Monday, February 28, 2011

Founder of Casita Adonai Visits North Carolina!

We are thrilled that Delmi Rivas will spend a few days with us in March. Caroline’s Promise partners with Delmi and her husband, Carlos who pastor Iglesia Adonai in Guatemala City. They founded Casita Adonai as an effort to minister to orphans and vulnerable children in their community. Our partnership with them has led us to develop a child sponsorship program that is reclaiming hope for these little ones and their families.
If you sponsor a child at Casita, have been on a mission trip with us to Guatemala, or just want to learn more about what God is doing through this partnership, we invite you to join us for Coffee and Sweets. This special reception will be held on Monday, March 7, 7:00pm at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax, NC. Children are welcome to attend. Please rsvp to LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net or 336-669-7340.

The Journey...Will You Join Us?

Many of you have attended our Seeds of Hope Banquets in the past. They were always a time of advocacy and raising support for the ongoing ministry of Caroline’s Promise. In 2010 we took a break from this annual fundraiser because we felt like it wasn’t bringing in enough support to offset the resources used to host the event.

Our Board of Directors realizes that in order for Caroline’s Promise to continue reclaiming hope for orphans, we’ll need to have one large fundraiser a year. After a lot of prayer and hard work, our team has developed an exciting event that will allow us to advocate for orphans, gain new volunteers, and raise needed funds for the ministry, while spending a fraction of what the Seeds of Hope Banquet required.

The Journey will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Greensboro, NC. It’s designed to be an experience where participants will journey through stations, experiencing life for orphans in the United States and around the world. We encourage you to mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details on how you can purchase a $5 ticket and schedule your tour. This event will be great for families, youth groups, scout groups and small groups. The Journey is appropriate for school aged children and older. Ultimately, we pray that this event will help us raise needed funds to continue the amazing work that Caroline’s Promise is doing to reclaim hope for orphans.

So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Child Shall Lead Them....

I have heard the phrase: “A child shall lead them” many times and I confess I never knew the origin of that phrase. Now, I do! My quiet had me in Psalm 71 this morning and I read on over to Psalm 72. All of God’s word is a treasure, but I was particularly encouraged in a very personal way through these verses today and wanted to share them.

“He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.”

That verse led into another verse from Isaiah 11:4

“But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins and faithfulness the belt of His waist. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Who is this child? When you read in the context of Isaiah 11 it is the root of Jesse. The child shall have the Spirit of the Lord resting upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge. This child delights in the fear of the Lord and shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.

This rod of Jesse will stand as a banner to the people, the Gentiles shall seek Him and His resting place shall be glorious…on that day when the child shall lead them…The Lord will set His hand again, the second time, to recover the remnant of His people who are left. This second chance will cause…

Outcasts to assemble….

The dispersed to come from all corners…

Envy to depart

Adversaries to be cut off

Harassment to cease between neighbors

The remnant to conquer

God to make a “high-way” for the remnant of His people as it was for Israel in the day they came up from the land of Egypt.

Who is this child? We should know right? It’s the prophecy of Jesus coming to us as a child born in a manger; a child who grew in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man. A child, who became a man, and changed lives and situations because he walked with a different Spirit.

A Spirit to not judge by the sight of His eyes or decide by the hearing of his ears. A Spirit governed by righteousness as He judges the poor and decisions of equity with the meek. His character of righteousness and faithfulness set Him apart.

As a person who works with children I am encouraged in knowing that these same children can be leaders in their own families, schools and community.

As a visionary I am challenged to believe God for His remnant people that need a second chance God in the place called Plastic City.

As a child of God I am dependent on God to empower me to walk with this Different Spirit with every conversation and situation I encounter.

I am thankful for this child that has led the way from the manger to the cross where righteousness and faithfulness sealed his character. Now the seal of His Spirit rests on us to go and be likewise.

Oh! And….we are not “achieving” this …erase that mentality. Rather we are growing into it as an adopted child of God.

For as many are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by who we cry out ‘Abba Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God. and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. “ Romans 8:14-17

~Reposted from Angie Hemrick's blog, which you can find here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Prayer...A Powerful Way To Reclaim Hope for Orphans

We’re building a Prayer Team for Caroline’s Promise. Over the years we’ve learned that often when you’re advocating for orphans, the spiritual battle can increase. God is using Caroline’s Promise in tangible ways and He’s changing lives. For that reason alone we’ve felt that we need to build a Team that is committed to pray for the ministry and those it impacts.

When you sign up to be a member of our Prayer Team you will receive a monthly email with specific praises and requests. Each month we will highlight a specific ministry of Caroline’s Promise. Our interactive calendar will provide links to stories, photos, and videos that will give you more information. During the month of March our ministry focus is on Guyana. You can access this calendar from our website. Click “Upcoming events – view our calendar” Whenever there is an urgent need for prayer we will notify you by email.

We can’t think of a better way to reclaim hope for orphans! To join this Team, please email LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net and simply write “Join prayer team” in the body of your email.

Philippians 4:6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Daytona Winner Advocating for Orphans

This is a repost taken from the Christian Alliance For Orphans' blog, which you can find here.

Daytona Winner Raises Banner for Christ and Orphans

February 22, 2011 in Advocacy,Christian Alliance Comments (0)

Written By: Jedd Medefind

The media has been abuzz with reports of Trevor Bayne, the 20-year-old driver who won Sunday’s Daytona 500. Trevor is the youngest Daytona 500 winner in history. Even better is the fact that he’ll be sharing a portion of his $1.4 million prize to help orphans through Back2Back Ministries, a highly-respected member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. As described in one NASCAR news report today,

“After becoming the youngest driver to ever win NASCAR’s biggest race, Trevor Bayne praised Jesus Christ and said his prize would help support the work of Back2Back Ministries.

“The Rev. Lonnie Clouse, a former NASCAR chaplain, says Bayne was a regular at his Bible studies and chapel services. Clouse now works at Back2Back orphanages in Monterrey, Mexico, where Bayne volunteered for several days in December.

Clouse says Bayne called him after winning the race, and they prayed together and agreed that God had given Bayne a platform to proclaim his faith and speak up for orphans in need.”

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It started with a conviction. The kids across the street playing in an empty lot needed a friend. As Josh entered college his life slowly became intertwined with some twenty kids from the surrounding neighborhood. Started by his friend, Josh found himself the primary instigator of time with the kids. And the relationships grew. Most of the kids had no father present and many had only a ghost of a mother. Countless times the kids would tell Josh about wandering the streets whenever they pleased and often they asked to be dropped off far away from the places they called home. These middle and high school-aged kids had seen it all and for a sheltered, country boy like Josh these friendships were always an invitation to walk beside kids into unfamiliar territory.

Josh’s fiance Harmonee arrived at school a semester later and introduced herself to the group. Slowly the couple transitioned from taking the group to church and began having a weekly meal coupled with Bible study and honest discussion at Josh’s apartment. “Most of the time it doesn’t seem like you’re making that much of a difference,” Harmonee confesses, but the stories the couple share tell a different story: kids running to meet them calling out “Mama H.” and “Daddy J.;” calling during the week to talk about tragedy and fear; and trusting enough to ask deep, soul-searching questions. The once-a-week trips are adding up to more. The kids know that any day of the week they have someone to call. There is someone who cares.

Are there children around you who need an advocate or a friend? Defending the fatherless doesn’t just mean adopting, fostering or giving money. Sometimes it just means caring.

Kelley Tegen
Caroline's Promise South Carolina