Thank You Notes

St. John's Seminary

November 23, 2013

Dear Massachusetts Bible Society:

On behalf of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary and the parishes of St. Mary/Wrentham and St. Martha/Plainville, I want to express our sincere gratitude for the grant of 26 New American Bibles

I plan to use these Bibles with my religious education classes.  I want them to get first hand experience praying with Holy Scripture.

God Bless,

David Skoblow

Bridge to Hope: A Faith Community Partnership

November 7, 2013

Dear Massachusetts Bible Society:

Thank you for sending 36 Celebrate Recovery Bibles for the incarcerated mentees in the Bridge to Hope mentoring program.  Praise God!  Prison seems to be the place where the women actually request a Bible and read it.  The women are blessed by the Massachusetts Bible Society's gift of Recovery Bibles.  Your gift makes it possible for the women to be able to read the Word of God and come to the realization that they need to change their lives.  Please keep them in your prayers as they go from being skeptics to seekers to Christ-followers to Kingdom Builders!

Please extend our sincere appreciation to the Grant Committee for blessing our ministry with the Bibles.

May God richly bless you,

Sincerely,

Linda Bradstreet, Director

Old South Church in Boston

April 9, 2013

Dear Staff and Trustees of the Massachusetts Bible Society,

We are thrilled to have received a Bible Grant from the Massachusetts Bible Society of two cases of NRSV Bibles, in paperback, with one case containing the Apocrypha.  They now all have arrived.

We have put some to use already, providing them - free of charge - to people who do not own a Bible, who do not have easy access to one, or do not have the resources to purchase one.  They are very pleased to now own their own copy and thus have the ability to read for themselves the stories of the people of faith that inform our Christian tradition.  Thank you for helping to make that possible.  It is wonderful to see the joy of someone who owns a Bible for the first time.

Please express to all those involved in the work of the Massachusetts Bible Society our deep appreciation for providing this wonderful gift.  The congregation will be delighted to know of your generosity.

Rich blessings to the Massachusetts Bible Society as it continues its important work.

Rev. Dr. Donald A. Wells, Theologian in Residence

Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center - Boston, MA

October 1, 2012

Dear MBS,

Many thanks for your generous gift of Bibles to the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center.  I am always grateful for your willingness to send Bibles to our patients.

Our facility is a state facility and I am limited in what resources I can provide for our clients.  Often clients ask for Bibles which are one of their only resources for peace and comfort in their struggle with mental illness.  To be able to hand a Bible to a client to assist him or her is an opportunity for the client to be with their God and pray.  I also provide an Interfaith Service in which clients choose their favorite passages and are able to present the passage to the other clients so they can reflect and share their thoughts and reflections with one another.

Thank you again for your generosity in sending Bibles to us both this year and in years past.

Gratefully,

Sister Kathleen Hagerty, Chaplain

Tewksbury Hospital

June 26, 2013

Dear MassBible,

Thank you very much for the generous donation of 25 Bibles and 2 Tanakhs you recently sent to the patients of Tewksbury Hospital.  Know that each Bible will be gratefully and lovingly received by faithful folks who are often feeling like God is their only companion on the difficult journey through injury and illness.  The Word of God brings hope and comfort and that is priceless.

Sincerely,

Eileen Moran, Coordinator of Spiritual Care

The Salvation Army - Massachusetts Divisional Headquarters

December 28, 2012

Dear Massachusetts Bible Society,

On behalf of The Salvation Army, I would like to thank you for the grant of 1,976 English New Testaments in support of our 2012 Christmas Castle.

Thanks to your donation, families were able to take a Bible home with them in a familiar language.  The event was a tremendous success and close to 15,000 family members were affected by the event and enjoyed a brighter and warmer holiday season.  In addition to the Bibles that were distributed, thousands of coats, more than 12,000 toys and over $100,000 in food vouchers were given out.  

The Salvation Army, as well as the families we serve, is extremely thankful and appreciative of what you have done to help make our Christmas Castle event a success.  Please know that The Salvation Army would not be able to DO THE MOST GOOD in our community without your partnership and generosity.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Santos, Greater Boston Special Events and Social Services

Straight Ahead Ministries - Worcester & Lynn

August 8, 2013 

Dear MassBible,

God bless and thank you so much for the generous donation of Bibles to Straight Ahead Ministries.  This donation of 260 Bibles to our facilities in Worcester and Lynn, MA will make it possible for many young men and women to be better prepared to start their new life.  Your support will help Straight Ahead continue to reach out to juvenile offenders and offer them a way out of crime in the name of Jesus Christ

Headquartered in Worcester, Straight Ahead is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to reducing recidivism among juvenile and young adult offenders through various re-integration services.  Straight Ahead leads programs in juvenile jails and operates a myriad of aftercare programs including residential care, aftercare homes, and community-based re-entry programs.

Since its founding in 1987 by Scott Larson and Hanne Larson, Straight Ahead has served more than 25,000 youth in over 400 secure facilities in 19 states as well as Canada, Ukraine, India, Nigeria, and Haiti.

Again, thank you so much for your support

 

Warmest Regards,

Thomas Slicklen, Director of Development

Living Hope Family Church - Hyannis

July 15, 2013

Dear Sir / Madam:

On behalf of the elders and the congregation at Living Hope Family Church in Hyannis, I want to thank you for once again extending such generosity in your recent grant of Bibles to us.  The Bibles have begun to arrive by mail, and I am very excited to begin distributing them.  Thank you for sending us the hard-cover editions, which are magnificent. 

Honestly, I couldn’t stop beaming on Friday afternoon after I opened the first package.  I drove down to the church, stood in the yard, and thanked the Lord with tears for his provision.  Your gift may seem small to you, but it is a BIG confirmation to us that our Heavenly Father cares for this community, and that He will provide everything we need to do His work.  Sometimes, when the days are long and the fighting is intense, we just need to remember that we’re part of a much bigger plan.  Thank you for being that reminder.

Our lively little church is located on the west end of Hyannis, and services a neighborhood of people who struggle financially, spiritually, and morally.  Some of the neighborhood children have begun to attend the church due to our mentoring ministry, and this very week I was told that the ‘absent’ father of one of our mentees is expected at the prayer meeting with his son on Wednesday.  As I understand it, he has never been to church anywhere.  May the Lord draw him unto Himself.  We will by with the love of Christ, a warm welcome, and when he is ready, a beautiful new Bible (thanks to you!).

This past weekend we baptized 8 people, and there are probably 4 others who wanted to be baptized but couldn’t get to the meeting.  We will be presenting Bible’s to some of these.

Thank you for giving to our community.  I am certain that you will reap a bountiful reward for your kindness.

 

Yours in Christ,

Erik Eskelund, Senior Pastor

Bethany House

April 5, 2013

Dear Friends at the Massachusetts Bible Society,

On behalf of the inmates at Massachusetts Correctional Institute (MCI) Cedar Junction, I would like to thank you for the generous donation of Bibles.  These Bibles are used not only for Scripture study groups at the prison, but are also given to men who are in long term segregation.

As Catholic Chaplain at the prison I am able to witness first hand how important it is for the men to have access to the Holy Scriptures.  It brings hope to lives in a place where there is an enormous absence of hope.  

May God continue to bless your important ministry.  Please be assured of my continued prayers and the prayers of our Christian community at MCI Cedar Junction

With Gratitude,

Chaplain Ruth Raichle

The Intersection - Dorchester

March 5, 2013

Grace and Peace!

Thank you for your donation of 80 Bibles to The Intersection in November 2012.  We have been faithfully using your gift by giving out Bibles to teens and adults in the Dorchester community.  Thanks to your gift, a Bible is made available for any person who comes to Bible Study or Worship at The Intersection to take home with them following the service.  We have had individuals ask to take Bibles to someone else in their family, a request we gladly obliged.  We made a note in our bulletin announcements recognizing the gift from the Massachusetts Bible Society and inviting people to take their Bible with them.  

May God continue to bless you in your ministry to share the word of God!

Yours in Christ,

Tiffany C. Chaney