Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Perspective: What Is Our Role?

For those of us that have been around the Christian faith for a while, we've heard the Old Testament stories of Sodom and Gomorrah...the two cities that, because of their indescribable evil were destroyed by God. Indescribable evil. And maybe a few of us quietly thank God in our heads that we don't live in a culture like that today. And we don't. Mostly. But listen to what God says about Sodom in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, chapter 16, verse 49: "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy." (ESV) The Message paraphrase says it this way, "She lived with her daughters in the lap of luxury - proud, gluttonous and lazy. They ignored the oppressed and the poor."


They ignored the oppressed and the poor. And the acts listed against Sodom, though there were so many more heinous and evil, were pride, excess, laziness and ignoring the need of others. Based on one commentary, we find that:


pride - was the heart, lifting itself above God and men;


excess- it wasn't that they had so much it became sin; rather it was their abuse of God's great mercy in their having plenty and not sharing;


laziness - their abundance came easily and so hard work became a foreign concept to them;


oppression - having such wealth and ease, they did nothing to strengthen those in need, and implied that, because of their sins they not only didn't help, but rather, weakened and broke the hands of the of the poor.


The commentary also suggests that it was these sins that, left unchecked, opened the door of Sodom's rebellion leading to more terrible acts.


What in the world does this have to do with us?


Clearly, we wouldn't associate ourselves with Sodom. We are good people. We are concerned for those in need. We may even sponsor a child. Most of us attend church. We believe in God.


But...


In God's great mercy, do we have plenty? Have things come relatively easy to us? Have we been focused on ourselves more than on what God has placed as needs before us? Are we sharing what we've been given?


We would never say we've ignored the pain of the oppressed and the poor...would God agree? or would He say we weakened, rather than strengthened, those who most needed a physical touch of love.


Wealth is hard to define, as it looks so different to each individual. But it's been said, if you have the means to buy a book and the education with which to read that book, you are more wealthy than 90% of the world's population. Based on that definition, all of us reading this blog are wealthy.


What are we doing with that wealth? Is there more we could be doing? And what might that be?


It's not always a financial contribution that God requires of us. Sometimes, it's a change of mind. A decision to open our eyes to the oppressed and poor around us, and to do something about it in a timely way. Not tomorrow, not another day, but NOW. Sometimes, it's a change of heart that God is after. A desire to make your life count for more than making yourself comfortable.


Most of us are familiar with the passage of Scripture in the book of Matthew where Jesus told those good, moral, religious people, that when they cared for the least individual, they cared for Jesus. (Matthew 25:24-45)


God's Word clearly tells us that as His children, He obligates us to care. And not just to care, He obligates us to act. We have been filled to overflowing; not to become stale in the stagnant waters of gluttonous ease, but filled to overflow into those who need the filling.


What has He laid on your heart? What is He calling you to do?


Has He asked you to pray on behalf of those who don't have a voice?


Has He asked you to serve as a volunteer?


Is He telling you to start something new?


Is He asking you to go and serve on a mission trip?


He calls us all; how He calls us is different, but the purpose is the same.


To love in the name of Jesus.


To care in the name of Jesus.


To be a light in the darkness, in the name of Jesus.


If as believers, we are to pattern our lives after the One who saved us...and if, as we see in Scripture, He gave all of His earthly life to serve the spiritually poor...then shouldn't our lives reflect a lifetime of service to those in need? Not just a one-time financial gift; not just a once-a-year trip to the soup kitchen; not just one mission trip....What if we didn't stop at just one time? But a life time of loving and caring. A life time of giving hope to those with no hope left. A life that outlives its earthly span and spreads its mission through generations.


"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'...'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'" (Matthew 25 34-36,40)


But the guilt of Sodom is this: she lived in the lap of luxury - proud, gluttonous, lazy; ignoring the oppressed and the poor.....





Commentary used: Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition Database Copyright © 1991, 1994 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 28, 2011

To Change And Be Changed

Often times we share with you statistics; how many children in the world are orphaned, how many are double orphans, how many are in need of basic supplies, how many will go without unless someone with means steps up and takes action. Other times we share the impact your contributions make, for the individual child, for their community. But the affects of loving in Jesus’ name, don't just stop at the intital moment of action; it goes out like a sonic boom, shaking the foundations of the earth for generations.

This is Amber. She has supported Caroline’s Promise for a number of years, through volunteering her time, even focusing her Senior Project in High School on orphan awareness, educating hundreds of people in her community. Today she’s a local college student, balancing life between friends, family, work, and school. In 2010 she went with Caroline’s Promise on a mission trip to Guatemala. Like any person who serves with Caroline’s Promise in a foreign country, Amber’s eyes were opened to the plight millions face daily; lack of clean water, nutrition, education, clothing, protection, family. Though she had heard about orphans for many years, seeing it with her own eyes made a lasting impact.

This is Juan Diego. He is seven years old and an orphan. In the spring of 2011, Amber began sponsoring him so he could attend school at Casita Adonai. We can see the affect Amber’s sponsorship has on Juan Diego. He gets to have an education, healthy meals, a safe place to go during the day…his future is brighter and more certain because of Amber’s choice to love through giving. Amber has certainly impacted this Guatemalan boy. But this sweet child has had a huge impact on Amber. Every month as she supported his future, he impacted her present moment. Constantly, she was reminded of Juan Diego, his needs, his life.

In the summer of 2011, Amber went back to Guatemala with Caroline’s Promise and met Juan Diego. In her own words, “Before I went to Guatemala, Diego was just a picture of a child on my dresser who I prayed for every day. But now, because I was able to go to Guatemala and actually meet Diego, he has become a part of my family. Being able to be a part of this child’s life is one of the most rewarding things in my life. This beautiful seven year old taught me so much about myself and life. I don’t take anything for granted anymore.” Amber’s mindset has changed from consumerist-thinking, to thinking in terms of, “I could sponsor a child for what I just spent on….” She even has a picture of her and Diego on her debit card, so that with every purchase she makes, she is reminded of what is really important. Her first purchase on her new debit card was a $25 donation to purchase a gift for one of the children in Guyana. What began as an opportunity to change an orphan’s life, turned into Amber’s life being changed. “It sounds silly,” she says, “but Diego changed my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for him.” Her thoughts are always on when she can see him next, which, lucky for her, will be in just a few short weeks as she co-leads a Caroline’s Promise team to Guatemala right after Christmas.

Caroline’s Promise sponsorship program began in December 2010, and 64 children have been sponsored. There are 36 more students that need sponsoring. Would you consider giving a gift that will impact a lifetime? Your $35 contribution will allow a child like Juan Diego, to attend school, get a hot meal and learn about the love of Jesus in a safe and caring environment. To learn more about how you can love in Jesus' name through the gift of child sponsorship, click here. To follow us on Facebook, click here.

Come see us at our Christmas Open Houses




This Christmas season Caroline's Promise is partnering with local businesses to host Open Houses. At these events you can shop for fair trade gifts with free gift wrap, check out great local businesses, and give gifts that support orphans and vulnerable children.
Open House Dates:
Friday, December 7 Open House - Juicy Java - 500 Pineview Drive, Kernersville.  Behind Hams
                                   9am - 4pm 

Sunday, December 9  Open House at The Holbrook's - 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville 
                                   (in Colfax)  1:30pm - 5:30pm.  Stop by for dessert, coffee, bonfire, and
                                   great shopping with free gift wrap!


Are you looking for a way to give back? We are in need of volunteers to help with both events. Contact us at LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.net to get involved!
You can also shop for some of our fair trade events at our website
Our Gifts with a Purpose allow you to donate to Caroline's Promse in honor or memory of a loved one or teacher. For each gift you will receive a special Christmas Card to give to your loved one, acknowledging the gift. Gifts with a Purpose are between $10 and $25 and help us provide for orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala and Guyana.





Thursday, November 24, 2011

Two Children - One Nation- One Destiny

Thoughts from Angie, our eyes, ears, and heart in Guyana:

"“Auntie, what is HIV?”

“Auntie Angie what is virus?”

“What is disease, Auntie?”

These were all the most recent questions by a ten-year-old child from RCHCC. Naturally I explained it at a ten-year-old level using the terms of good soldiers and bad soldiers and how the good ones are fighting the bad ones inside our bodies to keep us healthy. I explained sickness in terms of colds and flu and how those go away, but some sickness does not go away. And one sickness that does not leave our body if we get it is HIV. Interesting enough, he is not learning this in school, but every student will hear about HIV and all the sexually transmitted Infections and diseases in Grade 6. Naturally, my mind wonders how that will impact the children living at RCHCC. Thankfully they have an environment where questions can be asked. Maybe they will feel safe enough to voice their fears, anger and illegitimate shame so stigma and discrimination won’t scar them for life. Perhaps their opportunity to know God and his love for them will cause them to be tremendous agents of change as one people – one nation – one destiny!"
To continue reading the story.....

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ripple-Effect Blessing

Caroline’s Promise is blessed to have an amazing team of co-laborers. These volunteers come in the form of prayer partners, child-sponsors, mission-trip-goers, financial partners, builders, teachers, one-time-gift-givers, administrative assisting, organizers and more… As a mostly-volunteer ministry, there is absolutely no way that we could do what we do without their help!


In the past few years God has sent us people who not only support the ministry, but really listen to God and share their ideas with us. Like the church in Corinth (2 Corinthians 8:1-14, the Message), “they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and then to us. The other giving simply flowing out of the purposes of God working in their lives”. One family of co-laborers, after listening to God and giving themselves for His purposes, found His plans and their passion for books mingle together. While shopping for their sponsored children in Guatemala, they felt led to purchase Bibles for them. The response from their sponsor children was overwhelming, as most children in Guatemala do not have any books in their homes, let alone a Bible. As the family prayed, they shared with us that they would like to personally purchase Bibles for every child at Casita. “It will take us a while, but we are committed,” the family told us. “Would it be possible for us to purchase several a month and have them sent to Caroline’s Promise?” Little did they know that we had been asking God for a way to provide Bibles for all of the children! Because of their faithfulness to God’s leading, the first shipment of books arrived this week.



They gave offerings of whatever they could- far more than they could afford! – pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of the poor…”(2 Corinthians 8:3,4 MSG)

One family, one burden laid on their hearts…a ripple-effect of blessing for their faithfulness…what has God pressed on your heart to offer? Would you partner with us, stepping in faith to share in the work of caring for orphans? Your seemingly small gift is a treasure of hope for those who will receive it….

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gifts With A Purpose For Christmas

Needing a bit of help for Christmas gifts?

Idea Four - Partner with Caroline's Promise to complete a computer lab!

Our Christmas Break Team wants to complete the computer lab at Casita Adonai in Guatemala City. Your gift of $25 will help make that possible! With every gift you will receive a beautiful Christmas card to give your loved one, acknowledging the gift in their honor.

Begin making a difference here!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gifts With A Purpose For Christmas

Are you struggling to come up with a creative idea for Christmas gifts?

Idea Three - Help Put On A Roof!

Our partner school in Guatemala City, Casita Adonai is in desperate need of a new roof. During rainy season it pours into the school, damaging everything inside and causing health hazards for the children and teachers. Not only will a new roof provide safety, it will allow the school to add another floor of classrooms, therefore reaching more children. Your gift of $25 or more will help us complete the roof! With every gift you will receive a beautiful Christmas card to give your loved one, acknowledging the gift in their honor.

Begin Making a Difference Here!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gifts With A Purpose For Christmas

Needing ideas for Christmas?

Idea Two - Books For Kids!

Our kids in Plastic City live in extreme poverty. They are blessed to be able to attend school for free but many don't have the necessary supplies. Each child should have a set of text books but sadly, most of our kids in Plastic City do not. Your gift of $25 will purchase a set of text books that will not only help one child but will be used by younger siblings in the years to come. With every gift you will receive a beautiful Christmas card to give your loved one, acknowledging the gift in their honor.

Begin Making a Difference Here!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gifts With A Purpose For Christmas

Are you looking for a gift that will honor your loved ones and make a difference? Each day this week we will highlight a different way that you can give with purpose and help us reclaim hope for orphans!

Idea One: Teacher Gifts!

Are you scratching your head, trying to find a teacher gift for all those wonderful people who invest in your kids? What teacher needs another coffee mug or hand lotion? This Christmas Caroline's Promise is giving you a way to honor the teachers in your life while helping a teacher in Guatemala. When you donate $10 we'll use it to assist a teacher at our partner school in Guatemala City. These precious ladies make $120 a month and give so much to the kids at Casita Adonai. In return, we'll mail you a beautiful Christmas Card that you can give to your teacher, acknowledging the gift given in their honor.



Visit our Smarter Shopping (link here) page and choose "Honor a Teacher". For every $10 given we will send you a Christmas Card to give.

Begin Making a Difference Here!



This is a repost from December 2010

Pancakes with Santa!

Kick off the Holidays-have Pancakes with Santa!
Kernersville Wesleyan Church
Family Life Center
930 N. Main Street, Kernersville, NC
December 3, 2011
From 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m.

Help us build a roof at Casita Adonai in Guatemala. Casita Adonia is a school of 100 kids; it is in a challenging area in Guatemala City that is impacted by poverty, substance abuse and gangs. We are excited to help reclaim hope for these children.
Shop at our Fair Trade Market! Free Gift Wrap!

Tickets: Children under 12 $4.00
Regular ticket price $6.00

Bring your camera and enjoy a family friendly, stress-free
visit with Santa.
Presented by: Caroline’s Promise
www.carolinespromise.net

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Your gift of $25 can give sight to a child!

Last spring our partners in Guatemala told us that a lot of the children at their school, Casita Adonai were experiencing headaches. They wondered if it caused by poor vision. When we visited this summer we took eye charts with the goal of screening the children and then somehow finding a way to pay for eye exams for those who were having problems. One day we were out buying supplies and I asked our friend, Francisco if we could stop by the Vision Center at Wal Mart to see how much an eye exam would cost. He told me that his neighbor was an optometrist and before I knew it, he was on the phone, asking the doctor what he would charge to come to the school and give eye exams. I heard "100 kids" and almost freaked out! We couldn't afford eye exams for 100 kids!

When Francisco got off the phone he said "Oh I'm sorry. He was willing to come and do exams for all 100 but the price may change if you only do half of the kids."

"What was the price going to be for each child if he saw 100 kids?" I asked.

"$2.50" Francisco replied.

"What?! $2.50 for an eye exam? And he'll bring his staff and equipment to the school? Schedule him!"

What was amazing is that our team's plans had changed because of bad weather, leaving us with extra funds. Enough money to pay for all 100 children and their teachers to receive eye exams.


This is where you come in! The Doctor had the children choose glasses and he wrote prescriptions for the 40 kids who needed glasses. Your one time gift of $25 will purchase eyeglasses for one child! That's it......$25. Something so simple can change a child's life!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing story of God's provision, please follow the links to donate. You can even give this gift in honor or memory of someone. We will send them a card, acknowledging your gift in their honor, or we can mail the card to you so that you can give it to them personally! Thanks for partnering with us to provide sight to these precious children!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Free and Easy way to raise funds for Carolines Promise

This is going to be the easiest thing we’ve ever asked you to do!
We are part of GoodSearch.com and now every time you shop online or search the internet, a donation will be made to Caroline's Promise
Here’s how:
GoodShop.com works with more than 2,500 stores (including Target, Apple, Petsmart etc..) and every time you purchase something, a percentage will be donated to us! And, even more exciting, GoodShop also offers over 100,000 of the most up-to-date coupons and free shipping offers so you can save money at the same time. It’s win win.
GoodSearch is a Yahoo powered search engine which makes a donation to us each time you do a search.
Join the rest of our community in using these sites to help us easily raise money for our mission. Get started by clicking the “Become a Supporter” button (or whatever the badge says) here!
With online holiday shopping coming up you'll want to make sure you take the extra 5 seconds to goodshop for Caroline's Promise. And don't forget that you'll receive great discounts!

Thoughts From Our South Carolina Director

From our South Carolina Director, Rebecca:

The orphan crisis is often overlooked because it is so great. With over 143 million orphans under the age of 18 in the world today, it is easy to say, ?What difference can I make?? Christ said in Matthew 18:12 that the shepherd would be willing to search for one sheep. The orphan crisis has to be fought one orphan at a time through the care of orphans where they are at, as well as bringing them into loving families. Only one organization has enough reach, resources, and people to connect with every one of these children: the church.

If we, the Church, are to be an outpouring of God?s love to His people, than we cannot ignore the orphan crisis. We have to become involved in bringing hope to orphans around world. In James 1:27 we are told that pure religion is to ?visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction?, as Christ visited us when we were but sinners. We are to bring the fatherless before God in prayer and to get involved by trusting that God will use us and our resources to change lives worldwide. Matthew 25 tells us that whatever we do for the vulnerable and downtrodden we do for the King. Then He will say ?Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.?

In your pray time, ask God what your role in his work of caring for the fatherless should be. Once He has given you a vision, contact Caroline's Promise and we can help you get started in your work for the kingdom. Here are some ideas to pray about.

 Families to love and care for children in crisis.
 Organizers to help plan activities and events.
 Prayer Warriors to lift up orphans, adoptive families and foster families.
 Sponsors for a Guyana child?s Christmas gifts.
 Mentors to spend time nurturing foster children.
 Families and individuals to act as a support team for new adoptive and foster families.
 Individuals to serve as a liaison to their church to help the body minister to orphans.
 Professionals to give training in parenting and issues specific to adoptive and foster families.
 Fundraisers to seek out financial support for ministry activities.
 Adventurers to bless the fatherless in orphanages across the seas.
 Socialites to hold parties selling fair trade items.
 American teachers to train teachers in Guatemala.
 Those who wish to honor loved ones by giving a grant which will give a fatherless child a home.
To get involved with our SC chapter please contact RebeccaMoore@carolinespromise.net

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Free Adoption Seminar

Are you wondering if adoption is right for you and your family?


Join us for a free adoption seminar:


Saturday, November 12, 2011

10:00am-12:00pm

Westside Fellowship
1651 N. NC Highway 87
Elon, NC 27244

Register at AWAA.org/events

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Creative Ways To Make A Difference

This past September 60 women went to the beach for a time of relaxation, fellowship and learning. While there, they also made a difference to people they will probably never see in this life time. Fair trade items were featured at their retreat, making over $500 for our ministry. They also collected school supplies for our school in Guatemala, Casita Adonai. This is just another way to master the moments for eternity....not only were the women blessed, but became a blessing to others....
What opportunitites are you surrounded by, that could turn into a miracle for someone else?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bless A Child For Christmas!



Caroline's Promise partners with the church in Guyana, South America to minister to twenty orphans living in the Ruimveldt Children's Home. We want to help make Christmas special by providing gifts for these children. Would you consider blessing one for Christmas? This is not a long-term commtiment, just an opportunity to love a child in need during the holiday season.

You can partner with us by:

1. Choose one of the children below
2. Donate $25 toward that child's Christmas gift. Gifts will be purchased in Guyana by CP staff.
3. Send a photo and letter of encouragement that can be given with the gift.

Deadline is November 11.

You can mail your check and photo/letter to CP 1950 Beeson Road Kernersville, NC 27284 or
online at www.carolinespromise.net. Choose "make a donation" , one time donation, fund - Guyana orphan projects, $25. Please put the name of the child you would like to support in the comment box.
If you prefer you can email your letter and photo to LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.net


Angel - 6/7/03










Naiomie - 2/2/02


Travis 8/20/04


Steve - 3/11/06

Cassandra - 3/23/06


Kevin 1/11/02


Deanna 3/7/99


Tiffine 2/14/98

Kenisha 12/22/03

Tresua 1/9/03