Anne-Marie Hood is another of those dear people who recognized a God-designed service opportunity and didn’t just wonder if she could make a difference.
Like Ele Parrott and Thom Votaw, Anne-Marie stepped out with great energy and did what she could.
I’m eager for you to read how she has stepped forward and daily makes a significant difference through her ministries in Canada.
I became involved with the Bibles for Missions (BfM) Thrift Store Enterprises in the fall of 2008. Fred Meyerink, Store Developer for the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store Enterprises came from Chilliwack, British Columbia, to Fredericton, New Brunswick, to do a presentation.
Meyerink told the story of two men who in 1989 went to India on behalf of The Bible League of Canada (TBLC).
While there, they were greatly touched and disheartened to learn that so many people had never heard the Word of God, and they wanted to do something about it. They returned to Canada and presented the idea of opening a Bibles for Missions Thrift Store, where all the proceeds would go back to TBLC to assist them in their endeavors to send translated Bibles to India and other countries around the world.
Meyerink also showed a DVD entitled, Unnoticed 1 - Literacy Training in India that really caught my attention. It was the story of a woman who could not read, which resulted in her being constantly taken advantage of by merchants in the village where she purchased goods she needed.
A missionary from TBLC presented this woman with Bible in her own language and taught her how to read it. The woman’s life drastically changed in a multitude of ways. It was unbelievable. Her story greatly touched my heart, not only because I love to read but reinforced how we take our ability to read God’s Word for granted.
I committed to be the Secretary for the Steering Committee that was initially formed and continued in this role when the Board of Directors was established in January 2010.
Due to the hard work of dedicated volunteers, the Grand Opening of the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store in Fredericton was held on November 9, 2010.
Since its humble beginning in 1989, the BfM stores in Canada now total 39.
The statistics show that to date, BfM has raised over $32 million for TBLC – including the $4.7 million donated in 2009. The proceeds from selling used goods provide TBLC with over 50% of their budget. Volunteering for BfM provides an opportunity to be a missionary right in your own community.
I can personally attest to this Scripture verse from Proverbs 16:3, as it speaks volumes: Depend on God in all that you do and your plans will succeed.
Friends, be sure to look into these two valuable, vital ministries, The Bible League of Canada and Bibles for Missions Thrift Store and consider how you could be involved!