InJoy Update

Updated: May 19


Mike Edwards has resigned as the Manager of InJoy Thrift Store effective Jan. 9. The store has had an excellent transition period led by the InJoy LLC members Mike and Linda Buus and Harlan Britt. Mike and Linda’s son Steve has also worked in the store during this time.


InJoy LLC and the Community Ministry Support Board (representing the association: John Hamm, Chr., Bill Grisham, Vice-Chr., Beth Fowler, Sherry Leonard, Phil Boone) have been working together to fill this position. The position was offered and accepted by an excellent candidate with experience in a similar ministry, but he had to later decline because of family issues. Another candidate was found with great potential, but due to serious health concerns in his family, the process could not be completed.


Then after two weeks of working in the store, Steve Buus expressed interest and has been unanimously approved by the Board. He began working as the Store Manager February 1. He brings a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and 17 years of office experience with IMB. He has also worked as a Community College Instructor and a Heavy Equipment Operator. After working in the store; learning more about the ministry; and meeting the workers; he has caught the “Thrift Store Bug.” You will get to know him more as he is introduced in future meetings and publications.


We trust that God will continue to bless this ministry as he has in the past. He used John and Bonnie Hollowell in the critical start-up phase of this work and Mike Edwards to grow this ministry to have the impact that it has today. We have a positive foundation to build upon and we are thankful for their service, commitment, and leadership.


As Corona vaccines are distributed and we work through the pandemic, please share InJoy as a volunteer opportunity with members of your church that want to be engaged in a practical ministry which impacts the lives of thousands of people each year. In addition to serving others, this helps volunteers desiring to find a place of ministry while enjoying social interaction with others in a positive environment. This also helps our churches develop an outward focus; connect with the community; and work together in ministry. We are excited about the future ministry of InJoy.