Over the next few days we will share stories of how your partnership in 2018 has helped us live out the core values of Caroline's Promise. Today's value is: "We value sustainable programs rather than handouts" Isaiah 61:3 "to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise" A few years ago, after implementing two entrepreneurial business trainings in Guatemala, we learned that the major obstacle to expanding any small business within and around the city is extortion by gangs. If you pay, you’re in danger. If you don’t pay, you’re in danger. (Read Maria's story of extortion) Therefore, most of the women don’t even try to open a store front. It doesn’t stop them from dreaming though.
When we learned of their dreams (and the necessity of the income it could provide) and their obstacles to actually making a small business profitable, we began to dream too. We asked God what HE wanted us to do with these …
In the Spring of 2018 our Board of Directors spent two days with our friend, Pam Morrison as she led us through Strategic Planning and Vision Casting. We knew that we needed to change our logo and as we shared our hearts about what Caroline's Promise does and why it exists, it became clear that our foundation is the entire chapter of Isaiah 61. Things started clicking and it became obvious that a tree would be part of our new logo and our Vision Statement became,
"Where Hope Grows and Communities Thrive"
We were able to develop our Mission, Vision, and Values. We walked away, excited about all that God has for the next season of ministry!
For several years we have been blessed to receive pro bono marketing materials from SFW through their 24 hour Createathon. This December they created our new logo and brochure and we love them! Over the past few weeks our friend, Boni Russell (BoniDesign) has worked overtime to design our new website!
We are excited about 2019 and …
We continue our series on Isaiah 61 and how it relates to the ministry of Caroline's Promise. In our last post we shared our new Vision and Mission Statements:
"A world where hope grows and communities thrive" Mission Statement:
"Growing relationships that nourish individuals and communities to be whole and thrive in Jesus Christ" I met Claudia's Mom in 2015 as our team was hosting a women's retreat in the community of Gerona. In a powerful move of God, a serious infection in her leg was healed right before our eyes. We met Claudia the next day and that Fall we were able to find sponsors for her and her sister, Fatima. As the years passed we continued to watch them grow in their relationship with Jesus. At a medical clinic in 2017 I was updating information on all of our kids and asking them how we could pray for them. I'll never forget the look on Claudia's face as she shared her most urgent request..... "Lisa, pleas…
On #GivingTuesday (November 27, 2018) YOU can help us raise money to bring clean water to the community of Gerona by
creating a personal fundraising page on Facebook. We spent time this past year, surveying this community and found that the greatest need is clean water. We are committed to providing effective and sustainable water filters that will cost $65 per family. Our goal for #GivingTuesday is $13,000 which will provide filters to 200 families!
On Tuesday, Facebook will not only waive the transaction fees for donations made on Facebook Fundraising Pages but together with Pay Pal they will match $7 Million of those donations! The giving
starts on Tuesday at 8am EST (7am Central, 6am Mountain, and 5 am Pacific) and will be given until the $7Million is
gone. We know from experience that the matching dollars are usually gone within 30 minutes. How can you help?
Set up a Facebook
fundraising page prior to Tuesday morning and then promote it like
crazy, encouraging people to giv…
Last Spring, our Board of Directors met with a Strategic Planning Team. We felt like it was time to refocus and ask God what He wanted for His ministry. The process seemed a bit cloudy and overwhelming when we began, but then He showed up, and we realized that we share the same heart: His heart for the people of Guatemala.
He gave us a new Vision Statement:
"A world where hope grows and communities thrive" He gave us a new Mission Statement:
"Growing relationships that nourish individuals and communities to be whole and thrive in Jesus Christ" He clarified our objectives and helped us set goals. We walked away knowing that the scripture that He so often had brought to us in the past would continue to be our theme. Over the next few weeks, I hope to share stories of how your partnership with us in Guatemala is bringing Isaiah 61 to life. Perhaps you would like to join me in praying this scripture daily or weekly over our community here in the states, as well a…