Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29, members from four congregations converged on the World Evangelism Building in Winona, MS. Two from one congregation returned to their homes Monday evening, but four sisters in Christ from two other congregations lodged overnight with Paula Bates as well as with Bonnie and me. They continued working at the office/warehouse on Tuesday, and they were joined by members from the fourth church.
The mission was to package and mail packets containing the latest issue of Global Harvest and The Voice of Truth International magazines plus tract samples. Envelopes were stamped with the indicia, stuffed, sealed, banded together and sacked. I hauled four loads of sacks plus other packages to be shipped to the local Post Office over those two days. Altogether, about 2,500 packets were prepared and shipped. We only have about 4,500 to go!
There is a lot of behind the scenes preparation that prefaces the foregoing mentioned activity. Mailing lists need manipulated, and labels must be printed. Letters that identify the contents and explain the purpose of the mailing must be composed and printed. Meals must be planned, and groceries have to be purchased. Materials need to be acquired. Beds need to be made – before use and after use by guests. Other projects must be curtailed or simply ignored while visitors are on site to help us.
There are two benefits in particular from groups of brethren coming to Winona to help us from time to time. Sometimes the mission is mailing preparations, while sometimes the chores are varied to include general cleaning, maintenance, assembling or building shelving, etc. One benefit to we who labor daily in Winona, of course, is the added help to accomplish more quickly a project such as a mailing or to perform some of the necessary functions that the five of us normally here cannot do while keeping everything else going. Secondly, it is good for brethren to see what goes on in some of the work that goes forth from the World Evangelism Building to promote evangelism throughout the world. Brethren can have a better sense of belonging and ownership or partnership with one another in the cause of Christ. In addition, guest worker – volunteers – are a great encouragement to us both in the working fellowship and in undergirding our morale to keep on keeping on. In any case, Thank You!