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Giving Thanks


The Third Annual Thanksgiving Meal at Brooklyn Springs Elementary is quickly approaching. This event is near to my heart because it is the only one we do that has such an intimate, family-feel to it. Well, as intimate as you can get with 200 of your neighbors in a cafeteria.

But this meal is geared at much more than good food and great music. This meal is meant to point people to Christ through fellowship. We will come together around the table, all sinners-some redeemed, some not-and will share stories with one another.

Some stories will be shared in Spanish, some in English, and some in between giggles in kiddo language.

Some stories will be shared with tears as folks open their hearts and become vulnerable with one another.

Some stories will be shared about the upcoming football games and plans for a grand meal with family the next day while others share of family strife and issues that can’t seem to be forgotten.

Some stories will be shared from the lips of Believers who wish nothing more than to see the person sitting across from them come to believe in Jesus.

All of the food and plates and drinks are taken care of. All of the music will be beautiful and the preaching will be on-point. All of the servers will arrive and the buses will pick-up.

Let us pray that all of the hearts will be ready and all of the minds will be opened. Let us join in prayer that all of the sins will be admitted and then washed away–all of them.

This Thanksgiving we are giving thanks for the big things God is going to do in a small cafeteria. May it be His will that lives are surrendered around the dinner table.

 “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 14:15


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Opportunities to Serve!

I know I have not been doing a great job at keeping the blog updated, but with our busiest season approaching quickly, I wanted to stop in and let you know what is coming up around these parts.

Our annual Thanksgiving Meal at Brooklyn Springs is Wednesday, November 25th from 6-8pm. This is always a blessing as we gather around the table with our neighbors and celebrate the many things we are thankful for. Soul Purpose and Rick Ragan will be there as musicians and we are thankful they choose to use their wonderful talents to serve God in this way. We are delighted to see the churches come together to provide for this event and can’t wait to see what great things happen! If you want to help, let me know and I can get you more details!


Family Christmas pictures are always a favorite around here, too. We set up a studio at The Connection and each family gets a free framed 5×7. These always turn out so great and bring joy to many families.


And finally, this year we are doing The Connecting Tree again. This was such a huge help to our neighbors as the churches in Lancaster (and many folks from North Carolina) came together to provide Christmas gifts to those in Countryside. We are in the process of gathering all the names and information, but it looks like we will have around 200 folks to provide gifts for. Please let me know if this is a way you would like to help this year.

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It’s exciting around here this time of year! Come serve with us and see God move in mighty ways!


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Good News

Months back Grant and I began having some sort of moving in our hearts. We didn’t know what it meant, but we began to talk and pray together about it. After a while it became clear to us. We were to ask The Smith family to join us in ministry.

Jason, Nancy, and their three girls had just sold their home in Lancaster to follow God’s calling. Problem was, they didn’t know that calling yet. It hadn’t been shown to them, but they were certainly seeking. When we approached them they began to pray, and here we are today.


This morning their church, Crestview Baptist, had a commissioning service for them. It was a beautiful picture of a church body sending out their own into the mission field. Grant was privileged to preach part of the service to encourage them as they begin life in Countryside. Their pastor, Scott, preached more encouragement, and I shared some words that were on my heart. It was great to see all the support they have in their journey as the church was full of family and friends of theirs.

We are excited to work together with The Smith’s. We know that God has put us together to impact our neighborhood for His glory. We have already seen how their presence here is going to be great. They have had lots of kiddos visit their house and they have had many conversations with neighbors about God in the short two weeks they have lived here. They are excited to jump right in and serve.


So with this new extension of The Connection ministry, us Hinson’s have a few favors to ask of our dear friends.

  1. Will you please pray for Jason, Nancy, Jaycie, Abby, & Elizabeth as they transition to Countryside? Please pray for them to find balance in life and work and ministry. Pray that they will feel safe. Pray that they will have multiple opportunities to share The Gospel with their neighbors.
  2. Will you go to their blog and follow it? Go to or click here. Show them some love!
  3. Will you pray for our family as we figure out what this all looks like? We have lived here for two and a half years with tons of support from churches, family, and friends, but never direct, side-by-side support. Pray that we all find our roles and are able to be used perfectly by God.

Thank you so much, friends. We are sure God is up to something great and we can’t wait to watch it unfold!

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On His throne

Sometimes I don’t know how to explain all these feelings running through my head and my heart. They go up and down like the waves of the ocean. So many things happen daily here and they are so unpredictable that they catch you when you are in a vulnerable state. That makes it even tougher, I think, to deal with the raw emotions. The unexpected tears and heart-wrenching news. I do much better when I am prepared. But who can be prepared for these things?

Over the past few weeks we have seen God move mightily in personal lives and situations. We have also had those times where we look up and cry out and wonder what in the world is going on.

Grown men are asking Jesus to be Lord of their lives.

Young boys are murdering men much older than they.

Folks are living in their cars where the rain leaks in at night.

But now have found shelter and are seeking out the One who gives shelter in His wings.

Families team up in ministry and are pressing together to reach the lost.

Families are meeting at courthouses to beg for their children to be allowed to come back home.

Boys are doing drugs out in the moonlight and getting arrested.

Wives are calling my phone in tears as their husbands are taken away to jail.

Kids are coming to the house hungry and taking food home for when there is nothing to eat later.

Gifts are given to the ministry that are above and beyond anything we could imagine.

What do I do with all this? How do I handle it? As I was typing all this out and thinking through my life these few weeks, I realized that I don’t have to handle any of it. God already has.

He knows each situation and each heart and each person that is struggling. He knows the victories, too, and rejoices with us in the good times. In all of this, I am reminded that God is on His throne. He still reigns and is sovereign over any and all situations we face on this earth. I’m not called here to right each wrong or have all the right answers. I am here to serve my Lord and exalt His name.

Today I am choosing to do just that and leave it all to Him.



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Adah Ruth










Our little Adah Ruth made her appearance into this world on August 12th at 9:34 am. While her arrival via c-section was fairly ordinary, her role in this world is sure to be extraordinary.

Grant and I find it important to choose names for our children that guide our prayers for their lives. Asher Luke meaning “blessed and happy” and coming from the blessing of Moses on the tribes of Israel in Deuteronomy 33:24-25. Evan Grace being shortened from “evangelize: to go and tell of God’s grace”.

So it was only right that our third child would have just as powerful of a name for us to petition qualities for her before The Lord. When we pray for her we wanted specific requests and characteristics that would display God’s presence in her life.

So we came up with Adah Ruth.

Adah: “Adornment, beauty, pleasure”

When we think of the meaning of the name Adah being an adornment or beauty, we think of 1 Peter 3:3-4

 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

We wish for Adah to have a gentle and quiet spirit that is precious in the sight of God. That she would not only be beautiful on the outside, but that her imperishable beauty on the inside would shine like the stars in the sky. We pray for her that her conduct would be one of a soft-spoken and thoughtful woman of God.

Ruth: “Companion, friend, vision of beauty”

In reading and knowing the story of Ruth, we are reminded of so many characteristics this godly woman possessed. Some words that come to mind are obedience, loyalty, confidence, boldness, and meekness. When she stayed by the side of her mother-in-law she displayed loyalty and friendship when she could have packed up and headed home. When she went into the fields she displayed a humble, hard-working attitude while she gleaned in order to have food for her household. And when she went to Boaz at night she displayed both boldness and meekness as she asked him to be her kinsman redeemer. She was certainly a picture of a lovely woman that displayed a gentle and quiet spirit.

When paired with Adah, this brings a beautiful picture of a Christ-filled woman that exudes both confidence and humility at the same time.

Our sweet Adah Ruth, may you come into this world with a beauty that shines for The Lord unlike any we have ever seen. May your adornments be those of a quiet and humble heart that knows how to serve in ways that we never thought of. May you be bold and loyal and know what you need to do at the perfect time. May we, as your family, be your biggest supporters as you join this family that loves to serve God together. You are in for a wild ride as you join up with The Hinson family, but we are sure you will fit right in and God will use your personality, gifts and talents to add more than we ever could imagine to our lives and ministry. We love you so much.



Asher Starts Kindergarten


Just yesterday my little boy was born. It feels like it anyways. I can remember going to the hospital after my water broke. I can remember his first steps. I can remember teaching him his ABCs. And now he is starting school.

IMG_1714In one moment it seems like it can’t be true that 5 1/2 years have passed and in the next moment it seems like he has been ready for kindergarten for years. The feelings are crazy running through my head.

IMG_0150My boy is super intelligent. He is ready for school. He is social and kind and loves to learn. He will excel, that’s for sure. We even chose his middle name “Luke” because in the Bible, Luke was an intelligent physician who authored a Gospel. We prayed this for our child from before he entered the world—that he would be intelligent. And God answered our prayers.

IMG_1619So the other day when we went to purchase school supplies and he carefully chose a red Nike backpack, I knew we were in for a treat. He was so happy to take this first step. He is so excited to venture to school. And because of that, I am happy for him.

Last week he went for kindergarten testing and stayed a whole day. He made it through the cafeteria line, played on the playground, and came home with a green smiley face to show his behavior was acceptable for the day. He was all-smiles as he shared with us his favorite parts of the day and what he did with his new friends. His only complaint was that the tacos in the cafeteria were hard-shell instead of soft-shell.


Monday starts his full-time school schedule. He will be grabbing his backpack each morning for the next few months and heading out into the big world to learn and soak up all the knowledge he can. I trust that God has great big plans for my smart boy. This is only the beginning–I can’t wait to watch it all unfold.

IMG_0151Love you dearly Asher Luke,


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Summer Recap {Women’s Health Clinical}

This summer was not only busy for ministry, but also busy for school. I had a condensed summer class, but don’t be mistaken when I say “condensed”. By “condensed” I mean all the same workload was crammed into 10 weeks instead of 16. This was the hardest semester I have had to manage so far, but it was well worth it.

My class, Women’s Health, was my favorite so far. I really enjoyed the material and the new information, but most of all I enjoyed my clinical rotation. I worked with a terrific midwife at a Community Clinic in Rock Hill. The population was folks I am passionate about and comfortable working with. I was able to provide so much education and support and just to simply listen to people and their struggles. What would often start as a simple well-woman check would end with so much more being shared. I was also excited to use my Spanish to communicate with many patients.

My preceptor was amazing. Her passion for people is contagious and her drive to improve the clinic in order to better serve her patients is uncommon. She is driven and knowledgeable and strives for social justice. I learned so much from her—not only in the area of women’s health, but more so in the way I think and interact with other people. God couldn’t have placed me in a better situation—I’m so glad He knows what He is doing!


As each semester draws to a close I see God using the opportunities I have been given to shape me into a provider that He will use for His glory. I am super excited to see how He will use these last two semesters to mold me even more for His future purpose for our lives.



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