Saturday, December 31, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This year, we are saying a bittersweet goodbye to Elias, one of Casa Shalom's oldest kids. Elias has been at Casa Shalom for over 10 years and is now moving on. Currently in his career program and studying to be a computer technician, Elias is moving this month to join the ministry of Brent and Yuliza Potter, missionaries from Texas who are opening their home to young men transitioning out of orphanages. We thank God for the chance to pour into Elias's life for so many years. He is a responsible, intelligent, and wonderful Christian young man. Go with God, Elias!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Today, the visiting team from the Monroe Church of God in Monroe, GA, took all of Casa Shalom's children to a local Payless shoe store to purchase 2 pairs of shoes each! Each child and teen received one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of formal black dress shoes, which are a required part of the children's school uniform. Check out all the photos of the fun excursion below!
Right: Catalina gets sized for new shoes.
Juan Jose gets a little help finding a pair that fit.
Josue David found his tennis shoes!
Twins Magdalena and Candelaria get some help from their house mother.
After convincing her that women's high heels would not be a good purchase, Viviana found some sparkly tennis shoes she loves!
Carlos tries on a pair.
We caught Candelaria trying to give herself kisses in the shoe mirror!
Alex gets a boost while looking for shoes.
Elias and Cesar, two of Casa Shalom's college kids.
It took a whole team to find shoes for Mynor!
A whole stack of shoes ready to load onto Casa Shalom's big yellow bus.
The receipt from the shoe purchase was
over four feet long!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Today Casa Shalom welcomes a short-term missions team from the Monroe Church of God in Monroe, Georgia! The team will be working on a few light construction projects around the orphanage and, in the greatest blessing of all, will be bringing the children's Christmas gifts and celebrating Christmas with them at a very special party on Thursday night. Please keep these short-term missionaries in your prayers this week as they serve at Christ's hands and feet in Guatemala.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
This weekend, Casa Shalom's children enjoyed free pizza courtesy of Domino's, which donates free pizza to orphanages across the country in the month of December. Below, Casa Shalom's newest child, Juan Carlos, enjoys his first slice of pizza, has unwrapped his first chocolate candy bar and has it waiting as soon as he's done with his pizza! Two weeks ago, he was living on the street and shining shoes to make a living, and now he's thoroughly enjoying his new life at Casa Shalom!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Yesterday, we said a very happy goodbye to a long-term Casa Shalom child! Alejandro, 16, has been at the orphanage since he was around 7-years-old when he was found abandoned in the streets of a nearby town with no idea who his family was or where he lived. Alejandro has grown into a respectful, responsible, caring young man who wants to be a botanist when he grows up! Over the past few years, he has developed a close relationship with a great Christian family and the family recently applied to become his foster parents. Yesterday, they were awarded custody and Alejandro left Casa Shalom after nearly a decade to be with his new foster mom and dad and brother and sister. Praise God for this happy ending for Alejandro!