Monday, June 22, 2015

House of Pearls is Thriving!

"He has made everything beautiful in it's time."
Ecclesiastes 3:11

What a wonderful time of year with the change in seasons and thus the warmer weather, beautiful sunsets and longer days. Changes are also occurring at the House of Pearls...lots of change.

First of all, the Board of Directors is happy to announce we have hired Joni Jones as the new Director of Programs. Joni is a native of Union County with family roots in the Marshville area and is an active member of Lee Park Baptist Church. After working in the financial industry for many years and having struggles in her life, she realized something was missing and finally completely surrendered her life to The Lord. She felt a calling on her life to help those struggling to rebuild their lives after making bad decisions. She has been a volunteer at The House of Pearls off and on for the past year and knew God was stirring something special within her heart. In April, she decided to make more of a commitment to HOP by volunteering on a regular basis but that quickly turned into her being offered the Director of Programs position.

Joni has jumped in with both feet and although the transition has not been an easy one, she has the love of the Lord all over her. We, as the Board, are thrilled with her enthusiasm and passion. She has already found a permanent House Mother/Night Manager and she brings forth daily updates of how the Lord is moving in the house and within the ladies. Just this morning we learned that 2 of the ladies re-dedicating their lives to the Lord.

Please continue to pray for The House of Pearls; Joni & Cindy (the Night Manager), the ladies, the volunteers, the changes that are taking place. Without your love, support and prayers, we would not be able to continue this ministry.

Please consider getting involved.  As you can see there are wonderful things happening, but it still takes an army to raise up these ladies as the Lord would have us do.  

Thanks again for all of your love, prayers and support (both financially and with your time).

Board of Directors



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Praise the Lord!

Last night two of the ladies here at House of Pearls rededicated their lives to Jesus Christ! Great, wonderful, miraculous things are happening!

The Lord's favor is upon us!



Friday, May 29, 2015

What a beautiful, glorious morning here at House of Pearls. We currently have four ladies and two new ladies are coming within the next few days.

Today we are thankful for our many harvests. Jesus said in Matthew 9:37, ...“The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.

Here at House of Pearls we are in need of volunteers. We need volunteers to come teach Bible Studies or other activities, specifically on Monday and Thursday afternoons and evenings. In addition, we need help with clean up and organization in and around the house.

We also have other needs, including

  • mop
  • broom
  • vacuum cleaner
  • laundry detergent
  • canned or frozen vegetables
  • storage boxes
  • storage bins
  • bath towels & wash cloths
  • twin sheets
  • bath mats
  • index cards

All donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.

A special thank you to all of our supporters and donors. Without you, we would not be where we are today. We are abundantly blessed and tremendously grateful for the continuous outpouring of our community.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact us at or



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To Everything There is a Season...

and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

My mission work started over 15 years ago in a church in Toledo, Ohio. I have witnessed a grandma asking for and receiving a bed needed for yet another grandchild placed in her care. I've seen children thrilled to receive basic living essentials, a blanket, a pair of shoes. I've seen a momma mourn deeply because she lost all rights to her babies due to her addictions. Speaking of babies, while serving in Jamaica, I have seen little ones run barefoot across gravel to jump into your arms to be loved on.

While working at HOP, I have witnessed a woman tear up because she has a kitchen to cook in and one of my most favorite snapshots, a woman (whose glasses were broke) using a magnifying glass to look over several bibles laid out on the floor as she researched scripture in various translations. All to get a better understanding of the GREAT LOVE God has for her.

I share these to offer a glimpse of the many opportunities we have to care for each other. There are so many in need, so many who get caught up in the  pitfalls that can steal the joy from life. While not one of us can care for everyone, each of us can make a difference. There is much sadness in our broken world. Only the Love of God can sustain us, we are His vessels.

I see God's hand in everything that has brought me to this point in my life. Nothing is coincidence, He does, and always will, orchestrate everything for His purpose. I'm seeking His will and remembering it's His timing, not mine for everything.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the Program Director for the House of Pearls. It has been an honor to serve here and I have every intention of being a vital part of the House going forward.

That being said there are many reasons I can no longer serve in the capacity I have for the past year. The most vital being my precious family. They have supported my decision to serve here and support me still. Bottom line is I miss them terribly; I miss my home life. The Pearls and the House deserve one who will place them second only to God, this must be priority.

I know there is a woman of great faith out there who is perfect for this position. God is speaking to her right now. PLEASE PRAY for the House, pray for the 5 pearls who are here now, for those who have been here, and for all who are yet to come. Also for James Smith and the devoted support staff here. The House nor I would have survived without the love and devotion of these great servants.

As Tim stated in the last email WE NEED HELP. You may have heard "it takes a village"; well it certainly does. Please pray and obey what the Lord is saying to you about helping HOP. Contact us at 704.324.4303. There are so many who bless this House in so many ways. I have been privileged to work with many of great faith. For this I am thankful.

My prayer is that as we move forward we are able to live, laugh, and love the way our Father has created us to.

Always in His Service,
Cindy Huffman



Monday, April 3, 2015

Urgent Message from Board Member Tim Sheppard

Greetings brothers and sisters In Christ! I pray this newsletter finds you all well and walking in the blessings of the Lord. God has been good to the ministry here at the House Of Pearls as we continue to grow and change as each day passes by. As we enter the time of year to celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior it brings to my mind the importance of every volunteer, teacher, administrator, director, and donor at the House Of Pearls. Why you may ask? Because we each have an important part in Ministry at the House Of Pearls.

If we look at the story of Jesus and His journey to the Cross, we find in Luke chapter 19:33-34 a colt that may seem insignificant to the journey but he actually played a significant role in that journey. The colt was chosen to CARRY our Lord and Savior on that journey that would change the world as it was known at that time. Did the colt think all the praise was for him as people laid their clothing down for them to walk on or was he fully aware of the "One" who sat upon his back as he bore the load on the way to the cross? You see, each person no matter how insignificant they may seem or feel, are significant to the journey at the House Of Pearls. Just as the colt carried Jesus on His journey, you carry the House Of Pearls on its journey to minister to the least of these.


We all have a place in the great commission to share the gospel. YOUR PLACE COULD BE TO HELP support FINANCIALLY, to come and MINISTER, to help with TRANSPORTATION, to share in CRAFTS, or commit to SPEND ONE NIGHT A WEEK with the girls to give much needed relief to an overworked staff.

There are so many more opportunities for you to get involved with here at the house. Would you pray and be willing to let the Lord use you to carry this ministry to the next level? God has called us all to action, step out, take your place, volunteer, donate and support this ministry as we reach out to the least of these. MAY GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. We appreciate every donor, volunteer, teacher, director, and person involved in this ministry. This ministry would not be possible without YOU!

Celebrate the King this Easter and get involved in this great continuing outreach by CALLING THE OFFICE 704.324.4303 or coming by.

Thanks again for ALL YOU DO.
In Christ,

Tim Sheppard
HOP Board of Directors

NEEDS (top need ~ helping hands) also need light bulbs, aluminum foil, trash bags, all purpose cleaners and as always toilet paper.


We also have a great need here at the house. We need to find a Godly woman of Godly character who may need a place to live and is willing to serve as a House Mother or Night Manager. This would require her to stay the nights here at the house with the girls and make sure rules are being followed. During the day, this woman would be free to go to work or wherever she may need to go. She will be provided a free room of her own and bathroom here at the house in exchange for serving in this position. This is not a demanding position and only requires her presence at night and willingness to serve as the House Mother or Night Manager. If you know someone or are able to do that yourself, please contact the house 704.324.4303.


We are also in need of a vehicle for the ministry, preferably a 7-passenger vehicle, but any vehicle is greatly appreciated. We have one of our vehicles that is basically not worth repairing any more. We have spent over $600 on it in the last month and it is broken down again. The mileage is high and we have made the decision to not continue to put money into it as we have been doing so for a while now. If you have a vehicle, know someone who does, or would like to make a donation toward the purchase of another one for the ministry, please let us know. We know that God has the perfect vehicle out there for us, and we pray he moves on the hearts of people to help with the need.

Thanks again for all you do for the ministry. Please contact the house at 704.324.4303 if you can help with this need.



Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Update

Greetings HOP friends,

There are currently five in the house. This past week was rough on everyone physically; however, we are all up and feeling well today. All but one of the pearls is ready to seek employment.

We are blessed to have some wonderful people in the community working closely with the Pearls on employment preparation and debt reduction. Two fairly new knowledgeable friends to the house. Praise God.

We are thankful to have our ever-devoted supporters who come weekly or biweekly to teach and support the Pearls.

Just this morning we received a wonderful donation of food from a regular supporter and this past week received personal care items from Miss Joan and Waxhaw Bible Church. We also received a donation of household goods from one in the community who chose to remain anonymous. This house is blessed and we so appreciate all the support.

God always provides and works through those who are willing to serve! I am sincerely hoping as this is being read that more will come forward and get involved here.

The following is a response to my mentioning that we need more Life Recovery Bibles:

"I can not describe how thankful I am to have been chosen by God to reside here at the House of Pearls. I came in a broken soul after hitting rock bottom. I was taught that the rock I hit, and now stand on, is the Rock on which I am to rebuild and transform my faith and life.

My NLT Life Recovery Bible has been such an instrumental tool in my recovery and walk with the Lord. I wish for every woman that comes through the doors to be given one and taught to use it.

I found HOPE in recovery, steeped in THE WORD and the 12 practical principles to redemption and the life we were tailor made to live."

Written by Jessica Rosen who has just left HOP

Please consider helping us get more of this bible.


Blessings to all~ enjoy your day.

Sincerely, Cindy


Jessica cooking at Christmas time.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February Update

Greetings friends and family,

I am always amazed at how quickly time goes by. Forgive me for not sharing updates more often.

We currently have 5 ladies in the house. All but one has been here long enough to seek employment. Please pray for the ladies as we all know this is not an easy task. If you are aware of any job "ops", please share them with us.

Speaking of topics that are not easy, I have a specific need. One of the pearls is in need of some specialized support in order to overcome something she has battled for many years. We are in the process of connecting her with helpful resources but do anticipate the need for financial assistance. I can't give an amount, because we have not heard from our resource, yet. Having no insurance does not help this situation. Please consider helping her. Feel free to contact me or send a donation identified as specialized support and we will know what it is for.

As always we appreciate your precious time and all the support that we are so generously given. We are thankful for all the food, clothing, household goods, heaters(good timing) valentine gifts, the list goes and on.

Thank you all!
Praying that you are both blessed and a blessing today. Amen.



Monday, January 26, 2015

January Update

Greetings friends and family,

It's hard to believe that it is the end of January already! I'm thrilled to see all the spring flowers that are popping through the ground. The other morning I saw a large red fox crossing the field and we have seen a beautiful crane quite often, maybe a Blue Heron, near the stream. This is such a lovely property.

We are thankful that everyone here at the house is healthy right now. As of this date we have 6 in the house. Two of our Pearls are currently seeking employment. Tina has a part time job (as of January 25th) and Rashone is moving into her own apartment today. Everyone is moving forward, one step at a time.

We have a  birthday in the house this week. We have a new couch in our living room and a new fire pit outside. We also have new gravel on our driveway. So many blessings!

Thanks to everyone for all the support and prayers. We still need help with transporting some to appointments. Lastly I want to remind you to go to our website and read the latest Treasure Trove. See the pictures and latest additions to the needs list.

To God be the Glory and blessings to you!



Fire Pit Crew

Fire Pit Crew January 2015


Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy New Year!

Better late than never getting the Christmas photos up for everyone to see. Thank you, Tina, for the photos.

Christmas 2014



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

House of Pearls Wishes You a Merry Christmas

Hello friends,

House of Pearls wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Cherish your families, friends and the opportunities God provides.

Many thanks to Mill Grove UMW, we have a new stove. To Mr. Russell Wing for his assistance with electrical needs and to Mr Jeff Wolfe for his generous support.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support.

Blessings~ Cindy



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

House Update

Hello friends,

I hope this note finds you happy & healthy.

There are 8 women in the house at this time. We have a few down with medical issues. Please pray for Tracy & Angela. Some of us are battling the current cold virus. I imagine some in your household are fighting it also. This being said, everyone is moving forward and growing closer to Christ as we prepare for the celebration of His birth.

We were blessed awhile back to receive a donation allocated for counseling. What a difference has been made for the recipients! Unfortunately, the funds are currently depleted, and I am asking again for financial support to aid the women with their specific needs.

Household needs would include all to battle the cold virus:

Nasal decongestants
Guaifenesin (generic Mucinex)
B complex
Vitamin C

Thanks for the prayers and all the support we receive. The house could not operate without it!

Giving thanks for His blessings,

P.S.look for the December newsletter soon.



Friday, November 28, 2014

From all of us at the House of Pearls to you and yours~


The house is at capacity. As of Wednesday afternoon, we have 9 women in the house. This means we are using all of our couches, and we have one storing her belongings in her suitcase, because it's the only space available. With a full house, our meat supplies are diminishing quickly.

What an honor it is to provide shelter and loving care for women who choose to make a change in their lives. To seek a relationship with the Savior and learn a better way to live in society.

Pearls know how blessed they are to be here and appreciate all the support.

Please pray for us and enjoy the blessings. God is good ... all the time!


5th Anniversary Celebration Held October 5th, 2014

Guests arriving at the open house for the fifth anniversary of House of Pearls on October 5th were greeted with beautiful sunshine, smiling faces, and the aromas of freshly baked cookies, apple pies and banana bread.
The House of Pearls opened in 2009 after much hard work and dedication by Chaplain Terry Merritt to find a location to house women like the ones she had ministered to while being involved in prison ministry for several years. Since then, 100s of women have passed through on their way to new, independent lives. Finding the house wasn’t everything. Chaplain Merritt couldn’t have made it without the dedication of many donors and volunteers.
The event was a success for the ladies and the guests. We’re also happy to report that the craft and bake sale raised $207.

House of Pearls is a non-profit Christian Home dedicated to helping women rebuild their lives through the love of  Jesus Christ.  HOP is located in Wingate, NC on a 100+ acre farm.  We opened HOP in October 2009 after working on this beautiful home for several years in preparation for the rezoning and final approval to be given so we could open the House of Pearls.  We are blessed to lease this beautiful home and feel that it is the perfect setting for ladies to transform their lives! Please select the "About" button to read more in depth about how The House of Pearls was started and our mission statement. 


Would you like to DONATE to HOP?

The House of Pearls is run 100% on supporter donations and we rely on each of you to continue this ministry.  If you would like to donate to the ministry, you can mail a check to:

The House of Pearls
116 Old Hwy 74
Wingate NC 28174

Or click the DONATE button below and you can give right now.  Thank you for your continued support!   

House of Pearls

116 Old Hwy 74
Wingate, NC 28174



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