Thursday, April 27, 2017

The day you realize that it's working!

Days go by.  Partnership forms.  Conversations take place.  Hearts and ideas are shared.  Plans come together.  Plans Change.  And they change again.  Ministry is done.

And the cycle starts all over. 

Days go by.  And then one day you're scrolling through Facebook and you see a photo that takes your breath away.  And you realize that today is


The day you realize that it's working!

All of the praying, talking, sharing, mistakes made.  It's all working and God is changing lives and generations.


This is the photo that did that for me. 


 It may seem like a normal photo of kids in Guatemala but there is more to the story.  Years ago we decided to start a child sponsorship program in our partner church, Iglesia Adonai.  We believed that the connection between child and sponsor would be an encouragement to the kids and that the financial support would keep the kids fed, clothed, and in school. 

We dreamed that this program would produce leaders and change generations.  The three girls in the front of the photo are fatherless, each for a different reason.  The support of their sponsors over the years has helped in so many ways but this photo shows the real difference that child sponsorship is making.

These sweet girls are now serving on Sundays in the community of Gerona where the Adonai Church is planting a church.  A few years ago they were the ones being ministered to and now, they are doing the ministering. 

This photo tells us that what we are doing with your help and in partnership with the Adonai Church - is working!  Thank you for investing and partnering with us.

We currently have kids just like these who need a monthly sponsor.  If you are interested, get the details here.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Can you help us collect these items?

Our summer teams are working hard to prepare for awesome ministry in Guatemala.
They are in need of supplies and we would love for you to help us spread the word.
We are hoping to ship items by the middle of May, so if you can help buy purchasing or donating toward the purchase of supplies, please let us know.
This would be a great project for a church, school, or community group.

Here's what they need and how you can help:

800 bottles of children's chewable vitamins.  We cannot use gummies and we prefer quantities of around 60.  Any brand will work but here is an example of a Flinstones vitamin sold on Amazon for $5.99.  

Other Medical Team Needs


Chewable Acetaminophen or Chewable Motrin
Skin creams with 1% clotrimazole, 1% hydrocortisone
Antibiotic cream like Neomycin  (individual tubes can be found at the Dollar Store)
Children's Cough and Cold Syrups



Musical Instruments - Any band instruments, keyboards, guitars.

Books for the Casita Library:  
 Check out the Amazon Wish List

Items can be shipped or delivered to our office at 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville, NC 27284.

Please email or call Lisa Holbrook for more details.  Lholbrook1068@gmail.com  336-669-7340


Monday, March 13, 2017

Looking for used musical instruments


Rodrigo taught music at Casita Adonai last year and we quickly realized that he not only had a love of music - but a love of Jesus and kids!  This year Rodrigo has moved into the position of Assistant Director at the school and is also teaching music and computers.  We love his heart for ministry and his desire for the kids to know Jesus.

In January Rodrigo shared his dream of turning one of the storage rooms on the second floor of the Building of Promise into a music studio for Casita.  Typically one of our teams would work on a project like this, but we are seeing a shift in the thinking of our partners in Guatemala.  It's the awareness that they have the skills and resources to do what God has called them to.  So we weren't surprised when we saw this photo of Rodrigo - standing in the new Casita music studio!  We are so proud of him for making this happen!

The studio will not only be a place where students can learn how to play different instruments but Rodrigo plans to develop a praise team that can lead the school in worship.  All that is missing are instruments.  We plan to send a shipment of supplies in May and would love to include any used or new band instruments, keyboards, guitars, etc.  If you have something that you would like to donate or if you would like to contribute financially to the cost of shipping, please contact us at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net.

Please be in prayer for Rodrigo as he helps lead the school.  He and his wife, Monica lead their own ministry in another part of the city, an arts academy that not only teaches music and dance, but provides meals, tutoring, and the love of Jesus.  He travels by bus one hour each way to get to Casita.  We are praying for protection for him and his family and for continual provision for him to do the things that God has called him to. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fire in Guatemalan Children's Home kills 30 + - what can we do?

By now, many of you have read about the tragedy that took place yesterday in a government run children's home just outside of Guatemala City.  Reports are conflicting but this is what we know.

*  The home was able to house 400 but there were at least 700 (some say closer to 900) children living there.

*  The children ranged from young children to older teens.  Some were orphans, others were runaways, some had been serving time for crimes.

*  A riot broke out on Tuesday night when some of the children began to protest because of inhumane conditions - lack of food, violence, sexual abuse.

*  On Wednesday morning some mattresses were set on fire and 19 girls died on the scene.

*  Since then, at least 11 more have died in hospitals.

So what can we do?  It's interesting to me that when tragedies like this happen we all want to "do something".  I'm the same way.  Right now, I know that we can pray.  And that's the best thing we can do today.  So here are a few ways that I thought of for us to pray.

*  All of the children involved.  Those who escaped, those who are lying in hospitals, those who are displaced.  Can you imagine the trauma?  Pray for healing on every level.

*  The families who lost children.

*  The private children's homes that will be asked to take in some of these kids.

*  The Red Cross, volunteer firefighters, medical personnel, counselors, and caregivers

*  The government of Guatemala

*  The churches in Guatemala - that they will see the need of children all around them and ask God what they can do.  Intercountry adoption is closed in Guatemala but Guatemalans can adopt children.  Pray for the hearts of believers to be stirred and pray that they will be moved to action.

Of course there are so many other ways to pray.  Please don't think that your prayers don't matter.  They do.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Books for Casita - super easy way to make a difference!

Our teacher training team spent some time in our library at Casita Adonai and helped us create a wish list of books.   It's super easy to purchase a book and have it shipped to our office.  Our summer teams will deliver the books and help organize the library.

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. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

How $35 a month can literally change a life

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When you sponsor a child with Caroline's Promise, you're not only investing in that child, but you're supporting their family and the community. 

We currently have need for sponsors of kids in the following projects:

Casita Adonai - Your sponsorship pays for part of the child's tuition while the parent pays the other portion. 

Gerona Community - Your sponsorship provides food for the child and their family.

Follow the links (click the community) for a list of kids who need sponsors and instructions to get started!

Thanks for helping us spread the word!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

4 Spaces on our July 7 - 15 Team to Guatemala


We are so excited about the teams that God is putting together for Summer 2017.
We currently have space for 4 on our July 7 - 15 team to Guatemala.

Children's Ministry/Parenting Classes:  This team of adults & teens age 15 and up (without a parent present) will minister to children, teach parenting classes, and work with women in our business training program.  

If you are interested, please contact us ASAP at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net or 336-669-7340.  Your application and $100 non refundable deposit will be due by the end of the month and if you live in North Carolina you will need to attend a first time team member training on Saturday, March 25 from 9am - 12 noon in Greensboro, NC.

Cost is $1900

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Deadline for Summer Mission Trips Extended to January 30

If you have been thinking about joining us in Guatemala this summer, your time is running out!
We have extended the deadline for applications and deposit to January 30.

Get all the details here

There are opportunities to help with children's ministry, teaching English, medical clinics, sports, and women's ministry.  

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A few ways you can pray this week

It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of January 2017.  Time flies!
We wanted to update you on a few ways that you can pray for the ministry of Caroline's Promise this week.

Lisa will head to Guatemala tomorrow with two teachers and together they will host the first Casita Teacher & Staff  Retreat.  We are so thankful to God and our amazing donors who are making this possible!  On Thursday our team will be in the classroom, observing the teachers and then later, over lunch we will hear more about their needs.  On Friday 23 of us will head to the beach where we will spend the weekend in a house, building team unity, getting closer to Jesus, and learning.

Here's how you can pray:
*  Safety in travel for the team and staff.
*  Health.  All 3 team members have had some physical junk going on.
*  Jesus - that He will show up and show off!  We are specifically asking that if any of our teachers and staff don't know Jesus personally, that they will by the end of the weekend and that all will experience His love and begin to understand his amazing purpose in their lives.
*  Unity.  We are excited about the leadership, teachers, and staff for 2017 and we are expecting God to begin this school year with team unity that will continue throughout the year.
*  Open minds and hearts to learn from each other and grow in every area.  Rest and relaxation.
*  Pray for continued enrollment of students at Casita.

When the teachers head home the first of next week, Lisa's brother, Brian will arrive and assist with plans for Summer mission teams.  Please pray for the right connections to be made and for a true understanding of how Caroline's Promise can assist our partners in the work that they are doing. 

We could not do any of this without your prayers!  Thank you for partnering with us!





Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Summer Mission Trips Announced!

You've been asking - and we have answers!

We are beyond excited about the teams that we have planned for 2017 and hope that you will join us.
Completed application and $100 non refundable deposit (applied to total cost of trip) are due by January 15.  You can access the application here. 

Please email us at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net or call 336-669-7340 if you have questions.

If you have a group that would like to go together, please contact us.  We would love to schedule a trip for you.  Or, simply join one of our teams!

June 22 - 30, 2017
This week will consist of two teams with two different leaders, however everyone will stay in the same place and enjoy meals and travel together.

Welding:  If you are a welder or studying welding we need you to help us as we present an "Intro to Welding" class that will also include discipleship.  Our goal is to present this trade to a group of young men with the hope that some of them will further their training at a trade school in Guatemala.

Children's Ministry:  This team will invest in our kids at Adonai and Gerona with the focus of teaching them how to grow in their faith (prayer, Bible study, service, finding their gifts, etc).  If you love kids, this team is for you.  This team is open to teens age 15 and up (without a parent).  Families are also welcome (1 or both parents with children ages 10 and up).


June 30 - July 8, 2017
Sports Ministry Team:  This team of guys (ages 15 and up) will minister to teens through sports.  

Pediatric Medical Team:  This team of women (ages 18 and up) will administer well checks for our kids in the sponsorship program and a community clinic. 

July 8 - 15, 2017
Children's ministry/Parenting Classes:  This team of adults & teens age 15 and up (without a parent present) will minister to children, teach parenting classes, and work with women in our business training program.  

July 21 - 29, 2017
Wilson Community Church Team:  Open to WCC church members.  Focus on teacher training & retreat for men.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Open House at the Holbrook's Home!


Join us Sunday, December 11 for our Annual Open House!

We will have dessert, hot drinks, and TONS of beautiful fair trade gifts.

This is a great opportunity to do some shopping and make a difference in the lives of our partners in Guatemala.

Time:  2pm - 5pm

Place:  David & Lisa's House - 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville.  (In Colfax)

For more info call or text Lisa at 336-669-7340

Cash and cards accepted (no checks please)

If you can't make it, be sure to follow us on our facebook page during the Open House.  We will be posting items as we discount them and shipping is available!



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 jjrolfes@gmail.com or Lisa Holbrook at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net 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.