Mission Treasure House in Port Royal offers thrift shop goods along with prayers

abredeson@islandpacket.comAugust 5, 2013 

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Roz Dixon, left, founder of the Mission Treasure House is shown here inside the prayer room as customers visit in the main section of the thrift store Thursday afternoon in Beaufort.

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  • SUPPORTING CHURCH MISSIONS

    The Parish Church of St. Helena will host its annual Nearly New Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 in the parish house, 507 Newcastle St. in downtown Beaufort. Used clothing, shoes, accessories and more will be for sale to benefit church missions.

    The church's Fall Bazaar, which also benefits missions, will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2 in the parish house.

    Details: 843-522-1712





    IF YOU GO

    The Parish Church of St. Helena's thrift shop, Mission Treasure House, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shop is in Belleview Business Park in Port Royal. Details: 843-525-0058 or www.sthelenas1712.org

A new thrift shop in Port Royal offers something not many stores have in stock -- private prayer time with a trained volunteer. And it won't cost you a penny.

A ministry of The Parish Church of St. Helena, Mission Treasure House is a nonprofit thrift shop that raises money for the church's local, state, national and international missions.

"Business has been very good," Mission Treasure House founder Roz Dixon said.

She said they opened the doors in April and have already raised $9,000 for missions.

While missions are an important part of the ministry, Dixon said there was another reason the church started the thrift shop. And that was to offer prayer to anyone who needs it.

Dixon said about a third of their customers ask for prayer while visiting the store. She said volunteers pray with most people for personal healing or family concerns.

Many people have come back more than once for prayer. Dixon said a couple came in one Saturday, asking for prayer after their granddaughter was in an accident. They came specifically for prayer because they had heard that the shop offered it. They came back the next week to say the prayers had worked and their granddaughter was doing well. Dixon said they appreciated it so much that they came back another time, when they needed prayer for another issue that came up.

"I have prayed with people myself where there was an instantaneous healing of a medical condition," Dixon said.

Anyone who wants prayer can simply ask one of the volunteers in the store. A private prayer room is waiting in the back, with a comfortable couch, and free coffee and water. A member of the church's lay prayer ministry team will pray with an individual or group of people in need of prayer.

"We are so fortunate that God allows us to be in agreement with where his heart already is," Dixon said. "He's already there. He's just allowing us to come into agreement with him. He came to destroy every work of the devil. That's what he said. He wants people to be healed. He wants them to have a future and hope. He wants them to be free of oppression. That's his heart."

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