Mano con Mano Health Reach is an organization of both full-time and part-time missionaries. The following make up this team:
The Joneses: Susan and William Jones served on a full-time basis in Guatemala from 2003 to 2007. Susan earned a Masters Degree as a nurse practitioner and has worked in the nursing field for over twenty years. Due to her background in nursing, Susan participated in many short-term team ministry trips to both Mexico and Guatemala. In 1995 she helped found Mano con Mano Health Reach to provide much needed health care for the poor in Mexico. Since 1991 she has made more than 15 short-term trips. Today she serves as president of the Mano con Mano home board and oversees the financial structure of the ministry. Her husband, William, was a teacher for 21 years. He earned a degree from Fuller Seminary and has served in many capacities in various churches over the past 30 years. Along with Susan, William has participated in numerous short-term ministry trips. While he was teaching at Christian Academy in Guatemala, Susan brought him awareness of serious malnutrition among the Mayan children she was seeing in the clinic. In 2004 they began praying for funds and land to build the feeding center. Within two years the project was mostly completed, at which time the Jones returned to live in the United States to spend time with their children and grandchildren. William passed in early 2010, and Susan still works as executive director from the U.S. to raise needed funds for the ministry, making trips to Guatemala for staff encouragement and oversight.
The Doyles: Brennan Doyle left Rhinelander, Wisconsin to work in an orphanage in Guatemala in 2001. While doing various building projects there, he met his future wife, a Guatemalan architect named Mariajose. They were married in 2003, but became parents of a little girl in only four months. Actually, little Lucia, their adopted daughter, was deserted as an infant by her mother, wherein newly-weds Brennan and Mariajose took her as their own when she was brought to the orphanage where they worked. Within a year, Mariajose gave birth to their son, Ben. The Doyles worked on various building projects for a number of Christian ministries in Guatemala before being asked to become the Field Directors of Mano con Mano Guatemala. Today Brennan and Mariajose oversee the feeding center named Nim Jay in the small village of Yalu. They are responsible for securing food for the 300 children and expectant mothers of the village, overseeing the maintenance of the feeding center building, and supervising the feeding center cooks and maintenance workers. They are active in their church in Guatemala, doing signing for the deaf in the congregation, teaching Sunday School and Brennan playing in the worship band. When they find time, they visit Brennan’s parents who still live in Rhinelander. Mariajose, a university trained, licensed architect designs structures for various Christian ministries, while Brennan’s construction experience helps see them built. Brennan and Mariajose are MCM’s hands in the Guatemalan ministry.
The Hineses: Dr. Jim Hines and his wife Kaye came to Guatemala in 2004. Jim, an internal medicine physician, retired from his American practice and came to Guatemala. He began working in the clinic with Susan Jones to provide needed medical care for the poor Mayans in a small village. He also worked in a clinic next to a girl’s home, seeing patients from the surrounding community. Kaye, his wife teaches nutrition and cooking to the girls in the home, as well as being involved in women’s ministries. The clinic where Dr. Jim worked was in close proximity to the Nim Jay feeding center, and he began to see its value for improving the health of many children. When Mano con Mano formed a charitable organization in 2007, Dr. Hines and Kaye were asked to be part of the Founding Board. In addition, Dr. Hines was asked to become part of Mano con Mano’s Board of Directors in the United States. Today, Dr. Jim and his wife divide their time between medical work, helping at the girl’s home, and living part-time in Corpus Christi, Texas to be near their three sons. The Hines are sent to Guatemala by CTEN, Commissioned to Every Nation, an organization that is based in Corpus Cristi, and Jim serves on the board of directors.
Gerry and Barb Normand: Gerry and Barb were both Canadian business professionals for many years until God grabbed hold of them and asked that they dedicate their lives to helping others wherever He leads. Their relationship with Mano Con Mano began in February 2006, as they co-lead their home church's first short-term mission trip team to Yalu. Through this initial experience, the Normands' passion for missions flared, and God provided an opportunity to work as program managers with the Swiss-based humanitarian aid organization MEDAIR, in the volatile N.E. region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Upon returning from an 18 month assignment in DRC, their desire to serve in an international context had only intensified. It was during their third trip to serve in Yalu, in February 2010, that they sensed the calling to full-time service with Mano Con Mano in Guatemala. Their love for Guatemala and the Mayan people, and their desire to bring hope to those in need, makes them very excited to start this new partnership with Mano Con Mano. They look forward to sharing God's love with the people of Yalu upon completion of full-time Spanish language studies in Costa Rica. The Normands are serving under CTEN, Commission to Every Nation – Canada, based in Windsor Ontario Canada. Their sending church is Heart Lake Baptist Church located in Brampton Ontario, Canada.