Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Pupusa Fundraiser Sat, April 9

So Cal friends, please join us on Sat, April 9 for our first pupusa fundraiser to support Sus Hijos/His Children, our ministry partners in El Salvador.  His Hands His Feet has been privileged to partner with Sus Hijos for over five years, bringing the hope of Jesus to children living in government run orphanages, detention centers and safe homes.  Sus Hijos provides constant support to these centers through Bible studies, mentoring opportunities,  English class, sports clinic, counseling services, construction teams, quinceaneras, job opportunities and transitional homes.

We're thrilled that Kurt Ackermann, the founder of Sus Hijos, will be joining us and sharing how God is moving powerfully in the beautiful yet broken country of El Salvador.  This will be Kurt's first visit to CA and he's looking forward to seeing former team members and meeting our 2016 team members.  Stephen Keenan, Village Church missionary to El Salvador, recently returned back to CA after serving with Sus Hijos for 14 months.  Stephen will also be sharing at the fundraiser along with other staff members from His Hands His Feet.

You may be wondering what in the world is a pupusa?  Pupusas are a traditional Salvadorian dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortillas and they're usually filled with beans, cheese, pork, chicken or a blend.  They're absolutely delicious and our short-term teams typically visit a pupusa restaurant on the last night of our week of ministry in San Salvador.  The pupusas that we'll be enjoying at the fundraiser will be prepared by an authentic Salvadorian restaurant in Santa Ana.  Come to enjoy an evening of fellowship and to be challenged and encouraged by how the Lord is working through the hope of the Gospel in Central America.

The dinner will be $10/adult and $5/child and all proceeds will benefit Sus Hijos.  Join us at the Bayside South Clubhouse at 6 pm at 300 East Coast Hwy in Newport Beach.  Parking will be available on Bayside Drive.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Why We Do What We Do

Blog post written by Jenni Ramsey

Most of our team members fundraise for their trips costs.  Watching God provide supernaturally for the finances needed for each trip is one of my favorite parts of the trip experience and it's always faith building for every team member.  I also enjoy watching our team members write and send our their fundraising letters.  This week Danielle Straka, one of our returning students from Crean Lutheran High School, submitted her fundraising letter for my review.  I was so moved by her letter that I decided to share part of it here.  Our goal at His Hands His Feet is for the lives of our team members to be forever impacted by our trips.  Clearly, Danielle's life was radically changed and this is exactly why we do what we do...

"As many of you may know, last year I was blessed with the opportunity of going to serve the people of El Salvador on a mission trip. Although I did not know it at the time, going to El Salvador was the best decision I have made in my life thus far. Words cannot begin to describe what an amazing week it was. But I will try my best.

While we were there, we witnessed God working in incredible ways. One amazing experience took place when we hosted a quincenera for special needs orphans. Two sisters who had been living in different government orphanages for years were reunited for the night. While we organized the event, we had no clue that they were related, making the reunion even more special and clearly orchestrated by God. The sisters couldn’t stop hugging and loving on each other. It was a prefect model of the love that Jesus has for all of us.

This is just one example of the many ways we saw God’s love shine in El Salvador. Seeing all this first hand has definitely impacted me more than I could image. It has not only made me want to return this summer, but it has changed my outlook on the important things in life, as well as where I want to go for college and what I want to do for the rest of my life, which is serve in ways similar to what we did in El Salvador."

Please pray for Danielle as she serves with our team this summer and seeks the Lord for direction in her life.  I'm so honored to serve with students who are passionate about missions like Danielle!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Crean Lutheran High 2016 Team

Last week the team from Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, CA, gathered together for a team meeting.  There was lots of excitement in the room with seven returning team members and nine new members.  We're thrilled to announce that two of our high school seniors, Lexi Ramos and Taylor Wasson, will be returning to El Salvador for their third summer of ministry and they will both be serving as our student leaders.  We're so proud of them and their passion for the Lord and the people El Salvador!

Please pray for our team members as they begin fundraising and preparing for their life changing summer of ministry.  We still have a few spaces left on the team.  Contact Jenni Ramsey at ramseyfam5@icloud.com for more information.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

2016 Summer Teams Kick Off

His Hands His Feet Director Jenni Ramsey traveled from Texas to California in January to kick off the So Cal team meetings.  Our summer teams are growing and we're excited to have so many returning team members serving with us this year.  Jenni was privileged to speak to the student body on missions at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, met with the Young Women of Vision quinceanera team as well as the Village Church team.  His Hands His Feet board members Stephanie Keenan, Tanya Eason and Jenni Ramsey had a wonderful time meeting with the Knepper family, close friends and missionary partners in El Salvador who were home on furlough.

Spots are filling up fast for our summer teams, contact Jenni at ramseyfam5@icloud.com if you would like to apply to serve this summer.

New Promo Video

Check out our new promo video for 2016!  Click here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmiRITazbQQ&feature=youtu.be