In 2020 we reported on Love Packages, an organization that works to address shortages of Bibles and Christian literature in developing countries.
Readers responded to a call by TAB’s President and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Davis Rash to help Love Packages meet its goal to send 2,020 tons around the world in 2020. Hundreds of pounds of Bibles, gently used Sunday School literature and other materials were transported from TAB’s office in Homewood to Love Packages’ warehouse in Decatur.
In the months since, Love Packages has continued its mission to help pastors and teachers. In recent weeks materials have been delivered to Kenya, Ghana, India, Uganda and the Philippines.
But like so many individuals and organizations, Love Packages is facing challenges, said Jason Jenkins, manager of the Alabama branch of Love Packages.
How to pray
In a recent video, Jenkins asked for prayers that shipping containers will go out as scheduled.
“We’re having trouble getting those out right now,” he said. “We did get one shipped out last week, but we were supposed to ship two.”
Jenkins said maintaining the regular shipping schedule is important because people in other countries are hungry for the materials, and also because it helps manage space in the warehouse.
“Literature continually comes in,” he said. “Our warehouse is pretty full right now.”
Costs for shipping also are rising, Jenkins said. The 20-foot ocean-going containers hold about 40,000 pounds of materials and cost around $6,000 to ship.
“It used to be $3,500 to $4,500 on average, so prices are going up,” he said. “Pray for us that people will support us and we’ll be able to ship these [containers] out.
“Over 46 years we’ve seen how God has always provided,” Jenkins said. “We trust Him but we like to make the needs known.”
Since it began in 1975, Love Packages has shipped Christian literature to 154 nations. The organization ships more than 1,500 tons annually. Go to lovepackages.org to learn more.