Friday, October 25, 2013

Being a Child in Guatemala

Each day has been a day to watch Hunter. But on Sunday it was extra special as Hunter got to do many things with the children at the church and also in the community of Gerona.
Once arriving at the church some of the children that attend Casita came running up to him. Pablo and Marco are two boys that wanted Hunter to come and sit with them. So he joined in on the children’s lesson learning about Jesus by music and games. Hunter really enjoyed getting to sit in a circle with several of the children. “I got to give my first offering in a Guatemala church”, said Hunter.  It started to rain while at church and due to the holes in the roof water came in. But the people stayed in their seats and listened to the word of God. Really, it was raining so hard that you could hardly hear at one point but that didn’t make them leave. Hunter watched as the rain came in the church and school, even at one point saying “everything is getting wet”.
In the afternoon we went to Gerona with several of the parents and children from the church. Gerona is where Delmi and Carlos are working on a church plant. Each Sunday afternoon they go with youth from Casita to minister to the young children that need to hear about Jesus.  These children live in one of the worse places in Guatemala. Some are really dirty, young girls that are babies themselves carrying around babies, and very hungry. “Why are the little children my age carrying babies?”, asked Hunter? His daddy explained that most of the time the young children watch the babies so the parents can go to work. They don’t have babysitters here. 
The rain came down hard and before we knew it Hunter, Carlos and Mario were playing soccer in the rain, not with your average soccer ball. But it worked and they were having a blast. The more it rained, the harder they played. Hunter was being a kid getting to do what children in Guatemala do daily. Just because it rains doesn’t mean they don’t get to attend school, church, or play. When we got ready to leave, he stayed back and watched the children load the bus to ride down a muddy path.   “Mommy, why don’t they have a rain coat?” asked Hunter?
Hunter couldn’t believe how the children live and said,  “poor children have to walk in mud, live in metal tin and attend school or church even getting wet”.
Getting to ride on the bus with the children to Casita was a lot of fun.  Hunter enjoyed getting stuck in traffic for 30 minutes and learning traditional Guatemalan songs. At one point the people on the street were looking at our bus with a look of what is going on. These children were singing so loud.
Sunday was a great day to watch Hunter be a child in Guatemala.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Antigua

Saturday Hunter was able to get out and see another side of Guatemala. Antigua used to be the capital of Guatemala. A very tourisyt town, old buildings and stone walk ways. Hunter said the smell of Antigua reminded him of a Pig’s fart. Yes, we laughed.  While walking the streets he was able to see the ladies, gentlemen, and children begging for money.  At one point he went to McDonalds to get some fries which was a treat for him. When walking out he saw a mommy sitting with her daughter in the rain holding a bowl for money. He said can I please give the little girl my fries? We had to explain that you can’t. He was so sad. Hunter said to Tripp that if he was living in Guatemala, he thought he would be living on the streets. 

Later in the day, another team member Abby gave Hunter some dollars to give to the people as he was upset he couldn’t give them anything. Seeing the smile on his face as he was told he could help a little was amazing.  He walked by a daddy and a little boy earlier and wanted to make sure he gave them some money.  They stood out in his mind.  Then he continued down the street to see other people with children, no legs, or older grandmas needing money. He gave as he could to each. "A little is better than none"  said Hunter. 

Hunter got to visit another restaurant, along with seeing the history of Antigua as well. The church and the Arch he thought were really neat. But most of all, the water fountains were his favorite. They all were different, and in many different places throughout the mountain area. 

Today was a day that Hunter saw how blessed he is to be in the United States. He has way more than he would have ever had here.  "I know now what life would have been like in Guatemala" said Hunter. " I doubt I would be at a great school getting an education, playing with friends, and doing all the things I love. But most of all I am thankful that God gave me to my parents."  Not only was Hunter blessed today, the team was blessed to see it all through his eyes. Hunter enjoyed riding at the front of the bus, looking out the window, and being so open to new experiences. Hunter hopes you are enjoying following his journey in Guatemala. Check back to see how he will spend his Sunday.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Graduation Day in Guatemala

Today was the graduation for Prepa (graduating from Kindergarten), and 6th graders. It would be the last time that the 6th graders attend Casita. Hunter was able to be a part of the first graduation. It was really special! Esteban is a 6th grader that Hunter really bonded with during the last 2 days. He speaks English as well.  

The ceremony was beautiful with freshly made flowers by the ladies of the church. All the decorations that were made by the teachers were so beautiful.  Most of all Hunter enjoyed the handmade graduation hats.  What a special thing for him. 

 Hunter wanted to be a part of the ceremony and graduate with them. So he put a hat on his head and his daddy told him that he was now a graduate of Guatemala.

Hunter said the highlight of his day was going to his first Guatemalan restaurant with all the 6th graders. They all made him feel like he was a part of them. Having lunch with the big kids was pretty cool!  When asked what he learned today, he said that he was a lucky boy. He said seeing the Mommies cry hurt his feelings.  He understood because he just had his best friend move and now the 6ths graders won't be together anymore. They all have to make new friends and find their way around new places. 

Hunter hopes to go home and get the 30 children that are left at the school sponsored. He really wants to see smiles on their faces the next time he comes. Hunter saw many sad faces yesterday when they didn’t get packages from their sponsors or food bags. He wishes we could sponsor more than the 2 we already do. Are you willing to give up something once a month to help a child in need? Just $35 will make a huge difference in one child’s life. 

On Friday Hunter will get to see the sights and sounds of Guatemala. Check back to see what he thinks of his birth country.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Guatemala through Hunter's eyes

Hunter has been in Guatemala for 24 hours and has seen experienced a lot of firsta. This is the first time he has been back to his birth country in 7 years. So the sights and sounds were interesting to him at the airport. But the smile on his face was a great thing to be a part of. 

Wednesday afternoon after arriving, we got busy packing 70 plus bags of food for the children that are sponsored. The food will help provide for them during the next 4 months while school is out for the summer. Hunter worked really hard helping to separate the food and bag it.
He was then excited to see the dorm and where he would spend the next 5 nights. Before going to bed he told his daddy “my dream has come true, I get to see my country”.

Today, we visited the school where we gave out the bags of food and sponsor gifts to the children. To see their faces filled with happiness was great. Hunter enjoyed getting to see the school they attend, all while saying this is nothing like Rock Ridge (his school back in the states). He was able to see how they learn with limited supplies, and the conditions of the building . He said the part that made him sad was knowing they didn’t have a playground.  

But the highlight of his day so far has been to meet Luis and Nora,  the children that he writes letters to and shops for. Hunter fit right in with all the children, even doing crafts with them.  It was a special time to watch him meet, play and be with the children. Hunter would like to ask you all to pray for the children of Casita as he has seen first-hand what life is like and how lucky he is. 

Check back on Friday for a full day of exciting events that Hunter gets to be a part of.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Join us at these Orphan Sunday Events

Caroline's Promise is proud to be a part of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.  One of the most important tasks of the CAFO is to equip churches and inviduals to celebrate Orphan Sunday which will be November 3.  If your church or small group would like to help with this event please visit this site or contact us for ideas.  We can provide a special speaker or a display.

Please visit us at the following Orphan Sunday Events.  Our representatives will be there with ways to make a difference.  We will also have our fair trade items available for purchase.

Saturday, November 2 Beautiful Feet:  An Orphan Sunday Awareness Event.
                                      Music by George Denehy  4pm - 6pm  Durham, NC

Sunday, November 3 - First Christian Church Kernersville, NC 
                                     We will be a part of the exhibit booths in the fellowship hall before, during
                                      and after the worship services.  8am - 1pm

Saturday, November 9 - Wilson Community Church, Wilson, NC
                                      An Orphan's Hope featuring Tony Merida.  9:30am - 4:00pm

Sunday, November 10 - North Wake Baptist Church, Wake Forest, NC  6:30pm - 8:30pm

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Headed to Guatemala on Wednesday

Caroline's Promise takes several short term teams each year.  On October 16 a team of child sponsors will travel to Guatemala to be a part of Casita Adonai's first 6th grade graduation.  We appreciate your prayers for safety and health.  Will you also join us in praying that the families of the children will sense God's presence throughout the festivities?

Our team will deliver gifts to the kids from their sponsors, administer flouride to all students, meet with the women involved int he Threads of Hope Sewing Project, and make plans for 2014 partnership and ministry.

One of the projects we will explore is the possibility of taking a Heritage Trip in 2014.  This team will consist of adoptive families whose children were born in Guatemala.  Our team this week includes one such family - Tripp & Buffy Poole.  Their son, Hunter is 7 years old and was born in Guatemala in 2006.  He is in the second grade and is very active in church, school, and sports.  Hunter and his family have sponsored two children, Luis & Nora through Caroline's Promise for the past 3 years.

The last two summers Tripp and Buffy have traveled to Guatemala with their church to assist Caroline's Promise with ministry at Iglesia and Casita Adonai.  After returning this summer Hunter expressed a great deal of interest in going back to his birth country.  This week will be Hunter's first mission trip and his first trip back to Guatemala.  He hopes to get ideas on how to help the children of Guatemala receive a better education.  Be sure to check back this week for updates and to see Guatemala through Hunter's eyes!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Book Your Party With a Purpose Today!

We are excited about the beautiful fair trade items that are coming in each week!  We would love to help you host a party where your friends can learn about the individuals who made the items while shopping for Christmas.  Proceeds support our projects in Guatemala.

Ideas of places to host parties:
Small groups
Womens' Groups - Invite us to set up before your Holiday event
Mens' Groups - We'll even provide free gift wrap!
Teachers' lounges
In Home Parties

Contact us today at LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net