What Does Hands in Service Ministries Accomplish?

HIS Ministries works to share the Good News of Jesus Christ by raising awareness and resources for critical survival concerns. While HIS Ministries focuses on Mexico, we are ready to respond to other worldwide concerns. In Mexico, HIS Ministries works hand-in-hand with Manos Hermanos.

Working together to alleviate hunger, thirst, poverty, illness, and lack of purpose by matching needs and resources.

Our purpose is to seek to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations to alleviate hunger, thirst, illness, poverty, education, lack of purpose, and quality of life world-wide by matching needs and resources for appropriate programs and projects.

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A Brief Overview

Manos Hermanos, a fully legal humanitarian organization in Mexico, was founded by Baptist medical personnel. Dr. Lee Baggett worked alongside Mexican Baptists to develop an organization to respond to human needs issues, such as clean water programs. Over the years, Manos Hermanos has led the way to establish churches and at the same time, receive recognition and appreciation from Mexican government authorities.



of combined service in Mexico

Who Works With Us?

Many Christian groups, such as Texas Baptist Men, the Baptist Hospital in Guadaljara, the Mexican Baptist Convention, and the Baptist General Convention of Texas

At the Jalisco State Governor’s request, our first program was to partner with them to fit glasses and to invite medical specialists to see patients inside the State prisons on a weekly basis as part of their response to major destructive riots. 

This program grew to include cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, optometrists, ophthalmologists, pediatricians, gynecologists, dermatologists and others.  An architect in our network also helped design a hospital that was built inside the prison.  We then were able to find donated medical equipment to help outfit it. 

A major Mexican non-profit asked Manos Hermanas to help them move a donation of recycled computer paper they had received some years previously.  They had more than enough to fill a large bedroom to the ceiling, but needed the space and had not been able to move it.  

We contacted a community development committee in a sprawling poverty belt of our city.  Their children were in the local schools so they knew that the kindergartens and primary schools needed paper for the children to practice writing and drawing.  The mountain of paper disappeared in a couple of weeks and everyone, especially the children, their teachers, and their parents were happy. 

The other tabs illustrate our partnerships with other like-minded non-profits.

What is Manos Hermanas’ Track Record?

clean water

Providing Medicines

Establishing New Churches

Disaster Relief

A Brief History of HIS Ministries

Starting in 1964, Lee Baggett, M.D., worked as a medical student with the outreach clinics of the Hospital Mexico Americano in Guadalajara, Mexico, and starting in 1974, as a physician with the FMB / IMB of the SBC. He helped found Manos Hermanas in 1994 as a broader based organization to meet medical and other needs, and to share Christ across Mexico. Lee is currently President of Manos Hermanas, A.C., and Executive Director of Hands In Service Ministries. 

Manos Hermanas’ initial program in 1994, at the Governor’s request, was to fit glasses and take medical specialists to see prisoners in the State prisons weekly as a part of their response to major destructive riots. Local pastors volunteered to help and were allowed to continue visiting those interested and to train leaders for the new congregations. 

Manos Hermanas has been able to drill four deep water wells, build four arsenic removal units for clean community drinking water, import six semi-loads of food supplement for hunger relief projects, provide pure water and other help in multiple disaster relief situations, import computers to help set up school labs, provide medicines for multiple charity clinics, help improve regional goat genetics in a semidesert area, as well as many other projects. Local brothers work with us to help their communities so that the work is more effective. 

Besides our programs mentioned in the requests, Manos Hermanas currently is teaching ecological family garden workshops in 4 communities, reaching about 90 families. The children and the elderly are enthusiastic, as they can also help provide better health and inexpensive food for their extended families and neighbors. They enjoy being creative for their gardens, using walls, balconies, and roofs where there is no soil / space for traditional gardens. 

We expanded the family gardens with an integral family farm project. We now produce quail, rabbits, and chickens in a small-footprint, vertical condominium format. The garden feeds the animals, and the animals fertilize the garden.