On the Goodwill book shelves I found an assortment of 7 Bibles — I dropped by $3.50 and took them home and stashed them on the unused exercise bench in my basement shop. A week or so later, I went back by the Goodwill, and was surprised to find another 6 Bibles, which I bought for $3.00 and stacked on the exercise bench next to the first seven. That weekend, I went by and found 4 more; pretty consistently people donated Bibles to Goodwill.
I felt better about that exercise bench than I have since I exhausted myself carrying it home from a neighborhood yard sale– it was now holding 17 Bibles, which would have cost me $125 if I had just donated to charity. But those 17 Bibles weren’t doing much good stuck in my basement. Now that I had them, what would I do with them?
Googling ‘donate used Bibles’ I found the closest organization that accepted used Bibles for overseas distribution was the Used Book Depository in Cincinnati Ohio. The director of the project, a delightfully enthusiastic lady named Polly, filled me in with the Used Book Depository mission (more next post on them) and welcomed whatever Bibles I wanted to send.
Shipping a box of 17 Bibles to Cincinnati would cost more than 9 times what I paid for the Bibles — and I’m trying to get Bibles to Africa and other overseas countries, not just over the Ohio River. Only an hour and a half away, it would make more sense to just drive a load up to the Depository. I had 17, but could I really collect enough Bibles to make the trip worthwhile?
I found 17 in about two weeks, but that seemed really optimistic; maybe I could do ten a month which might give me a carload once a year or so.
And maybe, over my lifetime, I could collect 1,000?