David and Carlos have graduated high school!! As noted in the previous email, it is our tradition here at Casa Gabriel to honor the boys who have accomplished so much academically and grown spiritually. We put together a celebration which was held in a local church. This included a whole program to honor the boys: speaking, music, a photo slideshow, presenting them with Bibles and certificates, hearing their dreams for the future, and praying over them. In all, about 130 people showed up just to celebrate our boys! There were ups and downs with rearranging the schedule when some people came late, and praying that there would be enough food for everyone; though in the end, it was one of the best celebrations yet.
For Carlos, he was proud to have his mother and sister attend: introducing them to the crowd and giving his mother a bouquet of flowers. For David, it was a little different: his mother is mentally unstable and was unable to be there. When David stood up, he said, "My family is ASA, the home I was in before, and Casa Gabriel. They are my family."
Part-way through the program, a huge crowd of about 50 adults, teens, and children showed up. They found seats as two past Casa Gabriel graduates - Jesus R. and Alejandro M. - were speaking to everyone and exhorting the new graduates. When they had finished, David got up and rushed to the side of the sanctuary where the late group had sat down. Instantly he was surrounded by hug after hug. The group was from ASA, the home he lived in before! David had put out a blanket invitation hoping someone would come. Everyone came. They all came to celebrate him. David had tears of joy, the whole evening meant so much to him. We kept hearing him repeat, "I can't believe this day is here, I didn't think it would ever happen."
After the program, everyone went outside to enjoy an acrobatic show from one of our past Casa Gabriel boys whom we continue to reach out to. At the end of the show it was indicative of the evening to hear him claim, "Just to be clear, I'm a Casa G boy too."
The evening ended with dinner cooked by the mom of a Casa G boy, cake, and many hugs and congratulations. In all, it was one of the best celebrations we've had the privilege to be a part of.
Currently, both Carlos and David are doing internships at Casa Gabriel. Carlos is the full-time House Coordinator, He coordinates daytime activities and takes on two days of house-parent responsibilities. David is the new part-time Activities Coordinator. He organizes activities to enhance the growth and development of the participants.
THANK YOU to everyone for your continued support of these young men of Casa Gabriel by praying and financial giving. You make it possible "to provide holistic training toformer street boys, enabling them to achieve their God-given potential as leaders and disciples of Jesus Christ". They are the next generation "who become successful Christian leaders in their home, church, community and world."
Phil as M.C., with Miguel Zova assisting and speaking
Sharing music and photos with a full house
The Academic Coordinator and House-Dad speak about the boys
Graduates Jesus and Alejandro share words of encouragement and exhortation
Carlos, giving flowers to his Mom
David, introducing and being hugged by his friends at ASA
Carlos with his new Bible and certificate
David, being presented with a certificate and Bible
Praying over the boys
The boys all pitched in to clean up
Goofy and happy
Prayer Requests and Praises
:: Thank God for stability within the CG team and pray for new house parents in December.
:: Thank God we found schools for all the boys and that they are excited about this new school year, and for the graduation of Carlos and David from HS: we had a great celebration time with family and friends! Thank You Lord!
:: We ask God for wisdom and protection in this new internship stage for Carlos and David.
:: Pray for needed funding; we are currently close to 7k in deficit.
A huge thank you to Education Equals Hope for playing a vital role in the graduation of Carlos and David through monthly funding! We are so thankful for their continued support, and to everyone who gives through them.
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