Happy New Year! As we end 2016 and begin 2017, it's a good time to reflect on the past year and think purposefully about the new one.
In our last newsletter, we shared Amy's story about an example of the boys showing respect and love. It's so encouraging to see an example of how God is working in the lives of these young men. In the coming year, we desire to continue seeking God's guidance as we improve and strengthen any areas we are not as strong in as others.
In Casa Gabriel, there are six areas which we believe encompass us as people. These areas are: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, and Missional (purpose). In these areas we work with the boys starting with the basic needs, the informal training. Once the basic needs are met, we can then work in the same six areas in a more formal way. Our last level is to provide an internship where they get to apply what they've learned in a safe setting. A new year is an opportunity to take the time and evaluate which areas need improvement. We believe that all of these areas need to grow in order to have a healthy individual and leader who is ready to impact their home, church, community, and world.
An example of ongoing growth is our young man Joel. Last year, Joel was in a difficult situation at home and in school. He was failing and struggling in both areas but was really wanting the opportunity to grow and succeed. Through hard work he is now focused on his grades and is doing very well at school, taking advantage of the time he has with the Casa Gabriel Academic Coordinator. However, he's struggling in other areas. Things which are difficult currently for Joel include interpersonal relationship skills, his family relationship with his biological dad, and wrestling with faith questions. We want to help Joel continue to develop a healthy relationship with his mentor, assisting and encouraging as they start a Bible study together. Another way we can help Joel includes having him meet regularly with Cristine, our Christian psychologist who can help him work on interpersonal and family relationships. We are also giving Joel more responsibilities at the house, allowing him to step up while in a safe environment. Joel can also have more involvement with his youth group, giving him confidence among his peers. We want to help him walk through his faith questions through intentional training and teaching. We are praying that God would bring someone to join our team who would focus on spiritual growth and development.
God has entrusted these young men to our care, and it is a great responsibility. Thank you for your prayers and support of Casa Gabriel as we enter a new year, and may you be greatly blessed throughout 2017!
- The Casa Gabriel team
Ashley, an intern with Youth World, put together a short video highlighting our Casa Gabriel and Casa Adalia New Years Eve celebration!
New Year's Eve! All the Casa Gabriel boys, plus a number of friends, gathered at the Douce's home for food, reflection, fireworks and ringing in the new year.
Roman candle battle! Yes, the boys (and anyone else brave enough) run around while shooting off Roman candle fireworks, trying not to get hit! Old clothes and protective eyewear are a must.
Happy New Year!!!
Prayer Requests and Praises
:: Praise: We thank God for being able to finish the year well.
:: Praise: Thank God for ongoing relationships with the boys who have graduated, who also invest back into the current boys and staff of Casa Gabriel.
:: Praise: That God continues to shape a healthy, strong team of individuals who are capable and passionate about investing in these young leaders in training.
:: Pray with us as we seek a new team member who will focus on spiritual growth and formation of the boys.
:: Pray with us for new House Parents as we continue to interview for this position. We are still looking for the right individuals to fit this unique and critical position. In the meantime pray for Carlos who has assumed this role full-time as a part of his internship.
:: Pray with us for stability in our budget as we enter a new year. God is faithful through our current donors and we trust Him to raise up new ones to meet our monthly needs.
Mision Mundo Juvenil Internacional
Attn: Casa Gabriel
Pablo Herrera OE4-105PB Alvarez Del Corro
(Detrás de Teleamazonas (Canal 4))