Making a difference - using her gifts

2009 is the year of people realizing that they CAN make a difference in the life of an orphan! Caroline's Promise has asked the Lord to bring us a grant writing team and He is providing! Recently our South Carolina Director, Martha Marie, received a call from a college friend, Karen. She has written some grant proposals and offered her services to help out in South Carolina! Not even a week later Courtney contacted us, "out of the blue" and offered to do the same. God is building a grant writing team and we are excited! Keep them in your prayers.

"What a blessing it is when God opens a door of opportunity! My name is Courtney Myers. I am a recent college graduate living in Greensboro, NC and working as a technical writer. I love to write and edit, and even majored in English at N.C. State University. About two weeks ago, after a particularly slow day at work, I felt God’s intense call to do something beneficial with my gifts and talents—to use them to further His kingdom and help others. Unsure how to handle this strong plea from God, I began to search the Internet for volunteer opportunities in the Triad area. I found everything from child care to answering phones—God was definitely showing me there was an opportunity to help right in my backyard.

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro had a link to the Human Race on its Web site. Curious, I looked at the long list of participating non-profits and linked to each of their Web sites. That is how I found the site for Caroline’s Promise. To me it was a completely random act, but looking back on it I know that God had this planned all along! Listed on the Caroline’s Promise Web site was a list of their volunteer needs—including grant writing and researching. Theirs was the only site I found in the entire area that had an advertised need for a volunteer who possessed writing talents. This was it. My volunteer opportunity. I felt God tell me I did not have to give up my gift to help others, but rather, I could use my talent to help serve His people.

Since that day, I have corresponded and met with Lisa and have set up a volunteer path that will utilize my writing experience in a way to fit the needs of Caroline’s Promise. I am so excited about this new opportunity in my life and I am so thankful I found this fantastic organization. God has given each of us a gift, and we can use it in the most unexpectedly wonderful places. I look forward to seeing what wonderful things He has in store for Caroline’s Promise in 2009! "

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