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. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Football Mission Team

A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 6  from 5 – 7 pm at the ORUMC Family Life Center. (2424 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge, NC) 

Proceeds will benefit the Northwest High School Student Athlete Guatemala Mission Trip for Caroline’s Promise short-term mission in July 2017. Led by Jared Rolfes, Head Coach at Northwest High School, 14 student athletes from Northwest High School will be leading sports camps for kids and doing mission work with a medical team in the local school and community.

Tickets are $10/per person and $30/family of 4. Silent auction items will also be available. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door or you can register here: 

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.  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

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.