We are the Hinson family! We created this blog to keep our family and friends informed of the steps we are taking with God as He guides us through this season in our lives. Please join us on this exciting journey by reading our experiences and praying for us.
Our Family Mission Statement…
We believe the Holy Bible to be God’s direction to us as His children and in Deuteronomy 15:11, scripture tells us, “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” As a family, we have a passion for serving the poor. Bruce W. Longenecker defines the poor in his book Remembering the Poor as “those living at or near sustenance level, whose prime concern it is to obtain the minimum food, shelter, and clothing necessary to sustain life, whose lives are dominated by the struggle for physical survival.” We believe this definition to be true and also to include those in need emotionally and spiritually, as well as those in hard-to-reach circumstances. We believe in living among the poor in order to minister to them best.
We moved to Rock Hill, South Carolina in July 2016 in order to be closer to Amber’s job as a nurse practitioner. In this season of life, we find ourselves applying our talents and strengths in different avenues in order for The Lord to grow our knowledge and skills. We look forward to applying this new knowledge to ministry opportunities now and in the future.
Prior to this transition to Rock Hill, we lived in Countryside Mobile Home Park, where we founded a ministry, The Connection. Countryside has approximately 185 trailers, with an estimate of 700 or more residents. From our estimates, about 50% of these families are Hispanic, with the remaining being African American and Caucasian.
At the front of Countryside sits an empty mobile home on 1.5 acres of gravel. We call this ministry hub The Connection because through this place we connected Countryside to Christ. Regular events held at The Connection include Homework Helpers, Bible Studies for men and women, ESL classes, children’s programs and monthly events.
Living in Countryside taught us many, many things–but most importantly how to truly trust God. We absolutely love our neighbors there and miss them terribly. We cried and prayed with many of them, counseled, watched their children, helped them find jobs, and studied the Bible with them. By God’s amazing work, we were privileged to see 37 people come to know Christ while we lived there!
Since leaving, two families have moved into Countryside and have taken over the ministry. They are a great fit for the ministry and love our neighbors well. We are excited to see how God will add to the ministry using their strengths.
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