Saturday, August 28, 2010

Join us as we Reclaim Hope for Orphans in Guyana, South America

November 11 – 19, 2010

This team will partner with the Vreedenhoop Church to minister to children in the Plastic City community. We will read books, tutor them, and bring smiles to their faces. The team will also host a workshop for church volunteers, offering creative ways to teach children basic educational skills. In addition, we will spend time with the staff and children at Ruimveldt Children’s Home & Care Centre.

The team is open to adults age 18 and up. The approximate cost is $2200. All team members will be required to attend a half day training and once a month meetings prior to the trip.

Deadline for application and $100 non refundable deposit is September 17. The application and more information can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/299rf2m

Please contact Lisa Holbrook with questions.
336-669-7340 or LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The PAL Program in Guyana

Our Caroline's Promise Coordinator in Guyana, Angie Hemric, sent us this video clip about the PAL program we offer and how it impacts the lives of those living in Guyana.

Step by Step from Angie Hemric on Vimeo.


If you would like to make a difference, the PAL program may be a great option for you. Want to do more? Our next post will offer an opportunity for you to join us on a trip to Guyana, coming in November.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Guatemala's Impact On Us

This testimony is from Ethan and Blake, two brothers that served on one of the Guatemala teams this summer.


"Where to start? Well, Guatemala was a wonderful and unforgettable experience for us. There are so many opportunities to help the people of Guatemala and make a huge difference in their lives. Their response to the activities and projects that we coordinated and worked with them on was always one of extreme joy and appreciation. As a whole, it seems that they want to improve life for their kids. And what is abundantly clear is that God's way is the only way to that improvement.
Another amazing part of the trip was the friendships we made both on and off the team. On the team we were able to connect with like-minded followers of Jesus that we may not have had the chance to meet otherwise. And the friendships made with the Guatemalans are a real opportunity to form a bridge that can help enrich both economically and more importantly, spiritually the lives of those we met.
We thank God for the life lessons He has taught us and the privilege to work for His Kingdom with an amazing group of people from the States, and the beautiful people of Guatemala."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Petersen's Story Of Hope

It was the end of January when God surprised my husband Justin and I. In the midst of the tragedy in Haiti we were standing in an Orlando airport watching Haitian orphans slowly being released one at a time to families some of whom had waited for four years to bring their children home. It was one of the most emotional scenes I have ever witnessed. It had been almost two years since Will, the 3 year old little boy we were adopting, had become part of our lives and we were anticipating another year or two before we would actually bring him home. But there we were standing in the airport waiting to bring our son home to South Carolina.

It was a few weeks later, while caught in the rush of a crazy morning, that I saw a valentine Will had made in Sunday School the past week. It said "I love my family- Love Will” I knew this was one for the fridge so I found a spot of the door for this paper card, that held so much meaning to me. As I placed the valentine to the fridge I realized it was right beside a Caroline’s Promise book mark I had put on the fridge almost a year ago "Reclaiming Hope for Orphans” the bookmark said in bold letters.

Part of our adoption journey had been receiving a grant from Caroline’s Promise in December. It came at a time when Justin and I were overwhelmed and discouraged with where we were in the adoption process. The grant we received from Caroline’s Promise was a miracle financially, and it was another way of God saying, “I’m with you, this is my plan for your family. Don’t be discouraged.”

We are proof Caroline’s Promise is reclaiming hope for orphans. Hope for a bright eyed little boy who is now our son and Bri’s big brother. I have had people tell me what an amazing thing we have done adopting Will. I don't know how to respond because I haven't for a moment felt that way. Bringing Will into our family wasn’t something we did. It was something God did. God spoke clearly to Justin and I that he was calling us to adopt Will. Will is our son not because we are great people, but because God redeems, saves and loves and is willing to adopt us all.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Orphan Sunday

November 7, 2010 is Orphan Sunday! We would love to help your church promote the needs of orphans on this special day! If we can help with a special speaker for your service or class, contact us right away! Perhaps you are looking for an orphan project to support. We can help you choose a project and promote it with your group. Or you could have a Party with a Purpose. We'll bring the beautiful fair trade items and your group can shop! Proceeds will support the orphan project of your choice. Let us know how we can help you!

You can also check out the Orphan Sunday website which has tons of ideas and resources. http://www.orphansunday.org/

Friday, August 6, 2010

Attention MOPS Leaders!

Are you looking for a special speaker for your 2010-2011 programs? Caroline’s Promise can provide a speaker on the topic of adoption or orphan care at no charge. Or, consider hosting a Party With a Purpose at one of your meetings. We’ll bring items made by women in third world countries. Proceeds will support our orphan projects in Guyana and Guatemala. Contact us to schedule your speaker or party!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Making A Difference Through Volunteering

The end of Summer is a great time to evaluate the activities you are involved in and the impact they are making on others. We all go through seasons of volunteerism. If you're looking for a ministry to invest in that is making a difference in the lives of orphans, we invite you to check out these opportunities. Volunteers are the heartbeat of Caroline's Promise and we are always in need committed volunteers. We've developed Promise Groups for each area of ministry. These teams will meet at least once a quarter. Contact us for more information at Info@CarolinesPromise.Net

Church Liaisons
Are you passionate about orphans? One of the easiest ways you can support Caroline’s Promise is by serving as a liaison to your church. Liaisons serve as a bridge between the ministry and their church. We want to help your church minister to orphans. If you’re interested in serving, contact us.

Guatemala
This Promise Group will make decisions regarding our Guatemala projects and how best to promote them. If you have a heart for Guatemala this group is for you!

Guyana
Are you passionate about our work in Guyana or do you have a heart for our Country Coordinator, Angie Hemric? We need your help to determine the best ways to partner with the Guyanese Church and support the work in Plastic City

Parties with a Purpose
We're looking for a team that will conduct our parties and determine which community events we should participate in. You'll also choose the products that we should purchase and help us promote this fun way to raise support for our orphan projects

Fundraising
We're in desperate need of people who like to raise money! If this is your strength we need you!

Microloan
We're looking for a team that is excited about creating a microloan program for our partners in Guatemala and Guyana. If you're passionate about equipping people so that they can end the cycle of poverty, this Promise Group is for you!

Education - Teacher Training
Our short term teams have done a great job, educating teachers in Guatemala. We'd like to expand this to our other projects. If you are a teacher or homeschool parent and are passionate about training teachers, we need your help!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Empowered To Connect Resource For Families

Great new resource for families!

Many of you have been helped by Dr. Karyn Purvis' book, The Connected Child. Perhaps you were able to attend one of her conferences that Caroline's Promise helped to bring to the Triad. We are excited about her latest resource, "Created to Connect: A Christian's Guide to The Connected Child." Dr. Purvis and Michael & Amy Monroe developed this study guide to help illuminate the biblical principles that serve as the foundation for the philosophy and interventions detailed in The Connected Child. You can download a pdf file of the entire study guide or a chapter by chapter version.

We highly recommend this resource as well as their blog and online resource library: http://empoweredtoconnect.org/blog/
You'll find great articles on topics such as adoption preparation, adhd, brain chemistry and discipline.

An example of one of the resources is a link to a webinar where Dr. Purvis addressed important questions and issues such as: who is a child from hard places; how to encourage the development of trust and secure attachment; effective ways to correct behavior; how to handle transitions; and many more. http://empoweredtoconnect.org/parenting-children-from-haiti-and-other-hard-places/

We hope you'll find these resources helpful and share them with your friends!