|A week's worth of work ready to go back to the stacks|
First I looked at the hard data regarding our "primary assignment" as "records preservation specialists":
- Work Ethic--We've been at our post to the extent that the counties' hours allowed us, taking minimal breaks for lunch or rest, and only a handful of days off for mission conferences or gatherings.
- Productivity--We have sent 447,529 images to FamilySearch to be added to its online resources
- Quality Management--Just one of those images has been sent back to us for "rework," and that was because we failed to rotate it 90 degrees to make it "right reading."
- Team Involvement--Volunteers have supported the projects. In Crawfordsville, the documents were all prepared for us to image before we ever arrived--3 weeks of 8-hour days by dozens of church and community members. Here in Terre Haute, Ann has organized a pool of fifty-eight individuals to come a few at a time to help at the warehouse. These fine folks have clocked 442 hours of service, with a few of them coming regularly each week to do a shift.
- Developing New Procedures--Volunteers across the globe, friends and family members, have been extracting the data from the large index book of the probate records to make our work of identifying the images easier. That project is 70% complete, with 10,881 names so far in the database.
|The missionaries always bring the Spirit to the warehouse when they drop in for a minute.|
Hard data, though, is not a totally accurate measure of success. We pray each day that the Spirit of the Lord will be there to guide us and to touch the hearts of those coming to help us. How can that spiritual influence be quantified, other than to say that it is real. There is a peace there, a reassurance that the work is meaningful and needful to building up the Kingdom of God.
|Celebrating a year of blessings|