Our Missionaries’ Stories

Our Missionaries and Staff

DAN AND HEIDI SMITH

Dan and Heidi Smith, Paradise Bound’s founders, both grew up near Hamilton, Michigan. They visited Guatemala in 1995 on a mission trip, and out of a deep calling from our Lord Jesus Christ within their hearts founded Paradise Bound Ministries in 1997. They have four children: Malachi, Benjamin, Haven, and Elijah. Go to Our Founders to read more of their journey.

ANASTASIA ROZELLE

ANYA

Anya has been an intricate part of Paradise Bound Ministries for the last few years and is currently our Mission Teams Construction Coordinator. She is originally from Rockford, Michigan.

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Mike is our Director of Operations and works from our main office in MI. He has a business background as well as having been the treasurer for another ministry for many years. Mike and his wife Sharla have three children; Brielle, Klaysen, and Teagan.

JESUS GIRON

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Hermano Jesus—as he is lovingly known to our mission teams—has pastored several churches in his native Guatemala, becoming the full time pastor/evangelist of Paradise Bound in 2003. One of his main privileges is to pray several hours a day, specifically that our Lord would utilize Paradise Bound to win souls unto Himself through each of our many programs. He is our primary evangelist for outreaches and oversees our Discipleship program. He is married with three wonderful daughters.

PABLO LOPEZ

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Pablo is one of the teaching pastors within our discipleship ministry.  He is a key figure in the Timothy Leadership Training, he helps with the construction of the houses, and is a lover of jokes.

ESTUARDO AND NOEMI MORALES

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Estuardo Morales began working with Paradise Bound in 2007, and handles a multitude of tasks which include village investigation, staff oversight, vehicle maintenance, financial controller: He is basically Dan’s right hand man! Noemi manages our mission base kitchen, providing meals for our Guatemalan staff as well as the mission teams. Her cooking is the reason most of us are a few pounds heavier each year! Noemi and Estuardo have a son and a daughter, Emanuel and Deborah.

YOJANA LARA

Yojana began working with Paradise Bound helping in the kitchen and cleaning. However, she had always carried a calling in her heart to become a nurse and serve the poor of her native country. With assistance from PBM, Yojana has attained that dream and is now living out her calling within our permanent and mobile medical clinics.

LESLY COS

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Lesly serves as a nurse in the clinic along side Yojana.

DANIEL LARA

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Daniel is our maintenance man and light mechanic.

DANIEL TUBAC

Daniel is one of three caretakers of our mission base grounds. He is married with children and grandchildren.

JUAN ZET

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Juan is one of three caretakers of the mission base grounds.

MANUEL TUBAC

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Manuel is one of three caretakers of the mission base grounds.

OPEN DOORS NANNY’S

Marina Valdez –

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Mariela Alburez –

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Dalia Socoy –

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Rosa Tobar –

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Edelmira Garcia –

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Debora Patzan –

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