Monday, November 26, 2012

Gifts With a Purpose

 Our Gifts With a Purpose have been a hit the past two years!  We are excited to offer three life changing gifts for 2012.  With each donation you will receive this beautiful Christmas Card to give to your loved one, acknowledging that a gift was made in their honor.



    Teacher Gifts:  $10

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.

 Help Build a School in Guatemala:  $25

Our partner school in Guatemala City is in desperate need of a new building.  Your gift of $25 or more will help make that possible!

Support Kids in Guyana:  $25
Your gift of $25 or more will support kids in Guyana, South America!
Order your Gifts with a Purpose today!




Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Deals at Caroline's Promise

In honor of Cyber Monday we have decided to slash prices on some of the items in our online store.

Several of our t-shirts are only $10 and many of our fair trade items have been discounted!
Check out beautiful jewelry and gift items including frisbees, bags, and Christmas ornaments!
Visit the store and receive FREE SHIPPING on any purchase!  No coupon code needed!






 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Emma Song has a forever family - thanks to you!




     As I write this, our three children are building a tent in the living room
out of sofa cushions, and I am reminded how much our lives have changed in
these past seven years.  Our adoption journey to China began in the fall
of 2005.  My husband and I were both teachers at a Christian school in
North Carolina and had struggled with infertility for eleven years.  We
decided to adopt from China as the process was relatively quick and we
knew other families in the community who had adopted wonderful little
Chinese girls.  Our paperwork was logged into the Chinese system in August
of 2006 and we expected to go at any time.  However, the adoption wait
inexplicably lengthened.  As each new school year began, I would say to
myself, this will be my last year of teaching, and next year I will stay
home with my little girl.  But as months lengthened into years, my dreams
of being a mother faded.
  I watched my students graduate, get married and
have children while I waited for my fortieth birthday to come.

     In January of 2008, we were fingerprinted yet again and had our home study
again updated, hoping this would be the last time.  In February, I
discovered I was pregnant, just weeks before I turned forty.
  Amazed and
cautious, we allowed ourselves to dream again of biological children, and
Autumn Grace was born October 24, 2008.  I finally had my desire fulfilled
of leaving the professional world and staying at home with a child.  The
following summer, when she was only seven months old, I discovered I was
pregnant with our second child
. Ronald Woodrow was born March 9, 2010.
During this time, we maintained our conviction that the Lord still wanted
us to keep our commitment to the unknown little daughter from China whom
we had dreamed of now for three years.  As Autumn and Ronnie, our miracle
children, grew, our adoption agency went bankrupt and our paperwork was
transferred to CCAI.  Finally, right before Christmas of 2011, we received
our referral for Song Jie Jiang
, from the Guangdong Province.  We were
faced with the reality that we did not come close to having the money we
needed, as every expense for this leg of the journey had increased
significantly, and we were now a modest one-income family of four. Yet we
were still convinced that God had called us to bring this little girl into
our home.  In faith, we accepted the referral and knew that somehow, we
would be going to China.

     We applied for two grants, Show Hope and Caroline’s Promise, trying not to
think of the possibility that we would not have the money we needed when
the time came.  As our travel date approached, we saw the Lord’s
affirmation of our commitment.  The day I received our phone call from
Lisa Holbrook was a wonderful day
. I called my husband at work to let him
know the Lord was answering our prayers. We also received a grant from
Show Hope, and a friend of mine, who had adopted two older girls from
China, incorporated a “Silver for Song” fundraiser into a local ballet
performance.  By the time we were ready to travel, through grants,
donations from family and friends, and the fundraiser, the Lord had
provided $12,000 for our adoption.
  We were amazed at the Lord’s gracious
provision.  We saw beyond a doubt that where He leads He will provide. 
We had never seen such a personal and incredible answer to prayer.
     Throughout our whole trip, we saw the Lord’s hand. Before our flight to
Hong Kong, we realized we were traveling with another Christian couple
from Franklin, TN, who were with our agency and staying with us in
Guangzhou.  The rest of our trip went very smoothly and we were so
encouraged to see how many other Christian couples had felt God’s call to
personally care for orphans.  Our little Emma Song (our song of joy) was
given to us on July 16, 2012
.  She was sixteen months old, subdued and
scared.  She spent a few days grieving, but after only four days, she
flashed her first smile and began to win our hearts.  When I look at her
today, just three months later, I see a different little girl than the one   
we first saw.  Having only been bottle fed until we got her, she now
already eats regular food and has lost her gaunt, sad face.  Her body is

rounded and her intelligent eyes express confidence and happiness.  Her
temper tantrums have largely subsided and she knows several English words.
She is truly a member of our family.  And though I know God blessed us
with two biological children, I see He gave them to Emma as well.  She
came home to two adoring playmates who are very close to her in age.  They
play well together and she has already learned so much from them.  We are
so thankful for those who helped us obey God’s call to bring this
little wonder into our lives.  We are blessed.

 

Monday, November 12, 2012

You can give Christmas to orphans in Guyana this year!



 You can help give Christmas to orphans in Guyana this year.  Caroline's Promise is partnering with missionary, Angie Hemric and two Guyanese churches to provide Christmas parties and gifts to some of that country's neediest children. 
 
 Your donation of $10 will provide a Christmas party and gift (purchased in Guyana) for our kids living in Plastic City and at the Ruimveldt Children's Home & Care Centre.
 To donate:
1) Go to www.carolinespromise.net
2) Choose “Make a Donation”
3) Choose “One time donation”
4) Choose fund “Guyana Orphan Projects”
5) Enter $10 per child
6) In the Comments section, please write “Guyana Christmas” and follow the prompts to complete your transaction.
 
Thanks for reclaiming hope for orphans!

Monday, November 5, 2012

We Can't Do This Without You



We’ll never be able to do this.
Without YOU!
God has given us a monumental vision and goal to raise $80,000 to help construct a new building for Casita Adonai in Guatemala City.   We’re answering His challenge with a fundraising campaign called “Hope Grows”.  The task ahead of us is HUGE!  But! We know that with Christ, all things are possible.  And, the Lord is already showing us that He provides where He guides
.  
In the past week some exciting developments have taken place!  The Church in Guatemala City has committed to join us in raising the funds.  In fact, the ladies in our new Sewing Ministry each donated $40 to the campaign!  This is amazing considering these ladies do not have jobs and if they did, they would probably earn less than $2 a day!  It reminds us of the Scripture in 2 Corinthians, where Paul tells the church in Corinth how generous the suffering church in Macedeonia had been with their offerings, saying, “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own...” (2 Corinthians 8:2-3)
We were also very excited to learn that Summit Church in Kernersville, NC is having their kids fill Caroline's Promise banks for the month of November.  They average 350 kids and each bank holds approximately $85.00.  If each kid fills their bank this will be close to $30,000! That will leave us with only $50,000 to raise and then we can begin construction!
Now, this is where you come in.  We are looking for 50 people or groups of people that will commit to raise $1000 each by December 2.  Will you join us?  We’ve provided a list of creative and easy ways to raise $1000.  You can join this team by emailing us at LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net or joining the Hope Grows Guatemala Facebook Page.  We hope to encourage one another and pray through this Facebook Group, so join today and share how you are going to raise $1000.
Thank you, in advance, for helping to Grow Hope for the kids at Casita Adonai!

                                                                                
Creative Ways to Raise $1000
Gold Party:  Invite your friends to donate their old gold jewelry and then sell it.
Water Bottles of Dimes:  Did you know that if you fill a regular water bottle with dimes it equals $100?  Invite 9 friends to join you and you’ve got an easy $1000!
10 x 10 ask:  Ask 10 people to ask 10 people to give $10
House Party:  Invite friends to a dinner party, progressive dinner or theme night and let them know in advance that you will be collecting donations for this cause.  Let them know your goal of $1000.  Show our Hope Grows Video or invite a Caroline’s Promise representative to share with your group. 
Christmas for a Cause: Talk to your extended family and suggest that instead of giving each other gifts, give to the Hope Grows Campaign.
Yard Sale:  Clean out and have a yard sale.
Car Wash:  Get a group of friends together and hold a car wash
Ebay And Amazon:  Clean out and sell items on Ebay or Amazon
Bake Sale
Corporate Matching Gifts:  Check with your employer to see if they offer matching gifts to non-profits.
Church:  Present the Hope Grows Campaign to your church and ask if they have mission funds to give
Raffle:  Host a raffle – Christmas is a great time to offer great gifts
Events:  Get a group of friends, youth or ladies group and host a meal as a fundraiser
Sell Something:  It’s a great time to sell things on craigslist
Don’t forget to join our facebook page – Hope GrowsGuatemala and share how you are raising your $1000.  Or email us at LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net