ROYALTON – A new thrift store with a mission is set to open this weekend in Royalton.
Licking River Baptist Church Pastor Richard Greene told the Independent that several mission teams from around the country donated items to the church for distribution, so after they noticed they had quite a bit in stock, they decided to open a thrift store.
“One of the things we teach is to see where God is working and joining in, and we started realizing we had all of this stuff,” Greene said. “We were giving it out and then this store became open, so we started looking at the possibility of opening a thrift store.”
The church has rented the old Oakley General Store, in Royalton, and will hold a grand opening this Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We’re doing this as an outreach, selling clothes, household furnishings and a variety of different items, and the profits will support our ministry and Koinonia Mission Center, in the old Salyer Elementary School,” Greene said.
The church hopes to use the profits from the thrift store to bring in more mission teams to the area to work on people’s homes, hold community vacation bible school programs, work on community beautification projects, and other ministry outreaches.
“Leviticus in the Bible teaches giving what you have to the Lord and trusting in him to provide more,” Greene said. “We don’t have a lot of backstock, but we’re going to do what we can and trust in the Lord to provide to the community.”
The store, named First Fruits Thrift and More, will hold its grand opening on Saturday. While the store will be open next week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), after that Greene said it will depend on if mission teams are in the area. If there are no mission teams, he said they will have the doors open three or four days a week, depending solely on volunteers to man the store.
“First Fruits Thrift and More is based in the Licking River Baptist Church and it is our goal to meet the needs of the community while providing witness for Christ here in Magoffin County,” Greene said.