Abraham and Raquel
Dodgers! Dodgers! They may not have won the series, but this family in their dodger gear did not disappoint! Abraham, Raquel, Elijah, Isaiah, and Alma were such a joy to shoot in the park. We got to start off our session with some baseball ⚾️ mixed with daddy (Abraham) chasing Alma all around. We have rarely met a family with such a beautiful and joyful zest for life and for each other. Their love was apparent in all that they did and it seemed that smiles could never leave their faces. We were completely blessed by our time with them, and so excited to be blessed by their infectious joy! We felt as if we were flies in the wall, getting to see this lovely family enjoy their day at the park. You guys, their story is...WOW! You have to check it out on the blog to see the true power of God and what He is doing in our city.
Here more about their story below...
Abraham and Raquel met at the Dream Center's Pueblos Adopt-A-Block a site. They met one day while volunteering and have been together ever since. They have a blended family. Isaiah and Elijah are Raquel’s stepsons.
Elijah calls Alma "the glue" of the family since she was born about a year after Abraham and Raquel got married. As a family they are committed to Angelus Temple and the Dream Center.
Abraham has lived his entire life in Echo Park and remembers when it was a "not so good neighborhood". He used to be involved in local neighborhood gangs and credits his own restoration as well as the neighborhood's complete transformation to Pastor Matthew and Angelus Temple.
Abraham is truly a walking miracle. God's grace means accepting your whole life story & Abraham's story is a testament to the healing power of Holy Spirit. Raquel says he is absolutely the best father to all three of his children, is a compassionate and patient husband & she’s so proud to stand beside him in this life as his wife.
-Rephrased from Raquel Reyes