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Prison Book Project: Ministry's bibles project in jeopardy

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A ministry's longtime efforts to provide bibles to inmates is in jeopardy after a decision to demolish the facility used to store the bibles.

"We used to have boxes stacked up here to the ceilings on both sides," said Ray Hall, who runs Prison Book Project. "These books ought to be going out the door and into a prison."

Instead, the boxes of books are piling up in a makeshift Brevard County warehouse.

"We got more books than we got any space for," Hall said.

Almost two decades ago, Hall started taking donations to buy bibles for inmates at the Brevard County Jail. The ministry quickly expanded, and now, he's shipping religious books to almost 2,000 jails and prisons across the nation.

"I get 7,000 letters a year. I see the cry, I see the hunger," he said.

And Hall wants to keep feeding it. There's only one problem: For seven years, the space used to store the books in the Prison Book Project was free. But soon, the dilapidated mall where the books are stored will be demolished.  

"We're going to lose the warehouse," Hall said.

Hall has asked for help, but he has only one offer so far, and it's expensive.

"The other place that we've been offered will cost us $2,500 a month, which is a lot more than we want to spend on a facility. Because the more we spend on a facility with rent, the less money we have to ship with."

It's not the best option, but it's a better option than shutting the doors.

"If I have to clean my savings account out, I'll do it," Hall said.

The new expense for rent will stretch them thin, and space will be cramped.

At the distribution center, shelves are stacked with donated titles from authors and publishers. Shipping has slowed down drastically while the search for a new home continues.

"Nobody likes prisoners, so nobody likes to put a lot of money into this," Hall said.

For Hall, this ministry benefits more than the bad guys. He says it helps us all.

"The truth is, they will come out of prison as better criminals or better citizens, and what is in this room right here will make a difference in thousands of lives," Hall said.

Hall feels slightly slighted no one has stepped up with an offer to help move these books behind bars.

"The Christian books that we have in this room right here will change lives."

 



To make a donation to Prison Book Project, go to http://www.prisonbookproject.com/How%20You%20Can%20Help/Donate/index.htm

 

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