Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Young Women of Vision are here!!!

Post written by Jenni Ramsey

Last night the Young Women of Vision from Southern California team landed and settled in at the mission house.  They worked late into the night organizing the dresses, shoes and gifts for the quinceanera.  I have been very impressed by their hard work, passion and love for the girls we will honor and look forward to serving with them this week.

Over the next three days we will be visiting five orphanages to meet the girls that we will be celebrating.  Some of these girls have never had a birthday party.   Some have never picked out their own dress. They are all precious in His sight and deserve to be dotted on.  Please pray for us as we share the hope of the Gospel with these beautiful girls through the gift of the quinceanera.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Christ's Heart

Blog post written by Devin Burke
Marina del Rey, California

When we departed from LAX for El Salvador we received a daily devotional packet for the trip.   On day three we were encouraged to ask God to give us the heart that Christ has for the broken, after looking at a few scriptures that gave examples.  So I sincerely asked God for this, because "God knows" I lack in this area.  When I prayed that quick but sincere prayer, I felt a little nervous or maybe apprehension. Because for all I knew this was another one of those dangerous and loaded prayers that God seems to answer with a big fat trial, like the famous " Lord give me patience" prayer.

However, what God had in store for me was nothing short of glorious.  The answer came not in a trial but a simple and subtle tug on my heart that began building when I first encountered the home for severely disabled children.  We were put in a large room where all of the children of the center were brought in for a party.  Many came in by wheelchairs. At first it was a little overwhelming, but we were ready as we knew what to expect.  My attitude was to just let the love of Jesus within me go to work.  I was excited because my spirit was excited. My flesh on the other hand immediately started complaining to which I quickly silenced and put it to death by the Spirit as Romans 8 tells me to do.

My first instinct was to go around saying "Hola" and touching or hugging as many children as I could.  But after 20 or 30 minutes of this I felt the Holy Spirit guide me to pay more attention to one boy who had both legs in casts because of corrective surgery.   He also had a difficult time of speaking and knew no English. With the help of a translator, I learned that he was ashamed to speak with me because he felt he wasn't worthy.  My heart took a huge leap of compassion.  God was starting to answer that morning prayer. After praying over him, touching and caressing him, getting him to open up and feel comfortable talking to me for a while, I felt it was time to move onwards and love on others.
Throughout the afternoon I encountered various children with different needs.  I came upon a boy that couldn't walk or talk.  t found another boy wheelchair bound that had difficulty speaking and started pushing him  I realized at this point all the kids seemed to really respond well to touch.  Every child responded with such love in their eyes the more I looked in their eyes and touched their face, hands and head.  As one boy crawled up into my lap, I felt the Holy Spirit in me love him right back with a powerful Father's love.  It was then I felt this shift in my heart. I was experiencing something new and very powerful.

On the bus ride back to the mission house my heart cried until my eyes responded and tears rolled down.  I had definitely experienced Christ's love that day.  It was then I heard the Holy Spirit say to me " Well, you asked for it! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2017 Trip Dates Confirmed

The HIS HANDS HIS FEET trip dates have been confirmed for 2017.  Mark your calendars!

June 17-24 - TX TEAM
June 24-July 1 - TX TEAM

July 22-29 - CA TEAM (Young Women of Vision)
July 29-Aug 5 - CA TEAM

Please contact Jenni Ramsey at to sign up for a future trip.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Going Out in His Power

Blog Post Written by Aidan Ramsey
McKinney, Texas

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." - Acts 1:8

This week I had the privilege of going out into an impoverished community to deliver food, Bibles and supplies.  My friend Julien was on my team along with two of the Sus Hijos translators, Lilly and Orsy.  We only had three bags of food for three houses and all of the other groups had six, but that didn't matter.  The only thing that mattered was blessing the community.

The street that we were assigned to was a small street with only three houses.  That didn't matter either.When we went to the first house we went up to the front gate.  We met a woman and gave her bags of rice, sugar and flour along with a Bible.  We asked if she wanted prayer.  The young woman looked to her husband and looked back at us.  She seemed very happy and excited for prayer.  Then she told us that her four year old daughter couldn't walk and needed a lot of prayer.  When we walked inside the home, the little girl was undressed, but that didn't matter.  The only thing that mattered was that we had God's power through prayer.

When we walked up to the gate, an elderly woman was watching us.  She walked inside the home with us.  I squeezed the girl's foot tightly and started to pray.  And the elderly woman started praying alongside us.  The prayer began softly but we sensed the Holy Spirit on us and the prayer increased in power.  As I was praying the girl's foot was moving slightly. I knew it was a sign that God was moving.  When I was praying I felt an indescribable surge of power through God.  After the prayer we were greatly thanked and I could tell that the family will never forget us.

When we left their home, the elderly lady directed us to her house.   She walked us to the very end of the street where she lived.  When we walked inside I saw that she was living in a nice house. Later she explained that she was living with her daughter because she didn't have a home.  We gave her the food and we could tell that this wasn't what her mind was set on.  We didn't even have to ask if she needed prayer.  She immediately told us what she needed prayer for.  She had a hernia right under her right side of her stomach.  She got onto her knees and so did I.  I put my hand over her hernia and Julien started to pray.  As we were praying she was also speaking directly to God. After Julien was done Lilly kicked in and started praying in Spanish.  I didn't know what they were saying but I continued to keep my hand up and continued to say, "Yes, Lord (Si, SeƱor!)."

Every time we went into a home we told the people that the food and Bibles weren't from us, they were gifts from the Lord.  The family members in each home with grateful, welcoming and knew the gift were answers to their prayers.  This experience showed God's true power and proved that He is real and always there.  If you're not a Christian and you're still reading this, remember that God is always with you.  And He loves you.  I will never forget this moment and can't wait to return to El Salvador three weeks from today.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Greatest Birthday Present Ever

Blog post written by Kiana Giunta (age 10)
Newport Beach, California

Our family has a tradition of allowing each child to pick a special trip for their tenth birthday. I picked coming to El Salvador and I'm so glad I did.  We got to celebrate my birthday this week & I learned that Salvadorians have their faces smashed into their birthday cakes.  I liked it!  

This has really been an incredible and amazing trip for me. I have realized how much we have and how much more thankful I should be. I realize how much less they have. A lot of things I've seen brought me to tears, but I've also felt so joyful to really be helping the people here.

There were a few kids that I really connected with. One was "W," an 8 year old little boy. He had such a joyful & positive attitude! We had a lot of fun playing soccer and talking! He was just a very sweet boy!  I met a young boy with Down Syndrome at the special needs center. We walked and played on the swings. When I pushed him on the swing he had a huge smile on his face! It made me so happy to see that he was happy!

I also got to play and hang out with four kids whose family we were building a house for. Their names were Natalia, Oscedes, Moises, & Jonathan. Natalia was a baby and she was so happy to play anything! Oscedes was a sweet and generous little girl. I loved talking to her and coloring with her. I also loved playing soccer with Moses and Jonathan!

This has been a wonderful trip for me and I've loved seeing God work in this group!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Re-entry, Refreshment & Relaxation

Blog post by Jenni Ramsey
Director, His Hands His Feet

Today our team headed to the beach for a day of rest and refreshment after shopping in a local artisan market.  We had our re-entry training on the bus, where we processed the trip, shared scriptures about God's heart for the poor and discussed how our lives will be different when we return home.  

Team members were encouraged to journal and process their trip experiences during their time at the beach today.  We also had the privilege of praying over our Sus Hijos ministry partners.  My heart filled with joy as I observed people praying together on the beach, in the pool and around the property.  It was a wonderful day of fellowship!

We typically schedule our beach day on the last day of the trip, but since Guido will be speaking at the teen boy's prison tomorrow, we had a schedule change.  Many of the other men on the team will be visiting the prison with Guido, where he will be talking about exploitation, gang issues and sharing the hope of the Gospel.  Please pray for these boys, that their hearts will be softened and lives will be radically impacted.  Pray for the other team members as we visit a Catholic orphanage and prepare to return home on Saturday.  

Thoughts from Destinee and Diana on Feeding the Homeless

Blog post written by Diana May (age 12)
Evansville, Indiana

My favorite part about this week has been feeding the homeless.  First, we all worked together to put the bags of food together. Next, we loaded the food in Kurt's truck. Then, we all rode in the back of the truck (I never get to do that in the U.S!) and went around and handed food to the homeless from the back of the truck. 

When we saw the people on the streets it made me feel sad because they have nothing at all. We saw many women and children and that was hard to see.  In El Salvador the homeless don't receive help from the government and there are no shelters for them to stay in. 

Last night, I saw a lady walking toward the truck who had her arms folded across her chest and she looked very cold, so I asked my dad if I could give her my jacket. After I gave it to her, and after she got her food, she put it on and smiled and waved at me. The woman looked very pleased. That made me feel very loving!!

If Jesus was riding in the truck with us I think he would have done the same thing!! 

Blog post written by Destinee Delgado
Huntington Beach, California

The first time we went to feed the homeless the team came back too tired and sad to talk about things, but I felt different.  I felt joyful and was so happy to be able to help. Yes I felt sad for their situation and the life they have to live, but I felt like I was doing God's work. That made me feel good about what we had done and filled with emotions.  It wasn't until the second time we went out that I experienced sadness.  

That night it seemed like we ran out of food faster and that's when I understood how everyone else felt the first night.  I was overwhelmed with pity and sorrow, it was like we hadn't done enough. I wondered why we had to run out of food. I learned that night that there is never enough. They always run out of food and there will never be enough to feed everyone, but there is still a huge impact on the ones who are fed and touched.  We didn't just impact them, they impacted me.  I'll never forget their smiles, gratitude and shouts of "gracias!"  I am grateful to have been able serve and to have this experience on this amazing trip.