the prisoners that request Bibles and do the Bible studies. It is also a blessing for those of us who get the privileged of volunteering here. If anyone is looking for a place to serve others, you may just want to join us on Tuesday morning at 9:00 am.
One of the problems is the Bible returns. One prison in Pennsylvania is rejecting the Bibles as they put the cover isn’t soft enough. The Bibles are in a cardboard sleeve and are soft cover but the prison didn’t open them to see, they just rejected them all and we had to pay postage to get the Bible back. That means we paid around $7.00 just to mail the Bible and then get it back when it was rejected. Bill tried to call and left a message for the chaplain’s office. The second call he tried to get to the mail room to explain that the Bibles were NOT hard cover and shouldn’t be rejected but that call didn’t go through either. Hopefully we can get this resolved by sending the Bibles to the resident chaplain and having him deliver them.
We were able to finish everything by 11:20 this morning and enjoyed a leisurely lunch together. I’m very thankful for those who come ready and willing to serve.
We had a good morning, quit for a leisurely lunch around 11:15 am. I’m thankful for all who come to volunteer at this office.
We had a new volunteer come in and we were thrilled to welcome her. Glenna and Vonnie were happy to give Shirley instructions.
Today the Peoria County Jail had 7 baptisms. Bill, Spark, Skip, and Marvin were there to witness these. Marvin arrived here just before lunch and was able to tell us all about them. What a privilege it is to be a part of this ministry and to experience just a small bit of the harvest.