As we head into summer, here are some highlights of things happening at Casa Gabriel!
The boys recently played in the Quito Cup soccer tournament. This was a great time for boys who have graduated to come and compete alongside our current boys. Because each team must have at least one female player, volunteer Amy came and played the entire time! The guys did great in the first half of the tournament, playing hard and scoring goals. During the second half of the tournament they lost a game and thought they had been eliminated. As they were walking away from the stadium, someone helping with the tournament ran up and said, "Where are you going? You're not eliminated - you still have another game to play!" The guys were so excited, they started jumping up and down, dancing, and singing, "Hay esperanza!' (there's hope!). Although in the end they didn't win the tournament, they greatly enjoyed their time, playing as a team.
Winners in spirit!
Saying goodbye to Christian was very bitter-sweet. From the beginning it was obvious that because he has Huntington's Disease, Casa Gabriel was not the location best-equipped to meet his needs. Yet in the nearly four months Christian was with us, he entered everyone's hearts with his big smile and his willingness to pitch in with any work or activity. The other boys also showed great maturity and care - especially David - by looking out for Christian. Because of limited motor skills, Christian has to eat all food with a spoon, so David and others learned to voluntarily cut his food for him. After a thorough search, Phil found a home that could best meet Christian's needs. He left with a smile and is fondly remembered by the boys and staff. We are praying that Christian thrives in his new home, and are so thankful for the time he lived here with us in Casa G.
Christian and Phil. He loved the sunglasses Phil gave him!
Phil & Debbie
Phil and Debbie are in the States and enjoying time with family. They will be traveling during the months of June and most of August, visiting churches and supporters and raising support for Casa Gabriel and Casa Adalia.
While Phil and Debbie are on Home Assignment from May till August 1st, Miguel Zova is the Interim Director for Casa Gabriel. In our June newsletter we will share more about Miguel and why it is so cool for him to have this position.
The Douces meet grandbaby Conrad!
Prayer Requests and Praises
:: Please continue to pray for the people of Ecuador who have lost family, friends, homes, and businesses to the recent earthquake. Rebuilding will take years and is a strain on this small country's economy. Youth World will be helping with long-term efforts as is possible.
:: Pray for Carlos and David who will be graduating high school!
:: Pray for cohesiveness as a team as we seek to make the best decisions for the boys, especially when they do not make the best choices and need loving guidance.
Mision Mundo Juvenil Internacional
Attn: Casa Gabriel
Pablo Herrera OE4-105PB Alvarez Del Corro
(DetrÃ¡s de Teleamazonas (Canal 4))