Shop Small: The Newport News print shop is also spreading a positive message

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Before you point and click to buy something online and out of town, local leaders encourage you to look around.

Their message: buy small and buy local.

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And as you think about it, you might see a sign that says, “No matter what, trust God.”

Peter Person, pastor of a ministry of the same name, began posting signs with these words all over Hampton Roads about 10 years ago.

You will also find this message on just about every Anointed Life and A Life Screenprinting apparel and screenprint retail item. They are owned and operated by Peter and his wife Robbie.

“We feel like we were placed here as a beacon of hope, like a light in a dark place,” Robbie said.

Their beacon: a positive message on a road sign, a T-shirt or a hat.

“We are a ministry that encourages, equips and empowers people through a simple, God-given process by putting up signs and billboards throughout the community,” Robbie Person said.

Peter started the sign and t-shirt effort about 10 years ago. And Robbie says the demand for fashionable clothes with printed messages has also increased. This led to the Oyster Point showcase.

“We just heard so much testimony,” says Robbie.

The growing demand prompted them to find a way to print their own items. Their prayers were soon answered when a friend called Peter.

“[He] said that due to Covid he was closing and I was interested in buying his gear? And, I was hesitant about it, also because of the situation. But I called my wife and she said – ‘take it!’ »

This print and embroidery shop, A Life, is in Yorktown, about a five-minute drive from their storefront at Oyster Point.

Robbie and Peter say there were lean times during the height of the pandemic. But orders from local businesses and loyal individual customers have kept them going and motivated.

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“I mean, some of the testimonies of how they were in dire straits or dealing with health issues where they had lost hope due to the constant barrage of things they could face, was encouraging.”

And then there are times when Peter and Robbie simply reflect on the purpose of their ministry, to be a “light in a dark place, to give people hope.”

To contact Robbie and Peter at Anointed Life, and to find out more about Newport News’ promotion to support local small businesses over Thanksgiving weekend, just click on the following links.

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