His Hands reached a milestone mark in food distribution to the underserved and homeless of Denver and Englewood.  One million pounds of food has been purchased since our opening from Food Bank of the Rockies.  It is through generous contributions from donors all over the country that this has been possible.   The directors and staff want to thank God, and all of our friends and family who support this ministry.  We ask for continued prayer for the people this ministry serves, for this ministry, and the volunteers and donors who make His Hands all that it is.

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From the Denver Post 6/24/2011 <LINK>


Johnson: Gamble on giving pays off
By Bill Johnson
Denver Post Columnist
POSTED: 06/24/2011 01:00:00 AM MDT
UPDATED: 06/24/2011 02:02:53 AM MDT

Johnny and Susie Davis lead a prayer at His Hands Christian Ministries in Englewood on Wednesday. The Davises opened their business in March 2008, and Johnny says more than 4,000 families are now registered with the food bank. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
It takes guts to quit your job. Maybe not so much if your spouse keeps working. But what if he or she decides to follow your lead?

You’ve also got three kids and a house.

Some folks might think you’re insane.

I stepped into the basement of the little church on South Acoma Street in Englewood the other morning and was immediately struck by the sign at the top of the stairs.

“Please read,” it said. “Welcome. We can help with food, clothes and prayers.”

That struck me hard as pretty much everything a person really needs.

The basement is the domain of Johnny and Susie Davis. Three years after gambling everything, they say they cannot imagine a different life.

Johnny and Susie Davis are

View more images from the Davises’ ministry and food bank.
both 53 years old, sweethearts since their undergraduate days at Abilene Christian College.
In May 2007, after years of working construction, Johnny quit his salesman’s job. That December, after years of teaching, Susie quit.

The following March, they opened His Hands Christian Ministries in the church basement they rent. The quickest and easiest way to describe it is as a food bank.

It is so much more.

We live in mostly selfish times, the bulk of us lost in the rush of the rat race and unable to see beyond our own front stoop. It is why I walked into that basement.

Johnny and I were seated and chatting for not more than a minute when a haggard-looking woman sat down next to him. He knew her name.

“Johnny,” she finally said, “would it — I mean, could I — you know, maybe get a bag of coffee?” She lowered her eyes and waited for his reply.

Johnny Davis patted her knee. Sure, he told her, gesturing at one of the volunteers to grab a bag. The woman nearly cried, as if he had handed her a $100 bill.

“Susie and I had a dream one day of doing this,” he explained when we were alone again. “We just felt we needed to do something. People, especially Christians, always talk about helping others, of being in people’s lives. We felt this was our way of doing it.”

They started with one employee, back in the days when they barely had food to give out. He just showed up one day and told them he was homeless.

He was indispensable in those early months, calming the couple’s fears as they built the food bank. And then, one day, he just disappeared.

“Never heard from him again,” Johnny Davis said. “Susie thinks he was an angel.”

They decided it was how they would run the business, offering work to any homeless person who wanted it. More than just work, the couple offered them friendship, counseling when they wanted it, a trip to rehab when they needed it.

Dan Roberts, 48, was one of those early hires. Not long ago, they got him a haircut, a suit and into job training.

Four months ago, the Englewood man took a full-time job in industrial maintenance and, for the first time in years, rented his own apartment.

“They are the most caring people I know,” Roberts said. It was his day off, a time when he now volunteers at the food bank. “I have never met better people. Ever.”

There are multiple stories like his in the church basement.

More than 4,000 families today are registered with the food bank, which distributes food to an average of about 250 families each week.

“We’re here to give out food, yes, but it’s really about building relationships,” Susie Davis said. “The food happens to be a byproduct of what we do.”

It is almost noon when a middle-age man in tattered clothes sits down next to Johnny Davis. He tells a story of having been robbed a day earlier.

“You need some money, don’t you?” he asks the man, who immediately looks away.

Johnny Davis pats him on the knee.

“I don’t have much, but . . .”

Bill Johnson writes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reach him at 303-954-2763 or wjohnson@denverpost.com.

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The Making of “His Hands” Mural [HQ]

by: Laura Carter
I painted this mural as a senior project for school and to give to His Hands Christian Ministries. As you can see from the video, I created Jesus using only my hands in order to symbolize how Jesus served others with His hands daily, just as His Hands Ministries serves others through their work and selfless giving. The final mural is now displayed at His Hands. Whoever is watching…enjoy :)


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Larry James, the director of Central Dallas Ministries joined us on Tues for the day.  We were so excited to have him at His Hands  to have him see what we are all about.  That evening we enjoyed a bar-b-que to honor our volunteers.  Larry James spoke to us and gave us all some great ideas, some great wisdom and some very nice compliments.  He challenged us to continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors who visit His Hands.  Thank you Larry


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Please register for this years tour. A great way to help even if you don’t go on the road tour. Join us for BBQ at Littleton Church of Christ at 1:00 pm


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IMG_0296So excited to have some teacher friends to help us. Susie taught there for 10 years before starting His Hands. We were blessed by their work and by their friendship. Thank you!

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At His Hands for the past three weeks we have been blessed by a sweet missionary family from Chile.  Scott, Holly, Savannah, and Hayden Emery have been here on furlough from their work in Santiago, Chile.  While here they have come to His Hands and volunteered their time to help.  Being fluent in Spanish, they were able to talk and pray with all our Latino friends.  I know they were all thrilled to have someone pray with them in their beautiful language.  We appreciate their time spent with us, we have had fun getting to know them better.  Tonight at His Hands Fellowship, Holly made the comment that we at His Hands were helping God’s children and lost children with food and clothes and most important with Jesus.  What a sweet picture of God’s lost children coming back to Him.  Just as a mom longs for her child, God longs for us.  Thank you Emery family.  May your work in Santiago be blessed as you bless others.

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DSC_0419During the Christmas holidays, His Hands received food donations from visitors at the Denver Zoo.  Bring in a can and get a $1 off your ticket.  We enjoyed the night of 20 degree weather with our kids, grandkids and friends!

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Here is the recent radio interview with Mix 100  raising money for the Food Bank of the Rockies

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