Ministry Info

The Pray America~Manos De Jesus ministry began serving the local Mayan people of Chichicastenango, Guatemala in 2003 with James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted from the world” as the foundation.

We invite you on this journey with us, practicing pure religion” by caring for widows and orphans as the hands of Jesus, meeting their physical needs and helping them reach God’s intentions for them growing spiritually, physically, in wisdom and socially.


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Serving with Manos de Jesus: Practicing Pure Religion

Mission Trips

Since 2003 we have hosted short-term mission teams in a safe place with hot showers and home-cooked meals in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. We provide transportation from the Guatemala City Airport to our property in Chichicastenango, Monte Flor, so that teams are able to focus on partnering with us in our James 1:27 calling. We employ a Guatemalan staff of 75 to take care of the details from three meals a day to finding widows in need of a home.

When short-term teams arrive we are prepared for a week in which caring for widows and children can take place in a tangible way. Visiting teams participate in “work projects” such as; building or repairing widow houses, building bathrooms, installing efficient stoves or installing water filters.  Teams also participate in our “relational projects”.  These projects are more discipleship in nature and involve visiting or re-visiting families, building relationships and sharing the love of Jesus. Every family that we visit receives a Solar Powered Audio Bible in Kiche’, the native dialect of local Guatemalans in Chichicastenango.

More than 1,200 homes for widows have been constructed to date, which paves the way for extended ministry to take place. One of those ways is by teams revisiting previously built homes in need of restoration, where teams will repair and paint the house.  These “revisits” allow another opportunity to interact with and care for widows.

For more details on hosting a short-term team with us please browse our Team Leader Guide. The next step would be to fill out our Trip Information Request Form. Once we have confirmed a Mission Trip Date with your Team Leader please have each Team Member fill out a Trip Registration Form. This will ensure that each Team Member will be properly registered with us and will have Travel Insurance. We look forward to serving Jesus and the Guatemalan people along side of your team soon.