|Happy Birthday Ruben|
This is the motto of the US Marine Corp. It could also be the motto of our always faithful security guard, Ruben. From 6:00 P.M until 6:00 AM, 365 days a year, Ruben is at his post near the entrance to the LDS Compound in Lilo-an where the Stake Center and Cebu East Mission Office are located. He is there to open and close the gate for those entering or leaving during those hours and also stops traffic for us when we leave in the dark (which is greatly appreciated). Most of the time he is there just to make sure the property is secure and 'all is well'. He has done this since 2013 when the Cebu East Mission was created. Not missing a night that we know of. That's dedication.
Ruben's 50th birthday was Thursday and we purchased a cake for him (not the one pictured but we'll get to that) and the Lilo-an missionaries gathered for a surprise birthday party. As the missionaries were arriving, coming in thru the gate, they found out that Ruben's family was also coming to bring dinner to eat with him out in the parking lot. So we invited his family to come into the mission office where it was lighted and air conditioned. It ended up that they shared their meal with the missionaries and we joined our cake and ice cream with theirs. It was a bit awkward at first, but it all worked out.
We were glad that we were able to show our appreciation for this dedicated man and his supportive family.
|The family (minus one daughter)|