Check out the newest 2015 El Salvador trip video!!! Alyssa Rikimaru put this video together and we're extremely grateful for her passion in creating this incredible memoir. Alyssa is a Crean Lutheran High School graduate and currently attends Grand Canyon University. She participated in our 2014 and 2015 summer trips and was a tremendous blessing to have on the teams. Thanks Alyssa for capturing our 2015 trip with this amazing video footage!
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
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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!