There are several ways folks throughout the United States can get involved with used Bible drives.
Just start collecting used Bibles from all convenient sources and find individuals and ministries that can use them. Many people are now collecting Bibles in good condition and mailing them directly overseas at their own expense. Bible Foundation can provide names and addresses for overseas contacts. Surplus Bibles can be shipped prepaid to several collection centers around the country. Also low cost Bibles can be purchased (see International Bible Society in www.bf.org/bsource.htm).
Area wide Bible drives can be sponsored by whoever has the resources to promote, collect, pick up, store, and ship the Bibles.
Suggested Bible Drive Guidelines:
There may be opportunities to redistribute used Bibles to local based ministries, churches, and missionaries.
Individuals & groups can mail used Bibles directly overseas to national contacts that can use and distribute them. Bible Foundation can provide names and addresses. Since May 2007 this has become very expensive.
A list of USA regional collection centers that can accept quantities of Bibles, even parts of old Bibles is available at www.bf.org/bibledrive/cc.htm.
Bibles go to hospitals, nursing homes, inner city churches & ministries, rescue missions, ship ministries, prison & jail ministries, homeless shelters, street ministries, ethnic neighborhood ministries, migrant camps, individual ministries, overseas container shipments, and direct mail to individuals and groups around the world.
Note: Many countries, like Pakistan, the Philippines, and much of Africa have large English speaking populations and the demand for Scripture, even pieces of Bibles, is extremely vast. In Africa, Muslims are coming to the Lord by the thousands and the cry for Bibles is great. One minister in Nigeria wrote asking for Bibles saying, "Either throwaways, misprints, overruns, discontinued items, ink spots, used, rejects or irregular cuts, etc. We could literally use these materials by the thousands to minister and spread the word of God."
Please pray that God will raise up a vast network to collect and redistribute surplus and low cost Bibles.
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalms 119:89
For more information contact:
PO Box 908
Newberg, Oregon 97132
Bible drive materials are available from http://www.bf.org/bibledrive.