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Join in the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store mission

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By Haydn Jensen

By Haydn Jensen

The Bibles for Missions Thrift Store is onto something. Shoppers get great deals, donors feel great about donating items to a worthy cause, and volunteers contribute to and benefit from a spiritually grounded community environment where they are also contributing to the spiritual and physical well-being of others around the globe. One of Canada's newest Bibles for Missions Thrift Store opened in London this December. You'll find the London store (#43) is on Hyde Park Road just southwest of Fanshawe.

Store Manager Linda Richardson hopes the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store will be the first place you go to shop or donate. Store hours are 10-5 Monday to Friday and 10-4 on Saturdays.

With one paid staff (that's Linda), the remainder of work done by about 75 volunteers—but the store is always looking for more. Each day starts with devotions and prayer time in the volunteer room, and then a briefing on what's to be done that day. Volunteer shifts are for 4 hours each.

All proceeds from the Thrift Store go to Bibles for Missions Foundation, which partners with Bible League Canada (BLC), a worldwide ministry empowering the local church in evangelism and discipleship. With 57% of BLC's revenues coming from Bibles for Missions Thrift Stores across Canada, the stores play a vital role in the ongoing success of the ministry. BLC provides Bibles and Bible-based literacy training around the world, assisting local churches and individuals to fulfill the calling of making disciples of all nations. Bible League of Canada's mission is simply this: “We place Bibles into the hands of men, women and children who are hungry for the Living Word of God.”

In fact, Bibles are the one thing that The Bibles for Missions Thrift Store does not sell...they give them away for free. Part of the Bibles for Missions Thrift Stores' Statement of Purpose is to build literacy and Bible understanding worldwide while serving people locally with dignity and respect...so demonstrating the love of Christ.

What will you notice when you shop at a Bible for Missions Thrift Store? Plenty of smiling faces! It's well-organized, clean, spacious (over 16,000 sq. ft.), and the merchandise is generally higher quality than you might expect to find in a thrift store. Donated goods received are graded "Good", "Better" "Best", "Boutique" and "Exceptional". Some volunteers work in the workshop where minor repairs are made and electronic/electrical items are tested before going onto store shelves for sale. Clothing not considered sellable but still of value are sent to third world regions for reuse. Following their "Green for God" policy, Bible for Missions Thrift Stores work hard to ensure than as little as possible ends up in landfills.

What do they sell? You'll find housewares, furniture, small appliances, toys, books, movies and music, and plenty of clothing. They do not sell baby seats, box springs and mattresses for health and safety reasons. What are the prices like? Excellent! I found a brand new pair of GAP pants for $6, and then the cashier told me they were half price...$3! One other fun feature is a selected number of items sold by silent auction. I saw some beautiful furniture and a unique antique clock up for auction.

Have larger items you'd like to donate or buy? They will pick up and deliver. If you have a home full of items you'd like help with, the Bibles for Missions Store is happy to lend a hand with packing up? and removing items for you.

Want to volunteer? Visit the store and pick up an application form. High school students are welcome to volunteer and church groups are also welcome to arrange work bees and lend a hand. Linda or another volunteer will meet with you to make sure your role is a "happy fit".

To give you a little history, Bibles for Missions Thrift Stores grew out of a vision that began with 2 men going on a mission trip in India. In 1988, Mr. Ben DeRegt and Mr. Morris Thalen of Chilliwack, joined the Bible League's ministry tour to India and came away with a desire to help the people of India. The result was Bibles for Missions stores, with profits dedicated to the purchase and distribution of Bibles for the people of India. Since the first store opened in Chilliwack BC in 1989...London is the 43rd Bibles for Missions Thrift Store to open in Canada.. Proceeds from the many stores supports missionary efforts in over 40 countries. You can go to the Bibles for Missions London Store store website for more information: www.bfmthriftstores.ca/london-bfm-thrift-store/

Come support the store at their Feb. 26 Grand Opening at 11 a.m. Meet representatives from The Bible League of Canada and Bibles for Missions Foundation, local dignitaries and enjoy some refreshments and Grand Opening Specials.