Living in Countryside for three years now, we have seen God work in miraculous ways. Thirty-three souls have accepted the Lord as their Savior with seven following in baptism. Many have heard the Gospel at the monthly events—with up to 400 people attending some events. Impactful ministries are going on weekly that include Homework Helpers, English as a Second Language, and Bible Studies. Countless others have reached out for private counseling and prayer for various life struggles. We can’t believe we have been given the privilege of ministering in Countryside for this season.
As many of you know, Amber has been in school to obtain her Family Nurse Practitioner degree since we began this journey in Countryside. We have always felt that The Lord would allow us to incorporate medical care into our ministry, maybe through free clinics or mobile clinics. Now that her school journey has come to an end, and she graduated and passed her certification exam, everything seems to be falling into place to move us to the next step in our journey.
Last year we felt led to ask the Smith family to join us as teammates and ministry partners with The Connection. They have lived here and we have walked with them for over nine months now and they have brought a lot of strengths to the ministry team. Shanda Mackey has also moved in as a teammate and ministry partner since January. She has been a great asset as well with her passion for seeing our Hispanic neighbors come to know the Lord.
Before any type of healthcare ministry is formed, Amber needs a base of experience as a Nurse Practitioner. She must be trained in the field and learn valuable skills and knowledge in order to one day apply those things to ministry. That is why she has accepted a job at Affinity Health Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. As a former HIV/AIDS clinic, but now open for primary care, Affinity’s mission is to provide healthcare access to the underserved and underprivileged in Rock Hill. We are excited that the Lord would open this door to full-time work in a setting where Amber will still be able to minister to those we feel called to—the underserved and underprivileged.
With this new position comes a change in ministry. Our model of ministry has always been to serve together as a family unit. With one of those pieces missing every day of the week, it will be extremely difficult to carry on with work in Countryside as we have. We feel that The Lord is giving us this next season to prepare us for the future. We will be moving to Rock Hill to be closer to Affinity. Amber starts her new position on August 1st.
The Connection will still be a very active ministry and will not change in any of its mission, activities, philosophy, or ministry style. The Smiths and Shanda will run the ministry as a team and will continue with many of the same outreach activities—and are planning to add their own touches to enhance what is already established. We will be available as a resource and support to the team.
We sincerely thank you for your obedience to Christ as you have given over these years to ensure that The Connection remained a thriving ministry. We also thank you for all the prayers you prayed for our family through the years. These three years we have seen how God has been working so obviously in this community and we see the atmosphere of the neighborhood improving one life at a time, one family at a time, one trailer at a time. Our goal while living here has focused on Acts 17:26-27–to help them seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him, because He is actually not far from any of us. We feel that God has allowed us to carry out that calling to the fullest extent here in Countryside, given us the chance to raise up disciples to continue the work, and now is the time to move onto our next endeavor that He has for our family. The Bible is full of similar examples where ministries are started, disciples are trained, and leaders move onto the next thing God lays out. We are thankful to be used by Him in this way.
There is much, much more to the story—it’s just too much to share right here, right now. We would love to sit down and talk to you about more details and share the amazing ways He lined up all the parts we needed at just the right time. Feel free to call us with any questions! And as always, we ask that you pray for us as we begin our journey to our next destination!
Grant, Amber, Asher, Evan Grace, & Adah Hinson