"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 The Dominican Republic 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 the Dominican Republic to try to make a difference in the lives of the people in that impoverished country. Our purpose is not to start an American work in the Dominican Republic, but to come alongside our Dominican brothers and sisters to support and encourage them in the work they are already doing.
"So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword." Exodus 17:10-13
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 his wife, Jamie, 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 8 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.
Henry Cooper, vice president, 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.
(Hugh) Tim Corbett, director, served in the military service for 32 years, retiring in March of 2019. He retired as the Assistant Adjutant General-Army with the rank of Brigadier General. He also practiced law in Waterville, Maine from 1991-2002. Tim is the recipient of many decorations, awards and citations for his military service including the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Honor, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Global War on Terror Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal He married his high school sweetheart, Laura, in 1983 and they have 3 grown children, Tim Jr, Jenny, and Ciara, as well as several grandchildren. Tim and Laura attend Faith Evangelical Free Church in Waterville, Maine.
Sheila Johnson is a mom of two young adults and an elemntary student. She has worked 25 years in Procurement Management at Warner Bros Discovery in Atlanta, GA. Sheila is very active with her local church - Crossroad's Church in Newnan, GA through women's small group leader and missions. Sheila's first mission was to Romania in 2008 and since then, she has taken over 20 international trips. She has a love and passion for the Dominican people and is excited to be a part of the His Hands Support Ministries team!
His Hands for the Dominican Republic - Empowering Action is working in cooperation with Empowering Action - "Empowering Action is Christ-centered non-profit organization that facilitates the transformation of impoverished communities across the globe by mobilizing expertise and resources to strengthen and expand local ministries serving in the name of Jesus Christ. We exist to provide strategic solutions to combat global poverty by, in short, equipping those who could do…with more." To learn more, visit the Empowering Action website.
His Hands for the Dominican Republic - Colegio Moriah is working in cooperation with Friends of Colegio Moriah - "Friends of Colegio Moriah strives to facilitate quality education which may build a bridge of reconciliation, love, and forgiveness between the Haitian immigrants and their descendants and the Dominicans and their descendants in San Pedro de Macorís and nearby neighborhoods. By ensuring that all of Colegio Moriah ministries are conceived, directed and implemented by Haitians and Dominicans, who know and love their people, with assistance of people from abroad who understand their plight, we will enhance the dignity of the human spirit."