Nick Klapp was looking for a way to serve. When he was looking online, he found the Love Packages Ministry in Illinois.
The ministry provides Bibles and other Christian literature to countries overseas, so Klapp decided to become involved in the ministry. What started out as his way to serve turned into an effort in which a total of 15,000 Bibles and pieces of Christian literature from all over Central California has been donated to countries overseas.
Klapp began his effort when he purchased Bibles and Christian literature at a Visalia thrift store for $1. Then he went to a thrift store in Bakersfield to purchase a large amount of Bibles at that store and was told to just take the Bibles for a small donation.
Klapp and his wife, Lynn, members of Porterville Believers Church, eventually led the ministry through the church that morphed into Bible Rescue.
The Klapps began the ministry at the Believers Church and the church collected enough Bibles and Christian literature to fill four pallets. Each pallet weighs 1,200 pounds.
Then Nick saw where Love Packages does the ministry all over Central Illinois. “Why can’t we do that in the Central Valley?” Nick asked.
So 22 dropoff sites for Bibles and Christian literature sprang up throughout the Valley from Merced to Bakersfield. Among the dropoff sites were Stafford’s Chocolate here in Porterville and Christian schools and churches throughout the Valley. “Many Christian schools and wonderful church have donated,” Lynn said.
Wayside Nazarene Church in Tulare donated its gym as a warehouse to store the Bibles and Christian literature.
The end results was at the beginning of November, seven more pallets of Bibles and Christian literature were shipped overseas for a total of 11 pallets since Nick first started. Also, because of how the effort operates, cost of shipping is only 27 cents a pound.
The efforts of the operation can be seen on the Bible Rescue Facebook page. The Bibles and Christian literature are distributed all over the world to Mexico and countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Central America.
The effort is ongoing. The Klapps still have a half a pallet of Bibles and Christian literature and donations can be dropped off at Porterville Believers Church at 222 N. Second Street.