The Guatemala Ministry of Mano con Mano has become the primary focus of the organization. Read futher to learn more about this exciting ministry and its history.
The ministry of Mano con Mano in Guatemala is concentrated in 3 primary areas.
History of Mano con Mano's involvement in Guatemala:
In 2003 William and Susan Jones moved to Guatemala in order for William to teach at Christian Academy of Guatemala, a school for children of missionaries. Within a few months, Susan, a Family Nurse Practitioner in the U.S., began helping in a small village clinic that provided health care to extremely poor Mayans in the hills outside Guatemala City. During their second year in Guatemala, William continued teaching, however Susan continually felt frustration over how many of her patients, particularly children, were severely malnourished. Susan and William began to pray that God would provide the money to buy some land in the village and construct a small kitchen to cook nutritious meals for those children who were most malnourished. Within months a friend sent an e-mail offering to give enough money to purchase a parcel of land, and after a difficult search, Mano con Mano bought a small bean field in the remote Mayan village of Yalu in the mountains about 22 miles from Guatemala City. Before long, a team of Mayan farmers and construction workers from the city began leveling land, digging foundations, and laying the block for a much larger building than originally envisioned. Construction began in February, 2005. All work was done by hand, however several teams from churches in the United States came to spend a week working and encouraging the workers and ministry. Block was laid upon block and soon the frame of a two-story building took shape. A roof was welded on, kitchen equipment purchased, and by May of 2006 some125 children and expectant/recent mothers sat down to the first meal served in the "Nim Jay" feeding center. The name "Nim Jay" means "big house" in the local Kaqchiquel dialect, but is also an acronym for "Nutrition, for Infants and Mothers (because) Jesus Ama (loves) Yalu."
More teams came to help with the ministry outreaches of the Nim Jay. Doctors, construction workers, and others helpers came to paint the building, make beds, chicken coops, bathrooms and a playground. Special movie nights for the village were held in the Nim Jay. With the help of Mano con Mano Health Reach, the 32 year old water pipe system of Yalu village was replaced. A pre-natal program designed to examine and assist expectant mothers was started. School supplies were purchased to enable needy families to keep their children in school. Today, more than 300 children and expectant/new mothers are being fed a healthy, nutritious meal three times each week. A Guatemalan doctor was hired to examine and chart the growth and health of children being fed, as well as to evaluate potential candidates for the feeding program. More and more beds and bathrooms are being built. A stove project is in place to help prevent lung disease from toxic cooking smoke in houses. Women's craft days and children's soccer games draw many from the village to hear the message of how God sent his Son to earth for us. The village elders and president have embraced Nim Jay's place in the life of the village, where once they were suspicious and unsupportive.
Current supervision of the ministry in Guatemala is being performed by Brennan and MariaJose Doyle. Brennan is from Wisconsin and is married to Mariajose, an architect and native Guatemalan. Susan Jones, who has returned to live in the United States, continues to provide guidance on the Board of Directors, while the Doyles fill the position of "Field Directors" while living in Guatemala. Overseeing the feeding of children, the maintenance of the Nim Jay building, procurement of food, and supervision of the staff, the Doyles provide continuance and stability to the feeding center ministry. It is the hope of Mano con Mano that Nim Jay's ministry will supply food for the bodies of Mayan children and expectant mothers as well as proclaim to the struggling people of the village of Yalu that Jesus Christ loves them and wants to care for their needs.
Another developing program that builds upon an idea that Mano con Mano utilized in its' earlier years of ministry in Mexico is the Sister Church program. Mano con Mano recognized the need to support young pastors as they built churches to become self-sufficient. We are currently developing a partnership with a local Christian church, Los Olivos, in the neighboring community of Sumpango, near the current feeding center in Yalu. We are developing programs where our visions overlap. Los Olivos is currently utilizing the Nim Jay 3 days a week in a program called the Los Olivos Learning Center in Yalu, to provide educational and spiritual support to 50 students from the Yalu school. This exciting program will hopefully provide more education and opportunity for the youth of the community as we try to curb the cycle of poverty in this community. Please visit the Sister Church page to learn about the history of this program in Mexico.
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