Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cleaning Trash Cans for Missions?

Benjamin Gordon traveled with us to Guatemala this past summer and was touched by the need at Casita Adonai for a roof. He returned home, committed to raising support and awareness. We love the way he has been creative. A perfect example is his latest project. Benjamin let his neighbors know that he would clean their trash cans for a donation to the Casita Roof Project. What a great idea! He raised $80. We love how God is calling kids to make a difference. Thanks Benjamin for all you do for the kids at Casita!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mission Trips ARE Fun

We loved this "lighter" post from our Guyana Country Coordinator, Angie Hemric. For months we wondered why this team was not filling up. Only two ladies? A week or so prior to the trip it occurred to us that perhaps God was sending these two to minister to Angie. Oh there would be a lot accomplished. Eyes opened. Lives changed. However, God knew what Angie needed......two ladies to spend the week with her. To get dirty, experience her world, and help her laugh! Thank you Stephanie and Valerie for being open to whatever God called you to. Obviously God hand picked you!

Check out Angie's blog post full of laughs and video!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Utter Chaos with a purpose!

Stephanie Dimora is a great friend of Caroline's Promise! She's been with us to Guatemala and just returned from her second trip to Guyana. We are so thankful for her investment in the ministry and love seeing God use her in so many ways!

Stephanie shares her heart and amazing pictures on our Guyana Country Coordinator's blog today. We hope you'll take the time to click and be inspired!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Loving People

Today began like our other days as we met in Plastic City to begin our morning eye checks and spend the afternoon with the children in PAL. God taught us impromptu lessons of loving people where they are…

In the last 18 months there has been this one house that has ALWAYS been closed to any of the efforts of the Plastic City team. We originally stopped and no one was home. Then as we continued walking a Muslim woman and her two children came walking. We asked about an eye test and she gladly accepted one. We backtracked to discover that this was the very house that has been closed to us. She invited us in, was tested for glasses and then offered gracious hospitality. She chopped and served us sugarcane, offered us guava from her tree, and gave us bags to carry more with us. As we chewed on our sugarcane and enjoyed the moment Geny, one of the Guyana Leadership Team, was chatting away with our new friend. Forty-five minutes later we realized that God opened a door that we could not open on our own.

· Another time we found ourselves learning about flowers like bridal bouquet, silver dollar and the croton. Geny and the homeowner chatted about sewing. Once the eye checks were complete and the glasses fitted the homeowner expressed gratitude and acknowledged that we saw a need and acted in response to God’s calling. Her cousin, who was also tested then stated how she was to go for glasses and would have had to spend $150. In a moment we realized God was allowing us to make a huge impact. As we were leaving we saw the Hindu flags in her yard and realized that God gave us a great opportunity.

· As we were finishing eye checks, Geny turned and asked: “Are we going to the rum shop? The owner wants an eye check.” We said yes. What started as one test turned into ten. Due to Compton, a Guyanese male team member, we were able to do the exams. Angie, Geny and Compton interacted with the men of plastic city who would have normally been unreachable. Stephanie and Valerie kept us running smoothly by supplying the appropriate glasses.

“Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The king will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.”
Matthew 25: 37-40.

As we talked about our day we realized God allowed us tend to the least of these… strangers, those in a prison of spiritual darkness and many with physical needs.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How Many Mission Team Members Does it Take to Give an Eye Test? (Random Reflections on my first few days in Guyana)

Since I can’t seem to find my own words to tell you about this experience, I’ll get started by borrowing some. Meredith Andrews begins her song “What it Means to Love” with the following lyrics

How can I forget your face?

When all it took was just one day,

To see it wasn’t ordinary,

I could never be the same.

I’ve been here for three days and each day we’ve visited Plastic City. We have interacted with families, taught children and met a physical need by fitting adults for reading glasses. In order to provide reading glasses, we are using a portable eye test that allows us to determine the correct strength or magnification power that each individual needs. While trying to learn to use the testing device, holding up a small print document for the man or woman to read, and being careful about personal space, Stephanie and I sometimes found ourselves entwined in a personal game of Twister.

The good news is we’ve touched lives and distributed reading glasses to men and women in two sections of Plastic City, a total of 45 homes on Saturday and 43 homes today (Monday).

Another highlight so far is the children… all of them! Their deep eyes and bright, joyful smiles have been precious from our very first interactions. They are hungry for attention and love. They like to be helpful. They enjoy having someone read to them. They love discovering new things and talking about what they’ve learned. Boys and girls from… nursery, elementary, and teenagers. All are lovely and loveable! I’m soaking in the moments. Already I enjoy reviewing my photos and recalling memories.

On a lighter note, I pondered buying a skirt in a little market on the street near Vreed-en-Hoop only to learn that the shop owner had just returned from California where she purchased most of what was in her shop. We laughed to think that I nearly bought Guyanese clothes that were brought into Guyana from America and were made in China.

I’ve been on the verge of tears a time or two, seen desperation and witnessed hope. Thankfully, I’ve also laughed a lot!! Even tonight, when I’m tired, sunburned and smelly, I dread leaving and look forward to a future return.