Sunday, December 4, 2016

2017 Sports Team to Guatemala

2017 Sports Team to Guatemala

We are excited to announce that we will have a guy only sports team to Guatemala next summer.  The team will be led by Jared Rolfes, Head Football Coach at Northwest Guilford High School. 

The team is open to all high school and college age guys who want to minister to teens in Guatemala through sports.

There will be an interest meeting (no obligation) on Monday, December 19 at 6:30pm.  Any student that is interested should attend with a parent.  If you plan to attend the meeting or have other questions please contact Coach Rolfes at or Lisa Holbrook at for meeting location.  

Date of Trip:  
June 30th - July 8th 2017 (Dead Week for All Athletics)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Quick, easy way to earn $ for Caroline's Promise

Do you shop Amazon?

If so, you could be earning money for Caroline's Promise.

It's sooooo easy.

Follow the link that will show you how to set up Amazon Smile so that all of your purchases benefit Caroline's Promise.  No cost to you - except a few minutes:)

Amazon Smile

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Season of Giving: Investing in Teachers

We continue our Week of Giving ideas with a practical way to make a difference.

We have dreamed with our Guatemalan partners of one day hosting a retreat for our teachers and staff of Casita Adonai and with your help, this dream will become a reality in January. These men and women serve kids and parents daily and are deserving of time away where they can learn valuable skills and get new ideas for the work that they do. In addition, our prayer is that God will use this time to create unity and remind them of His love for and His power to equip them.

The cost for each teacher or staff is $100 and you can donate any amount here

There are still a few spaces if you would like to join us. Learn more here

Monday, November 21, 2016

Raising a Promise T-Shirts are a Hit!

Are you looking for a unique gift that will actually make a difference?
We have a lot of great options for you!
Every day this week we will highlight a way that you can invest in others while giving gifts.

Today we are talking about our Raising a Promise T-shirts.  At $20 for short sleeve and $25 for long sleeve, these are a great deal!  Profit from the sell of these shirts will go directly to our Raising a Promise campaign to construct the third and final floor of the Building of Promise in Guatemala.  Completion of this project will allow us to offer middle school grades as well as provide a playground area & sport court and areas for planting and science projects.  4 additional classrooms will be added and this project will be complete!

Cameron has been selling the shirts at his high school and they are a hit!  The photos below show how great they look on teens and young adults but any age would love them.

You can order on our website and have them shipped, or contact us for local pick up.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Caroline's Promise at Benefit on November 12

We are excited to participate in a benefit for a local man's medical expenses on Saturday, November 12.  If you live in the McLeansville/Burlington area come visit us at Mount Hope United Methodist Church from 10-2 where there will be food and the opportunity to shop with local vendors.

Where else can you shop beautiful fair trade items and support someone in the community?

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist 5120 Burlington Road Greensboro, NC 27405
Hot dog lunch & bake sale to benefit Mike Crabtree's medical expenses
Vendors: Lularoe, DoTerra, Nowex, Mary Kay, Stella & Dot, Scentsy, Monogramming, Thirty one, Origami Owl, Caroline's Promise, Poetic Xchange, holiday decor & more

Monday, November 7, 2016

Teacher Training Team Deadline Approaching

We have a fantastic retreat planned for our teachers in Guatemala next January.  We realize it's a difficult time for teachers in the states to go on a mission trip, but it's the perfect time for our teachers in Guatemala.

We will travel to Guatemala on Wednesday, January 25, spend the day in the classroom with students and teachers on Thursday, and then take them on a retreat Friday - Sunday.  We will return home Monday, January 30. It's a short trip but sure to make a huge impact!

If you are interested please contact us asap.  ( or 336-669-7340).
Trip cost is $600 plus airfare.

Application and $100 non refundable deposit due by December 1. 

$40 can send a teen to camp

Words can't express how proud we are of the youth from Adonai Church in Guatemala City.  They have worked hard to develop a discipleship and outreach program that is amazing!  In addition, they have been raising funds to attend their high school aged camp November 25-27.  They began months ago by creating banks and teaching on the importance of saving.  From there they hosted a ton of fundraisers and have been able to raise the funds for their youth group to attend camp.

Now they need our help!  They would love for 25 of the older teens from their Gerona church plant to attend camp as well.  The cost is $40 per teen and we're looking for a total of $1000.

If you would like to partner with the Adonai Youth and support a teen from Gerona, please follow this link. 

Thank you for helping us celebrate the Adonai Youth and their hard work, while making a way for the teens in Gerona to attend camp.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Visit us at the Greensboro Holiday Market

It's that time of the year again!  The Holiday Market!
This is one of our favorite events of the year.  Where else can you purchase amazing handmade gifts and jewelry from artisans around the world, support the work of Caroline's Promise and have your pic taken with us?  Well, if that's not enough - you can also have your picture taken with Santa, taste some amazing food, and support other vendors!

We have some beautiful new items from Guatemala as well as from our friends who have ministries in Uganda, Kenya, Peru, and Asia.  Prices range from $5 - $45 and you'll find something for everyone!

November 4, 2016– Fri. (10am – 9pm)
November 5, 2016– Sat. (9am – 7pm)
November 6, 2016– Sun. (11am – 5pm)

2016 Admission
$8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12), Under 6 Free
Same Day Free Return

Click here for more information and a printable $1 off coupon.  Our booth is #2906.  Facing the show we are on the 3rd row from the right, approximately 1/4 of the way down the aisle.

See you there!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Urgent need for funding of 13 Business Training Participants

Our Business Training Team is headed to Guatemala tomorrow morning and will begin teaching a 5 day training on Friday.  We still lack funding for 13 participants.  That's $2600.  If you have been thinking about partnering with us please donate today! 

You can read more about this life changing training here. 

Donate here

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Why "Raising a Promise" is important to Kaitlyn

We are in the midst of raising the final $55,000 needed to complete the third floor of the Building of Promise in Guatemala.  When complete this floor will provide outdoor playground space, areas for horticulture and science projects, and additional classrooms, allowing us to apply to offer middle school grades. In the following video, Caroline's Promise volunteer and team leader, Kaitlyn Armstrong shares why the ministry at Adonai is so important.

Please consider partnering with us.  Follow this link to give or set up a fundraising page.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Raising a Promise T-Shirts are in!

 Raising a Promise T-Shirts are In!

We are super thankful for a group of teens and young adults who decided that they wanted to do whatever they could to raise the $54,000 needed to complete the third and final floor of the Building of Promise in Guatemala.  The completion of this building will allow our school, Casita Adonai to apply to offer middle school grades.  But the blessing of the third floor doesn't stop there.  It will provide space for an outdoor play area, horticulture and science projects, and additional space for classrooms that will benefit the school, church and community!

Caroline's Promise is so proud of these young adults and thankful for their dedication to our friends in Guatemala.  They have named the campaign "Raising a Promise" and knew from the start that they wanted a t-shirt that they could sell as a fundraiser.  They got their friend, Matt King to help them design the shirt which depicts building plans and has the theme of the campaign.

You have two options:

Short Sleeve:  $20 Next Level Brand, dark charcoal grey, 50 % polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon. This shirt is super soft and fits true to size.  Sizes small - xxl

Long Sleeve:  $25 Bella Canvas Brand, black, 100% cotton.  This is the same shirt as our "Tree" shirt from a few years ago.  You're going to love it!

You can order here and have them shipped, or email us at and you can purchase and pick up.

They make great gifts!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Thank you for golfing FORE the Children!

Caroline's Promise is truly thankful for Dickie and Wanda Trexler who organized a golf tournament to support our "Raising a Promise" project.  Over $2000 was raised and the teams had a blast!  What was so special is that Dickie and Wanda decided to use what they are interested in (golf) to make a difference for kids in Guatemala!  And they did it with very little help from Caroline's Promise which was a blessing for our often "burned out on fundraising" team.

Of course the event would not have been possible without the support of our Hole Sponsors, listed below.  Please take the time to check out their businesses and when you have the opportunity, thank them for supporting Caroline's Promise!

We also want to thank the golfers and volunteers who spent their Friday making a difference for kids!
Wanda and her ladies

 Hole Sponsors
Oak Ridge Builders, Vernon Carter
Trexler Insurance & Services, Inc.
Holbrook Marriage & Family Counseling, PLLC
Bull & Beard
Pine Knolls Golf Course
Insperity Support Services
Keith A Tuttle Livestock
Modern Marble & Glass, Inc.
Craft Insurance
Labels, Tags & Inserts, Inc.
Rod Farrell
Fogleman & Associates of N.C.
Unlimited Nutrition, Inc.
Impact Fulfillment
Bill & Joan Tatum

Gifts in Kind
Fry Financial Group
Richard & Wanda Trexler
Carolina Bank

First Place Team (minus one)
2nd Place Team

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Promise Fulfilled

A week or so ago was the first day of middle school for a lot of students and their parents in our area. For the student it comes with first day pictures, first day outfits, first day excitement, and first day fears. Parents will have fears too... Will they make friends? Will they eat a good lunch? Will they remember to bring all of their assignments home? Will they be bullied? Those don't sound like
small fears...especially the bullying part. 

All valid questions. 

I know a group of parents who sent their kids off to 6th grade at the beginning of this year. They have the same valid fears too. 
Will they make friends? Will they eat a good lunch? Will they remember to bring all of their assignments home? Will they be bullied? What will we do next year? Will I keep them home? Will they go to public school? Will they be in a gang? Will they be murdered by a gang? Will they be the murderer in a gang?
Wait! Those are not the same questions I'm seeing on Facebook today. Those are not the same questions I'm hearing parents of 6th graders asking. These question are from the parents of the current 6th graders as Casita Adonai.  6th grade is the last class Casita can offer them, and it is not by choice... It is not because their hearts don't ache and yearn to see these kids more than succeed

It is because there is no space. No space! 

I hear valid concerns about the amount of kids per class here in the US, and I agree it is too many.
But we don't stop having school all together; we make the space. At Casita it is not that simple, which is why raising the funds to complete the third floor is so vital. It is not just a matter of education. For some, for most, for all, it is a choice between life and death. 

We have two kids we sponsor and we have lots of concerns for their safety after 6th grade. One of our sponsor kids has autism which is an even greater concern. It is very hard for me to let my mind and my heart think of what will happen to him when he ends 6th grade in 2017. I cannot begin to imagine what his mother is already thinking and the heart wrenching thought of sending him to a public school.  If you're thinking, but I live here, what can I do? Well since I've already been brutally honest I'll continue that pattern. They need your money for the building fund. Praying is and will continue to be a must. But... without action, where is my faith? I read somewhere that "faith without action is dead." It's easy to think that if all you can give is a small amount then it wouldn't help...
I don't mind using all caps! Even $5 a month would help. Or give a one-time donation! We can't out give God, but wouldn't it be fun to try? To see how He causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them. Don't just pray about it! Do it! I was even convicted to give monthly just by writing this. Yes we donate and that's great but let me see if I can out give God... I know I can't, because He will multiply every penny. And not only will parents of the 2017 6th grade class in Guatemala have the same questions as the parents of the 2017 class here, but they will also be able to eliminate some of their questions. 

They will be able to send their kids into a building where there is hope. 
A promise fulfilled. 
A promise we made as Christ followers that with all authority in heaven and on earth we will go into all the nations being sure of this:

I Am with you always, even to the end of the age. I cannot out give to
others what
God will pour into my heart and my home because of my giving. He will take care
of me as I
take care of those whom He has put before me. 
We can together fulfill the
for all of us as we fulfill our promise to Him.
 Follow this link to give.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Business Training to be Offered Again in October

Last February we partnered with  Yobel International, a Colorado based ministry that empowers communities to eliminate extreme poverty, unjust labor and human trafficking through business training and consumer education.  Yobel has developed an interactive, discussion-based Entrepreneurial Training Curriculum and we loved sharing it with our friends in Guatemala!
We continue to hear how God used the training to help women start a business or expand an existing business!  You can read about the February training here. 

Our plans are to conduct our second training in October.
The cost for each woman to attend the training is $200.  We are looking for 35 sponsors or a total of $7000 to make this training a reality.  Will you consider joining us?  Any donation is greatly appreciated!  Follow this link to join us!

You can see photos of men & women who want to attend this training here.