(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Six-year old Matthew Gross, left, helps his dad Jon Gross staple Scripture portions together Saturday at High Plains Baptist Church. Members were at the church Saturday to get a hand-on approach to helping missionaries.
Eric Kluth: CNJ staff writer
She cannot see, but that doesn’t stop High Plains Baptist Church member Pansy Moore from helping spread her faith around the world.
The 83-year-old blind woman spent two hours on Saturday folding covers for books of the Bible.
“What can I do?” Moore said. “I cannot read or write, but I can fold papers. There is something for everyone here.”
Such was the dedication of about 35 members of the Clovis church on Saturday as they spent more than two hours putting Scripture portions together.
They were helping publish the Gospel of John and the book of Romans for the Bearing Precious Seed/Seedline Ministry, which has produced more than 45 million Scripture portions since 1974. Today the portions are printed in over 50 languages.
“They get their fingerprint around the world,” said Bob Larrabee, who works for BPS/Seedline out of its El Paso location.
“It is the churches’ and Christians’ job to get the word of God out to the people.” Larrabee said.
Bearing Precious Seed estimates that nearly 65 percent of the world’s population does not know who Jesus really is.
This is where BPS/Seedline comes in to help spread the word, with help from churches all around the country. The organization is new to the Southwest.
On Saturday, High Plains Baptist church members helped collate pages, fold covers and staple books together.
The church’s pastor, Charlie Miller, said he hopes to start distribution locally. He said the Clovis church raised $4,000 for the cutter, staplers and printed signatures, which are the printed Scriptures. Church members helped produce 10,000 copies of the Scriptures – 5,000 in English and 5,000 in Spanish.
“It is more than sending money; people actually get hands-on experience in helping missionaries,” Miller said.
For church members, Saturday was a chance to spend time with family or fellowship with friends.
In addition to Pansy Moore, workers included 6-year-old Matthew Gross. He was using a foot pedal to staple the books together, along with his father, associate pastor Jon Gross.
“(Putting together the Scriptures) is nice because the whole family can get involved.” Jon Gross said.
Even blind members of the church family.
“I might get them crooked once in awhile,” Moore said, “but I straighten them back up.”