God’s Presence is With Us
God has been present in every moment of God’s Goods inception. He took a simple trip to the dump to show His provision of supplying every need of His store. Every piece of store equipment that was needed to begin God’s Goods was donated whether it showed up at the dump (beautiful shelving units that a contractor was just going to toss out) to the entire store contents of a former children’s store (complete with cash register stations, clothing racks, hangers, etc.) and then more shelving from an out of business shoe store supplied all that was needed.
The name for this special ministry was also “God inspired”! In a bible study called “Unexplainable Apart from God”, Nikki Gumble shares that in all things we should make God famous. What a better way to make God famous than to put His name on the building! Kim Perri, Ministry Leader and Founder of God’s Goods shared that one of her favorite stores prior to God’s Goods was Home Goods….so thus GOD’S GOODS!
In its original home, God’s Goods had about 2,000 square feet of sales space and 1,500 square feet of UN-AIRCONDITIONED warehouse space. (Our original volunteers are to be applauded for working 2 summers in that space before we got A/C!)
Expansion Quickly Follows
Following the addition of air-conditioning came an expansion of an additional 2,200 square feet of store space. God did an amazing work by moving the neighbor out of the space and allowing God’s Goods to put a hole in the rented space to connect the two units!
Fast forward to the fall of 2016 – God’s Goods moved into it’s current home at the Mission Mall located at 15 Centre Drive in Bluffton. No more rent payments as now there is a custom fit warehouse and beautiful sales space, great parking and room for other mission work to be done extending from proceeds of the store!
A Team of Volunteers
From before opening day, God’s Goods has been 100% staffed by volunteers. In the early years approximately 60 volunteers ran the operation with a leadership team of about 12-14. Today God’s Goods has a staff of over 345 volunteers and a Leadership Team of 35.
God’s Goods funding is distributed by a Mission Council (totally separate from the God’s Goods leadership team). The Mission Council works with applications for funding and follows the guidance of mission work of the Anglican church. The Mission Council uses a guideline of 1/3 to local missions, 1/3 to national missions and 1/3 to world missions. The financial blessings since God’s Goods began is currently over 2 million dollars.
In addition to the funding that God’s Goods generates is the ability to provide clothing, furniture and household items to SO many! God’s Goods partners with Family Promise locally as well as any other needs that come to the attention of leadership. Nationally God’s Goods has provided furniture to several homes as far away as North Carolina when homes have been rebuilt by Samaritan’s Purse and then God’s Goods sends furniture to those in need. Internationally, God’s Goods sent 100 bins of clothing and special items that residents of Puerto Rico needed – (Ok – Puerto Rico is a US property, but that is a far-reaching place to go)! God’s Goods has also helped over the years with items needed by those going on mission trips to Central America, Russia, Ireland and Africa to name a few!
God is to be praised at His store and ALWAYS!!