Springing at Dulce Refugio

Well spring is finally here at Dulce Refugio. It was a rough winter here. I think after our week of rain the first week in January we had 1 or 2 clouds the rest of the month, and tragically we had 4 clouds in all of February. March was kind of rough, barely averaging 27 degrees (81 for Americans), but my family still was able to brave the sunshine for our first day of pool season on March 22. 🙂 Hopefully you are still reading this, I wonder does sarcasm translate ok in this format? We had our second team of the year during the 2nd week of March, a group from The Ohio State University, USA. It is always nice to see some familiar faces, and quite a few new ones. For those of you that have been here know, once you get a taste of Dulce Refugio, you have to come back for some more. So I think that many of the “new ones” will be back for more. I have some pictures of concrete making, but you’ve seen that before. Instead, I thought I’d include some pictures of the kids having fun, and things they have fun on.

Meet the Miller family. Brad and Erica were part of a short term trip in 2013, and had to come back for more just 5 months later.

Meet the Miller family. Brad and Erica were part of a short term trip in 2013, and had to come back for more just 5 months later.

Kids having fun on the trampoline with some team members.

Kids having fun on the trampoline with some team members.

                It’s a very difficult life for these kids. Many, if not all, of them come from abused and neglected beginnings. They have very ordered, disciplined, and work filled lives at times. In some ways, they have responsibilities exceeding the level of some adults. For these reasons, I think it’s important to give them times to just be kids, to play, to laugh, to pretend. All of it, to try an help them forget what is behind them, enjoy the blessings that God has given them by bringing them here, and hopefully build character and attributes that will help them to break the cycle from which them came from. It is a blessing and honor for all of us here at Dulce Refugio to share in the upbringing of these gifts from God, and also a privilege to see them smile, even when they haven’t had many reasons to do so up to this point in their lives. For those of you who have been here know this: You would never know the lives these kids came from by the looks on their faces and the joy in their hearts. Enjoy!
Americanos vs. Mexico. Americans lost again 4-2, but the kids had a blast playing at night.

Americanos vs. Mexico. Americans lost again 4-2, but the kids had a blast playing at night.

The group had a bit of fun after a long week, going to a zip line and high bridge course in San Jose de Gracia.

The group had a bit of fun after a long week, going to a zip line and high bridge course in San Jose de Gracia.

              The team worked really hard, repainting the boys dorm (yes it needed it after just 6 months), finishing the retaining wall for the parking lot, installing over 200- 60 lb. paver stones by the girls dorm, pouring several concrete pads in between the boys dorm area and girls dorm, and installing a zip line. They even set a record for making the fastest batch of concrete at 5.3 seconds! That’s 3 buckets of sand, 3 buckets of rock, 40 lbs. of concrete, and 1.5 bucket of water. Ahhh to be young again… The castle is now complete with zipline, cargo nets, sun shade, super fast slide and all the nooks and crannies necessary for an epic game of hide seek.
The castle completed (for now) The kids spend hours on this playing tag, hiding, resting, daydreaming... along with a few bumps and bruises. It is concrete after all.

The castle completed (for now) The kids spend hours on this playing tag, hiding, resting, daydreaming… along with a few bumps and bruises. It is concrete after all.

Hermanos equipo team plays again! Thanks to Duane getting the boys into a soccer league again. We even won a game in the adult league we are in! Vamos Hermanos!

Hermanos equipo team plays again! Thanks to Duane getting the boys into a soccer league again. We even won a game in the adult league we are in! Vamos Hermanos!

                We’ve also restarted the Hermanos Equipo (orphanage soccer team). Thanks Duane! We don’t win much, playing in the adult league, but the kids are having fun. Here’s a couple of pics of things that may look different around here now. Don’t worry, there is a play castle/house coming for the girls too along with some picnic areas and sunshade. Thanks for reading! Here are some prayer requests: – Pray for the deed for the property next door to us. The government changed in January and we have to build a relationship with the new administration. We can’t begin building the school until it is in our name. – Pray for God to bring additional long term volunteers, especially in the girls dorm. If you or someone you know is interested in serving long term (6 months or more) please let us know! – Pray that a new school is found for the kids next year, the current one is raising tuition to more than we can afford.
Pavers in front of the girls dorm. Don't worry, play castle is coming for the girls too!

Pavers in front of the girls dorm. Don’t worry, play castle is coming for the girls too!

Here is the work done on the retaining wall.

Here is the work done on the retaining wall.

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