"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
We understand the necessity of having a page "about us", but we write this with some degree of reluctance. We do not seek any praise or recognition for what we are doing and we are uncomfortable when we receive it. This ministry is not "about us". We are nothing special - only His jars of clay who are willing, available, and are trying to be obedient to God and walk in the good works He has prepared for us beforehand.
"Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart....But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." 2 Corinthians 4:1,7
We long for the day when people will see our good works and praise God, not us.
"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matt. 5:16
However, we know many of you do not know who we are and would like to know something about the people behind these good works. That being said, here's a little info "about us".
His Hands Support Ministries is incorporated under the laws of the State of Maine as a 501c3, non-profit, charitable organization. His Hands for East Africa is an all-volunteer ministry program being run by His Hands Support Ministries. These are some of our core principals:We strive to promote unity within the body of Christ - HHSM recognizes the need for unity in the body of believers who all share the common bond of faith in Jesus Christ and have experienced His saving grace. Our fellowship is made up of believers from many different denominations including Baptist, Evangelical Free, Assembly of God, etc. and we have joined together with our brothers and sisters in East Africa to try to make a difference in the lives of the people there who are living in poverty. Our purpose is not to start an American work in East Africa, but to come alongside our East African brothers and sisters to support and encourage them in the work they are already doing.
"Joshua led the attack as Moses had commanded, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur stood on the hilltop. The Israelites out-fought the Amalekites as long as Moses held up his arms, but they started losing whenever he had to lower them. Finally, Moses was so tired that Aaron and Hur got a rock for him to sit on. Then they stood beside him and supported his arms in the same position until sunset. That's how Joshua defeated the Amalekites." Exodus 17:10-15
We are a faith-based ministry – We do not and will not actively solicit support for the operational needs of the ministry, only for the children or other special projects. 100% of the sponsorship fee we collect will ALWAYS go to the children, not to the running of the ministry itself. When the ministry has a need for funding, we go to God with that need, and not to man, for we know that God is the one who provides for all of our needs.
Philip Charles, president, and Jamie Charles, secretary, met while attending Barrington College, where Jamie received a B.S. in Youth Ministries in 1980, the same year in which they were married. Philip is a PK (pastor's kid) as well as an MK (missionary's kid), having spent 3 years as a child in the city of Lima, Peru. Philip is also a self-employed carpenter but currently spends his time, along with Jamie, giving full-time care to their elderly mothers in Florida. God has blessed Philip and Jamie with 6 children and as well as 7 grandchildren. They have experienced the tremendous blessing of being able to take all of their children and one of their grandchildren to visit several different country programs with them at different times. Philip and Jamie currently attend Cornerstone Family Church in Saint Cloud, Florida.
Marilee Colpitts' first trip to Africa was in December, 2010. She has spent her entire life working with children and, as Sponsorship Coordinator for the Africa program, she has a burning desire to help the children in this program. She also has gone to Haiti with HH4H. Married since 1983 to her Gordon College sweetheart, Rick, she is the mother to 7 children, including twins and triplets. Many of her children have also gone on missions trips, some to Africa! Marilee has a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She wants to be used of God in the field she has studied in. Working with this program, she feels it is a perfect fit. Being a PK, (preachers kid), she grew up with stories of missions in Africa, and is thrilled to be working with His Hands Support Ministries now. Marilee and her family attend Fayette Baptist Church in Fayette, Maine. (Marilee also serves as the Program Coordinator for the His Hands for Africa Child Sponsorship Program.)
Henry Cooper has served as the Associate Pastor at Fayette Baptist Church (FBC) in Fayette, Maine since 2006. He has earned degrees in Missionary Aviation, Pastoral Ministries B.A., and Biblical Counseling M.A. Along with pastoral duties; he oversees the ministry leaders, small groups, and the local outreach and cross-cultural mission efforts of the church. FBC made their first mission trip to Haiti with His Hands in 2006. Since then Henry has led several trips back to Haiti and takes teams each year to Mexico. He and his wife, Vicki, served as missionaries with South America Mission in Bolivia for 15 years. They have two adult children: Calvin (and his wife Katie) and Benjamin (and his wife Courtney) and two full-of-life grandsons, Israel and Solomon. Henry and Vicki enjoy spending time with family, hiking, and flying.
Jamie Dennett has been married to her husband, Scott, since 1980. They have one son, who was homeschooled and is now a full-time firefighter. Jamie has served as a Sunday School teacher and ladies Bible study teacher. She is currently church librarian and women's ministry coordinator. She also works as an ed tech at a middle school. Jamie and Scott attend United Baptist Church of Peru. Interested in missions for many years, she made her first mission trip to Haiti in 2000. She has been involved with His Hands Support Ministries since its early days, sponsors children in several His Hands programs, and has been part of numerous teams. Jamie served for six years as the Guatemala program coordinator and looks forward to seeing what plans God has for her as coordinator of the Swaziland program.
Wanda Meisner, treasurer, is Dana Meisner’s wife, the mother of 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Wanda is teaching her grandchildren at home. She is nutty about math and uses her math skills to assist with the ministry’s bookkeeping. Wanda grew up reading books about missionaries and enjoyed listening to missionaries speak about their individual ministries in foreign countries. Her dear friend and mentor saw this interest. He constantly said, “Wanda, I believe that someday you will be a missionary”. Wanda says that it is a great privilege to be able to serve God and His children through His Hands Support Ministries. She is so thankful for the blessing of being able to travel around the world and has traveled to Haiti, India, and Honduras. Dana & Wanda attend Faith Bible Chapel in Buckfield, Maine.
Lorraine Mitchell, director, has been married to her husband, Brud, since 1958. They have 4 grown children, Nadine, Doreen, Stephanie & Stephen, 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Lorraine has served God by being treasurer for her church as well as two other Christian organizations. She has made several trips to Haiti and Guatemala, her first trip being in 2004, and has formed strong relationships with many of her sponsored children as well as with many of her Christian brothers and sisters in those countries. Lorraine currently works giving in-home care to the elderly and attends the Strong Church of the Nazarene in Strong, Maine.
Bea Otte, director, is a mother of 3 adult children (Phyllis, John & Joshua) and later adopted Matthew from
overseas. She works as a CRMA/CNA and is also known as “the Christian Herb Lady”. God has blessed Bea with visits to China, Thailand, Laos, Burma, the Philippines, and 2 trips to Haiti in 2005, where she visited with Christian brothers and sisters. Romans 12:15 was heartfelt in these countries. Bea attends Mt. View Bible Church in New Vineyard, Maine and Fayette Baptist Church in Fayette, Maine. She finds it an honor to be a part of His Hands Support Ministries and watch God at work. Please note - our sweet sister Bea was called home to glory on May 25, 2018. We will miss her sweet face at our board meetings.
Dean Stanley, director, was born and raised in the Western Mountains of Maine, and still makes his home there, along with his wife and family. Dean has been actively walking in faith in Christ for about 40 years. His walk of faith in Christ has led him to serve in the past in the following capacities: Elder/Deacon, Trustee and Sunday School teacher. The Lord provides for Dean and his family through his work as a manager in government public service. Dean and his family attend Western Mountains Baptist Church in Kingfield, Maine. Dean spends his recreation time with his family and offers his unique perspective to this board as someone who has not yet had the blessing of visiting his Christian brethren overseas.