Thursday, September 30, 2010

Caroline's Promise at The Dixie Classic Fair

We are proud to be a sponsor of WBFJ Christian Radio's gazebo at The Dixie Classic Fair beginning this week! If you only go to the fair one day, make it SATURDAY!!! We'll be at the gazebo, greeting people and sharing about orphans and how you can reclaim hope for them. WBFJ has a fun game called Plinko and all proceeds on Saturday will benefit Caroline's Promise.

Will you join us in praying for great weather, lots of Plinko player and lots of opportunities to share about Caroline's Promise?
You can learn more at http://www.dcfair.com/

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Volunteer Needs for the Fall in North Carolina

We are looking for a few volunteers to help us with some events this fall. Most are at community festivals where we will be selling our fair trade items. If you enjoy selling great gift items and can help us out during any time period, call Lisa at 336-669-7340 or email at LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net

Saturday October 2: Stokesdale Market 8am - 1pm.
November 6: Osborne Baptist 7% Conference in Eden. NC - 8:30am - 1:30pm
November 9: MOPS at Westover Church - Greensboro, NC
Friday November 12: Moses Cone Craft Fair - Greensboro, NC - 7am - 6pm
Saturday November 13: Main Street Methodist - Kernersville, NC - 8am - 2pm

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How are you spending your Christmas Break?


Our friends at Casita Adonai in Guatemala City have asked us to bring a team the week after Christmas. We can't think of a better way to spend Christmas Break! We have 6 spots left on this team that will depart Greensboro on December 26 and return January 1. Approximate cost is $1600 and includes everything except personal spending money and your passport.

Our team will work with the students, teachers and parents at Casita to get the school ready for the new school year which begins in January. Painting, cleaning and light construction. We will also host Christmas parties for the kids at the church and school and minister to families at Kairos which is a home for famillies whose children are being treated for cancer. Lots more is planned, but if you're interested you need to sign up now! These spaces will fill quickly.

The team is open to adults 18 and up or families with students age 12 and up. You will be required to attend monthly training meetings.

Deadline for application and $100 non refundable deposit is October 15. Contact Lisa at 336-669-7340 or LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net
Application can be found at http://www.carolinespromise4u.org/mission-trips/guatemala/

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Adopted By Design

Want to know what God says about adoption?

Join us for a free Adopted by Design seminar!

America World Adoption will be hosting a free adoption seminar entitled Adopted By Design. This multimedia program will address what God's Word says about adoption. You will hear families share their personal adoption expreience and see the love that defines what it means to be a mother and a father. You will aslo see a moving Hallmark presentation of Steven and Mary Beth Chapman's story of adoption.

Register today at www.awaa.org/events or call 1-800-429-3369.

Triad Baptist Church
1175 South Maint Street
Kernersville NC 27284

Saturday, October 9th 10:00 AM - 12:00PM

Sunday, September 19, 2010

PAL Making A Difference - One Child's Story

Children in our first PAL tutoring group in Guyana got together and shared their thoughts on what the group has meant to them. Leon is a 12 year old boy in the group. He wrote the composition for the group.

"I was in school when I started coming to PAL. PAL is a group where we do lessons. I would like to you to know the meaning for PAL is Partnership Achieves Learning. I would also like you to know what I have learned about being a pal and our theme for the group.

I have learned school subjects and what it means to be a pal. First, pal means to be a good friend. I respect my friend and speak positive words. I respect my teacher too and I care for our school stuff. Finally, you always have to be patient when someone is teaching you something.

The next part about pal is our theme. Our theme is to rise higher than I am right now. In PAL you can’t stay low because you are learning more. We rise higher by teaching one another as partners. We always try and we do not quit.

I am glad that I am coming to PAL because it taught me many things. It taught me to read a book good. I learned vowel and consonant sounds, and how to write a composition. I want to keep coming back because it would teach me more things that I do not know. "


Your partnership with Caroline's Promise and support of PAL assists children like Leon to continue receiving education, stability and love. We appreciate your help and encourage you to continue supporting this great opportunity.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Creative Fundraising Idea for Adoption

We are excited to share this creative fundraiser with you! The Hunt Family felt the Lord calling them to adopt from Ethiopia. There was just one problem…..they didn’t have the money they needed to complete the process! We’ve been amazed at all of the fundraisers they’ve done throughout this journey because they are not only raising money, they are educating an entire community about the needs of orphans.

One of the most creative ideas was actually taken from a fellow blogger. They purchased a 300 piece puzzle and invited their friends and family to “sponsor” a piece for $17. Once all the pieces were sponsored the Hunts would have $5000 for the next part of their adoption. The Hunts wrote the name of the sponsor on the back of the puzzle piece and plan to frame it in double-sided glass so that their precious daughter will always know how much she was loved.

The Hunts are a perfect example of families who are giving everything they have to adopt! Each week we hear of couples who are taking part time jobs, selling possessions and sacrificing so much to bring their children home. Caroline’s Promise is blessed to be a part of many of these family’s adoptions. We are in desperate need of funds to continue our adoptive family grants. If you would like to give, please make your tax deductible gift today!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Casita Adonai

Casita Adonai is a Christian School in Guatemala City that Caroline's Promise partners with. The Wesleyan Church there, Iglesia Adonai is doing a great job, ministering in this difficult community and Casita Adonai is one of their main outreaches. Many of the children come from single parent homes or live with their grandparents. It is difficult for most to pay the tuition but they are desperate to keep their children out of the public schools where they become targets for local gangs.

We recently visited Casita Adonai to lay the foundation for a child sponsorship program. We were blessed to find that the church, school and parents are not sitting around, waiting on Americans to help them. They are using their gifts and creativity to raise funds for Casita and they are creating community through the process!

The teachers and parents worked together to have their Annual "Mercado". The parents provided special food for purchase and the teachers and children presented a wonderful program! They even had a contest where tickets were sold as votes to determine the King and Queen of the school!

God continues to bless this program and we are thrilled to be a part!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Making A Difference In Business

Abby Barwick has been a faithful volunteer with Caroline's Promise since her first mission trip to Guatemala. She not only gives of herself on mission trips, but she shares about orphans and the ministry in her salon, Hollywood Hair. Abby sells our fairtrade items and encourages her clients to make a difference for orphans in their everyday lives. We're so proud of Abby!

To read more about what Abby has done, click here and then type in page "16" at the top. Thanks Abby for making a difference through your business!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Great Music For A Great Cause!


Chris Tomlin's New Album, And If Our God Is For Us... is available for pre-sale right now! You can pre-order online or in-store at Family Chrisitian store. AND, if you purchase this album between 8/27/2010 and 11/15/2010, The James Fund will donate $.75 to Pray Amercia to help serve widows and children in need in Guatemala. This would make a great gift for the holidays coming up or as a special treat for yourself. Why not make a difference while enjoying some great music? Click here to order now.

Top 5 Reasons to go with us to Guyana

1. God is tugging on your heart and you have been looking for an opportunity to minister face to face with orphans and vulnerable children. If you prefer a small team, this is a great fit for you!

2. The Guyanese are amazing people and they speak English! No language barrier!

3. You'll have the opportunity to begin relationships with our partner church. You will learn from them and be able to invest in and support their vision for Plastic City.

4. Our full time missionary, Angie Hemric is an excellent leader. You will receive training before, during and after your trip that will assist you in fulfilling God's command to minister to orphans and widows.

5. The kids who live in Plastic City need you. And you need them.

Join Us In Prayer For One Of Our Grant Families

We invite you to pray for one of our latest Grant Recipients

Chris and Meggan Graves of Canton, NC recently received a $3000 grant from Caroline's Promise toward their Ethiopian adoption. Please join us in praying for them and their son, Bereket as they wait to bring him home! You can read more about the Graves family in this article by The Mountaineer.


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Please Pray for Guatemala

It is rainy season in Guatemala but this year has been worse than normal. Will you join us in praying? Following is part of an email from Impacto, a ministry that serves the people of Guatemala.

"Over the weekend, many more mudslides occurred and roads in many parts of Guatemala are closed, including parts of the Pan-Am Highway that our teams use to get to and from the lake area. One of the worst mudslides was where we turn off the Pan-Am to go to Poacorral. Reports are that a bus and two cars are buried under this mudslide. As is the custom in Guatemala, when something like this happens, men from the nearby villages race to the slide site and start shoveling to try to get to the people as soon as possible and even if no one is reported to be under the slide, they will begin trying to clear the roads because they need the big trucks to have access to bri ng in supplies and also to take out any produce that is headed for sale at market. The men were shoveling at this particular site and another slide happened, killing many of the men who were helping with the rescue. Word was sent out to all volunteer fire departments that urgent help was needed at this slide. The President of Guatemala flew to this mudslide site. A third slide occurred and he ordered all rescue efforts to stop until the rains stop and there is less danger of the mountain sliding yet again. He also ordered that the Pan-Am Highway be closed until authorities give the word that the mudslides are no longer in danger of happening.

The crews that have been working on the roads and clean up efforts have been fighting mudslide after mudslide since Agatha came through in May. With the severe rainy season, fears are raging that more mudslides will happen between now and the end of October when rainy season usually ends. The worst part of rainy season is usually the month of October. The ground everywhere is already so saturated more mudslides are actually more probable than possible. Please keep our Guatemalan brothers and sisters lifted in prayer. Many lives have already been lost, not just in areas of clean-up, but of people in their homes when slides happened. Flooding is, of course, another issue that is causing many problems, loss of homes, property, and lives. We do not always understand why but we know from The Bible that God is in control and that He is Sovereign. Proverbs 3:5 tells us: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. We must trust God through the good and the bad because He has a plan and only He knows what is best."

Thank you for praying. Your partnership in this way is critical and powerful.

Volunteers Needed for Kernersville Honey Bee Festival

Last year Caroline's Promise was able to participate in several community festivals. It was a great way to let people know about the needs of orphans and how the ministry reclaims hope for them. Our fair trade items are always a hit and the proceeds from those sales enable us to support orphan projects in Guatemala and Guyana.
Our first festival of the year is The Honey Bee Festival in Kernersville, NC and we are looking for volunteers! The date is Saturday September 18. If you'd like to help man our booth for a 2 hour shift, please let us know!

Contact us at info@carolinespromise.net or 336-6699-7340

If you have suggestions of other festivals that we should participate in, please let us know!