Thursday, May 29, 2014

Looking for a cool VBS Project?

 Is your church looking for a cool VBS project? We can help you choose a project and promote it with your kids this summer. We can even provide a special speaker to get your kids motivated! Our new school is under construction and your kids can help us by raising funds for desks, bulletin boards, write on/wipe off boards or funds can be applied to the second level of the school!

Or you can raise funds to help provide food to kids living in our newest project area - Gerona.  These kids are malnourished and our partner church is looking for ways to provide nutritional meals for them.  Any amount raised by your church can help provide these families with staples like beans, rice, milk, cooking oil, and other items that will not only feed the kids but their families too!

If you would like more information please contact LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.net for details!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Send a Kid to Camp!

In the past Caroline's Promise has had the privilege of hosting summer camp for our kiddos in Guatemala.  These camps have been amazing opportunities for the kids to get away from the city and really be kids.  We've seen so many of them accept Jesus into their hearts and many others start the healing process from the difficult lives that they live.

This year we will host camp for 25 kids from our partner church, Iglesia Adonai and 25 from the church they are planting in an area called Gerona.  For the first time these two sister churches will combine and we are excited about the possibilities!

One of our summer mission teams will partner with the young adult leaders at Iglesia Adonai  to offer this experience of a lifetime!

We have lots of sports, art, and dance classes to keep them busy.  But most importantly they will hear how Jesus loves and has a special purpose for them.  Camp for each child is $50.  Will you help us make this camp possible?  Your tax deductible gift of any amount is greatly appreciated!  Donate  online and choose one time gift and the fund "Guatemala Orphan Projects".  Please put the word "camp" in the comment box.  Thank you for investing in these kids!  Deadline to sponsor is June 1. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Walk next Saturday to benefit Casita Adonai!

On Saturday, May 17, there will be a 5k family walk at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax, NC. This is the 3rd annual walk for this group with the proceeds for the walk going 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  or 336-399-2254 for more information and to register.  Fair Trade Items will be set up on site for you to shop after you walk! Come out and join us!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

October Trip to Guatemala

We are excited about our October Team to Guatemala!  There will be two options for this trip.

Family Team - Parent(s) and kids ages 10 and up.  October 23 - 27  Cost:  $700 plus airfare

Construction Team - Ages 18 and up.  October 22 - 29  Cost:  $850 plus airfare

Both teams will participate with graduation at Casita Adonai, visit our partner church, Iglesia Adonai, and their outreach program in the community of Gerona.  There will be lots of hands on involvement with the kids and if you sponsor a child through Caroline's Promise you will be able to visit with them and their family.  A day trip to the city of Antigua is included. 

The construction team will help with the final work to be done on the new building for the church and school.

If you are interested please contact LisaHolbrook@carolinespromise.net or 336-669-7340.

Application and $100 deposit are due by August 1, 2014.  You can access the application here. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Reflections from Grace



When I was 15 I went on my first mission’s trip to Colombia, South America with my church. I had never really thought about doing missions work until this opportunity came about. On this trip I kept praying for God to do something crazy, but my definition of crazy is different from God’s. One night in service I was off to the side watching people worship, pray, and seek after the Lord. I was just watching and all of the sudden I heard God say to me, “This is what you will be doing with the rest of your life and I am going to start preparing you for your future.” In that moment I wasn’t too sure of what that meant but over the years God has slowly but surely been revealing his Plan for my life.

After this first trip, I began looking for other missions opportunities. A spot opened up on a Caroline's Promise Guatemala team a few months before the week long trip. I went on this trip and was absolutely in love with the people, the culture, the scenery, everything. This trip really began to bring me out of my shell and gave me an idea of what type of mission work I wanted to do in the future. The next year I went back for two and a half weeks and experienced such amazing growth in God and in my faith.

After getting home from that trip I was so eager to go again but for longer than a week or two. I was taking a gap year and needed to figure out what was next. I began talking to my mom about things I could do and she said, “Why not talk to Lisa and see if you can go for a few months?” So I started talking to Lisa about the internship and everything just fell into place and before I knew it, it was January 17th and we were in the airport ready to leave!

 While here we taught English, music, computer, and drama classes to about 150 students each day. We built strong relationships with the teachers at Casita and with the young adults at Iglesia Adonai. I was reassured that this is what I am supposed to do with my life. What the kids and others in Guatemala don’t understand is the way they blessed me and changed me. I think about this trip every day and of all of the amazing things they taught me and showed me. How to love in a new way, how to care in a new way, and dream in a new way. How truly inspiring each of them are to me.

Readjusting has been pretty difficult the past month. I love seeing my family and loved ones but ache for my family in Guatemala. I also miss speaking in Spanish every day! But I know that home is where God wants me right now. In the fall I will be attending UNC-Greensboro and majoring in Nursing and minoring in foreign language. I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life and see where he takes me over the next four years.

Although a (rather) short blog post cannot do justice to the things I have learned I hope you all understand just a little of what God revealed to us on this trip. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us, supported us, and thought of us throughout our time in Guatemala and even now as we are adjusting to life back in the States. Rebecca and I are so grateful for the opportunity we had and it is something we will never forget. Dios te bendiga! 

If you are interested in applying for an internship with Caroline's Promise please contact us at Lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net