Calling All Hinsons

"…that they should seek God…" Acts 17:26-27

About Us

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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If you would like to plug into ministry opportunities at The Connection, contact them through their blogs.

4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Love the work. We are doing the same thing in the old mill village in Kershaw. We have been doing a prayer walk through the streets of Kershaw over a year and a half every Wednesday night. We have only missed 3 because of weather. We do an outdoor Sunday School every Saturday on a vacant lot we purchased in the mill village. We need to set up a time to come prayer walk with you. We had 22 tonight. Our outreach website is:

  2. Hello Amber! I am so glad to have found your site! Just 2 months after you moved into your ministry, God set me in place as the children’s ministry leader at a small Hispanic church plant in a drug-infested migrant neighborhood near my home in the Sarasota, Fl area. I started blogging about the experience this past August in the hopes of finding a community of others who are on a similar journey. This past Spring I also began reading a great deal about Christian Community Development and am fascinated by the idea of moving in and ministering as a member of the community. Are you a part of the CCD movement? Also, this is a really random question, but is there a family in your community with a 6th grade boy named Carlos, a 4th grade girl named Nayeli, and a 2nd-grader named Josue? They were faithful members of our El Crucero Iglesia until August when they quite suddenly moved to South Carolina (I don’t know where). I know it is a long shot, but I thought I’d ask if you’ve encountered them.

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