Tuesday, July 30, 2013

October Sponsor and Vision Trip To Guatemala!

Join us October 16-21 as we celebrate the VERY FIRST graduation of 6th graders at Casita Adonai in Guatemala city! The Preparatoria Class will also graduate. This trip is a great opportunity for sponsors to meet the children they support and spend time with their families.

If you are a Pastor or Youth Pastor, interested in taking your folks on a short term trip in the future, this is a great opportunity to learn about the work in Guatemala and how you can make a difference.

If you want to learn more about our microeconomic projects and povery alleviation, this trip is for you!

Here are some fast facts for the trip:

Date: October 16-21, 2013

Application and $100 no refundable deposit due by August 15.

Trip is open to adults, 18 and over and families with children 10 and up.

Cost: $600+airfare. (We can arrange your airfare which as of today is $640 from Greensboro, NC. Or you can arrange your own airfare with approval from us regarding arrival/departure times. If you choose to come ONLY for the graduation, you can deduct $50 from each night that you are NOT in Guatemala City.) The $600 covers travel insurance, room, meals, and ministry expenses. The only other items you would need to budget for are souvenirs and one meal in the airport before and after arriving in Guatemala.

Contact us here to register and for more information!

Monday, July 22, 2013

5K Walk For Casita August 10th!

On August 10th, there will be a 5k family walk at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax, NC. The proceeds for the walk will go towards the building project at Casita Adonai. It is only $15 to register, and the walk will begin at 8:30. This can be a family activity; kids can ride their bikes or walk with their parents. If interested, contact Wanda King at: wking@wakehealth.edu for more information and to register. To give a donation, click here! Fair Trade Items will be set up on site for you to shop after you walk! Come out and join us!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yard Sale This Saturday For Casita!

Wilson Community Church sent a team of 10 people to Guatemala June 21-29th for the 2nd year in a row. The team partnered with Caroline's Promise out of Kernersville, NC founded by Lisa and David Holbrook. While in Guatemala they worked at a school in the worse part of the city. 

Casita Adonia provides a Christian education to 125 children in grades pre-k through 6th. The school is over crowded and has no room to add additional classes.  Also, the current school is in rough condition (half the building is missing a roof and the other half has leak holes; water and power isn't safe; there is only a small room for the children to play, as it isn't safe for them to be outside for Physical Education). So Caroline's Promise has been working for the last year to raise $100,000 to build a new school for the children to attend. Currently, they have raised half of what is needed.

"These children captured the hearts of many on our team, so we want to help them continue their education." said Buffy Poole-team leader.  WCC's Guatemala missions is taking the step this Saturday to help raise the remaining funds.There will be a Yard Sale starting at 7am in the parking lot of Wilson Community Church. 100% of the proceeds will go toward the missions for Casita Adonia. Please come out and support this great cause. If you would like to make a donation you may mail them to Caroline's Promise 1950 Beeson Rd. Kernersville, NC  attn: building fund.

 If they want more information about WCC's Guatemala Missions they may contact Buffy Poole @t_bpoole@hotmail.com

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lessons learned...

Buenos Dias a todos! Today, we are saying our goodbyes to many of our friends here who have been a part of our lives for the last week. It can be very sad for us, but we are encouraged to know that the ministry here will carry on through these people. We have been so blessed by the people of Iglesia Adonai and Casita Adonai, and we are excited to share these blessings with those of you at home.

Yesterday, our team spent some time listing ten events or things that stood out to them from this week. Of those ten things, they were asked to pick their top three things and ask God what He was teaching them. After spending time praying about our trip, these are the things we shared with one another:

"Everyone has a story full of pain, but God is enough- His love is enough."

"God will provide when I or others can't provide for me."

"God is the 'I Am,' and He is enough for me."

"I am enough, God's love is enough, and He is sufficient. He provided healing for me."

"God taught me to listen to Him when He speaks."

"God taught me that I am good enough. I am beautiful in his eyes because he doesn't make ugly things. He taught me to let go because I can't do it on my own. He has control and will never fail me."

"God is faithful to provide. He provided joy, awareness, multiplied time, rest from disappointments, friends, money, an expanded heart, healing, incredible instruction, and truth." Phil. 4:9

"Everything God provides is a gift to be used for His glory."

"God showed me how faithful He is in my life."

"Everything I think about myself is nothing compared to what God thinks of me."

God told me, "I will heal you and I will set you free. So, trust me and let me into the places you need healing."

"I'm not alone; I have God who loves me and shows me joy."

"God taught me to fall in love with Him. He will never leave or disappoint me. I'm most important to Him."

"God broke my pride and asked me to give Him the glory for the gifts He has given me."

"You should try to get as close to the kids as you can because you don't have a lot of time to spend with them."

Thank you all so much for the support you have given us! We have felt your prayers and love towards us over the course of this week. Dios te bendiga!

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Breath of Fresh Air

This week God blessed us with the opportunity to take the sixth grade class on their graduation trip to Lake Atitlan. We all piled into the bus and made the four hour trek to one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala. The kids were bursting with excitement and anticipation! The drive up the mountain was filled with the grandness and beauty of our God. The pictures taken cannot pay the workmanship of our Creator the justice He deserves. The two days spent at the lake were filled with laughter, silliness, family, GREAT food, pool time, and tie-dye!

Being a part of this trip and seeing the joy on each of the kids faces reminded me of a cherished time in my life. I grew up with a family that loved me with everything they had to give. I attended a small private school and most of my friends had more than they could ever ask for. But my family struggled financially and there were many times when we could not enjoy some of the same luxuries. My younger brother got a once in a lifetime chance to make a wish through Make-A-Wish. At first he wished for putt-putt, but after a little bribing and prodding from my other brother and myself, he wished for a trip to Disney World. That trip to Disney World meant everything to my brother and my family. To this day, I can still remember vividly moments from that trip, and I will remember them for the rest of my life. It will be the same for these precious children of Guatemala.

As I watched the sixth graders enjoy every moment of the trip to Lake Atitlan, my heart filled with joy. Some of these kids go home not knowing if they will have dinner that night. Some of these kids have to fetch water to fill up the sink outside in order to take a bath in the cold air of the morning. Some of these kids have never had the opportunity to get out of the city to breathe a breath of fresh air. These kids are the future of their community. They have been taught to dream big. They have been taught to believe that God will work through them, even in the small things. They have been taught that through Jesus, they will bring light and healing to their community.

These humble words of Paul were shared with the sixth graders as they move to a new school and face new challenges:

"I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, BUT I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward - to Jesus. I'm off and running and I'm not turning back." -Philippians 3.12-45, The Message

Written by Jess Haydt

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Thoughts from the girls regarding camp

We asked the girls to share their thoughts about camp.  Hope you enjoy!

"I learned to forgive.  Listening to the testimonies made me reflect on what I've done in the past."

"This camp was such a blessing for each one of the girls that came.  God showed us that we should forgive, like how He forgives us.  God has a plan for us and He loves us."

"This camp was such a blessing for me.  It was the first camp of girls that I've been to.  All that I learned has challenged me to share and teach others.  It was a marvelous group.  God bless you!"

"Thank you for everything.  God bless you and your families.  I carry a pretty picture of the camp and forgiveness now exists in me."

"I learned to value and accept myself how I am, to forgive all the bad things I've done.  I am now a new girl and I feel happy with God!  Thanks to God!"

"It was a wonderful experience to get to know each purpose God has for each girl.  I can also share in a closer way with others!  I also had a lot of fun!"

"Forgive.  I don't have words to express my immense thankfulness for you!  Because without thinking, you have blessed us greatly.  I thank God for angels like you!  Many of us have learned to be much closer to God.  We love you very much!"

"This camp has been a big blessing because God spoke to us.  We are all perfect because God created us, and all He creates is perfect.  We need to love ourselves how we are and be happy how we are.  We also need to forgive ourselves and the people who have hurt us."

"This camp helped set me free from the chains I have been burdened with until now and today I will start a new life!"

"God showed me that it was time to clean the rooms inside my house, especially one particular room that needs renovation.  And that it was time to start forgiving myself for what is inside this room.  Thank you for sponsoring this camp.  May God continue using all of you to spread His kingdom and that your life and family be blessed and surprised every day by his unfailing love.  Thank you very much!"

To every person who prayed for gave a financial gift to make this camp possible - thank you!

Monday, July 8, 2013

What love is this, that you gave your life for me?

God did something amazing this weekend. He showed us all that He has more in store for us than we think.

Things were not going as we originally planned. A huge thunderstorm slowed down the arrival of the girls, but that gave us more time to prepare for them. When the girls finally got there 2 hours later, we
checked them in and introduced ourselves to our group. We got them settled and had dinner soon after. The first service of the night was on the foundations we create and what we believe ourselves. There was a girl there, Tiffany, who spoke fluent English and translated for Lisa. We all wrote down the good and bad things we believed about ourselves. I noticed that the two girls next to me had a lot to say for both good and bad. I had an even amount for both, but what broke my heart was seeing how many more things they both had for their column of bad beliefs. Lisa taught us that all those bad beliefs were lies from the depths of hell, and we have to tell ourselves that every time we think something bad about ourselves. This first night was a learning experience, diving straight into the girls' hearts to find the pain they had kept closed up inside abandoned rooms of their "house."

The next day we had breakfast, service, stations, lunch, free time, dinner, and another service.
  • Stations: we had 4 stations that we had the girls go to on a rotation in their groups. There was dance, physical fitness, baking, and crafts. Valerie taught each group a dance for different parts of the song "Healer" by Kari Jobe. Kristen and Rebekah led physical fitness, which was fun to watch all the girls doing jumping jacks and squats. Then at baking, Jess and Sarah helped the girls decorate cupcakes that we had made Thursday night. Anna and Rebekah provided materials for the girls at the crafts station to decorate a picture frame along the theme of "YO SOY," or "I am." There were words the girls could cut out to paste to the frame, and later that night we would have the girls dress up for dinner and pictures to print for the frames.
  • Service : Forgiveness. Kari Jobe has a song called "What Love is This," which is where the title of this blog comes from. Lisa used the song to tell the girls that God's love is enough for us, especially when we feel like it isn't. She had them write down on a card about someone they needed to forgive or something they needed to let go. Then we took them outside and they tied their cards to balloons that had lights in them. When they let the balloons go, it was to represent forgiveness, because you're set free from the bondage unforgiveness brings. 

The last morning we had with the girls, a woman shared her testimony in the last service. Coming from a Guatemalan woman, it was comforting to hear how God completely turned her life around after having a miserable childhood. After praying for and thanking the team, we had our last meal with the girls. Bonding with them was a little hard that weekend because of the language barrier, but somehow we managed by the last day to make friends and connections.

All the work we put into this girls camp paid off, and all the glory goes to God for making it all possible.
Written by Michaela Bate

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What is the food like?

Stephanie - "I can always find something to eat. Even my son who is very picky can find something that he enjoys."

Susan and Sami - "The food is different and always good. Delmi fixes local food along with my favorites like lasagna.

Anna - "I like the fact that the food Delmi cooks involves both American and Guatemalan culture, such as hotdogs in the tortillas."

Caroline - "I like that I don't have to eat everything but I can try different foods."

The ladies in the kitchen always work hard for the teams.