Pray America is a non-denominational 501C3 organization that began in the late 1980′s to serve those in need in Central America. Following God’s lead Chichicastenango, Guatemala became home for the ministry in 2003 with a mission house for prayer and for short-term mission teams. We are a NGO (non-governmental organization) Guatemalan based association operating under the name Manos de Jesus; the Hands of Jesus. To remain focused on our James 1:27 calling Chichicastenango, Guatemala is the only base of operations for the Pray America/Manos De Jesus ministry.
We are a Jesus-centered ministry committed to loving the hurting and marginalized people in the Chichicastenango area. Our desire is to see these long-oppressed people realize spiritual, physical, emotional and relational freedom. The foundations of the ministry are a commitment to intercessory prayer, living in community with the people we serve and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through both words and works.
We are focused on, but not limited to, 3 communities around Chichicastenango – Paquixic, Xepocol and Saquilla. We are active in approximately 40 Mayan communities overall. Our vision is to go deeper in these communities, moving them constantly closer to sustainability and more importantly into a relationship with Jesus. Relational trust that has been built over more than 10 years is the key to reaching these communities through a series of weekly nutrition programs, widow house construction, water filtration systems, efficient vented cook stoves and more.
None of this happens without the love of people. Pray America employs a staff of over 65 native Guatemalans and a handful of Americans, that are supported by over 35 church teams from the US each year.
“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 by the world.”
This verse is foundational for the Manos de Jesus ministry. And, as we continue to move forward we realize there are a lot of details and dedication in “looking after orphans and widows”. We covet your prayers for our day to day ministry details as we continue to follow our calling. We also hope that you will share in our passion for the precious people of Guatemala.
Ron has been working in Central America for more than 25 years. He started with a Pastor’s Prayer Network in the 1980’s which led him to overseas mission work. During that time he also found himself in the midst of a large shoebox ministry. He facilitated the donation of many bibles and toys which were placed into shoe boxes and delivered to Central America. The shoebox ministry continues today and is much larger than Ron could have ever imagined. Following God’s call Ron then found himself transporting as many donations and bibles as he could to orphanages in Central America. He soon felt called to minister to the Guatemalan people and began replacing dilapidated mobile homes with block homes at the Casa Bernebe Orphange in Guatemala City. More than 10 years ago he felt God’s call again and he planted the Manos de Jesus ministry here in Chichicastenango. His love for the Guatemalan people is evident as he walks the streets of Chichi handing out tickets for new shoes from our Shoe Factory here at Monte Flor. His heart for the people can also be seen as he seems to continually hire Guatemalans into the ministry; and somehow payroll is met each month.
For more details on hosting a short-term team with us please visit our Mission Trips page. Also, our Team Leader Guide is full of detailed information about serving here in Chichicastenango. The next step would be to fill out a Trip Information Request Form. Once we have confirmed a Mission Trip Date with your Team Leader please have each Team Member click here and fill out a Team Member Registration Form. This will ensure that each Team Member will be properly registered with us and will have proper Travel Insurance. We look forward to serving Jesus and the Guatemalan people along side of your team soon.