Friday, September 22, 2017

Exciting Activities at Casita Adonai

It's a busy time of year at Casita Adonai.  Earlier this month our students participated in one of their favorite activities where they chose the King and Queen of the school. 

On September 15th the school participated in Independence Day Festivities where they carried a torch to the celebration at the University. This was a great opportunity for the parents and students to promote Casita Adonai.  

As the school year comes to an end the students are busy preparing for exams.  Thank you for your prayers for the teachers and students.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Send a Teen to Camp!

It's that time of year again!  Iglesia Adonai, our partner church in Guatemala is hosting two camps for teens in November.  The youth and leaders from Adonai are planning the camps and raising support for their trip.  They have asked us to partner with them to sponsor teens from the community of Gerona to attend.

Teens ages 12-14 will attend camp November 4 and 5th and teens ages 15 - 20 will attend November 25 and 26.  The cost is $40 per teen and donations can be made here.  

If you would like to sponsor a specific teen please look at the photo album here and comment underneath their photo. 

Thanks for partnering with us!  We are trusting God to continue the work that He has been doing in their lives.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

How the Northwest Athlete - Medical Team came to be

In the summer of 2016, 15 year old Cameron Holbrook shared how he felt that Caroline's Promise needed more men on their mission teams.  His heart was touched by the boys and young men he had met in Guatemala and he began to pray for men to catch a vision for the ministry. That Fall Cameron played football for the first time and met Coach Jared Rolfes who was not only a great coach but a follower of Jesus.  Cameron asked Coach Rolfes if he would be interested in taking a team of guys to Guatemala and that opened the door for Lisa to have several conversations with him. 

We all laugh that Coach Rolfes turned Lisa down 3 times!

Kristi Clary at the medical clinic in Gerona
Once he finally agreed to take a team, he invited Phillip Clary to join him.  In the weeks that followed, Phillip's wife, Kristi expressed an interest in going on what we thought would be an English teaching team at the same time.  Lisa remembered that Kristi was a nurse for a local

pediatrician, Leslie Smith - who just happened to be the Holbrook's doctor.  As Dr. Smith was completing a recommendation form for Kristi, she realized that she would like to join the team and within a few days the English teaching team turned into a medical team!

Dr. Leslie Smith
From that point on we all saw God work in amazing ways - both in the lives of the students and team members as well as the Guatemalans that they served.  The guys conducted sports camps while the medical team hosted clinics for children.  At the end of the first day of clinics, a mom showed up with a baby that was less than a year old.  She didn't live in the community but was visiting a friend whose kids attend our Sunday afternoon Kids' Church.  Dr. Smith and our Guatemalan doctor, Tiffany Quan both realized that the child was near death.  Tiffany jumped into the back of a truck with the mom and baby and took them to the nearest fire department where they were rushed to a local hospital.  The mood was somber as we boarded the bus, each of us realizing that unless God intervened, baby Marvin would not live for very long.

Two days later Dr. Tiffany learned that baby Marvin was still in the hospital but getting better.  The following Sunday our team saw baby Marvin and his Mom at our project in Gerona!  It truly was a miracle!
Baby Marvin & his Mom - now healthy!

This is just an example of how God uses people who step out in faith.  Cam heard from God and acted on it, being bold enough to ask Coach Rolfes to take a team.  Coach Rolfes stepped out in faith when he agreed to lead the team, and then was bold when he asked Phillip Clary to join us.  Kristi did her part by telling Dr. Smith about the trip, and Dr. Smith responded by saying "yes"!
In the end, Baby Marvin was seen by our team of doctors and is now thriving.

Monday, September 11, 2017

God taught me.........

We don't just take short term mission teams to be taking them.  We try to be purposeful in our planning, making sure that we are doing projects and ministry that our Guatemalan partners need and request.  We are constantly reminded that God puts the people that He wants on each team.  It's a privilege to serve with them and watch God work in and through them.

One of our teams was led by Kaitlyn Armstrong, Ruth Edward, and our amazing interns.

"During our week in Guatemala, we were able to partner with church members and school staff to provide a variety of ministry opportunities. While working with the women, we were able to share our personal testimonies and encourage the mothers to be unified with their daughters. We were able to partner with Casita Adonai and chaperone the sixth grade trip, serving the students and providing devotional time. Throughout the remainder of the week, we teamed up to provide English classes and partnered with the school to update and set up the current computer lab. Business trainings were held, teaching women how to make bracelets and providing instruction on our latest business procedures and future transactions. Lastly, we were able to cover the church and school in a few prayer walks, circling the building and praying blessings over the ministry that continues on throughout the year."

At the end of their week the team shared 
what God taught them......

That a language barrier would not keep these children from helping me grow which in return helped me pour the love I was receiving into them and to be obedient to Him.

That my horizontal relationships should always be influences by my vertical relationship with Him.

That if you don’t first love the people you are serving, nothing you do for them will matter.

That there is more to a person than what the eye can see.

To let go and be still in Him.

That He makes everything beautiful in its time.

That only His words define me and no lie can keep me bound.

That I need to take time to enjoy the work that God is doing in and around me.

When God speaks, step out in faith, even when its uncomfortable. Trust that He has every detail lined up. Your obedience is not only for your growth and healing, but for others you are not aware of. You may not see the outcome, but the obedience in itself is so rewarding.

That I am a worthwhile person and I don’t have to necessarily prove that.

That spending time and loving can be even more important to people than giving material things or construction work.

How He makes Himself apparent not only when a goal is reached, but also in sweet moments along the way.

That when I am obedient, He provides all I need.

To talk more and speak up.

That there is a right time to plant and another time to sew.

 We usually announce our yearly trips in November.  Be sure to follow us on social media or subscribe to our blog or enews for updates.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Child Sponsor Letters Due

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It's time to write the child or teacher that you sponsor!

 The kids LOVE getting letters from their sponsors.  I can't tell you how important this communication is and the impact it makes in their lives.  Please, please, please take the time to write a letter.  If you need suggestions on what to write, check out this blog post with ideas.  Consider including a photo.  Because of baggage restrictions we will only be taking letters this time and it will be the last time to correspond with your child in 2017.

Please mail your letters to Caroline's Promise 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville, NC 27284 no later than September 30 so that our volunteers have time to translate them.  

Friday, July 7, 2017

One of our favorite parts of working with teams is our final debrief where we hear what God has been doing in their lives. We have a process that we walk them through and at the end God gives them one sentence that sums up what he was teaching them. Here's what God did in the lives of our welding and children's ministry team.
In Guatemala God taught me that: 
No matter how far you venture outside your comfort zone, God is always there to help you push further outside of it. 
He has walked beside me through every fear, anxiety, and insecurity. 
I am stronger than I allow myself to think. 
Even if you are scared to talk in Spanish, go ahead and do it. They just want to know you care and are trying. 
No matter what country you’re from or what language you speak, we are all united under God. 
God led me to step out of my fear and into freedom, even in the imperfection. 
I learned that despite the difficult things going on, that God’s not done yet. 
That being quiet is also about resting my heart. 
That no matter how you show your affection to the kinds, even if it’s just a hug, they will be very content with it. 
We are all His children. 
I could see the love of God in the people here and it just made the whole world more real. 
That they are all His children and He is watching over every single one of them and that we are all brothers and sisters. 
That I can make a difference in someone’s future. 
That I don’t have to do everything on my own and that He will always put the right people in my life when I need them. 
I can make a difference in people’s lives even if I don’t see how, as long as I follow His lead. 
To stop believing lies about myself.
Click on the link below to watch a short recap video of this team's week!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Welding Scholarship Announced

Several years ago God gave me a dream of teaching welding to young adults 
in our partner communities in Guatemala.  

You may ask "Why welding?"

Well, if you know me and my family, it makes sense.
I'm the daughter of a welder.  My Dad, Kenneth Best was the son of a welder and both of his brothers
are welders.  Through the years he and my Mom built a successful business that my brother, Brian now runs.  He taught me what it means to have a strong work ethic and I watched his business grow, even in the toughest economy, making a way for him to pay for my college education and most of graduate school.

Through the years I would see young men in Guatemala search for a job that paid decent money and over and over I saw them struggle.  If only they could learn how to weld.

In January my brother, Brian traveled with me to Guatemala where we met with the Director of the Welding Program at Intecap (technical school).  We were incredibly impressed with their facility, equipment, and program.  With our partners we designed an Introduction to Welding Seminar that will be held June 24 - 29 at Intecap.  22 young adult men and women have registered to attend and will receive hands on training from our team of welders from North Carolina.  At the conclusion of the week they will receive a certificate and the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to the welding program at Intecap.  At the end of their 9 month program they will be a licensed welder and most importantly, have the opportunity to obtain a job that will support themselves and their families.

Kenneth Best Welding Scholarship
Our Board of Directors has graciously agreed to name this new Scholarship Fund in honor of my Dad, Kenneth

 $150 will pay for one student to attend the 9 month welding program at Intecap.  

Just think, $150 will literally change someone's life by providing them with the education and skills to become a welder and like my Dad, support their family.

As Father's Day approaches, I can't think of a better way to honor my Dad than to support this scholarship fund.  What about you?  If you would like to partner with us, donate here.  Any amount is appreciated and with your gift of $50 or more we will send your Dad a special card, acknowledging the gift in his honor.  

Thank you for your continued prayers as we partner with our friends in Guatemala to reclaim hope.

Be sure and check out our facebook page to follow the story in pictures. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Last Minute Opportunity to Buy Books for our Teachers

We learned today that there is a new "Teacher's Lounge" at Casita Adonai and they would love to have some Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction books.

We have updated our Amazon Wish List and are looking for people who can purchase a book or two asap so that our teams can deliver them this summer.

Follow this link to see a list of books.
You can order from the list and have the book shipped to our office.

As an added bonus, you can also earn money for Caroline's Promise by shopping through Amazon Smile.  Follow the link for instructions. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Birthday Delmi! Honor her today

Happy Birthday Delmi!

This amazing woman and her husband Carlos lead the ministry in Guatemala that we partner with.  Once you meet her you immediately love her.  She is strong, passionate and giving and she loves us well.

Today is her birthday and we invite you to help us honor her by giving to our Casita Computer Project.  One of Delmi's biggest dreams is to be able to offer middle school grades at Casita Adonai. Her heart is to offer  a safe, loving environment for these kids to learn, keeping them out of the dangerous public schools for a few more years.  

In order to offer middle school grades we need to finish construction of the third floor and complete a ton of paperwork.  We are trusting God to provide all we need and in the meantime we are preparing by setting up the school to educate these older students. 

One of the first things we need are additional laptops that will benefit all of the students.  If you would like to honor Delmi today with a financial gift please follow this link.  Any amount is greatly appreciated!  Be sure to share your Birthday message when you donate. 

Let's celebrate Delmi today by helping one of her dreams come true. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Join Our Prayer Team
In the weeks leading up to our Summer Mission Teams we will be sending daily prayer requests and praises.  
We would love for you to join us!
It's easy!
Simply text @lisaholb to the number 81010 to receive updates on your phone via text
If you have a smartphone and would like to use 
the Remind App to receive updates:
on your IPhone or Android Phone open your web browser and enter this link: 
You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
We will start sending requests on June 5.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sarah collected vitamins for her Birthday!

Sarah and her family sponsor a child in Guatemala through Caroline's Promise and they are always looking for creative ways to give even more.

For Sarah's 14th birthday she asked her friends to bring vitamins instead of gifts.  She collected 38 bottles of vitamins that will be given to the children who attend our Pediatric Clinic this summer.  Thanks so much Sarah!

We are still in need of hundreds of bottles of vitamins before our ship date the end of May.  Here are a few ways you can help us.

1.  Order at Amazon (Be sure to use Amazon Smile so your purchase earns $ for CP) and have them shipped to us at Caroline's Promise, 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville, NC 27284

2.  Purchase vitamins and deliver to our home office (address above)

3.  Donate online here.  Choose the fund "wherever most needed" and write "vitamins" in the comment box.  We'll order them for you!

Get your friends, school, office, or church involved.  We need 800 bottles before the end of May.

Any chewable (not gummie) children's vitamin is fine.  Flinstones work great!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Few Ways You Can Pray With Us

One of my favorite verses is found in Ephesians 3:20

One of the verses I shared on KSBJ this morning! <3 it! Thank you, Lord!:  

I have claimed this verse so many times and God has proven to be faithful.  I believe the key is to make sure that our heart is aligned with His, and to pray.  Confidently and regularly.

One of the best ways that you can partner with us at Caroline's promise is to PRAY!!
Here are a few things that we are talking to God about this month.  Won't you join us?

Summer TeamsWe have about 75 people joining us this summer and we are asking God to prepare their hearts, provide what they need, and work in and through them while 
they are with us in Guatemala. Pray for our team leaders to have wisdom and God's heart for the people on their team.  Pray for protection and health and that our team members will come back, changed and committed to the partnership. 

Our Partners:  God has given us a beautiful partnership with the Adonai Church in Guatemala and we are asking Him to continually strengthen and protect them.  As they minister daily we are asking God to fill them with Himself and bless their work.

Projects:  God has given each of our team leaders projects and activities with the focus of investing in and building up leaders at Adonai and leading people to Jesus.  There are a lot of items to be collected and funds to be given in order for these projects to take place.  Will you pray with us that God will provide all of it - either through a donation or funds to purchase?

Construction of the 3rd Floor:  We have been waiting for construction of the 3rd floor to begin and are asking God to remove the blockers that keep this from happening.  Pray for continued financial support to complete this project and for the architect and leaders of Adonai who are involved. 

Child Sponsors:  We are always in need of sponsors for our children.  Pray with us that God will move in the hearts of His people to commit to child sponsorship.  

We are so thankful for your prayer support and look forward to telling you the many ways that God used your prayers!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Computers for Casita

Our computer lab at Casita Adonai is ready to be filled.  Our summer teams will install desks and chairs and with your help we will be able to deliver 9 laptops.  Each laptop is $350 and our deadline is May 30 to purchase.

We would love for you to partner with us by making a non deductible tax donation here.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Child Sponsor Letters & Gifts Due by May 15

The kids LOVE getting letters from their sponsors.  I can't tell you how important this communication is and the impact it makes in their lives.  Please, please, please take the time to write a letter.  If you need suggestions on what to write, check out this blog post with ideas.

Our teams normally deliver your gifts but due to rising costs of checked baggage, we will be shipping sponsor gifts this year.  If your items are not in our office by the May 15 deadline, we will more than likely not be able to deliver it.  

Please keep gifts to items that will fit into a gallon sized zip lock bag (and close:)

This will be your last opportunity in 2017 to send a gift to your sponsored child.  Letters will be accepted in October.

Thanks so much for investing in and praying for the child that you sponsor.