From Department of Mental Health Hospital - MA - July 16, 2021:
"The primary purpose for this grant request was to be able to provide access to a variety of Bibles to people coming into our facility with diverse needs the same day they request it. Having the ability to provide Bibles that reach our diverse population in their language of choice, version of choice that is most accessible with their disabilities and barriers. It serves our organizations mission to continue to provide person centered care by having resources of faith that are easily accessible, meets the needs of a diverse population and establishes and adequate inventory.
The benefits were experienced the first day of receiving the Bibles. Once I created an inventory and sent it out to the staff serving our clients I was met with specific requests that met the clients spiritual needs. Before the grant it would be difficult, time consuming and costly to retrieve. Having these resources allows us to connect with many people who are sometimes difficult to engage by showing them we care enough to be aware of their specific spiritual needs. This goes a long way in establishing trust and developing a good initial relationship with the people we serve." - Rehabilitation Counselor
From Boston Children’s Hospital - Boston, MA - May 17, 2021:
"When going to the hospital, quite a few people pack their bible along with their other essentials. Sadly, not all admissions are planned. Especially when that has happened, being able to respond to the request for a bible, and to do so with specificity, is a great service.
Because of the Massachusetts Bible Society, we have been able to honor specific requests for Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian bibles, putting the bibles immediately into the hands of people who requested them. In addition, for English readers, we have been able to fill the requests for specific editions ranging from Good News to King James! Bibles offer the companionship of wisdom, comfort and solace in the long vigil of a hospital day. And they are a springboard for conversation, learning and prayer when others are around to share." - Rabbi Susan Harris
From St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center - Boston, MA - April 14, 2021:
"Our goal was to provide those patients who are interested in further delving into questions of spirituality and those looking for comfort from scripture, appropriate resources. Behavioral health patients are not allowed access to their personal phones or to computers, so the sacred texts provided are their only way to access scripture.
In contrast, medical and surgical patients do frequently have the ability to use a phone or tablet to access resources, which also helps explain why the majority of our sacred texts go to behavioral health." Chaplain Elizabeth Goeke, Director of Spiritual Care
From First Baptist Church - Woburn, MA:
"We would like to thank you for your generous donation of the Chinese Holy Bibles through the Massachusetts Bible Society. I assure you we will get much use out of them and look forward to future collaborations we will have with your organization.
We are running an Alpha Course with Chinese first-generation immigrants. These Bibles introduced not only God’s words, but also English-Chinese translations for them to learn English. Thank you once again for your beautiful Bibles." Pastor Yaliang
From Lahey Hospital and Medical Center - Burlington, MA:
"On behalf of the patients and families at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, I want to offer our thanks for the Bible grant we received by your generosity. We are grateful to be able to place Bibles in the hands of patients who find themselves in need of spiritual comfort during hard times. Thank you so much. God bless you and your ministries!" Rev. Heather Hinton, Chaplain
From Camp Woodhaven - West Boylston, MA:
"The Bibles donated from MBS were a big hit at camp. We had 1014 different students attend camp and we employed 121 staff. Thank you for being a part of our mission." George DeTellis