Where Did the Old NIV Bibles Go?
Nothing escapes the lordship and mighty work of God among His people. This last week we transitioned from the paperback NIV Bibles to the new ESV hardbound Bibles in the Worship Center. Little did we know how God had already set in motion how the Indian Reservation ministry would be supplied with their highest expressed need—copies of the Bible. Read the story below for more details . . .
May 29, 2017
On May 9, Operation 29:11, in collaboration with its partners Giving Children Hope and Wings of Faith, conducted its largest distribution of humanitarian relief supplies in its 10-year history at Holbrook, AZ. As a partnership we serve churches, Christian schools, nonprofits and individuals representing Native American communities in Arizona, California and New Mexico. In Arizona and New Mexico we serve the Navajo, Hopi, Fort Apache and San Carlos Apache Reservations and their adjacent communities.
On this particular day we distributed approximately 35,000 lbs. of clothing, computers, food, furniture, hygiene supplies, medicine, newborn boxes, shoes, paper products, construction materials, books and Bibles. One representative from each receiving entity was asked to complete a prioritized needs assessment consisting of 27 items to assist us in planning our upcoming October winter relief distribution. As the assessments were reviewed the afternoon of May 15 we were surprised that Bibles and non-perishable food were tied as the #1 requested item. Within an hour of completing the review we received an email from Martha (representing Pastor John Schaefer) asking if Operation 29:11 could use some Bibles as EvFree Fullerton was replacing some Bibles. On May 24 we picked up 380+ Bibles . . . the seed has been planted. Thank you Pastor John, Martha and EvFree.
Pam and Randy Williams
(The rest of the Bibles went to The Good Samaritan Center, Placentia-Linda Chaplain’s ministry; and Gleanings for the Hungry, who distributed them to: Salvation Army, Foothill Family Services, Pacific Lifeline and Set Free Ministries.)