Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Joel Turns 10

Joel, one of the children at the Dawn Refuge turned 10 years old on February 23. Our fellow staff at the Refuge sent us a few lines that described this special day for Joel:

On Februrary 23rd our alert and playful Joel turned 10 years old. Although we prepared a party for Saturday, we didn´t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate him as a famiily on his actual birthday. At school, Joel gave out birthday party invitations to his friends. When he got home from school, we all went to wish him a happy birthday and Joel was so excited; and after dinner we were able to sing "Parabens a você," a Portuguese verseion of "Happy Birthday To You" and then the birthday boy blew out all 10 candles. His brother, Jorge, gave him a racetrack for cars, something that Joel loves. He also received a 4G pen drive, but Saturday he received even more gifts. Afterward we were able to play games where Joel was the star. It was all laughter and good times. 

A few weeks ago we asked Joel what he wanted for his birthday and he responded, "The presents don´t really matter so much. What I want is for all my friends to come to my birthday party."

We give thanks to God for such a great family at the Dawn Refuge. Each life is a miracle.

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