At eight years old, Darla opened her heart to Jesus at a Vacation Bible School. Six years later, she received a compelling nudge from
the Holy Spirit when she heard a missionary speak at a Christian camp. From
that point on, her goal was to become a medical missionary.
For twenty years, she accumulated life experience as she
raised three sons and worked as a registered nurse. Finally, her opportunity presented
itself, and Darla received an offer to travel to Kisumu, Kenya, with a
community development team. As she learned the local tribal language and became
acquainted with many of the street boys, she was touched by the tragedy of
their lives. As a result, she founded Agape Children’s Ministry with a leap of
faith in 1993. The ministry has grown by God’s grace beyond all expectations.
To date, over two thousand children have been rescued from the streets.
Darla and her husband, Dr. Paul Calhoun, former president of
Medical Ambassadors International, were married in 1995. Between them they have
five sons and seven grandchildren. They make their home in Glendale, Arizona.