Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Saturday-Tuesday Update

Rain, rain, go away!!! It has been a very rainy few days here in Sololá as torrential downpours from Tropical Storm Alex (now a hurricane) have pounded the area. Fortunately, the sun is actually peeking through the clouds today and it appears the storm has passed our area.

The heavy rains didn't dampen our team's spirits. We spent much of the day Saturday working at a Compassion International host site in Sololá. The teachers and children had been preparing for our visit and each class performed songs and dances for our team. It was absolutely heart-warming and precious. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing games, reading Bible stories and teaching skills to the children. Blake and Ethan taught the children some basic self-defense movements. Finally, after sharing a snack of tortillas and hot chocolate with rice, we said goodbye. The program director had all the children pray for us. There just aren't words to describe the beauty of that moment.

An interesting side-note about the Compassion project: Caroline's Promise has visited this project several times over the past few years. Each year we are so impressed with the great work that Compassion is doing with these kids and in the community. Perhaps the best evidence of the impact this program is having is the fact that many of the teachers at this project were, at one time, children who were sponsored through Compassion International.

Two of our team members, Jordan and Tiffany, are recent nursing school graduates. Phil, an ER doctor from the states (affectionately known as “Dr. Phil”) and his daughter, Molly, are currently staying with us here at Eagle's Nest. While the rest of the team was at Compassion, Phil and Molly took Jordan and Tiffany across the lake to San Pedro to visit a medical clinic there. They helped in the pharmacy and also assisted with some patient care.

Monday evening, the rest of the team took a harrowing van ride down to Panajachel for dinner and to pick up Jordan, Tiffany, Molly and Phil. Due to the tremendous amount of rain, there were several areas where debris from small landslides had partially blocked the roadway. At one point, Blake and Ethan helped some locals remove a tree that had fallen in the road. Thanks to their help and the amazing driving skills of Claire and Larry (the Directors of Eagle's Nest) we made it there and back safely. But, most of all, we thank God for His protection.

Today (Tuesday), our teacher team (Doris, Esme, Joanne and Lisa) is conducting a day-long teacher training workshop for the teachers who work at the school located here at Eagle's Nest. We're also doing our first day of ministry with the children from the village who attend the Manna feeding program that is offered at Eagle's Nest.

Unfortunately, it appears that a stomach bug is making it's way through the team. No one has gotten seriously ill, but the people who are getting it feel pretty awful for several hours while the virus runs it's course. Please pray that the illness will stop spreading and for the team members who are currently under the weather. We are very thankful that “Dr. Phil” and our two nurses are here to look after us!

Finally, we are slowly but surely adding pictures from the trip to our Flickr account. You'll see a link on the right side of this blog. Thanks to Joanne for the great job she is doing capturing our experiences.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Guatemala

After a very lengthy day of travel on Friday, our first Guatemala team arrived safely in Sololà, Guatemala. A 5:00 AM check-in time at the airport, 2 flights and a lengthy bus ride left everyone ready for a good night’s sleep.

Saturday, we took a boat to another village located on Lake Atitlán called San Antonio Palopó. Here, we toured a cooperative that makes beautiful, hand-crafted pottery and tapestries. The project is funded in part by USAID and by adhering to fair-trade practices, it offers many families in the village steady employment, education and freedom from poverty. This community of artisans provides evidence of the power of fair trade practices and micro-enterprise in combating poverty.

Our walk through the village, up countless steps, along the narrow passageways that wound through neighborhoods, and along a corridor of shops gave us all a first-hand look at village life…a way of life that has existed for hundreds of years. We even visited a colonial church which has been a main place of worship in the village for over 500 years.

We also witnessed the site of a recent tragedy in San Antonio Palopó. On May 31st, torrential rain from Hurricane Agatha caused a mudslide in one of the village's neighborhoods. The mudslide happened at around 6:00 PM while many families were home eating dinner. In less than 20 seconds, a large chunk of earth from the slopes above the village came loose, destroying dozens of home and killing 20 people in it’s path. On the day of our visit, over a month later, groups of friends and family members were still digging by hand through the rubble, looking for usable household objects and two bodies that have not yet been recovered. Please pray for these people whose lives have, literally, been torn apart.

While there was nothing we could do or say to ease the pain for those whose loved ones were lost in the tragedy, we were able to bring some relief in the form of shoes. Our team member Amber has spent most of the year collecting shoes for our trip. We donated two large bags of those shoes to the people of San Antonio Palopó.

After our visit, we crossed back over to the village of Panajachel where we were able to do some shopping and enjoy a wonderful dinner.

Sunday we worshipped alongside some villagers and children’s home workers and children. There is something special that happens when people from different cultures and tongues come together to worship. We were able to get a little glimpse of what heaven may be like when people of every nation, tribe, people and language will worship the Lord together (Rev 7:9).

We have a busy week ahead of us with ministry and work projects on the schedule. Please continue to pray for the health and safety of our team. Also pray that we will continue to make Sprit-led connections with each other and with the people we are working with.

Thank you!
~Written by Tami

Pictures from the first few days in Guatemala



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Saturday, June 26, 2010

They Arrived!

The team arrived in Guatemala safely on Friday and so did all of the supplies. They spent a lot of time in customs but in the end were able to bring everything (and everyone!) through.
The trip to eagle's nest was long but safe. Several people were sick on the ride. We're praying it was just motion sickness. Will you pray with us?

Jody's note: Lisa emailed to say they would probably not be able to send a more detailed report until Saturday night at the earliest, due to slow internet connection, etc. Keep checking back for more posts; I will update them as soon as possible after I receive them.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Prayer Requests For Guatemala Teams

This summer we have two teams headed to Guatemala! Our first team leaves in just a few days and the second team will leave next week. We will keep you updated as frequently as slow Guatemalan Internet allows, so keep checking back over the coming days! Below are some things you can be praying with and for us as we prepare for this special time:

  • travel safety

  • health

  • weather - lack of rain/storms, etc so we can do the work we need to do

  • the hearts of the children we minister to

  • that we would be an encouragement to our Guatemalan partners

  • hearts of our team members to receive what the Lord is trying to teach them/show them

  • family members left at home

  • financial blessings for team members who are sacrificing to go

Thank you for partnering with us through prayer! Your prayers are invaluable and we find great comfort knowing you are praying.

Our first team leaves on Friday, June 25th; we will begin updating the blog as soon as we have word of their safe arrival.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Children's Home In Guyana

God has promised to be a Father to the Fatherless and make a home for the lonely. He has done that through the vision of a local church and international partners. Caroline's Promise, (one of the international partners) was there when the land was cleared and construction began on the Ruimveldt Children's Home and Care Centre in Georgetown, Guyana. Our Guyana Director, Angie Hemric served at the home for several years before she began working in Plastic City. Today, the home is governed locally and has given twenty children a new hope and a brighter future. Our teams continue to visit and promote the work of RCHCC in order to strengthen the hope for those who have been reclaimed. We thought you'd enjoy seeing the kids and how your prayers and support have helped provide a home for them!



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Strengthening Hope - RCHCC from Angie Hemric on Vimeo.

The song used with this presentation is called Father to the Fatherless written and recorded in Guyana. The song may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the Singer/Songwriter. For copyright information and permissions contact Caroline's Promise.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Creative Way To Raise Adoption Funds

As with all families adopting, raising funds can be difficult. The Griffin family from Rockingham County is getting ready to unite their forever family and they have found a creative way to raise funds.
Have you ever sponsored someone in a walk-a-thon or golfing event? Well, the fundraising idea the Griffin's came up with is similar. Instead of walking or golfing, the Griffin's and a group of their friends are getting sponsors for the volunteer hours they will work to help a local widow fix up her home and yard. The money raised will assist with adoption fees and travel costs for the Griffin family. Additionally, Osborne Baptist Church in Eden, NC is offering an $8,000 matching grant!

If you are interested in helping, the event will be this Saturday, June 19th at the home of Rebecca Rhodes. (408 N 2nd Ave, Mayodan, NC 27027). For more information you can contact Clay and Amy Griffin at: clayandamyg@yahoo.com

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Can You Help Us Collect Items for Guatemala?

Our Guatemala mission teams leave in less than a month and we need your help collecting the following items:

-Plastic oblong table cloths (any design)
-Backpacks for younger kids
-15 twin bed sheet sets (fitted, flat & pillow case)
-Christian CDs in Spanish-Pots and pans (any size)
-Sets of forks, knives & spoons
-Teacher supplies–anything a teacher would use, such as bulletin board materials (everything must be in Spanish!)
-Chalk (white and colored for teachers to use)

If you can help, please contact us for drop off instructions.

LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.net 336-669-7340

Deadline to receive items is June 5.

Also--If you do not have time to buy supplies, you can also make a financial contribution toward the purchase of supplies. Click on the following link: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/CarolinesPromise/OnlineDonation.html and then select the fund "Guatemala Orphan Ministry" and put "Mission Team Supplies" in the comment box

Visit http://www.carolinespromise.net/ for more information about Caroline’s Promise!