We recently had the opportunity to celebrate with Miguel Z. when he graduated from seminary. Miguel joined Casa Gabriel when he was 15 years old. Now, several years after graduating from Casa G, Miguel is a husband, father, leader, and pastor. He is married to Desi, a missionary from Holland who began the ministry of Casa Adalia along with Debbie Douce and others. This ministry reaches out to women who have been victims of human trafficking or are at risk of being trafficked. Along with encouraging Desi in this ministry, the two of them direct EsperanzArt together, where they offer jewelry-making classes (so women can earn money and feel confident about learning other skills and pursuing their dreams) as well as Christian mentoring. They have also been reaching out to prostitutes in different parts of Ecuador, simply showing God's love and grace through conversations as they pray about how God might expand this ministry. Miguel knows what it's like to live on the streets, knows what it's like to be desperate for money to survive, and has a deep compassion for the people he and Desi reach out to, together.
On top of all this, Miguel has been attending seminary and volunteering as the youth pastor for his church. Seeing Miguel receive his diploma and be honored by the school was very moving. Since coming to Casa Gabriel all those years ago, it has been a privilege to see God's plan for Miguel's life unfold. In the audience watching the ceremony was Miguel's wife and young daughter plus Phil and Debbie, several of the other Casa G team members and also some current and former boys who look up to him. We are so happy for Miguel and excited to see where God leads him next. We continue to encourage and pray for Miguel and his family: thank you for all of your prayers and support of these boys and this team. It is an honor to see lives transformed for Christ.
- The Casa Gabriel Team
Miguel Z.'s graduation.
Casa Gabriel Highlights of 2014
The renovation of Casa Gabriel was completed, with seven boys living in the home.
We had a retreat camping trip at the beach for all the boys and staff which was a time of rest, fun, Bible studies, and team building.
New Administrative Assistant Sonnet Medrano joined the team.
CG boy Snaider reconciled with his father, thanks to God working on both their hearts.
CG team and boys reached out to the family of CG boy Daniel by having a day of working on the outside of his two older sisterâ€™s homes and providing lunch for everyone.
Phil Douce was in a serious motorcycle accident and had to have surgery on two vertebrae. Thankfully he is nearly fully recovered.
Brothers Miguel and Jesus Rosero graduated from high school in June.
Danny and Jenny joined the team as the new House-parents.
Miguel got his own place and a job, to save up for college.
Jesus accepted an opportunity to do mission work in Chile for six months with YWAM.
Juan Miguel spent two months in the States for a worship internship with Woodbury Lutheran Church.
Juan Miguel moved out of Casa G and began working to support himself and save for college.
CG graduate Alejandro M. placed very high in his college entrance exams and was given top scholarships. In the fall he began taking classes at the college of his choice, with the dream of becoming an environmental engineer.
CG boy Daniel received news that one of his sisters had attempted suicide. Phil took Daniel to visit his family and reached out to the sister and her husband, along with a local pastor.
We welcomed David and Moises as the newest additions to Casa G.
We implemented new safety procedures in the home, including new fire extinguishers and detectors and floor plans of the house showing the exits.
In the spring and the summer the boys went on two mission trips to Chuwitayu, a small jungle village to which our team has had a continuing outreach.
CG graduate Miguel Zova graduated from seminary.
Spiritual Formations Coordinator Neila Roman got married on December 21st and Phil officiated the ceremony.
End of the year celebrating together with the boys who were not able to visit family.
Thank you for all of your support and prayers throughout 2014. Many blessings for 2015!
Mundo Juvenil Internacional
Attn: Casa Gabriel
Pablo Herrera OE4-105PB Alvarez Del Corro
(DetrÃ¡s de Teleamazonas (Canal 4))