Here's Our Story...
Darrell and Linda Hinson's love for Nicaragua started in 2000, after making numerous short term mission trips. They fell in love with the people and knew that one day they wanted to live there and minister to the needs of the people. In September 2001, their dreams became reality. They were sent out with the blessings of their church - Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC.
Darrell and Linda instantly fell in love with the children and the country. They continued to take two to four trips a year to work with an organization that built and owned an orphanage in Juilgalpa. Darrell actually became a board member with that organization for several years.
After a couple of years, they began to make trips on their own. Soon, family and friends would ask how they could help in their ministry and if they were a non-profit. In April 2007, Darrell and Linda's mission became an official
non-profit organization in SC - The Pearl Foundation was founded.
Around the same time, Spring 2007, Darrel and Linda knew that one day after retirement, they would like to spend more time in Nicaragua to continue their ministry. During a trip to Granada in February 2007, they looked at some houses, made an offer, and officially became homeowners in Granada, Nicaragua. God definitely knew what He was doing - that house has been their ‘mission house’ for the past six years, and is where they host their teams for meals and daily prep.
In November 2016 they purchased property in the heart of Pantanal Barrio where the children's feeding program, backyard bible clubs, discipleship classes and youth groups were held. They broke ground on the Community Building in February 2017. The building has been in full use since June 18th, 2017. The Lord truly blessed the group with ministry partners who came alongside them to provide the funds for this wonderful building. This building is used seven days a week for God’s Glory.