FROM THE OYSTER
Executive Director - House of Pearls
Executive Director - House of Pearls
It's essential for you to know that your contributions are making a real difference. Through your generosity, we have been able to provide housing for 35 women just this year. Those women were taken to doctors for check ups, some received dental care, they learned the value of volunteering for other ministries. But most importantly, they were introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your support has brought hope, joy, and positive change to countless lives.
Looking ahead, exciting plans for the future!
As we look forward to the new year, we have exciting plans on the horizon. With your continued support, we aim to build the new HOP home in Marshville. This new project will allow us to expand our home in the future to take in more residents.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
During this festive season, we extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. May your holidays be filled with joy, love, and the spirit of giving. We are profoundly grateful for your partnership and look forward to continuing our journey together in the coming year. Thank you for being an integral part of the HOP family! Your support truly makes a difference, and we are privileged to have you by our side.
Keep Christ first in the New Year~
Executive Director, House of Pearls
Being called an oyster didn't set well with me at first! My Pastor, Trent McLaughlin was the first to refer to me in that manner and I remember flinching! Thinking "what did he just say"? But then I started hearing the reason... what comes from an oyster? Pearls!! How does this happen? I started looking up information about an oyster, here is what I found:
1. An oyster is tightly closed, protecting itself.
2. An oyster has a hard shell but is soft inside.
3. Although small, an oyster is a very tough creature.
Interestingly, that sounds a lot like me! . Life has a way of doing that to you. You become harder, protective, tough. But then you meet a man named Jesus and He changes you on the inside. There is a softness, a caring spirit that didn't use to be there.
“Oysters make pearls in response to an irritant, such as a grain of sand. When any irritant makes its way between the mollusk's shell and mantle, the creature produces nacre, a protective coating that helps reduce irritation. The oyster's natural reaction is to cover up that irritant to protect itself. This eventually forms a pearl.”
"The irritants, the stinging -- without them the oyster would not make the pearl, the thing of beauty, the object of great worth."
If you have been around our Pearls any amount of time, you will begin to love them. When they come to us, they are irritated from many things. If they stick around you will begin to see these women heal from past hurts, brokenness, pain, & anger. God begins doing a might work in them. As Pastor Trent says: What He allows to happen TO you, He will do THROUGH you to help others.
That is exactly what He did through me. He took a broken girl, from a broken home of addiction. Gave her a family, and allowed addiction to even touch the life of her child, just so He could mold her, help her learn to forgive in order to help other women learn about the love of Jesus Christ and His healing power.
And He will do that through YOU as well. To every Pearl that has come through our 1 year program, He isn't finished with you. Let him use your story, to help others, for His Glory!
I now love my nickname "Oyster". I'm honored God saw fit to include me in His redemptive work at House of Pearls.
I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect. If you would like for us to come share at your Church, community event, ladies meeting, give me a call or text!