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.
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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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