Love in Every Language
Blog post written by Jenni Ramsey
Director, His Hands His Feet
This morning we visited my favorite church in El Salvador, Monte Calvario. Monte Calvario holds a very special place in my heart since we have been privileged to bring teams to this wonderful church for many years. Pastor Jahaziel is a dear brother who always opens his pulpit to me and our teams.Their passion for worship, their warm hospitality and their love for Jesus is absolutely contagious. Our team was honored to lead a worship song in English, and they sang along in Spanish. It was so beautiful to hear the church worshipping the Lord together in both languages as we shouted out "Yes, Lord, Yes, Lord, Yes, Yes Lord" (Si Señor, Si, Si, Señor in Spanish).
Larry and Tammie May are dear friends who adopted their daughter Diana in El Salvador five years ago through All Blessings Intl. They have returned to El Salvador with Diana this week for the first time since her adoption and were overjoyed to share their adoption story this morning. Diana's adoption its nothing short of miraculous due to the incredible difficulties in adoptions in El Salvador. I was privileged to visit Diana six years ago while she was living in an orphanage and I have been deeply blessed by their family in many ways. Larry served with one of our El Salvador teams four years ago and his brother Phil and his family, who adopted through All Blessings in Guatemala, have served with me twice in Guatemala. It has been an honor to be part of their family's journey and I was moved to tears as they shared their adoption journey today.
Guido Hajenius is also a close friend of our family. Guido's wife, Katie, and I met in college and were immediately drawn to one another through of our mutual passions for missions. Guido and his son Julien served on our team last summer and we're so thrilled to have them on the team again this year. Guido works with iEmpthazie, an organization that combats child exploitation and human trafficking. He delivered a powerful message on the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 and challenged us in how Jesus modeled empathy. Julien also shared a brief testimony and he was eloquent and inspiring. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. My heart is overflowing as I feel privileged to serve alongside our boys and close friends this week. I can't wait to see all that God has in store for this team!