Thursday, March 24, 2011

Children of God

This is Caroline's favorite new video and I love sharing it as a way to explain God's adoption of us!
Christian Alliance For Orphans has posted a new item, 'New Third Day Adoption
Video: Children of God'


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Engage Event - South Carolina

Join Caroline's Promise for a night of interactive engagement in God’s call to reclaim hope for orphans. Come for an hour to be engaged locally, globally, prayerfully and more. Walk away with the vision of Caroline’s Promise and tangible ways to link arms with this ministry and others working in the Upstate. Shop for resources, fair trade items, dessert, and coffee in our international market. Visit us at www.carolinespromise.net under The Engage Event badge to reserve your space today.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Journey


Journey into the life of an orphan.


Join us for an hour where you’ll enter their homes, hear their stories and be touched by their need.


Discover practical ways to begin reclaiming hope for orphans.

Enjoy dessert and coffee while shopping our Fair Trade Market.


Saturday April 30, 2011
2pm – 7pm C3 Church – 300 NC Hwy 68 S Greensboro, NC


This event is designed for school aged children and older.

Purchase advance tickets for $5 per person.


An attendance time will be requested when purchasing.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a difference, we’d love to have you help us with The Journey. Contact us at LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net or 336-669-7340.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Attitude

Tami Rumfelt, a board member for Caroline's Promise wrote this post:

On one of my trips to Guatemala, I met a precious lady named Marta and her adorable little girl, Claudia. Marta, like many single mothers in Guatemala, lives well below the poverty line. Her home, which she rents from her brother, is really just a one-room shack with a dirt floor, leaky roof and no toilet. If she needs to use the bathroom, she can use her brother’s, as long as she PAYS him! Her brother treats her very badly. He claims that he is angry with her for having a baby outside of marriage. He’s taken it upon himself to judge and punish her for her sins.

I can’t help but be angry with her brother. There is so much he could do for her to help her out…fix up the house, offer her some food, install a toilet, or at least let her use his for free. But this supposedly “very religious” man looks with disdain upon his sister and refuses to give her and her child any help at all. So, she continues to struggle every day just to survive.

But, in a lot of ways, I am just like Marta’s brother. When I see people going through a hard time, I often find myself looking for what it was that they did to bring on their problems. Maybe if I can figure out where they are at fault then I am somehow relieved of the obligation to get involved, because, after all, they brought it on themselves.

I’m not sure Jesus is too thrilled with this judgmental and self righteous line of thinking. I can’t think of one scripture where Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and give water to the thirsty UNLESS they are sinners who created their own misery. Actually, it was exactly these kinds of people whom Jesus seemed to spend the most time with! Take a few minutes to read John 4 and the story of the Samaritan woman that Jesus encountered at the well. Here was a woman who had been married 5 times and was currently involved in an illicit relationship with a man who she was not married to. Yet, without ignoring her sin, Jesus still showed her love, treated her with kindness and offered her a sip of His living water.

Let’s pray today for hearts that are filled with grace and that a judgmental spirit never gets in the way of our compassion.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Battle to Believe

Reposted on March 14, 2011 from Angie in Guyana:

This morning I woke up early with the welcome of brighter skies. After four days rain the sun peaked through the clouds and made an appearance. As I entered into my quiet place I was so ready to be there. Last night at church we had an hour of individual and corporate prayer and praise. The atmosphere was a deep time of intercession in whatever way God moved your heart. Once I interceded for my home front partners and renters or buyers for my townhouse I switched continents. The song that caused me to fight name by name for Plastic City in service last night rose back up in my spirit during my quiet time this morning. I entered God’s presence humming and then singing:

Great, Jesus, Great, Jesus,
Greater than I’d ever hoped or dreamed you’d be you’ve been to me
Great, Jesus, Great, Jesus
Thank you for being great and for doing great things.
Great things, Great things, You’ve done great things for me
You’ve done great things for me, Great things, Great things
Great things, Great things, You’ll do great things for __________
You’ll do great things for ____________, Great things, Great things

Thankfulness was soon stirring up faith and I began calling on this same Great God to do more than I could ever hope or dream for Plastic City. Plastic city is no longer a place to me, it is people. My passion, my burden is deep within me for them. In fact, I have discovered, in light of recent events, how disturbingly comfortable I am in some of the most deprived and bleak corners. In specific corners of the land the darkness of evil has no regard for life – none! But somehow, God empowers me and our team to look at the provoker of evil with a tempered calm and authoritative strength. I know God will win – it is just a matter of time. However, I must honestly tell you that I have never been in this place of war before. This place where you hold your tongue, bide your time, plan your offensive, and listen for God to say, “Now!”

The mindset that has to be clear is that we are not fighting people – we are fighting spirits. We are not fighting families – we are fighting generational mentalities that grow in greater depravity the older a person gets. Depravity hurts others, wounds with words and weapons, breaks up, destroys the mind, and sears the soul. What instruments are used to increase depravity? What sources are used to motivate depravity? Those are deep questions…. The counter attack has to go after the influences, the instruments, the motivating factors that propel depravity.

Sometimes, I confess, I can become consumed in the corners where depravity is a code red and quietly miss another spirit that we are fighting against. It’s incredible how quick you jump to compare lost people as more or less lost. It’s like one will be easier to find than another, but I am not sure that is accurate. How do you reach a Hindu? How do you reach a Muslim? The ones we have met are sweet, giving, helpful people. They are morally good against the backdrop of what is deep and dark depravity. However, they are missing something too. Missing something? Now, that is a lighter way to say depraved is it not? Our Hindu and Muslim friends here don’t seem as though they are covered in as much darkness as some other corners, but they are missing something. And, who is to say that in their custom of living, children are not being just as wounded. When a seven year old girl is traumatized to tears in PAL because her 13 year old cousin kissed her on the lips in public, and laughed it off as joke, there is something wrong there. No or yes?

Sometimes depravity just hangs out there for the entire world to see and say, “Now that is evil!” While other times it is masked behind morality and religious piety. So, hmmm, I wonder where that leaves me as I size up the battle that is before us. Perhaps right where I have always been.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides In the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, without Me you can do nothing…If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it will be done for you.”
John 15: 4, 5, 7

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Join us in praying for Danny Pye

Danny Pye is a Christian Missionary with family ties to North Carolina. Since 2003 he and has wife have been working with orphans in Haiti. In October Danny was imprisoned without being charged for anything and has been there ever since. The following article by The Huffington Post explains this injustice. We're asking all of our Caroline's Promise supporters to share this story with your friends and churches and invite them to pray for the release of Danny Pye.

After you read this article there is a section where you can share the story through facebook, twitter or email. You can make a difference through your prayers!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Emergency Campaign for Ethiopia

The U.S. State Department confirmed today that Ethiopia will decrease their number of intercountry adoptions by 90%. This decision will result in only 5 cases processed per day and less than 500 adoptions completed per year instead of the usual 4000. Caroline's Promise has been blessed to assist many families who have adopted from Ethiopia and we are saddened by this news.

The Joint Council on International Children's Services has developed an emergency campaign for Ethiopian Children. We encourage you to get involved! Most of all, please pray!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Calling All Vacation Bible School Directors!

Are you looking for a special mission project for your 2011 VBS?
Do you struggle to get your kids excited?
Do you want them to learn that they CAN make a difference NOW?

Let us help you!

• Choose from one of our three mission projects. Provide benches and tables for our PAL tutoring program in Guyana, raise funds to build a computer lab at our school in Guatemala, or raise funds for our adoptive family grants.
• We’ll provide promotional materials for your kids and parents
• We’ll provide a special speaker that will motivate your kids to give!
• Our project videos will keep your kids excited throughout the week
• We even provide an interactive 20 minute program where classes can learn what it’s like to be an orphan


If we can help you, email us or give us a call!

In North Carolina contact: LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.net 336-669-7340
In South Carolina contact: Kelly Tegen – Ktegen@CarolinesPromise.Net 864-650-6985

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We Did It!

For almost 6 weeks you joined us daily to vote for Caroline’s Promise to receive a Kindermusik New Beginnings Grant. There were several days when we thought we didn’t have a chance. But you responded by inviting your friends to participate! Our partners in Guatemala got involved as well and people began to hear about Casita Adonai and how God is using this school to reclaim hope for orphans. It was a long contest but you stuck it out with us and it was worth it! We came in 2nd and received $1000 to build a library. Our Summer mission teams will complete the project in July and by the fall our kids and their families will be enjoying books!

In December we saw first hand how precious books are to the children at Casita. Our Christmas team was able to give each child their very own book. These were simple Scholastic paperback books in Spanish, but the looks on the kids’ and parents’ faces told the story. It is rare for a family to have even one book in their home. Our prayer is that the library will not only give the kids a love for reading, but that it will be used to educate the parents as well.

Thank you for making a difference with your votes! Now we need to fill the library with quality books. If you would like to contribute toward this project, visit our Donation page and choose Guatemala Orphan Projects.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Volunteer Needs for The Journey

Caroline’s Promise will host an exiting interactive event called The Journey in Greensboro, NC on Saturday, April 30, 2011. We are looking for sponsors and volunteers to make this possible! Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference. Contact LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net or 336-669-7340.

Prior to April 30
Promote the event in your church
Post fliers in the community
Sponsor The Journey
Assist with set design
Team Leaders: Individuals who will invite people to experience The Journey with them

April 29
Assist with set up – various hours throughout the day

April 30
Registration – 2 hour shifts
Sell items in our fair trade market – 2 hour shifts
Dessert/coffee assistants – 2 hour shifts
Child sponsorship table – 2 hour shifts
Tour guides – 2 hour shifts
Tear down – 8pm until