Tuesday, July 15, 2014

October 2014 Trip to Guatemala

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

Family Team - Parent(s) and kids ages 10 and up.  Teens under 18 who have been before are welcome on this team.  Any adults 18 and over who are not part of a "family" that is going are welcome as well. 
 October 22 - 27  Cost:  $750 plus airfare
(Thursday – help prepare for Graduation; afternoon in Antigua,  Friday – Graduation, Saturday – Community Children’s Festival, Sunday – Church & Gerona Project,  Monday – Depart). 

Construction Team - Ages 18 and up.  October 20 - 27  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 trip to the city of Antigua is included. 

The construction team will help with the 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 15, 2014.  You can access the application here. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Camp Team Final Update

Now that we have all arrived home safely, our team would like to share our experiences of the past week. We have been reshaped by Christ, and we are excited to share these phrases with you. After asking each team member what God taught this them week, this is what they shared:

"During my trip to Guatemala, God taught me..."

Kaitlyn – “...that He is the Almighty God, and His plans can never be destroyed.”

Brenda – “...that God is with us, God is always with us, and He is mighty to save. “

Mark – “...In order to serve others in the name of the Lord, you have to put aside all your needs to truly serve them.”

Drayton – “...that I can fully rely on God.  Little things like food and sickness do not matter.”

Aimee – “...that these kids don’t own much but these kids have love, which means they have everything."

Jim – “...to see God’s kingdom come through all the different groups and gifts of the people. “

Jen – “...You don’t need to speak the same language to show love.”

Clark – “...Love is a universal language. “

Rebecca – “...how much I need to knock down barriers to show the love of God to others back home. “

Jason – “...there is no barrier that can stop the work of God, and I cannot use language as an excuse not to share Christ in Guatemala or at home."

Brooke Soutter – “...No matter whom you are or your problems in life, God will always love you. “

Sarah – “...to strive more for an unselfish, sacrificial attitude of love towards others. He taught me to listen more to God’s voice, particularly the prompting of the Holy Spirit and to follow through in obedience, which results in blessing, most importantly spiritual blessing.”

Monty – “...to help to lead others to see, to be apart of, and share his great love in order to experience what the kingdom looks like here on earth. “

Melissa – “...there is no after if there is no before. No time in my life is wasted. I can only grow and learn. Jesus gave his life for me and that changes everything. All will be ok here, home and in my heart. God will not let me go and I will seek after his heart forever. “

David – “...to let my guard down, and to step out of my comfort zone, knowing that God has me.”

Ryan – “…that I need to learn to hold on to what God has given me with an open hand. “

Jamie – “…to trust Him.”

Libby – “…that we are not different. We are the same book with a different cover.”

Riley – “…that love is patient. You need to use it but at the right time. “

Natalie – “…how to get out of my comfort zone.”

Rob Jewell – “…about hope and how it comes through despair and joy. “

Trish – “…that Jesus is enough for me.”

Rob – “…that He was during the work, not me. I am responsible for planting the seeds and he is responsible for making them grow.

Anna – “…that I am a work in progress and God loves me enough to mold me for his plan. “

Brooke St. Clair– “…He always provides.”

Steve – “… to grieve with the grieving and to learn how a team of 30 could work as a team of laborers. The sweet spirit of Christ is in every moment. Wherever we meander in life, God has already lit our path.”

Eric – “…that even in this dark world, all you really need is a little bit of hope and a little bit of faith. God is there. “

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Camp Team End of the Week Update

We send our greetings to everyone back at home! We hope you are all doing well, and we appreciate your continued prayers.

Yesterday, we made the trip to Lake Atitlan with the sixth graders from Casita Adonai. Upon arriving at the lake, they were excited to see the pool and all the activities they could do. We had a ton of fun playing volleyball in the pool, soccer, and jumping on the trampoline. The kids loved Panajachel and enjoyed their time today while shopping in the market.

We were privileged to share a devotional time with our students last night. We were able to speak with them about making good decisions and taking next steps in their life. We are very excited to share that many students were touched by our words and decided to start putting Christ first in their daily decisions.

Tomorrow, we will be finishing our time this week by completing construction projects and praying over the current building. We are asking God to bless this church and school community with the building license needed to begin the process.

As we finish our time here in Guatemala, we will also use tomorrow to remember our favorite memories and how they correlate with what God has taught us. We are excited to share this information with you in our next post!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Can I really make a difference?

This was my first mission trip to Guatemala. I visited Guatemala about 8 years ago during the adoption of our daughter, Katie. This was also her first trip back to Guatemala.  I felt God was calling me to go on this trip, and God worked out the time I needed off work and provided financially for our whole family of four to go.

Leading up to the weeks and days before the trip, I began to question why I should go, because I felt I would not make a difference. I thought, anyone can do what I am going to do. If I am not there, someone else will be right there to do the exact same thing. Plus, there seemed to be several unexpected things that came up, and I wondered if I should be home to take care of them. That was my way out, and they seemed like good reasons (excuses) to stay home.

So I was going into the trip with that mindset, and I was ready to go home in the first day or two. I had already decided that I would not come back again. I figured what I was doing probably wasn’t making much difference anyway.

During that week, God spoke to my heart, especially through small things and experiences. I went in thinking that it had to be big events and big circumstances to really make a difference.

But what God taught me is that it is the little things and unplanned moments that really make the difference, especially in the lives of those precious children.

Unplanned time playing soccer with the kids with a water bottle instead of a ball, blowing bubbles in the hallway of the school while they waited to be picked up by their parents, doing a math contest to help with math skills, trying to speak Spanish, or playing basketball with Pastor Carlos and our great bus drivers.

Would someone else be there if I weren’t in those exact same spots at those same times? Maybe, but probably not.

God placed me in those circumstances at those exact moments in time. And yes, I did make a difference.

I thought I had my mind all made up at the beginning of the trip, but God worked on me and cared for me and told me, I do make a difference.

You might ask...Would I go back?

The answer is yes.

God has taught me more about the value of building relationships and that I really do make a difference. I can make a big difference with small acts.

Don’t believe Satan’s lies that you are not enough, or that you don’t have the skills to make a difference. You may miss out on a blessing, or many blessings. 

                                                                                - John DiMora