The grand opening of Bibles for Missions at its new store was met with a fun celebration with coffee and cake for those who attended.
After years of being in the same location on 50 Street, Bibles for Missions (BFM) moved a few weeks ago to a new, bigger location that has increased their floor space with more to come.
The store’s grand opening was held Thursday, Feb. 4 at the their new locaton on 51 Avenue downtown. Among the dignitaries was Mayor Rick Bonnett as well as Sharon Brandsma, western director of store development for the BFM Foundation Canada. She was pleased to see an increase in floor space to 6,500 square feet from 4,000. Eventually the store will expand to 9,000 square feet by May.
What makes Brandsma so proud of the store, and the 48 stores nationwide is their partnership with Bible League Canada. “We’re in 43 countries worldwide,” she said.
Working with the league, they have four goals: children’s ministry working on education, bringing churches to other countries, adult literacy and assisting Christians persecuted for their beliefs.
“We work with indigenous groups that are ready in the countries we go to,” added Brandsma.
As for the new location, Brandsma is pleased to have a store with one level. She said the new landlord has been easy to work with, ensuring the transition goes smoothly. Moving wasn’t an easy task but help from volunteers and from students at the Ponoka Christian School made things easy for organizers.
Mayor Rick Bonnett praised BFM for its work in the community and he is pleased to see the new store and layout.
Store manager Norman Dibben said one of the things he loves so much about the Ponoka store is being able to help people in need. He used the recent Oasis Motel fire as an example where they donated clothing and other needed items to fire victims. “We help out where we can,” said Dibben.
“Community first,” added Brandsma.
Dibben said he’s working on bringing a “retro rack” to the new location to highlight some of the unique articles of clothing and other items the store acquires.