WHO WE ARE
Won By One To Jamaica was founded in 1989 by Henry Shaffer, who came to Jamaica to help with hurricane relief. He unequivocally states that God led him to the remote community of Harmons. Back in the early years, most people couldn’t have found Harmons if they had tried due to the nonexistence of passable roads. By simple word of mouth, and through friends joining him, Henry began to lead two groups per year to Harmons. Now WBOTJ welcomes over 800 volunteers from the United States each year. We believe that proximity provides the most lasting impact, so all of our volunteers live, eat, and sleep within the community they came to serve. The ministry desires to consistently show Jamaicans and Americans, through words and actions, that they are loved and that they have worth and value as ones who bear the image of God.
Meet Our Staff
Loyd has dedicated his life to youth and ministry. He joined the WBOTJ staff in 2003 and loves investing in the small community of Harmons while still being able to connect with youth groups who come to serve. He and his wife, Candy, as well as their children and grandchildren live in Kansas City.
Bryan joined the WBOTJ staff in 2013 after serving as a youth and senior pastor for 30 years. He is passionate about building community and equipping people to serve. He currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Beth. They have two children and four wonderful grandchildren.
Director of Economic Development and Staff Development
Clinton’s varied educational and professional background make him a huge asset to our staff. He holds three degrees, serves as Justice of the Peace, held a managerial position in a secular company, and has served as a pastor for 20+ years. He and his wife, Joan, live in Jamaica and have three children.
Beth joined our staff in 2018, but she has been volunteering with the ministry for many years. She has an extensive background in medical lab work and is excited to connect medical professionals with volunteer opportunities in Harmons. She and Bryan have two married, adult children.
Amanda is no stranger to WBOTJ. She has been to Harmons many times since her first trip in 2000 and brings many years of business management and organizational skills into her role on staff. Amanda lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Chris, toddler daughter and three bonus kiddos. Her main focus is organizing trips but also helping with marketing and events.
Courtney has been involved with WBOTJ since 2000 when she took her firs trip to Harmons. She served three years on Summer Staff in college and has taken many trips down over the years. She and her husband, KR, live in Kansas City with their three boys. Courtney's focus is on fundraising, donor relations as well as special events and projects.
Paul Blake JNR
Pastor of Grace Community Fellowship
Paul is originally from St. Mary Parish. Prior to joining our staff, he received a degree in Bible and Theology and a minor in Counseling. He enjoys reading and engaging his competitive spirit through playing games. Paul leads Sunday service, weekly small group Bible studies, and the youth group.
Blair joined our staff in 2015 after coming on several week-long trips to Harmons. Blair’s degree and diverse background in business, as well as his passion and love for the people of Harmons, serve him well in this position. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Karen, and has two children.
Jamaican Financial Director
Tyrone has lived in Harmons his entire life but has traveled as far as the U.S. and Africa to spread the Gospel. His personality is engaging. He is very easy to talk to and has a great sense of humor. He is active in his local church and is excited to be working for the Lord in this capacity alongside his wife, Nichola.
School Sponsorship DIrector
Nichola was born and raised in Harmons. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with others and is very involved in her local church. As a trained Guidance Counselor, she enjoys leading and assisting families during the exciting, yet sometimes challenging, process of school sponsorship.
Jamaica Operations Director
Ryan joined our staff in 2022. He has served as an associate pastor in prior years and also has experience working for a Christian, non-profit organization prior to coming to WBOTJ. Ryan is passionate about leadership and connecting with others, which makes him an excellent fit for his role!
US Operations Director
Daniel joined our staff in 2023. He brings unique skills and experience to our organization as an accomplished professional with a proven track record of success in entrepreneurship and management. With his expertise and dedication, we are confident that he will make a significant contribution to our team and help us achieve our goals. Daniel lives in the Kansas City area with his wife, Sarah, and three kids.
Henry and Linda Shaffer
Henry and Linda started Won By One To Jamaica. They have been involved in many different ministry and business ventures through the years, but their desire to see a vibrant Harmons Valley has never subsided and they remain invested in WBOTJ today. They currently own and operate a Bed and Breakfast in Pennsylvania.
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Statement of Faith
We believe in the one true God who lives eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
He created, sustains, rules, judges and redeems the people of the world made in His image yet corrupted by sin.
Through divine inspiration, the written word of God, both the Old and New Testament,
gives us a fully trustworthy account for faith and conduct.
Jesus Christ, who was incarnated and born of the Virgin Mary, lived a truly human life, yet without sin.
His atoning sacrifice of dying on the cross in our place reconciled us with God and defeated evil.
Only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, can we as sinners, be justified.
The Holy Spirit leads us to repentance and unites us with Christ through new birth.
The church, the entire body of all believers, is given life and gifts by the Spirit to worship God, proclaim the Gospel,
and promote justice and love until the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ
when all people will be raised to judgment and a new heaven and new earth will be established.
We will live as a sent people.
We will be a movement, not a building.
We will live our faith as a lifestyle.
We will always be rooted in the Harmons Valley.
We will partner with local organizations.
We will challenge the status quo.
We will bring the Gospel to life together.
We will prioritize people over projects.
We will serve together.
We will develop all aspects of a person’s life
(spiritual, physical, emotional, economic).
We will not be satisfied with surface-level engagement.
We will build coalitions to solve our problems together.
Helping Those in Need – Take a Mission
Trip to Harmons, Jamaica
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.” Isaiah 52:7
Won By One To Jamaica exists to glorify God and make disciples by empowering lives. For more than
three decades we have offered short-term mission trips where you can plant the seeds of the gospel
through education, medical assistance, building houses, and building relationships with the people of
Harmons, Jamaica. The ministry desires to consistently show Jamaicans and Americans, through words
and actions, that they are loved and they have worth and value as ones who bear the image of God.
What Do We Do?
Our mission is to make disciples by empowering the lives of the people in Harmons through home
building, education, medical assistance and economic development. Our goal is to empower them so
they cannot only take care of themselves and their families but also of those around them, as well as
grow in their Faith. During a week in Harmons, we have multiple serving opportunities:
● House Construction
● House Repairs
● Refurbishing Projects
● School Service
● Reading Pals (one-on-one reading with with Primary School students)
● Faith Walks (guided by a local Jamaican, small groups will walk in the community and have the
opportunity to meet people, pray for them, share with them and also learn from them.
● Medical Assistance (on specified trips)
Take a Mission Trip to Harmons with Won by One to Jamaica
Join us for a week-long trip where you will get to eat, sleep and serve within the community of Harmons,
build lifelong relationships and enjoy a local destination excursion. Won By One To Jamaica Staff
coordinates each trip so that Group Leaders have the opportunity to serve alongside their Team.
Get in touch with our trip coordinator to learn more about our mission trips, or to book one.
Love to be involved in our work but can’t join us?
While we love to have you with us on the ground, we understand that not everyone is able to do so. We
have a couple other ways you can partner with us:
1. Prayerfully: we covet your prayers! To find specific ways to pray, visit our ministry page.
2. Financially: with a one time gift, recurring monthly support or through school sponsorship.
Why Take a Mission Trip to Harmons?
Harmons is a small, under-resourced community in the Manchester region of Jamaica where two out of
every three people are under-employed. Won By One To Jamaica strives to help bridge this gap by
employing locals when teams are present, educational assistance and support, as well investing in
economic development through home building, training and resources. Won By One To Jamaica
acknowledges that education is essential in breaking the cycle of poverty and our School Sponsors play a
huge role in our effort to achieve this- as do team members investing in reading and school assistance
while in Harmons.
Partner with us as we serve God and love others!
Visit us online or Call us at 866-376-9289 to learn more or join us on a Mission Trip.
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