It's time to go again to the Post Office, and after my last experience it's a little stressful to think what might occur this time. Talk about wondering if the Post Office staff is going to go 'postal' on me..... it brings back some bad memories!
So dutifully I weigh each packet carefully for CBC like I was told too. What will they do this time?!? Am I doing this right? The staff has to allow me to personally do this, as to eliminate any issues that might arise at the Post Office at my next interrigation.
Praying for these men and women while weighing each one, I feel like I know some of them after reading so many letters. Enrolled in CBC are ex-cops, professional men and women with money issues, many many people caught in the web of addictions, broken hearted moms and dads with terrible regrets, young and old alike, so many mistakes caused by drugs and alcohol. Some with life sentences never to get out, who depend upon this lifeline of encouragement. And some of the inmates are straining ahead counting the days till parole dates materialize. So many lives all ruined by sin, yet God loves them and His grace is extended to them. Each packet is going to a life and it is the mission of CBC to reach each one for Christ.
Each packet is weighed and each one of these souls are prayed for. Memories come of a recent phone call to a mother of an inmate who begged me to call his mom for him. She is dying of cancer and it was an honor to pray with her and for her son. She wants to live until he gets out and back home to her. He wants her to live till he can see her again. Time is ticking.... he still has 3 years to serve if all goes well .... Truly CBC is a ministry to the hurting both inside institutions and outside to the hurting families now alone without their loved one.
And when they are all done, I go to my husband and tell him my concerns. I am glad I am married to such an awesome guy! He picked up the phone right then and called the Postal Services and ask for the 'top man' - the Post Master. Of course he gets right straight through to him, no waiting, no message taking, no excuses - straight to the top man! That's my man.... that's my man!!
And after explaining what had happened to me in the Pasadena Post Office with the 'head woman' - D Gonzalez, who had demanded that I not come back 'with all that mail'. To make a long story short, he got instant support, instant service and instantly things jumped into place for my trip to the LaPorte Postal service to mail all of these packets!
And when I arrived at this Post Office I was met with cordial reception and great customer service! "Yes by all means we want your business.... and we will help you mail as many packets as you can bring to us"! We have been awaiting your arrival and welcome you!
She informed me I did not need to weigh each one (thanks for this - I spent 2 hours weighing everything) and that I just needed to let them do their job! Wow - who knew this is what the Post Office really does!
Stacks and stacks of packets were done by this great worker. And the Post Master himself took stacks to another station to weigh for me! This is the first time I have not spent hours putting stamps on each one at the Post Office. I did not put ONE stamp on here, it was all done automatically. Now this is more like it! My what a help this is to me!
The only bad news about the whole experience was paying the postage. On the average each packet costs different depending upon the number of Bibles mailed, and or certificates for course completions. And the total is climbing each time.... more concerns for me to pray about. I can see I am going to need partners to join with me in postage costs.
This is today's receipt minus 45 other packet costs. Ok Lord thank you for solving the Postal problem. I believe You also have a plan to help provide finanaces for all these souls too.
I leave with a light step and a joy knowing that 149 prisoners will soon open 149 packets, and begin to study their next lessons about God through His Word!!
What a joy this is!