Physical Inventory and the Power to Change Lives
Pat Pearce - Executive Director of New Life Resources
The thermometer registered 95 degrees in the warehouse, but that was cooler that we had expected for the first day of our annual inventory.
We closed the Call Center and pulled everyone off their regular jobs. Our team consisted of twelve regular staff, plus a half-dozen students sand two representatives of our headquarters' Financial Services Group.
Everyone worked steadily counting, then recounting for verification, until we had done every pallet and bin. We did every single ministry resource under our roof. We kept two powerful, 5-foot circular fans on wheels circulating the air and that provided some relief from the heat as we worked. The job required the better part of two full days to count it all and it left everyone tired, sweaty, and dusty-dirty.
But I believe the call for "all hands on deck" built camaraderie and gave a fresh perspective to every one and reminded us of the vast scope of resources we are working to make available. These ministry tools are changing lives day after day. It is both exciting and humbling to see the full product line as it is arranged systematically on the racking, pallet after pallet, while comprehending that we are not a business that is selling materials, but we are a ministry working to change lives. We have the privilege of distributing materials that help people to tell the most important story that exists in the world, which mankind needs so much to hear and understand.
Along that line, let me share with you a few real-life stories that were gathered in our call center from the people who placed orders that we fulfilled recently. I think you will be encouraged.
Many of these titles are core materials that have been around for a ling time and others are new resources that have been developed only recently. Both the old and the new are highly effective in reaching people with an eternal impact.
We count it a genuine privilege to help provide great tools for the greatest work we could undertake because it is helping both churches and individual Christians advance the Great Commission.
Together we're spreading the message of Christ and the Great Commission is advancing. We're excited about all that God is doing.
Daphne, involved in prison ministry for 22 years, uses Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life? booklets to teach incarcerated women how they can experience God's gracious power in their lives.
Janice is leading seventeen women in her Bible study through the Seven Steps to Successful Fasting & Prayer booklets.
Danny, a Campus Crusade for Christ staff member, ordered Would You Like to Know God Personally? and Master Plan of Evangelism, to use them both at the CCC International Leadership Academies.
John (North Carolina)
John, who owns his own company, ordered 400 copies of The Great Adventure, a pocket-size evangelistic booklet designed to present the Gospel to intellectuals.
Pastor Cliff (South Carolina)
Pastor Cliff, formerly involved with Campus Crusade as a college student, ordered 300 copies of
4 Sevens, to train his church members how to have a consistent, daily quiet time in God's word.
Tracie (Georgia) ordered the Transferable Concept How You Can Introduce Others to Christ to train her Sunday school class members.
Jenny, at age 85, is preparing to fulfill a life-long dream of telling people about Jesus in a foreign country. She ordered Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life? booklets to use at a Navigators conference in Kenya.
Betty (Texas) ordered seven cartons of JESUS DVDs (210 copies) that contain audio that is selectable in 8 different languages on the disk. She works in a ministry that provides the JESUS DVDs to foreign-language sailors who work on ships coming into seaports near where she lives on the coast.
Josh (South Carolina)
Josh (South Carolina) ordered Soularium, a set of fifty 4" x 6" photographic images with five simple questions that allows the user to engage in spiritual conversations with non-believers.
Paul (Nevada) disciples a small group of teenage boys on an Indian Reservation using the 5 Steps of Christian Growth.
A Korean church ordered 600 copies of the Four Spiritual Laws booklet to participate in an annual festival in which draws Cambodian and Laotian people. On the back of the booklets, the Korean church prints the contact information, not of their own church, but of a Cambodian church that is located near the festival.