From 1993 until
September 2010, Caleb ministries operated the warehouse in Burien
Washington through the generous donation of a company no longer in
business. This warehouse was the center of people donating to Caleb
ministries items from furniture to clothing, food to school supplies.
Volunteers would assemble each Friday to sort and inventory the donated
items, packing them into 42 foot high-cube containers to be shipped
around the world. An incredible 135 such containers were shipped to
Romania and 35 other containers to other countries around the world
during these years.
With the loss of the
Caleb warehouse as a resource came new emphasis on the type of goods
being shipped and the cost of transporting. Presently, Caleb receives
donations of clothing, food, school supplies, Bibles, medicines, toys
and other useful items which are carefully screened and then packaged
for shipment. Through a private company known as LBC, we are able
to ship 6 cubic foot boxes to the Philippines at a cost of $55, door to
door delivery. Another private shipping company called Faraway Lands
ships to Romania at a cost of $1.10 per pound. Books, printed matter and
media supplies are sent by M-bags through the Postal Service to
most any country in the world as part of the American literacy
initiative enacted by Congress. A few of the African nations permit us
to ship to their US delegations in New York or Washington DC where they
then assume the cost of transport to their homelands. By these means,
Caleb continues to ship supplies throughout the world.
Each month Caleb sends
25 to 30 LBC boxes to various sites in the Philippines where they are
distributed amongst hundreds of participating churches. From 10 to 15
boxes are sent to Romania monthly to several locations within that
country. 22 M-bags were shipped last year to India, Malawi, Kenya,
Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Rwanda, Liberia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal
containing Bibles, Bible treatises, Bibles on tape and braille Bibles in
continues to receive quality medications for shipment abroad through
several resources. The Northwest hospice care workers recommend to their
clients that unused medications be donated to several organizations
including Caleb ministries when a loved one passes. Several times
weekly, Caleb receives donations of medications from loved ones which
are then sorted and shipped to doctors affiliated with our ministry
overseas. Caleb also purchases medications through several resources,
having documented the licensing of our corresponding doctors and
physicians with the dispensing suppliers.
The last Friday of each
month from 15 to 30 volunteers arrived at the Caleb House, sorting,
inventorying and packing the items for shipment. We spend approximately
$3,000 per month on the shipments, a major and important endeavor in
showing the love of Jesus to those less fortunate across the globe.
"Crew" the last
Friday of each month.
Sort and pack donated clothing,
food, and medicines.