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Gulf Coast Rescue Mission To Rebuild Thrift Store

"If things didn't go bad in our lives, then we would never know just how good God really is," says Reverand Tom Mims. 

The message Sunday morning at the Gulf Coast Rescue Mission church was a simple one. It was based on Romans 8:28, a scripture that ensures believers that all things work together for good. Mims believes this scripture applies to the fire that gutted the Mission's thrift store.

"It applies because the building being on fire was a bad thing in the natural world, but God's causing that situation to be for our good," Mims says.

The thrift store has long been a staple for the needy.

"The thrift store is used to help people who can't afford some items, furniture, clothes, if they can't we give it to them for free. If they can afford it, the money's used to help people pay medicines, rent, utilities, different things to help them out," says Mims.

A temporary thrift store is now operating out of the Mission's warehouse. Mims says there's been a steady flow of customers and support since the thrift store reopened, and plans are underway to reopen permanently at the old site.

"We're excited about it, even though we didn't want to have to go through this. We're going to put up a new building. We're real excited about that. The architect's already drawn up the plans, and if the city agrees with it, we'll have a new building put in there in a very short amount of time."

Mims says the project will be funded by donations that have already been given to the mission, as well as by donations - by faith - he's sure will come.

If you'd like to help, call the Rescue Mission at 388-3884.

By Toni Miles

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