Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kids in Gerona are Learning Scripture

Through the years our partners at the Adonai Church have had a program where kids memorize scripture.  They are rewarded for participating and the child who memorizes the most verses receives a special prize.  We have been with young adults from the church who participated in the program as children and have been so impressed with how the scripture has stayed in their hearts and minds.

They continued this program in the community of Gerona and we are so proud of their hard work!

Juana Marleni memorized the most scripture.  Please pray with us that God will bring these scriptures to their minds when they need it most!



Friday, October 13, 2017

Join our amazing team of volunteers!

Are you looking for a meaningful way to use your gifts and talents to help others?
We are looking for a few volunteers to help us with end of year projects.  No matter your talents or interests, we probably have a job for you! High school students, Caroline's Promise is an approved provider of service learning opportunities. 

If you are interested or would like more info, contact LisaHolbrook@Carolinespromise.net or call 336-669-7340.  



Current Needs

Fundraising Volunteers:  We have an exciting event planned for November 17 and need your help!  If you would like to help plan, ask for donations, make table decorations, or help the night of, this is a great way to see what volunteering with CP is like. 

Translation of Letters:   We always have a need for people to translate letters from English to Spanish and vice versa.

Media Coordinator:  We are looking for a self motivated volunteer to coordinate our blog posts & social media.  This person would meet with the Executive Director weekly in person or via the web to discuss ideas and goals.  They will write and schedule 3 blog posts per week & link to our social media account.  This position requires a 6 month commitment.  

Coordination of Child Sponsorship Files:  We have a one time job that needs to be done with our child sponsorship files.  This involves creating files & updating info on each of the children.  Time commitment is probably 10-20 hours one time and can be done over the course of a month. 

Parties with a Purpose & Artisan Events:  We have several community events where we will sell items from our artisans.  We are always in need of people who can work our booths, selling items and promoting our projects.  We also need people who can host Parties with a Purpose.  This involves taking our product to in home parties, speaking about our projects, and selling items.  

Social Media Photo Clean up:  We need someone who can organize our photos on our facebook page by putting them into albums based on the team or event.  This could be done in the next month.  

Donation Request:  We are looking for someone who enjoys asking for donations.  We currently need donations of desserts, paper products, gifts cards.  

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Calling all Party Planners

We need your help!  We have scheduled a fundraiser for Friday, November 17.  We have the venue and that's about it!  We are looking for a team of creative party planners and worker bees that can jump in right away and help us plan a fun, inspiring, and profitable fundraiser.

If you're interested and have the time to brainstorm or help with details, please contact us at LisaHolbrook@carolinespromise.net or call 336-669-7340.


Saturday, October 7, 2017



This week only!  We have slashed the prices of our "Raising a Promise" T-Shirts.  Grab an extra one for yourself or pick up a few for gifts.  Long Sleeve - $12 and Short Sleeve - $10
Proceeds go to the completion of the third floor
 of our Building of Promise 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kids at Casita love their new library



Last Spring we asked you to help us purchase books for the library at Casita Adonai and you came through!  Over 100 books were purchased and taken to Guatemala where our summer teams added them to the current collection.  The teachers on our teams worked hard to code all of the books by grade level and other members of our teams spruced the room up with paint, new furniture, and artwork by the students at Hayworth Christian School in High Point, NC.  A special highlight was when our teachers shared their experiences with the Casita teachers on how to best use the library and teaching kids to read. 






 The teachers at Casita are taking their students to the library regularly and report that this is often the highlight of their week.  Very few families have books in their homes because they are so expensive, so having a library is a treat!  We were even able to deliver adult books for our teachers to enjoy in their lounge.





Thank you for investing in our students and teachers at Casita Adonai.  We believe that education is one of the main factors in breaking cycles of poverty.  Thanks for helping us accomplish this!

We will continue collecting books throughout the year.  If you would like to participate, check out our library wish list here.

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.

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