With confirmation from God about where we are to go and putting our house up for sale, we have received a lot of specific questions from people about what’s next. I thought it may be helpful to try to tackle all those questions in one blog post to clarify things a bit. So, without further ado, I present a list of FAQ’s…
1-When are you moving?
Our last day at Nazareth Community Church (tear!) will be May 1st. After that we will focus on packing, cleaning and clearing out. We will have a yard sale to get rid of a lot of excess junk, so come on over and buy it for yourself! 😉 We are looking at moving around the middle of May, which leads nicely to the next question…
2-Where will you live?
Grant and I went to Lancaster last Thursday and met with the landlord of Countryside, Mr. Crenshaw. He was AWESOME! He has such a loving and compassionate heart and truly wants to see the community do better. He was so excited to meet us because he had great news! The trailer that has been remodeled most recently–one of the nicest ones he has–had become available and he wanted to save it just for us! When I walked in the door to that single-wide, I nearly cried! It was beautiful! Laminate floors, new carpet in the bedrooms, new windows. It was exceedingly abundantly more than I could imagine in a single-wide. And it is in the middle of the trailer park, so we will have people all around us.
It will be a blessing to have Mr. Crenshaw as a landlord during this journey. He has a love for Jesus that radiates off of him. The renters were coming up to him as we were talking outside the trailer and he spoke to them with respect and love. I was reminded of Paul’s writings in Philippians 2:3-4, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (NLT) Mr. Crenshaw displayed this humility and it was so refreshing to see.
3-Will I work as a nurse?
Nope. Not for now at least. When Grant and I first started this journey, fully submitting to doing absolutely anything God wanted us to do, the only common picture we both had was of the four of us Hinson’s walking down a dirt road, holding hands and telling people about Jesus. We knew that meant that God wanted us in this together. That did not mean I would work at a hospital and he would work at a church and we would come together at the end of the day. For us the picture was different. It meant we were to be hand-in-hand ministering to our people. We know when God ordained us to be husband and wife, he chose us to be together because Grant’s strengths are my weaknesses and my strengths are his weaknesses. In order to serve most efficiently in this new place, we will be working side-by-side allowing God to use us together to bring His name the most honor.
Side note: Before we even knew of the possibility of Lancaster, I began applying to Nurse Practitioner programs in order to get my Master’s in Nursing. From the time Grant started school shortly after we were married, I told him I wanted to have my Master’s one day and we agreed that when he finished school, I could go back. So, I applied in the fall and am still waiting to hear from places. Most of the programs and course work will be online, so I will still be able to be in South Carolina and go to school. After a 2 year program, I pray that God will give us an avenue to use that education.
4-What will you do in South Carolina?
We will partner with New Hope Baptist Church in Lancaster, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Olive Green Hispanic Church to reach the trailer park community, Countryside. This is a community of about 170 trailers with a broad range of demographics. There are white, black, and hispanic families, elderly and young, single and married, jobless, churched, unchurched, addicted, etc. For the first few weeks our focus will be on prayer. We will spend many hours prayer walking through the community with our kids. We will coat the park in prayer. We will have volunteers come and pray with us on a regular basis–both from NC and from SC.
We also will be getting to know the people. Most of what we will do is focused on relationships. People don’t care about your Jesus until they know you care about them. Once we begin to make friends, God will provide opportunities to minister to those individuals. It may be that we watch their kids after school, take them to job interviews, or just sit and chat with them. God has it all lined up for us when we get there!
Another focus we will have at first will be to learn Spanish. Our goal is to find a hispanic family and spend a lot of time with them, learning the language “barefoot style”.
At the front of Countryside sits an empty mobile home on 1.5 acres of gravel. This was most recently a used car lot, but Mr. Crenshaw is allowing New Hope to rent it for us to work out of. This will be our office, Bible study facility, after-school care, tutoring room, prayer closet, VBS headquarters, youth hang-out, etc. We are so thankful for this place because we see God using it in such awesome ways!
5-How far away is Lancaster?
It takes us 1 hour and 45 minutes from our house to get to Countryside. We will be 50 minutes northeast of Columbia, SC.
6-What can I do for you?
We have so many requests…for our house in Rockwell to sell, for safety in the trailer park, for a smooth transition for the kids, for relationships to be formed, for our minds to be opened to learning Spanish, for our friends and family here in NC, etc., etc., etc!
Let us know if you can come prayer walk with us for a day! We would LOVE to have you help us coat Countryside in prayer!
Donate! We will be completely responsible for raising our own funds. We will not be employed by the churches, just helping them with this mission. If you would like more information about this aspect, email me!
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Keep us up-to-date on what is going on in your life so we can pray for you, too! We love you!