This year we were again affected by Covid restrictions and have had to have the Thrift Shop closed at times. But that hasn’t stopped the donations from coming in! At times it has been somewhat challenging to know where to put everything but somehow it does all work out. We do still continue to donate to Teen Challenge or other Thrift Stores when we just feel overloaded.
Along with providing people with a chance to find almost anything at amazing prices, it’s also our desire to have meaningful contacts and meet people’s needs of friendship or just having a chat. One lady told me “this is really the only place I go.”
I’d like to share a story that I hope will encourage those who have a heart for the Bible Camp as well as the Thrift Shop and seeing people come to Jesus. A dear lady, who is a faithful supporter recently shared with me that many years ago her mom had given a Bible to a friend’s daughter and now that daughter reads that very same Bible to her little ones every day and the mom was now wanting a Bible for herself. The same lady who shared this story with me picked out a Bible at the Thrift Shop a few years ago that someone had prayed over and asked God to let it go to the right person as it had belonged to his dad before he passed away. She mailed this Bible to her brother who has lost his desire to live for God and she is praying God will use it to bring him back to faith in Jesus. Please pray that the Bibles and Daily Bread booklets that the people receive will cause them to seek after God. Recently a man told me that he can’t read the Bible because it’s just too long but he sure does like to read The Daily Bread.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10, 11
– Marilyn Reimer, Thrift Shop Coordinator