After a lot of reflection and research on community outreach, Arcola United Methodist Church leaders decided to open a thrift shop in their small northeast Indiana town. Through a grant from the Center for Congregations, the church got it started, operated the thrift shop, and made the necessary adjustments to keep it running, despite the pandemic.
They have even collaborated with the local Farmers to Families Food box program to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat to be distributed to Allen County Residents.
“God will make a way. And boy! He is working miracles,” reported co- pastor Nikki Marker. “Arcola is working together.”