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Meet the Team
Once a month for about thirty years my home church sent volunteers, including my parents, to work at World Missionary Press, starting when it was in Winona Lake. I recall at least once in high school wiring boxes shut with Ott Beer supervising the bindery. I also attended an Anniversary Dinner with my parents.
When I felt God calling me to supporting missions as a second career after serving as a pastor for 22 years, someone suggested WMP as a place to work. I was starting my own non-profit ministry, Missions Equipping Mobilization, to provide equipment for missions, but volunteered at WMP as a web-press bundler, then also in the Bindery area, and eventually applied for employment. Though the hourly wage was rather low, my wife’s work as a nurse helped support us. I have now worked at WMP more than 16 years.
As Bindery Supervisor, I oversee a staff of seven bindery operators. Besides operating the two booklet binderies with volunteers and church groups that come in, I do training, order supplies and parts, repair binderies, and help find newer equipment as needed. I also help with plant Safety and lead daily chapel two times per month.
What I enjoy most is working with the Christian staff and volunteers. That is a blessing. It’s an even greater blessing to know that God’s powerful Word is going out to millions in the world and providing life-changing tools to missioners on the frontlines of sharing the gospel.
I have been married for 43 years to Diane, now retired. We have three adopted sons—two from South Korea and one who was a foster son—and three grandchildren.
When not working at WMP, I help my church with their video, occasionally teach Sunday School or preach, serve on their Administrative Council, sing in a men’s group (Baugo Bay Gospel Singers), and oversee the Missions Team, which this year involves leading a missions trip to Zambia. In recent years I have overseen the care of an elderly mother (who died two years ago) and a developmentally disabled son and brother (who died in February). I am interested in alternative health (having faced cancer), gardening, and perusing the internet.
WMP Partners Around the World
Ben and June H., Cuba
Canadians Ben and June regularly visit churches and distributors in Cuba and for many years have coordinated shipments to Cuba via the Canadian Bible Society.
WMP: Tell us about yourselves and how you learned about WMP?
Ben and June: We thank the Lord for saving us at a young age, keeping us, and giving us the desire to serve God from our teen years until now. I, Ben, worked in a factory in Canada for 30 years, but the desire to serve God in some missionary work grew in my heart until I took early retirement in 1991, asking the Lord for guidance. Then in 1995 we felt the Lord guiding us to Cuba. In 1995-96 we came in contact with WMP through good friends Dean and Anna B. (friends of WMP founders Watson and Rose Goodman), who lived in Indianapolis then.
WMP: How did God lead regarding WMP literature for Cuba?
Ben and June: When we went to Cuba to see what God was doing there, it seemed the Lord gave us a desire not only to provide literature for Christians in Cuba to do evangelism, but also to provide literature that would enable the believers there to grow spiritually.
In God’s unique way, He opened the door for us to send shipping containers of Bibles and WMP Scripture booklets to Cuba from Canada. To date we have been able to send about 16 containers. We really thank and appreciate WMP because they have given enormous amounts of literature—good, wonderful Scripture portions for these containers.
WMP: How would you describe the effectiveness of the topical Scripture booklets?
Ben and June: In the past few years we have coordinated with a mission in Cuba that works to visit every home with the precious, life-giving gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. One of the great features of WMP literature is that it is all the Word of God. WMP has provided approximately 13 large skids of Scripture portions for most of the shipping containers sent to Cuba. We praise God for our working relationship with the Secretary of the Cuban Bible Commission, who has given permission once again to send a container of WMP booklets in the first half of 2016.
WMP: How do the Bible studies and Scripture booklets from WMP establish believers and strengthen churches?
Ben and June: By God’s grace and provision we have been able to travel to Cuba about 49 times since 1995. We have seen a change in that it is easier now for churches there to distribute Scripture portions, and our brothers and sisters tell us they are in a time of harvest. Precious souls are being added to God’s family. The fact that WMP Scripture portions are provided free is a wonderful blessing in a country like Cuba, where people generally are quite poor. The Bible study booklets that WMP produces are a blessing to new believers. We want to pray more consistently that God will use and anoint these precious Scripture portions in the lives of all who receive them. Thank you, WMP!