On June 2013, the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lewisburg began a Bible ministry. The vision began with a newly acquired two and a half acre tract behind the church, soon becoming a reality as the men of the church erected a building to begin this vital ministry in the fall of 2012, said church pastor Larry Eaton.
The church received its first load of bibles from partner, Bible & Literature Missionary Foundation (B.L.M.F.) in Shelbyville, Tenn. B.L.M.F is a Christian printing partnership that produces Bibles for missionaries worldwide at no cost. This year, the foundation will be celebrating 46 years of printing Scriptures.
“The Bibles are received in bundles and then must be collated into whole Bibles or New Testaments,” said Eaton.
The average English New Testament consists of 11 sections that must be arranged in order one section at a time.
Eaton says since the church began the ministry, they have helped collate English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian and Tagalog, which is the main Philippine language.
“The Tabernacle Baptist Church believes that the printed Word of God reaching the hands of sinners is vital for the conversion of this world to Jesus Christ,” said Eaton.
Brother Eaton and the members of the church were able to top the 100,000 mark in June. That is 100,000 Bibles into Russia, Central America, Israel and the Philippines that had its beginning right here in Logan County.
“We thank God that He has used us in such a great world-wide ministry,” said Brother Eaton.
According to B.L.M.F. with the offerings that came in last month they were able to ship 241,824 Bible and Scriptures in June making a total of 763,418 Bibles and Scriptures shipped since January 1, 2014.
These Scriptures were printed in 14 different languages and shipped into 26 different countries. This year the group has used nine trailer loads of paper yielding 180 tons of Bibles, New Testaments and Bible portions.
This ministry could not be done without the help from God and individuals who by prayers and financial support keep this going.
“There has been a lot of hard work and personal sacrifices made in order to produce and distribute these Scriptures, but it will be well worth it all when we see Jesus,” said Lemmon.
While the glorious gospel of Christ is free, unfortunately it does cost to ship and print. The foundation is presently in need of more paper so that they can continue the ministry. The foundation is presently in urgent need of more paper, more churches and Christian friends who will help.
The first three months of this year the foundation and its partners were making two trailer loads of talking paper a month, then one trailer load a month for April, May and June. Except for three rolls, the foundation used the remainder of its 9th trailer load of paper recently on another printing of 30,000 English Bibles.
The foundation will not be making any more talking paper until it can raise sufficient funds to produce another trailer load of paper. They have many requests and no limit of places to send them, but they cannot print and make Bibles without paper, ink, glues and cover stocks. For a normal work week it will take 1,000 to 1,200 rolls of paper a year.
The foundation is looking for paper sponsors. If you wish to make a contribution to this ministry you can contact Dr. Lemmon at 931-684-0304 or call Brother Eaton locally at 270-7726-7011. To find out more about B.L.M.F. visit www.biblelit.com.