Special Church celebrates 2 year anniversary through blessing sale

Several organizations in Greater Lafayette are working toward getting back to normal. This comes as the state is slowly beginning to re-open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. News 18's Marvin Bills spoke with a local ministry that's excited to get back out into the community.

Posted: Jun 20, 2020 2:44 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2020 8:55 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—"This is not your typical garage sale," said Alicia DeWitt.

Well, nothing's been typical in 2020 so far. But Derek and Alicia DeWitt are still shaking things up in a way that benefits the community.

"This is a blessing sale," said DeWitt. "Everything in the sale is free and people have been surprised and said "free, what do you mean?"

Blessing sale started last year. It was created through a ministry out of Connection Point Church called Special Church. A ministry designed to make people with special needs of all ages feel included and have a sense of belonging in a faith atmosphere.

"This year has been a really drastic change for everyone suddenly all people in our society are feeling what it feels like to be isolated and to be alone and people with special needs have felt that, forever," said DeWitt.

Last year people a part of Special Church could meet in groups. Of course due to the pandemic things have changed. But Alicia and Derek have still made an effort to include people with special needs during an unprecedented time.

"We've been connecting with those with disabilities through video calls and phone calls on a consistent and regular basis," said DeWitt. "The small group that we were already connecting with, we've tried to maintain that connection for when we do start back up meeting in person."

While everything is free at the Blessing Sale people can still donate to support Special Church. Last year nearly two hundred dollars was donated. This year it's tripled, in two days people have donated nearly six hundred dollars.

"We also want people to leave feeling like they didn't have to haggle over a price to get something they wanted that they can just be blessed beyond measure and to just receive gratefully," said DeWitt. 

For more information on Special Church and how you can be a part of the ministry click here. 

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