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Shipping ‘the word of God’: 5,000 Bible copies assembled in Richmond this week will be shipped to impoverished Haiti

By Sara Seidel, Staff writer

A person who wants a Bible in the United States can walk into just about any church, bookstore or library and find one.
It’s not so easy in Haiti. Not only is the Caribbean country the poorest in the Americas, but also it has yet to recover from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the island in 2010.
Enter the men’s Bible study group that meets every Thursday morning at Farrell Hockemeier’s office in Richmond. In 2006, praying for a way to provide a service, the group members decided distributing Bibles would be an ideal project. Hockemeier contacted a Kansas City church that prepared Bibles and arranged to bring some of the church’s equipment to Richmond.
Since then, the group, along with volunteers from all over the area, have been assembling foreign-language Bibles and shipping them all over the world. This year, the Bibles are going to Haiti.
“There’s just a big need for Bibles in Haiti,” said study group member Richard Stigall, who has been helping with the effort since its inception.
Stigall was at the Richmond City Hall gymnasium this week when volunteers assembled the Bibles, which are printed in a French dialect, and he explained the process.
The pages are printed in Ohio, and stacks of pages – separated into printed, folded and stitched units called signatures – are shipped to Richmond. There, the stacks are arranged in order.

Complete story published in the June 6, 2013 edition of the Richmond News.

Amanda Baldwin and her 5-year-old son, Max Baldwin, collate signatures to compile a Bible. Max’s three brothers also helped during the four-day Bible building event. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

Amanda Baldwin and her 5-year-old son, Max Baldwin, collate signatures to compile a Bible. Max’s three brothers also helped during the four-day Bible building event. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

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