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.
Bibles To The Philippines
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 gently used NIV bibles or New NIV bibles so we can pass them on. We appreciate your help.
Yearly Bible Requests
This year has started off with a huge demand for Bibles For Prisoners 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 Prisoners
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 prisoners 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.
Robert & Theresa