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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…

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 o…

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
OurGifts with a Purpose allow you to donate to Caroline's Promse in ho…

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…

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 t…

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!



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!

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!

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.Begi…

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

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…

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 yo…

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 …

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

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?

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 LisaHolbr…