Bibles for Missions celebrates 25 years in Abbotsford

Thrift store began in 1990 on South Fraser Way

Board member Magdelene Vanderlinde and store manager Peter VanBelle prepare to showcase Christmas items during an open house held Saturday in celebration of Bibles for Missions' 25th anniversary in Abbotsford.

Bibles for Missions has celebrated its 25th anniversary in Abbotsford.

The thrift store was started by a group of Christians, who saw an opportunity to change the lives of people in the Soviet Union who had been ruled for 75 years by the Communist party.

Under  ”Glasnost,” it became possible to send Christian literature and Bibles.

The Abbotsford group decided to open a thrift store to raise funds for the Bible League of Canada to spread the gospel in Eastern Europe.

The first store opened Oct. 19, 1990 on South Fraser Way, and $9,000 was donated that year.

More goods were donated than could be placed, and a larger store was leased. However, due to an issue with a BC Hydro transformer, the store burned down on Sept. 1, 1994.

With the help of Mennonite Central Committee, volunteers opened a new store.

That location became too small again so the society bought  property at 2337 West Railway St., and a building was erected.

An addition was planned in 2011, and that will likely open in January 2016.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Abbotsford police cruiser t-bones civilian vehicle en route to emergency call

South Fraser Way and Gladwin blocked off as police conduct investigation

Police seek owners of recovered items in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Police Department posts property on social media

Family of former nurse donates hospital freezer in her memory

Donation made to store breast milk for babies at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

VIDEO: B.C. Mountie killed by drunk driver honoured by memorial playground

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Most Read