I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that have been sending us brand new Large Print NIV & ESV Paperback Bibles. We have been inundated with requests for those specific bibles from the many prison ministries we support.
Additionally, over the last 5 years, we have been working with a small ministry to the Philippines. Every year they go there and minister to over 300 pastors and their sheep as they travel from island to island. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to supply the pastors with study bibles and their congregation with large print soft leather and paperback bibles. The soft leather and paperback are less expensive to ship then the study bibles.
Easy to Read – Easy to Understand
While the NIV is not considered the best translation it is the easiest to understand and the large print makes it easier for the older prisoners and those with a limited education.
Today almost everyone uses their iphone, ipad or some other electronic device to read their bibles. However, the need for the written word is as strong as ever especially for those who are not able to afford or use such an electronic device. Please keep sending them as the need is massive.
Despite an economy that seems to be struggling for a lot of people, every morning the vast majority of us fall asleep at night in a safe and secure environment with an expectation that we will wake up to the same secure surroundings. Such a peace is an incredible gift from GOD. What we have and take for granted is so much more than the life many of our brothers and sisters share while living in war torn countries scattered around the world.
Everyday there are sisters being sold into slavery, brothers who are being forced to pick up arms against their own families, mothers being raped and fathers being beheaded. All of this happens because they believe that Jesus is their Messiah.
All believers know the end of the story but not many of us think through the process and occurrences that may happen in our own lives along the road from now until then.
So, when you lay your head down tonight, please say a little prayer for those members of our family that don’t have it so good. Pray that GOD rescues them, sets them free, gives them strength and encouragement to stand firm in the faith while they endure such a testing of their faith.
GOD is working his miracles everyday! Between work, kids, grand kids, prison ministry, Bible Senders and life in general, things have been crazy busy. Yet bibles keep going out. We have sent 400 of 1,000 to students in the Philippines and 500 of 1,500 to Land Of Lakes Prison. Thank you all for your donations and support, we would have done much less without them. In addition we have continued to reach out to the personal requests for 1 & 2 bibles.
A Special shout out to our friend Dave in Oakland, CA. Dave and his weekly prayer group made it possible to send 48 bibles to the island country of Cyprus. Way to “Be the Church” Dave! This is the first time we have sent bibles there and increases the number of total countries to 50 on 6 of the 7 continents. We are still hoping for Antarctica any day now. Can you imagine that we once had the dizzying expectation that we would eventually send out 10 bibles when we first started. Needless to say God’s vision for all of our lives is much bigger than our own, lol.
How you can get involved
Christianity is definitely a full contact sport and everyone is meant to be a player. It doesn’t matter how old, young, rich, poor, smart or accomplished you are, the Kingdom has a place for you. In addition to your faithful donations and support, we are in need of NIV large print bibles. Every body can send one of those. Getting involved doesn’t get much easier.
Why NIV & NIV Large Print you ask?
NIV are easier to understand and many of the prisoners are older and don’t see as well as they once did. Large print makes reading more enjoyable when you can actually see the words. If you would be so kind to send them to our PO Box, that would be great.
We wanted to thank you all for the soft cover and paperback NIV (New International Version) donated bibles. Yesterday, we picked up close to 1000 bibles from our PO Box and as requested most of them were soft cover NIV. You guys rock!
Why Only Soft Cover
Many of the prisons we send to are medium to high incarceration facilities and hardcover bibles are not allowed. For this project, using soft cover only makes it easier on our 1 man shipping department (my back appreciates it).
This particular batch of NIV donated bibles is for a new project and will be going to a prison in Land O Lakes Florida. Our goal for Land O Lakes is 1,500 soft cover NIV bibles but we have a feeling that this may become another one of our on-going ministries. So far we have shipped just under 400 to Land O Lakes.
In addition to the prison ministries we mentioned above we also sent your donated bibles to homeless shelters, women’s retreats, church outreach programs and other prison ministries. Last month we also had over 5,000 single bible requests from people all over the world but we are far behind. Our problem, we just don’t have enough good bibles for the amount of requests we get. The most requested bible is large print NIV. You can buy new NIV soft cover bibles and ship them direct.
What Are Good Donated Bibles
Glad you asked. “Most” of the donated bibles we receive are usable. However, about 1/3 are not.
That’s a whole lot of useless effort. It is a waste of time and resources on everybody’s part. Yours for spending the time and money to send them. Ours for having to go to the PO Box, pick them up only to throw them in the garbage. Sorry, but we do not have a special place or way to dispose of your unwanted bibles. Please don’t send them.
Donated Bibles – Rule Of Thumb
If you don’t want it, we probably don’t either. It is not called giving when you send someone your unwanted junk. That is called “cleaning house”. The bible clearly instructs us (Leviticus 22: 20-25) to give your best not your blemished offerings. We are OK with “Gently” used bibles but not abused.
Bible Senders has sent bibles to the Philippines and around the world for almost ten years. In fact, the very first bible we sent out went to the Philippines. Not because we had any connections there but because it was the first email we ever received requesting a bible, so we sent them one. If I remember correctly the cost then was around $11 for shipping. Wow, how things have changed in ten years!
Ministries to the Philippines
Since that time and for reasons beyond our pay grade, we consistently find ourselves involved in various ministries sending bibles to the Philippines. This year has started off no different. For the past four years we have been directly involved with a Tampa Bay ministry that takes yearly mission trips to the Philippines specifically to bring them new and used bibles and minister to the Pastors in the various villages.
This past January, 2016, we sent 157 study bibles to the Philippines that were given to Pastors in teaching crusades to help them better understand the scriptures so they could share that info on to their congregations. From the reports we hear the mission trip was a huge success. Now the Pastors have asked us if we could send 1,500 NIV bibles to continue spreading the Gospel and help instruct their congregations in the Word.
Cost of a Good Study Bible
So why the call for help? A good study bible in the Philippines costs around $80 (US). Unfortunately the average Filipino earns around $100 / month making it near impossible to buy a bible. We would really like to help but can only do it if the Spirit moves you and you get involved.
Why the NIV Bible
While the NIV translation is not considered the most accurate it is among the easiest to read and understand. Our mission is to put a bible into people’s hands the rest is up to the Big Boss. You can send us bibles in English or Tagalog. Most Filipinos are bilingual, either one will work.
Please send us your gentlyused NIV bibles or New NIV bibles so we can pass them on. We appreciate your help.
This year has started off with a huge demand for Bibles For Prisons and newly released Prisoners. Every year seems to have a theme of some sort. Not that we pick one deliberately but it just seems like we start getting a crazy amount of requests from a particular region, country or sector of the population. At one time it was Europe then for a few years it was Africa and one year there were weekly emails to send bibles to China. For the last year of the Iraqi war it was Pakistan. While requests for study bibles to the Philippines has ranked high on our list for the last 3 years
This is our 10th year (9 officially) of sending out bibles. Starting in year two, we received over 1 million requests for bibles. Last year was no exception with the bulk of the requests coming in from the U.S, Africa and South America.
Types of Bibles For Prisons
By popular choice the requested bibles for prisons has been for the Giant Print NIV because they are easy to read and understand for both the new believer and for the one who is curious about the Faith. The best type of bibles to send for prisons is either paperback or one with a soft leather cover. Hard-cover bibles are not allowed in most prisons but maybe used elsewhere.
The second most requested bible for prisons are Spanish NIV Paperback or soft leather. Again easy to read and understand. Also light-weight to ship when we send them to Mexico and countries further south.
Every month we receive thousands of bibles and we sincerely thank you all for your faithful efforts. This year we would like to continue the push to get bibles for prisons. If you would be so kind to focus on sending giant print NIV bibles in both English and Spanish, we as well as the Prisoners would really appreciate it. If you would like to send us a brand new case of bibles they maybe purchased at NIV Bibles For Prisons or you can click on the bible photos below.
My complaint to You this morning was that I felt beat up and unproductive. Then You sent our friend Mercy over who picked up 350 bibles to hand out to the homeless, transition houses, a church and the Philippines. He took bibles for children, teens and adults in English, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Arabic. In the process he turned to me and said, “You have no idea what an impact Bible Senders is having on a global scale. It is much much bigger than you think. Not only are you reaching individuals but Pastors as well.” He made me realize that I had lost sight of the big picture You gave me and that Bible Senders is changing the world one bible at a time.
So Pops, I know You are the Big Boss and I wanted to apologize for being a bit of a Debbie Downer. I also wanted to thank You for all the people who make Bible Senders possible. Not only those who pick up and deliver like Mercy but especially those who send us the bibles to give away. Thank You for putting us on their hearts. I know that You are able and willing to do more than I can possibly imagine but would You be so kind as to bless them 100 fold in return for their thoughts and efforts… I know you will. BTW, please put it on some of their hearts to send us a few bucks. Things have been a bit tight lately and You know me well and how I get when things are tight lol.
Thanks for Your daily blessings and provisions YOU are the best.
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