01 December 2015

this is emmaus, too!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Emmaus means SOCCER tournaments.
Yesterday we kicked it off with the annual staff vs. student game.

Unfortunately, are staff are a bit older and heavier than our students :), but this year we played really well...

Rosa's winning penalty kick!
The first staff victory in at least 10 years :)

Afterwards, we celebrated Leme's 31st birthday over dinner and cake!
Leme is such a humble, godly and servant-hearted man, and it was a joy to spend some non-work time with him and three of our students who are his best friends.  
Before Leme blew out his candles, he made a short speech, noting that in his whole life, his birthday had never been celebrated.  He said that this year and last year, when our families made him dinner and a simple cake, were the first times he had ever had a birthday.  The thought had never occurred to me.  Even then, there were no presents or trips to the zoo or movies, no balloons, no fancy meals, just a pot pie and a sheet cake and some people who love him.  He was so touched.
I was so touched.  

perspective.  what a gift.

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