In Ecuador, there is a ceremony every semester to honor the students with the highest grades. Each student puts on their school uniform and marches in formation, some of them specially designated to carry flags. The students with the highest grades are presented with medals, and the very top three in the school are given sashes and carry ornate Ecuadorian flags.
When this semester's ceremony took place, Dario, David, and Moises were all attending the same high school. All three boys were asked to be flag bearers, and David was ranked as the second best student in the entire school. Because of this accomplishment, he was the bearer of a special, ornate flag of Quito. Proudly David stood with the other top students and received his medal and sash as he carried the beautiful flag. Although David stood tall and at attention, every now and then he'd look over to where the Casa Gabriel team was watching, and grin happily.
Dario was also awarded a medal for high grades. As the ceremony was coming to a close, we the Casa G team thought we couldn't get any prouder. Until the principal gave a final speech and said:
"We have so many great students in this school. I would particularly like to name Dario Q. as an exemplary student with lots of potential."
Wow. Afterwards, the principal came up to our group of boys and staff as we took photos and gave congratulatory hugs. He shook hands with everyone and said again what a good student Dario is.
There are always ups and downs with these boys. There are days of frustration and bad attitudes and other difficulties to work through, and then there are days of pure pride and happiness. These boys DO have so much potential. They are completely worth every bit of love and time and every prayer. They are sons of God, grafted into His family. It is so exciting to see the mission of Casa Gabriel happening right in front of us: to see these former street boys reaching their potential as leaders and disciples of Jesus Christ.
Phil Douce and the Casa Gabriel Team
Marching and saluting the flag.
David, receiving his medal and sash.
Flag bearers Moises and Dario.
The staff and boys, and their medals!
Prayer Request and Praises
:: Praise! Seeing God work in the lives of the boys and their families.
:: Pray for team unity and wisdom as we make decisions about the future, especially new boys in process of joining.
:: Please pray with us for monthly support.
We are working on two exciting new projects: Home Renovation Phase 2 and our Vocational Training Program. We are putting together a team who will come in the spring of 2016 to work on these projects. Interested in being a part of that team or helping us meet our goal of having the projects fully funded by Christmas 2015? Contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out our Current Projects webpage for more details. We are always so thankful for the prayers and support which make this ministry possible.
Mision Mundo Juvenil Internacional
Attn: Casa Gabriel
Pablo Herrera OE4-105PB Alvarez Del Corro
(DetrÃ¡s de Teleamazonas (Canal 4))