PHIL & DEBBIE
Phil, Debbie, and their four children relocated to Quito, Ecuador in 2002 from Columbia, MO where Phil had been the director of a family advocacy center and non-for-profit emergency shelter for abused and neglected children for eight years. Debbie had served as a teacher and career foster parent. In Quito, they soon developed a special friendship with a group of street boys.Three years later, what started for them as a weekly pizza night, turned into what is known today as Casa Gabriel, a full-time discipleship ministry to former street boys.
Subsequently, God also began nudging their hearts to reach out to girls at risk. Their experience working with youth and families at risk and then starting the ministry of Casa Gabriel gave them a strong base to establish End Slavery Ministries Ecuador and later open Casa Adalia, an aftercare home for young women rescued out of sex trafficking and/or vulnerable situations.
Today Debbie and Phil are in transition, moving their home base from Quito to Columbia, MO where they will continue to serve remotely as missionaries with ESME and One Collective. Imperfect people redeemed by Jesus Christ, together they seek to be messengers of hope and reconciliation.
WHO WE ARE
SPIRITUAL FORMATION and CASA ADALIA PROGRAM COORDINATOR
I am a spiritual leader for the girls, and one of the girl’s personal mentors. On Fridays we have a Bible study, and right now we are going through a 5-book discipleship series. We all learn together. The girls take home questions they have to answer from the book before we come back together. We also have a time of counseling.
We learn how to cook and make desserts together - practical things we can share!
I am single and don’t have any children. I live with my sister and my mom who is 89 years old and my 4 dogs we rescued. For almost 30 years I worked with children as a volunteer in a women's prison. I went every Sunday; it was a ministry of my church and I had a group of about 40 kids I served until the ministry moved. Then the Lord gave me the opportunity to serve Him in Casa Adalia. We often go on outings together just to have fun, like the movies, etc. It's always just a sweet time with the girls!!
When you bless another person, you glorify God. With your service, you glorify God.
END SLAVERY MINISTRIES ECUADOR
Hello! My name is Hannah Zook. In 2015, I married my husband Josh Zook. My parents, Brad & Sandi Miller, served in Quito for many years so for 11 years I lived in Quito with my family. After graduating high school, I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where I studied social work at Cornerstone University. I returned to Quito in March, 2016 with my husband long term. Our family is growing! Our son, Dakota, was born June 5, 2020. I am so glad to be part of the ESME team and of God's redeeming work.
I am from a small town outside of Ft. Worth, Texas. After graduating from Baylor University, I moved to Nicaragua as a missionary with One Collective. I learned Spanish, helped the team with business initiatives and mentored a group of teens. The time in Nicaragua helped me prepare for coming to serve with ESME in Quito, Ecuador for two years, April 2018 until March 2020.
God put a desire in my heart to help the oppressed, specifically victims of human trafficking. I have read that at this moment there are approximately 27 million people living in slavery throughout the world. I am thankful to be a part of a team who is committed to helping those who have been rescued by providing a process of healing through God's love.
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I am the educational tutor and coordinator of the academic program; I help each of the girls with their school work. Often it's math or physics, but more importantly it’s an opportunity to serve the girls, to give a special amount of quality time to each of them.
Through my life I get to show the love of God to them. Although I am not perfect, I know that God can show His love through people! God gave me the opportunity to come to Casa Adalia to serve in October of 2015. And I plan to keep serving as long as God has me here!
I have two daughters, I’m married, I am actively involved in my church and help with youth in my community.
I met Debbie when she first came to Ecuador and I was giving her Spanish classes. It was so sweet because although she didn’t know any Spanish, in the little that she understood me, she began to be my friend. There were some difficult moments in my life and Debbie would always hug me, I would cry, and she would say the few words she had learned “Dios tiene el control” – “God is in control.” She made a mark on my life, and we continued to grow in friendship.
After some time, she asked if I would work with her and her husband in Casa Gabriel, and eventually I came to help with Casa Adalia. I am so happy to be with the girls. I am a mom to three boys, and have two boy grandchildren. I always wanted to have girls – now these are my girls.
God has put this purpose in my heart to love them and care for them. They are the daughters I never had!
It is so beautiful to get to love them constantly no matter the circumstances… with a word, with a hug, with passing a hand through their hair... to tell them I love them, that I’m ready to listen to them… to encourage them to keep pushing ahead, to study, to have a profession. It’s my biggest dream.
It’s the same feeling as being a mom for me. To desire the best for them, to help them know the freedom that God has given them through His Word… this helps them becomes independent, capable, and ready to take on life. It’s what I love to do. They are the precious daughters God has given me.
I’m so happy to be working here – it is not work, it’s a home, and to know that my daughters are waiting for me and that God gives me wisdom and love in interacting with them is the best thing ever. And I am so happy.
God brought me here to Casa Adalia from Venezuela in His good purpose to be a part of the healing process for these young women and their children. He gives me love, His presence, much wisdom and much patience. It is beautiful to see the growth, change, and the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
What the girls need most is love, understanding, and tenderness, because they have suffered much. They come from difficult situations and dysfunctional homes where they didn’t receive love.
I give thanks to God that He has given me the opportunity to work in this home. I wanted to serve God, and He called me here and has a purpose.
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST and
CAMINOS DE LIBERTAD COORDINATOR
Some words that could describe me are fighter, persevering, and passionate for Christ and giving service to the most vulnerable.
I'm 35 years old. I have been married for 4 years but do not yet have children. My husband Alex and I pastor a church in a populous and poor area of Quito. As psychotherapists, we also provide private consultations in psychotherapy.
I feel so honored to be part of this wonderful team. Forging paths of freedom with and for women and children who are survivors of traumatic experiences is my favorite hobby. I say hobby because when we love what we do we live in a constant challenge, and the delight to do the work is our reward.
I encourage you to be an active part of the transformation of generations! I invite you to be a part of this mission through your prayers and donations.
Doris Estevez felt a call for many years to be a missionary to people groups in the Middle East where she served short term. Three years ago, while she faithfully waited for God to open and close doors, the door opened for her to join the ESME team. God led her to share her heart, her talents and His hope with the young women we serve through the ministries of ESME. Indeed, God had called her to be a missionary, but the location was different than she imagined. The truth is, you don’t need to go farther than next door to be a missionary.
Debbie has been serving with AMADAS for 4 years as a team member. She first went down to the Historic district 8 years ago with some friends to hand out roses and hot chocolate to the women on Valentines Day. They went not just to give these things to the women, but to build genuine relationships.
She has a heart to communicate worth to these women and to show them that they are God's princesses.
NURSE FOR CASA ADALIA
Hi! My name is Julie. I grew up in New England, but have spent the last several years in the great state of Texas to get my nursing degree and then work as a nurse. But I'll always be a New England sports fan (please don't hold that against me!).
I'm thrilled to be the newest member of the incredible ESME team here in Ecuador!
Melba Moreno is a social worker with ESME. Although she has only been with us a short time she says she has grown so much professionally and personally. She is passionate about learning other people's stories so she can truly know them and do whatever she can to help.
Working within the Ecuadorian legal system can often be a struggle, but Melba works hard to fight for the rights of every woman and child in our program. She shares, "It is sweet to know that only in Christ can the women, and myself, find true peace and hope."
CAMINOS DE LIBERTAD MENTOR
Ruth has been working with Caminos de Libertad for two years now. She serves as a mentor for one of the women in Caminos de Libertad. She loves being a mentor because she gets to be there for her mentee in whatever way she needs. She gets to do life with her.
Laura is our newest team member. She is currently staying with a family her in Ecuador studying Spanish and will step into her role as a social worker soon. She hails from the midwest of the United States, but this is not her first time in Ecuador. She came four years prior and interned with another organization. She had no idea that God would bring her back to Quito, but she is so excited to be back and to get the opportunity to walk alongside these women.
CAMINOS DE LIBERTAD ACADEMIC TUTOR
Hello, my name is Wilda Joya. I’m a 35 year old venezuelan teacher, and I’ve been living in Ecuador for three years with my family – my husband Miguel Prado and my three beautiful children: Wilmary Alejandra, Miguel Alejandro, and Camila Alejandra.
Since November of last year, God has given me the opportunity to both work and serve at Casa Adalia, which has been a blessing in my life. He also gave my husband the opportunity to do the same with Second Chances, another ministry here in Quito, Ecuador.