Phil and Debbie Douce
Training for Life
Phil Douce is the Director of “Casa Gabriel,” a home for street boys in Quito, Ecuador. The purpose of Casa Gabriel is not just to provide housing and basic care for kids in crisis, but to provide a training program in all areas of life, that will give these boys the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential as leaders and disciples of Jesus Christ. The training is an intentional and integral part of every attribute of Casa Gabriel. Each aspect points to developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Phil and Debbie’s hope is that every child in the training program will become a successful Christian leader in their home, church, community and world.
All of the boys come from very poor and often dysfunctional families – the reason they found themselves living on the streets. All of them have amazing testimonies of God’s redeeming love and how He brought them to Casa Gabriel.
Subsequently, God began nudging Phil and Debbie’s hearts to also reach out to girls at risk. They discovered that many girls who are at risk due to lack of education and poverty end up being manipulated and sold into the sex trade. A door opened for Phil and Debbie to volunteer and gain informal training at a safe house for underage girls rescued from the sex industry. They were then invited to begin a ministry under the umbrella of International Teams Netherlands to girls rescued from the sex trade. In June of 2012, Debbie resigned from her job as Special Education Coordinator at Alliance Academy International to focus on opening an aftercare home for girls. This home is called “Casa Adalia”.
Imperfect people redeemed by Jesus Christ to be messengers of hope and reconciliation, they are seeking to live out the Gospel no matter how complex or messy it might be.
Ways to help:
- Commit to supporting a child through regular prayer
- Write to a child and share prayer requests
- Make financial contributions towards the cost of supporting a child
- Make a general contribution to Gabriel’s House
- Make a general contribution to Adalia’s House
If you would like to contribute to work the Douces are doing, click the “Give” button below or visit our Giving page.