Kentwood, Michigan – In the Community
While out riding my bike one afternoon, I came across the Bibles for Missions Thrift Center and decided to stop in. Well, the warm welcome I received upon entering the building made me feel right at home. I really wasn’t looking for any particular item, just a quick look around, and in doing so, I found some really great deals. I knew right then and there that I would become a regular customer. While talking with the ladies at the checkout counter, I also found out that they all volunteer and accept donations to help provide Bibles for Mexico. So right here in my own community, I found the best place in town to shop. The Thrift Center had everything I could imagine, great prices, a warm friendly group of volunteers to greet me every day with a wide variety of items to choose from and a great cause – Bibles! So this is why I shop at the Bibles for Missions Thrift Center. – Dorothy
Kentwood, Michigan – In Mexico
Church planters Ruth and Heriberto have many obstacles to overcome in their efforts to deliver the Good News to the people of Oaxaca, like the Zapotec and Mixtec people. But with God’s strength and Bibles you helped provide, they are able to effectively overcome every hurdle to spread the Gospel to those who need it so desperately. Eleven year-old Luis is so thankful for the work of these church planters. “God saved my father from addiction and my mother from sickness,” he says. “Now we follow God and I am the Lord’s servant.” Thank you for your prayers and support.
Kentwood, Michigan – In the Center
I was asked to write a few comments about our local Thrift Center. It all started about 15 years ago when Rev. Willis Timmer proposed to a few members of the Kellogsville Christian Reformed Church about opening a store in the Kentwood, Michigan area. After a short time and few questions, we agreed to do so. Rev. Timmer found a location which was a former plate glass company. After recruiting 20 people from the area, a lot of hard work, and a few donations, we had a grand opening in 1998 with a free pancake breakfast for our first customers! Since that time our group of 20 has grown to roughly 75 Volunteers and now, we’re in a new location. Praise God! He has been so good to us for all our efforts and friendships we have enjoyed throughout the years. – Howard