"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 Swaziland 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 Swaziland 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 Swaziland, but to come alongside our Swazi 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.
Our Board of Directors -
left - Philip Charles with some young African friends. 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 in the western mountains of Maine where the Charles family currently resides. God has blessed them with 6 children and 2 sons-in-law, as well as 4 grandchildren. They have experienced the tremendous blessing of being able to take all of their children and both of their sons-in-law to Haiti, Africa, Guatemala and India with them at different times, some of them more than once. Philip and Jamie attend First Baptist Church of Kingfield, Maine. right - Jamie Charles with Tabsile Thwala of The Fortress.
left - Matt Lenfestey and his wife, Carlyn, with one of their Haitian sponsored children, Dimy. Matt Lenfestey, vice president, has been going to Haiti since June/July of 2006. His wife, Carlyn, also visited Haiti in March of 2007. Matt and Carlyn met in college where they received their Masters degrees in Physical Therapy and were married in August of 2002. They recently adopted three children - Reggie, Richard and Sasia - from Haiti. They sponsor several children through HH4H. Matt and Carlyn are members of Fayette Baptist Church in Fayette, Maine.
right - Lorraine Mitchell with her Guatemalan "grandson", Hugo. Lorraine Mitchell, treasurer, has been married to her husband, Brud, since 1958. They have 4 grown children, Nadine, Doreen, Stephanie & Stephen, and 11 grandchildren. Lorraine has gained experience 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.
left - Kathy Farmer with one of her Haitian friends, Ketsy. Kathy Farmer, director, is a wife and mother of three children and a grandmother of four. She is a trained Medical Assistant but is currently working as an Operations Specialist. Her first trip to Haiti was in 2000. She fell in love with the country and the people and knew that God had been working on her for the mission field and this was the place. She has been to Haiti a total of eleven times as of March 2011 and, God willing, will go many more times. Kathy and her family attend Faith Evangelical Free Church in Waterville, Maine.
right - Bea Otte with a young Filipino friend. Bea Otte, director, is a mother of 3 adult children (Phyllis, John & Joshua) and recently 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.
left - Dean Stanley with his youngest son. Dean Stanley, director, was born and raised in the Western Mountains of Maine, and still makes his home there, along with his wife, whom he married in 1989, and their five children. Dean has been actively walking in faith in Christ for about 30 years. His walk of faith in Christ has led him to serve in the past in the following capacities: Elder/Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and occasionally preaching at a few churches in the area. 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.
left - Marilee Colpitts with some young African friends. Married since 1983 to her Gordon College sweetheart, Rick, Marilee is the mother to 7 children, including twins and triplets. Many of her children have also gone on missions trips. 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 His Hands Support MInistries, she feels 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.
Swaziland Child Sponsorship Coordinator -
left - Barbara Halvorson with the children of the Ebenezer Feeding Station. Barbara is married to Philip Halvorson and resides in Maine. Barbara and Philip have two children, Lauren and Logan. Barbara has served as a youth pastor for twenty years. She has been a Sunday school teacher, youth choir and drama director, guidance director at a local high school, business owner, and missionary through her local church. She made her first trip to Swaziland in 2007. Needless to say this trip changed her life forever and Barbara has made many trips back to Swaziland since that time. Barbara and her family attend the Presque Isle Wesleyan church in Presque Isle, Maine.
His Hands Support Ministries 2012 Year in Review video
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness." Psalm 115:1