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FROM THE OYSTER

Delois Carpenter
Executive Director - House of Pearls




 
Delois Carpenter
Executive Director - House of Pearls

 

Dear Supporters,

As the Executive Director of House of Pearls, I am filled with gratitude at your unwavering support. It has been the cornerstone of our ministry, empowering us to provide hope, healing, and transformation to countless women who have walked through our doors.

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. This journey is not just a visit to inspiring sites, the experiences will bring the Bible to life, deepen their faith, and provide them with unforgettable moments of reflection and learning. I want to personally thank each person who sponsored a Pearl to go. Alumni Pearl Shannon Sims started this adventure for us after she visited The Ark Encounter a few weeks ago and with the generous help of Nutramax Laboratories and those of you who sent in sponsorships, we now have our trip planned out for August!. 

This trip is made possible because of your generous contributions and steadfast prayers. Your commitment to House of Pearls is a beacon of hope for these women, showing them that they are loved and valued by a supportive community.

Thank you for believing in our mission and for your continuous support. Your generosity allows us to provide a safe haven where women can rebuild their lives, anchored in faith and surrounded by love.

As we embark on this journey, we carry your kindness with us. Please continue to keep our ministry in your prayers, and consider further supporting us as we strive to make a lasting impact in the lives of these women.

With heartfelt thanks and blessings

 
Delois Carpenter
Executive Director, House of Pearls 

 


 





 
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"Oyster" hmmm...
 

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. 

Contact

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!

803-287-3906

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