Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Meet Our 2017 CA Summer Teams!

Blog written by Jenni Ramsey

I had the privilege of traveling to CA this past week to meet with our summer teams.  

We currently have fourteen mothers/daughters from Young Women of Vision (YWOV) committed and preparing to serve this summer.  This amazing group of women will be throwing YWOV's fourth quinceanera (a 15th birthday celebration for Latin American girls), where they will celebrate the lives of teen girls living in government run homes in El Salvador.  Many of these girls have never had a birthday party, dined in a restaurant or walked into a hotel.  The gala will be a powerful opportunity to remind them of their worth, value and beauty.  They are not forgotten by their Heavenly Father and it is an an honor for us to remind them that they are precious in His site!

We are also thrilled to be taking twenty team members from Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine to serve in El Salvador this summer.  This team will be building a home for an impoverished family, visiting orphans and delivering meals to children and families living on the streets.  I am deeply passionate about taking young people to serve overseas because I love seeing how the trips impact their lives.  What an awesome group of students!

Friday, February 24, 2017

New promo video

Click here to view our brand new promo video, which features footage from our 2016 summer teams and interviews of our missionary partners, team members and director, Jenni Ramsey!

His Hands His Feet El Salvador Orphan Outreach Trips

Thursday, February 2, 2017

CA 2017 summer teams kick off

His Hands His Feet director Jenni Ramsey was thrilled to kick off our CA summer team meetings with a visit to Orange County in early January, where she met with ministry partners from both Young Women of Vision and Crean Lutheran High School.  Jenni was honored to speak on missions at the Crean Luthean High chapel service and nearly fifty students showed up for an informational meeting on serving in El Salvador following the service!  We are overjoyed to see the level of interest from students at Crean and their hunger to serve "the least of these" in missions. The Crean team will be visiting children living in government run orphanages, serving the homeless community and building a home for a needy family.

The Young Women of Vision mother/daughter team will be throwing their fourth quinceanera for teenage girls living in government run orphanages, prisons and safe houses.  His Hands His Feet has been honored to partner with YWOV for the past four years. We are incredibly grateful for their the passion, commitment and dedication to the beautiful teenage girls of El Salvador.  

Both CA teams are filling up fast but still accepting applications.  Contact Jenni Ramsey for more details at ramseyfam5@icloud.com.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

His Hands His Feet 2017 trips

We are thrilled to announce our summer 2017 trips!  For more details on any of these teams, contact Jenni Ramsey at ramseyfam5@icloud.com.

June 24-July 1 - Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, Prosper, TX 

Lighthouse will be sending a family missions team (for children ages eight and up) to serve children living in government run orphanages with the HOPE OF THE GOSPEL.  Team members will organize outreach events (based on the skills of the team), feed the homeless community and possibly visit teen detention centers.  This team may also build a home, depending on the size and abilities of the team members.  The team will be lead by Jenni Ramsey and Chris Cain, the Youth Pastor for Lighthouse.  An informational meeting will be held in early January at the Ramsey home.  This trip is open to anyone (age 8 or older).  Applications and references are required.  Contact Jenni Ramsey for an application. 

July 22-29 - Young Women of Vision, Orange County, CA

Young Women of Vision (YWOV) will be hosting their fourth quinceanera (the traditional birthday celebration for Latin American girls) and MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE for teen girls living in government run orphanages.  This is a mother/daughter team and all applications must be submitted to YWOV.  This trip is reserved for YWOV members only. The team will be led by Jenni Ramsey, Stephanie Keenan and a YWOV leader.  Our first team meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 7 in Newport Beach. 

July 29- Aug 5 - Crean Lutheran High School & The Village Church of Irvine, CA

This team will be sharing the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS with children living in government run orphanages and special needs centers.  The team may also build a home, depending on the size and background of the team members.  Various outreaches will be prepared (sports, music, etc.) as the team is built.  There will also be opportunities to serve the homeless community and support The States Diner, a restaurant that provides employment to young people transitioning out of government run centers.  The team will be led by Jenni Ramsey and Lindsey Warneke, Crean Lutheran High School teacher.  Join us for an informational meeting on the evening of Monday, January 9 in Irvine.   This trip is open to anyone (age 8 or older).  Applications and references are required.  Contact Jenni Ramsey for an application. 

"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers in to his harvest field.” - Matthew 9:35-38

Friday, August 5, 2016

Preparing Our Hearts for Home

Blog post written by Jenni Ramsey
McKinney, Texas

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18

It's hard to believe that today is our last day in El Salvador.  This week has been beyond extraordinary with memories too numerous to post.  We have felt the nearness of the Lord and we've seen him save those who are crushed in spirit.  It has truly been a privilege to be HIS HANDS and HIS FEET to the people of El Salvador this week.  Today we were able to visit Isla Victoria (Victory Island) for our R&R day.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship and were able to talk abut the challenges of re-entry after serving in a third world country.  The team enjoyed the time of rest, playing in the warm ocean waters and spending precious time with our Sus Hijos missionary partners, who have nestled their ways into our hearts.

The team buses were parked on the mainland and the team loaded onto three small boats.  The blue waters, lush, tropical foliage and stilt homes and restaurants were captivating.  We cracked up when we saw the McDonalds sign on a beachside cabana restaurant.

We were also amazed to find cows grazing along the ocean waters!  They obviously enjoy the slow island life.  The team enjoyed a delicious meal on the beach and survived a tropical rain storm, with many huddled under the cabana.  Some team members actually swam during the rain and others played volleyball as the tropical waters kissed their faces.

We had the opportunity throughout the day to share how God has touched our hearts throughout this trip.  The team members are returning home tomorrow with hearts of compassion.  They have been changed by the people they have met in El Salvador and many hope to return in the future.  As we discussed the re-entry challenges, we talked about the importance of applying the lessons we've learned this week to our lives at home.  Each team member was given a scripture to memorize before the trip.  We read the scriptures aloud on the bus and shared how we'd seen God's Word come to life this week.  It was powerful to hear how each life has been impacted!  I have been so blessed to spend time with young people this week who are passionate about reaching a broken world with the compelling love, grace and mercy of our God!

Please pray for our team members as they return home and continue to process all that God has revealed to them.  Pray that they will continue to serve those who are hungry, outcast, and imprisoned for the rest of their lives!

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." - Matthew 25:35-40

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Not a Goodbye, But a See You Later!

Blog post written by Danielle Straka
Trabuco Canyon, California

This week our team had the special opportunity to finish and dedicate a home for the Hernandez family. When we arrived on Tuesday morning, we went straight to work. We spent the whole morning shoveling gravel and sand into buckets, which was used to make cement for the floor of the house. 

I was so blessed to spend time with the Hernandez children.  And I can easily say that spending time with Jonathan, Moises, Osiris and Natalia brought joy to my heart.  Little Osiris, the child I connected with the most, grabbed my hand during construction and pulled me away to play. I’m not sure how much more time we spent together that afternoon because time flies when you’re having fun. However, it's safe to say that the hours I spent loving on her were my favorite hours of the whole trip. And before we knew it, the day had ended and it was time for the Gringos to go. I gave her a hug goodbye, a little teary-eyed, and boarded the bus.

I was so excited to return the next day to pray over the family, dedicate the house and hand over the keys.  They were shocked to discover that the house had been fully furnished.  What joy!

At the end of the day we had to say goodbye again, and it was harder than I expected. Before making our final departure, I gave Osiris a hug. And after that, I asked for one more. And after that, another. Saying goodbye to someone sure is hard when you don’t know when you will be seeing them again. But then God planted a wonderful thought in my head. When we said “Adios,” it wasnt' really a goodbye, but "See you later!" The same goes for the many others we had met this past week. God sent His son to die for the people of El Salvador, and He is revealing himself to them.  So although I might not get to see all the bright faces of the Salvadorians that I met again in this lifetime, I have faith that I will get to spend eternity with them in Heaven. If the short time that I spent with these people was already so magical, I cannot begin to imagine the joy that is to come the next time I see them.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Power of Touch

Blog post written by Taylor Wasson
Foothill Ranch, California

It's amazing to comprehend the power of touch. Just a simple high five or a pat on the shoulder can impact a person so much. But it doesn't have to be physical, you can touch someone emotionally as well. You don't realize how much you crave touch until you don't have it. Many people in El Salvador aren't able to experience "touch" on a day to day basis, which breaks my heart. As a person, you may think, "No, I don't need touch, I'm not a touchy person." Trust me, everyone needs affirmation, love and touch in their life, despite what you think or feel.

Today our team had the privilege of throwing a mini "carnival" for the surrounding community near the house we were constructing.  Our team members walked around the community to invite people to the soccer field.  In the beginning the community members were hesitant to connect. By the time we were done, everyone had huge smiles on their faces, laughing and hugging. The team did an amazing job explaining the resurrection of Christ, handing out donations and making sure everyone was included in the festivities. For a portion of the time I was able to hang out with the cutest little girl.  Sadly I don't remember her name. We danced around the field, and she loved to twirl. She never let go of my hand. I don't know her situation or her story, but I hoped that I was able to touch her life physically by holding her hand and emotionally by just being with her.  My desire was to make her feel special and more importantly, feel God's presence. I will never forget my little friend from El Salvador and  the power of touch.