El Paso Updates
Personal blog detailing the perspective of life and ministry that Christ Jesus my Savior has given me.
One of the unique opportunities and privileges with the ministry of BPS El Paso is the putting together of the Word of God. Every Thursday, the ministry staff work in the Print Shop all day working on different Scripture projects that are ordered for shipping. Over the course of the last several months, we have had the opportunity to put together 7,000 Spanish New Testaments together in a day, collate thousands of John and Romans, and just recently put over 8,000 Spanish whole Bibles together. Not only does this achieve the purpose of getting the Word ready for shipping around the world, but it also provides the ministry team here an opportunity to work together as co-laborers for Christ.
Besides staff work days, we occasionally have church or Christian school groups that will set up days to come out and join us as we put Scripture together in the Print Shop. In the last month, we have had a group from Hillcrest Baptist Church in El Paso and also a group of students from Imago Dei Academy in Alamogordo, New Mexico come and serve with us. It was exciting to see many of these people work on Scripture for the first time in their lives. At first, they seemed unsure of what was going to happen. However, they very soon jumped right in and began to enjoy putting their hands to the work of Scripture building.
The group from Hillcrest Baptist was able to put over 11,000 John and Romans together in a three and a half hour period. For those who had never done this before, they left with a greater appreciation for the Word of God and the value that it holds. Often times, many church members have Bibles laying around throughout the house. But for many across the border, they are still waiting for their very first copy of Scripture. What a joy it was to see them desire to come back and help the ministry get more Scripture done so that it can get around the world.
The Christian school group was able to put together over 18,000 John and Romans together in their time. As the day drew closer to the end, the students were challenged to fill another whole bin of finished John and Romans. Each bin can hold around 6,000 copies so this was certainly a large task. The teachers even offered to buy all the students doughnuts if they completed the challenge. Praise the Lord, the bin was filled! It was exciting to see young people having a growing desire to see God's Word completed and distributed around the world!
At BPS El Paso, we certainly do not take for granted the command given to the local church of getting the Word to the lost around the world. It is a great responsibility but it is given by a great God who is worthy of all service. May He receive all glory for what is done and may the souls of men be turned to Him through the efforts of God's people.