Friday, September 25, 2015

Crean Lutheran High El Salvador Chapel Presentation

Blog post written by Jenni Ramsey

Yesterday I had the immense privilege of attending the Crean team trip report to the entire student body in their chapel service.  The team showed their trip video and a few of the students had the opportunity to speak about their trip experiences.  I was blown away by the ways in which the students communicated and connected with their fellow peers.  Their stories were deeply touching, heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time.  It was incredible to hear how the trip had a profound impact on their lives, to hear them share the scriptures that they memorized for the trip and to listen to them recruiting other students for the 2016 trip.  I was moved to tears when I learned that three of our team members, Grace Song, Lauren O'Brien and Charissa Rikimaru, who are all sophomores, started a missions club this week on campus and over fifty people signed up to participate!  The Lord is clearly moving at Crean Lutheran High School and I am humbled to be a part of it!  I will miss my dear friends at Crean when we move to Texas, but it's incredible to see how the staff and students have caught the vision to make disciples of all nations.  I am in awe!

I am looking forward to traveling back to So Cal to speak in the Crean chapel on January 14th, when we begin gathering the 2016 team.  Please pray for Grace, Lauren and Charissa as they lead the new missions club on campus.  Pray for Lindsey Warneke, the Crean teacher/basketball coach, who has co-led the trips with me for the past two years.  Coach David Anderlik, who also co-led the teams, and his wife Valerie, moved to Missouri this summer, where they are teaching at a Christian school.  They are both looking forward to serving with our El Salvador team next summer.  Pray for Lindsey as she takes the leadership of the trips and pray for the staff and students that the Lord has ordained for the 2016 team to hear his voice and heed his call.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Ramseys Prepare to Move to Texas

Blog post written by Jenni Ramsey

Our family will be moving to McKinney, Texas, at the beginning of October, where I am thrilled to open a new His Hands His Feet home office, sending short-term teams to serve orphans in Central America.  Why McKinney?

My brother and his family moved to McKinney two years ago and they absolutely love it.  Last year my mom began seriously considering retiring in Texas.  She took the boys to McKinney in the summer of 2014 while I was leading teams to El Salvador and they loved it as well.  We began talking about a possible move last fall.  On the week that we began to pray about a move to North Dallas, Mike learned that he had a film shoot in the Dallas area with his company.  During that trip he connected with an amazing church community in Frisco and built a close friendship with the pastor, Jason Brewer.  The following month I was able to visit Mercy Church and share about our work in El Salvador (see blog post below).  Over the next few months we were overwhelmed by the contacts and connections that developed in the Dallas area.  After talking and praying with many family members, friends and church leaders, we sensed the Lord confirming his call for our family to move to Texas.

Dallas is only a two and a half hour flight to El Salvador.  I will continue to lead orphan outreach teams to Central America from both California and Texas.  Mike is currently in an interview process with a company in Dallas.  We appreciate your prayers for God's timing and provision for our family. The Lord has allowed us to purchase a home just a few miles away from my brother and we are extremely grateful for this opportunity.  We appreciate your prayers as we experience many emotions during this season of transition.   We know that the Lord has called us to Texas.  We're looking forward to the Southern values, small school district, slower pace of living and doing life with family, but we will miss the family, friends and church community that we love so dearly in Southern California.

To read the blog post and see photos from my April trip to Texas, click on Jenni's Trip to Texas

To read our announcement about our move (posted in May), click on The Ramseys are moving to TX

My brother and his family have enjoyed watching the progress on our new house
and they keep us updated weekly with new photos.  This is my niece, Sadie,
checking out the kitchen cabinets.  Isn't she adorable?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

2016 El Salvador Trips

Our 2016 trips have been confirmed and we are thrilled to announce that will be sending four teams to serve in El Salvador next summer.  The teams will be partnering with Sus Hijos/His Children, serving orphans, impoverished families and the homeless communities of San Salvador.  For information on the trips or to fill out an application, contact Jenni Ramsey at

June 18-25 - North Dallas
Team Leader - Jenni Ramsey

June 25-July 1 - The Village Church of Irvine
Team Leaders - Jenni Ramsey and Mike Langdon

July 23-30 - Young Women of Vision, Orange County
Team Leaders - Jenni Ramsey and DeAnn Carroll

July 30- Aug 6 - Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine
Team Leaders - Jenni Ramsey and Lindsey Warneke

Informational meetings will begin in January, 2016.  Jenni will be traveling to So Cal three times between January and May to recruit, speak and train the California teams.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" - Isaiah 6:8

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 Trip Videos

Our summer of ministry has officially concluded and we are praising God for an unforgettable summer serving "the least of these" in El Salvador.  We were privileged to lead sixty-one North Americans to serve for three weeks in Central America and the Lord moved in powerful ways.

Please continue to pray for our ministry partners, Sus Hijos/His Children, as they serve the orphaned children of El Salvador day after day.  Next week a team of four counselors and missionaries from ReNew, an organization whose vision is to strengthen the souls of Christian leaders and their families by providing safe places for rest and renewal, will be leading a retreat for the Sus Hijos missionaries at the Sus Hijos Mission House.   Pray that this is a deep and healing time of refreshment, reflection and encouragement for the team.

Click here to watch our 2015 summer team videos:

The Village Church of Irvine Summer 2015 Trip Video

Young Women of Vision Summer 2015 Trip Video

The Crean Lutheran High School Summer 2015 Trip Video

Please pray for the Ramsey family as they prepare to move to North Dallas in early October.  Jenni will continue to lead teams to El Salvador from the new HIS HANDS HIS FEET home office in Dallas and she will be traveling back to So Cal to recruit and train the 2016 summer teams.  Pray for HIS HANDS HIS FEET as they continue to raise up workers for the desperate and ripe harvest fields of Central America.

"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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Village Church El Salvador Team Report

Yesterday The Village Church team shared about the trip in the church services and hosted a dessert for their supporters.  It was awesome to hear trip highlights from each team members and we're excited to see how the Lord continues to work in their lives this year.   We're thrilled to announce that Village Church Elder, Mike Langdon, will co-lead the team next year in partnership with Jenni Ramsey.  Jenni will continue to direct His Hands His Feet from her new home in Dallas and plans to travel to So Cal throughout the coming year to train the 2016 teams.  The Village Church 2016 team dates have been confirmed for June 25-July 1.

We're grateful to Justin Shieh for putting together our awesome team video. Click here to watch - Village Church El Salvador Team Video - 2015.

Please pray for the team members as they continue to process all that the Lord did in their lives during the trip.  Pray for our ministry partners, Sus Hijos, as they prepare for a retreat during the first week of September.  Ellen Burany, who serves with ReNew, will be leading a team of four to El Salvador next week to provide support, spiritual direction and encouragement to the Sus Hijos ministry team.  Pray for a deep time of refreshment and for the Holy Spirit's leading as ReNew empowers the Sus Hijos missionaries to reflect on the past year of ministry and prepare for the year ahead.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Crean Lutheran High School 2015 Trip Video

This week the Crean team gathered amidst family, friends and supporters to watch the trip video and to share the amazing things that the Lord did in our midst.  It was so wonderful to watch team members embrace, laugh and reminisce over their experience together.  The impact of the trip was evident in every team member and it was especially touching to hear testimonies from team members' parents on the changes and passions they've observed in their children as a result of serving in El Salvador.  Click here to watch the trip video - Crean 2015 Trip Video

Two of our team members, Lauren Ludovico and Alyssa Rikimaru, have already moved out of state for college and Lauren was able to attend the meeting via FaceTime.  Please pray for these students as they adjust to college life and carry a deep burden for El Salvador in their hearts.  Pray for all of our team members as they continue to experience re-entry and process all that they Lord did in El Salvador.

The team will be sharing about their trip in the student body chapel service at Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, on Thursday, September 24th.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  The next trip dates have been confirmed for July 30-August 6, 2016.  Mark your calendars!  We look forward to watching this team together and seeing how the Lord will work in the lives of the team members in the year to come!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

La Playa y Pupusas

Blog post written by Jenni Ramsey

"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

Today we had a wonderful day processing all that the Lord has done in our midst.  It's been an unbelievable week filled with miracles, tears, laughter, heartbreak and the overwhelming sense of the nearness of God.  In our devotional this morning we talked about the many reasons in which we've felt so near to the Lord this week… the lack of distractions, incredible fellowship, intentional times of prayer and worship, and the opportunity to serve the least of these in partnership with Sus Hijos.  We looked at Psalm 34:18, which says that "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted. He cares for those who trust in Him."  We found Jesus this week as we served the brokenhearted in orphanages, prisons and while feeding the homeless on the dark streets of San Salvador.  We felt near to Him because of His nearness to the brokenhearted and the privilege we had to bring His hope to the broken.

The team had their re-entry training on the bus ride to the beach, where we talked about returning home and the many ways in which we may be frustrated with our culture, customs and even our close family and friends.  We also talked about how the trip has impacted our lives and the ways in which we hope to change.  Team members shared how the Bible verses that had been assigned to them on God's call to missions, the poor and the orphaned had impacted them this week.  The team leaders had the opportunity to affirm the team for the incredible ways in which they've sacrificed, served and given of themselves this week.  They have truly been amazing servants.

We were blessed to spend the day in fellowship at an absolutely breathtaking beach house. Our team members had the opportunity to pray for the Sus Hijos ministry staff throughout the day. It was beautiful to see small groups of people gathered together for prayer on the beach, in the pool and seated in lounge chairs.  Team members also completed their devotions and processed the trip experience with one another.   At the end of the day, we heard how the Lord called Kurt and Susan Ackermann, the founders of Sus Hijos, to leave their lives and careers in the US to serve orphans in El Salvador.  They were honest about the struggles they've faced as well as the incredible rewards they've experienced in ministry and the team was honored to pray over them.

We completed the day with a traditional Salvadorian meal of pupusas and a visit to a beautiful vista of the entire city of San Salvador, where team members laughed and took millions of selfies.  The break dancers even joined in on our final team photo.  It was difficult for the team to say good bye to the people who've captured their hearts this week.  The missionaries that we've partnered with have demonstrated the love of Jesus over and over again and it's truly been an honor to be part of their long-term work in this lovely country.

We will never know the impact that our team has had on the souls of men, women and children this week.  Our lives have been radically impacted and countless hundreds received meals, hugs, gifts, Bibles, food and a quinceanera celebration beyond their wildest dreams.  Please pray for the team members as they return home and continue to process all that they experienced.  Our dates have already been confirmed for four 2016 summer trips and we look forward to serving the Lord among the harvest field of the broken hearted in El Salvador and to the ends of the Earth, until the world has been reached with the hope of the Gospel.