Thank you Gerardo and Sandra!

God clearly showed La Casa de mi Padre the importance of family over the years.  We learned early on that most children in El Salvador grow up without a father figure present in their life; and we wanted Godly, father figures to be part of every day life at La Casa.  In 2006, Gerardo and Sandra Lemus became our first house parents. They were originally house parents for all 40+ children; they were brave souls.  Within time, they became the house parents for our boys’ home.

Being a parent is not easy, and being a parent to hurting children is even more difficult.  But with God’s grace, mercy, and wisdom, Gerardo and Sandra have given their ALL for our boys. The demand is great, the hours long, and the emotion overwhelming.

Dedication and flexibility are two words that definitely describe this couple. They’ve sacrificed their own family at times, leaving their own family at night to take a sick child to the doctor, manage a crisis, or even drive miles to be with a hurting family. It seems far too simple to reduce their time to a few examples, but Sandra probably enjoyed baking with the boys most of all.  She was also the one who encouraged them to do their homework, which is not an easy task for a whole clan of boys who would much rather be playing soccer.  Gerardo would probably say his favorite times were taking the boys to the market and finding a small place to enjoy a soda and chatting about life, table counseling!

Most of our boys are now adolescents.   Gerardo and Sandra have walked with them through times of celebration, times of mere pain, times of relaxing, and times of getting down to serious matters. Their care and love have sown seeds in the lives of the boys, some have grown to fruition and others hold the promise to sprout and grow in years to come.  They have been willing to bend, be taught through life’s trials, all while constantly seeking His will.

As 2012 closed, the Lemus’s felt God’s hand and quiet voice whisper that it is time to hand over the baton to a new couple.  We want to celebrate their dedication and love they’ve given over the past seven years.  As we reflect, we hope you enjoy some photos that capture the action behind their faith.

2006-2012

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3 thoughts on “Thank you Gerardo and Sandra!

  1. Congratulatios dear friends Gerardo and Sandra for all your hard work investing in the lives of many kids. You are making a difference!!! I’m proud of you and honor to be called your friend. God bless you!!

  2. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to serving the Lord these years with La Casa. Bob and I have so enjoyed getting to know you and watching the children grow with you. I love these photos, they themselves tell such great stories! I pray the Lord will direct you to His next “work” place so you may serve Him well in whatever that may be. We’ll miss you for sure and wish we’d been able to spend a little time with you back in December but we so understand the need for a vacation. Take care dear friends and stay in touch!! Much love, many hugs, and much prayer coming your way…give my best to Natalie and I’ll miss seeing her and working with her each year. She was always a lot of fun to work with. Phyllis and Bob Rouse

  3. To Gerardo and Sandra:

    May the spirit of 1 Cor 15:58 be with you and guide you as you persevere in the life set forth for you in Christ…..Love you both big time..

    Rich and Terry Stewardson

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