Friday, October 22, 2010

Christmas Gift Packs

Is your group looking for a special project for Christmas? We’re collecting Christmas Gift Packs for our kids at Casita Adonai in Guatemala City. Your gallon sized zip lock bag or school supplies will give the kids a great start to the school year in January. Deadline is December 10. Our Guatemala Team will deliver them the week after Christmas!
Click here for instructions and a flyer you can print.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What child sponsorship has meant to our family

For the past five years our family has sponsored two children from Guatemala. At first it seemed like such a small thing. How could our $35 a month really make a difference for these kids? Then we met our Daniel. He is the same age as our oldest son, Kendall and they have similar gifts and personalities. I was amazed at how much they are alike! The first time we met I immediately felt like he was one of ours. After that visit we decided to sponsor another child and were quickly matched with Melany. She is more like our middle child, Cameron. They hit it off instantly!

Each year when we go to Guatemala we make every effort to spend time with our sponsored children. We've been able to meet their mothers and encourage them. We've seen how the support has allowed them to stay in school and learn how much God loves them. Mostly, the prayers and letters that we exchange have helped our children focus on someone other than themselves. Our family can spend $35 on one meal out. Why wouldn't we sponsor a child instead?
In August I was able to spend some time with Daniel's mother. She shared how Daniel told her, "Mom - it's not about what my sponsors give me. It's more important to me that I know they love me and are praying for me." Every child deserves that. Someone to love and pray for them.

Have you been looking for a way that your family can truly make a difference for a child? I hope you'll consider child sponsorship. Caroline's Promise has been given more than 70 children that desperately need sponsors. We are excited because through this program you will not only be able to support your child, you will also have opportunities to visit them through our sponsorship trips. Will you choose to make a difference for one of these kids?

Learn more at: http://www.carolinespromise4u.org/where-do-i-start/child-sponsorship/

~Lisa Holbrook

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Orphan Sunday Ideas

Katherine Kirshberger is one of our wonderful volunteers. She has a huge heart for orphans and has been on several trips with Caroline's Promise. Katherine shared with us that she is hosting her own Orphan Sunday event in her home. Her ideas are still forming but she hopes to serve a meal that many orphans may eat. She'll show a video from the www.orphansunday.org website, and share practical ways that her friends can make a difference in the life of an orphan.
"There are so many reasons I want to raise awareness about orphans around the world, but I'll share some of the most important. God tells us that genuine religion looks after, visits, and cares for widows and orphans in their distress (Jam. 1:27). It is the miracle of adoption that has given us our salvation and relationship with God. We are all adopted into God's own family! (Eph. 1:5) We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). I have seen the wonder of adoption affect my entire family through the life of my nephew, who was adopted by my brother and sister-in-law through the foster care system. I have also seen the difference sponsorship can make in a child's life - food, clothes, education. A sponsor can be the way a child comes to see that God has "a hope and a future" for him (Jer. 29:11).

I am excited to have the chance to share with people about orphans in this specific way! I hope many seeds are planted."

What a great idea! How can we help YOU celebrate Orphan Sunday?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Check out our newest fair trade gift items!

We're thankful for two of our volunteers, Erin Jones and Sara Toney, who helped us get our latest fair trade gift items posted on the Caroline's Promise website. Erin is a photography student and has her own business. You can see her work at http://selahphotobyerin.com/ Erin took time out of her busy schedule to photograph our newest items. Sara Toney volunteered to post the items on our Caroline's Promise store. Together they made it possible for you to "shop smarter!" When thinking about gifts for Christmas, make sure you stop by our store and give a gift that will make a difference. All items are purchased from widows and single moms in our partner projects around the world. Your purchase allows them to support their families us to continue supporting orphans. https://app.etapestry.com/cart/CarolinesPromise/default/index.php

Sunday, October 17, 2010

IRS Adoption Tax Credit for 2010

The IRS has issued new information on the adoption tax credit for 2010. An encouraging change is that

"The Affordable Care Act raises the maximum adoption credit to $13,170 per child, up from $12,150 in 2009. It also makes the credit refundable, meaning that eligible taxpayers can get it even if they owe no tax for that year. In general, the credit is based on the reasonable and necessary expenses related to a legal adoption, including adoption fees, court costs, attorney’s fees and travel expenses. Income limits and other special rules apply."

We are so thankful for this change. You can learn more at


http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=228301,00.html

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Coffee With A Purpose

One of our NC Board Members, Tim Wall, learned of a coffee company in South Carolina that gives 100% of their profits after taxes to ministry. This amazing business is Liquid Highway and we are excited to partner with them! There are several ways you can reclaim hope for orphans through your purchase of coffee, tea and hot cocoa.

* Visit our website, place your order and have it delivered to your home
* Purchase at one of our events or Parties with a Purpose
* Your group can host a coffee fundraiser. We provide all you need to collect orders with profits going back to Caroline's Promise
* Your church can purchase our coffee to serve during morning services and events.
So start shopping smarter for coffee today!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Caroline’s Promise South Carolina Welcomes New Director

In the Spring of 2010 we learned that our first Director of CP South Carolina, Martha Marie Smith and her family were moving to plant a church. We had no idea what God had in store for this chapter of the ministry. It’s not easy to find someone who is qualified and willing to take on this position on a volunteer basis. Martha Marie had done such a great job of getting the chapter started and building a support base. We were willing to close the chapter if that was what God wanted, but everyone involved hoped that wasn’t His plan.

After months of prayer and holding the ministry with an open hand, the Lord brought us Kelley Tegen. Kelley and her husband, Jason had supported CP South Carolina from the beginning and the timing was perfect for her to take on this role.

You can read Kelley's story of accepting this position at http://www.carolinespromise4u.org/about-us/who-we-are/
 
 
We are especially thankful to Martha Marie Smith and her husband, Eddie for their commitment to Caroline’s Promise South Carolina. The love that they poured into the development of this chapter is amazing. We will miss you guys and pray God’s blessings for your family and ministry.
You can always follow Caroline's Promise South Carolina at http://www.carolinespromise4u.org/about-us/south-carolina/Be sure to subscribe to our ENews and choose "South Carolina".

Monday, October 11, 2010

Welcome Home Bereket!

We were thrilled to be able to award this precious family a $3000 grant to help bring their son, Bereket home from Ethiopia! Their story....

In the fall of 2009, the Lord began to grow His love story of our family through a little boy halfway around the world. After finding Bereket’s photograph on a waiting child list in Ethiopia, my husband and I were deeply moved and began asking God what we were supposed to do. Were we supposed to pray for this child, support this child, or make a way for him to be a part of our family? Removing finances from the equation, we both felt strongly after two weeks of prayer that he was our son and that God would make a way. Basically, since our Lord owns the cattle on a thousand hills, He would just need to sell a few cows!
All our paperwork was complete and in Ethiopia within only two months, however, we faced many delays and challenges on the other end slowing our process. Throughout these delays, the Lord brought several people into our path to encourage us, help with fund raising and pray with us. Caroline’s Promise was an answer to prayer with their financial support and prayers. In August, my husband and I travelled to Ethiopia for our court date and met our son for the first time. I cannot explain the love God has given us for this child! The most difficult part of this entire journey was meeting Bereket and having to return to the United States without him while we waited for the U.S. Embassy to issue his visa. We left huge pieces of our hearts with him there. Seven weeks later, I returned to Ethiopia to BRING HIM HOME! We have been home one week now and no one would ever know he had not always been here. He loves his brothers and they adore him! God bless Caroline’s Promise for their part in bringing our family together!
Bereket's family - Canton, NC 
  One of the main reasons Caroline’s Promise was founded was to provide grants to adoptive families in North and South Carolina. This area of our ministry is becoming increasingly hard to fund. If you are an adoptive family or are passionate about helping families adopt, we would love for you to partner with us. Will you join us in prayer as we seek the Lord’s direction? Perhaps you could host a fundraiser to benefit the grant program. If you would like to donate to this fund please visit the Make a Donation page at www.carolinespromise.net and choose the Adoptive Family Assistance fund.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Giving Banks

Your change can change a kid's life!

Our Caroline's Promise giving banks are a daily reminder to pray for orphans. The money that is collected will make a difference!

You can choose to give toward:
  • A specific orphan project in Guatemala or Guyana
  • Adoptive family grants
  • General Caroline Promise needs
Contact us today at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net for more information

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Orphan Conference In Eden

The Treasures Ministry of Osborne Baptist Church in Eden, NC is hosting the 7% Conference, Saturday, November 6th 2010.
The purpose of the conference is to inform churches of the needs of neglected, abused, fatherless, and orphan children in our area, and around the world, and to equip people with the tools and training to become leaders and meet the crisis level needs of our society.
The event is free and offers breakoutsessions and keynote, "Your Church and DSS: In Partnership for the Children."

Caroline's Promise will be there, providing a breakout entitled "Your Church and Orphan Care". We'll have our fair trade items for purchase and would love to visit with you! You can register at www.osbornebaptist.com

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Gift Card Giver

One of our Board Members learned of a new ministry in Atlanta called Gift Card Giver.

Here's their story:

Four friends had an idea to collect gift cards and give them to people in need. They went to a gathering and asked 8 people how much money in unused Gift Cards they had in their wallets and walked away with $50 in Gift Cards to help people in need. Gift Card Giver was born.

Gift Card Giver is a new form of giving. The Gift Card industry has risen to be a 60 billion dollar industry. Ever wonder how many gift cards are unused? Between 10 – 15%. That means billions of dollars are sitting on gift cards, waiting to be used for good.

How many gift cards do you have sitting in your wallet? We guess you have at least $5 of unused gift cards right now. What’s 5 bucks going to buy you? Maybe a pair of socks…but 10 people giving 5 bucks will buy a kid a winter coat, or 1000 people giving $5 may give that same kid a warm bedroom to sleep in through the night.

CARD ME
It is very simple to get involved:
STEP 1: Use as much of your card as you want (or send a full card).
STEP 2: Write how much is left on your card using a permanent marker.
STEP 3: Place the card in an envelope and send it to us at:
Gift Card Giver
PO Box 17628
Atlanta, GA 30316
or
750 Glenwood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316

OUR COMMITMENT
We collect and distribute the cards to appropriate Non-Profit Organizations that can use those cards to help others. We have never used a card for ourselves and never will. This is a grass roots campaign that has created a new form of giving and you are an important piece to the idea coming to life. On behalf of all the individuals and organizations we give to, thank you for contributing.
www.giftcardgiver.com

Our Board Member applied on behalf of Caroline's Promise and this week we received $207.89 in Wal Mart gift cards. This is a huge help, especially to our South Carolina Chapter that is in need of office supplies. After their needs are met we will use the remaining cards to purchase supplies for our projects in Guyana and Guatemala.

What a great ministry Gift Card Giver is! And so practical. It took this Board Member ten minutes to advocate for Caroline's Promise. What can you do to raise awareness and support for this ministry?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Making A Difference For Liberian Children

Our friend and supporter, Pamela Baker is passionate about her family's ministry, Each Child Counts. Pam's sister and brother in law who is Liberian, have ministered to orphans in this war torn country for years. They have identified a group of 1200 children who, because of a 15 year civil war, have never attended school. Each Child Counts has been able to purchase land, clear it and build a foundation. They're raising funds this Fall to complete the school and have invited us to participate in a 5K walk in Oak Ridge, NC.

We're looking for people to join our Caroline's Promise Team of 10. The 5K is actually three times around the Oak Ridge Town Park. The Walk begins at 9am on Saturday, October 16 and cost is $17.00 per person. If you are interested, please call Lisa at 336-669-7340 or LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net

You can learn more about this project at www.eachchildcounts.com