Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Threads of Promise Begins in the Community of Gerona!

Many of you know about our life changing Threads of Promise sewing ministry.  For the past few years, women in the church and school community of Adonai have attended three months of classes and Bible study.  At these weekly lessons they not only learn a valuable trade, but they also build relationships with Jesus and with one another!  When they graduate they are able to sell items that they have made.  The money earned is combined with the $125 given by sponsors from the United States.  The women don’t just receive a new sewing machine and women’s devotional Bible, but they also gain dignity, community, and a way to support their families. 



We are thrilled that the Threads of Promise program has expanded into the community of Gerona.  There are six ladies who have been attending classes and will graduate in June.  Our teacher, Oneida, continues to share how these ladies have been blessed by the opportunity and the fellowship.  

We are looking for three sponsors who would give $125 each.  Your gift, combined with the money they earn from products they make, will allow them to graduate in June.  If you would like to sponsor one of these ladies, click the link here to donate online.  Choose the fund "Guatemala Orphan Projects" and write "Sewing" and the lady’s name in the comment box.  




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Items Needed for Summer Ministry in Guatemala

Are you doing a little spring cleaning?  Before you make a trip to the local thrift store, be sure to check out our list of items that we will need for our summer mission trips.  

All items need to be delivered to our office at 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville, NC no later than May 13

Items Needed:
  • Basketballs and pumps
  • Net bags to carry basketballs
  • Band instruments (we can provide a receipt for tax purposes)
  • School supplies
  • Teacher supplies – our teachers can use anything! 
  • Model Magic
  • Water colors
  • Large paper – 11x16
  • Craft glue
  • Sharpies
  • Gift items for women:  bath products, kitchen items, linens, jewelry, Christian books and CDs in Spanish, scarves



Monday, April 27, 2015

Honor Your Mom by Sending a Mom to Camp!

One of the ways that Caroline’s Promise supports our partners in Guatemala is to invest in its leaders.  In the past we have offered camps and retreats for kids, teens, and young women.  2015 is the year that we will pour into the women!  We have a special mission team of ladies that will hit the ground running in June.  

Their first stop will be to take ten women who are leaders in our partner church on a retreat.  This event will be extra special as we pour into them, making sure that they are grounded in their relationship with Jesus and experiencing His love and healing.

Once we return to the city those ten leaders will join us and together we will have a retreat for women from the church and from the community of Gerona where they are planting a church.  Many of these women don’t have a bed to sleep in and often only have one simple meal a day.  And yet at this camp they will be safe, well fed, and loved on!  We can’t wait to see them bask in God’s presence and know that they are loved!


We are expecting God to do miracles in this week of ministry and we need your help!  We are looking for 75 sponsors who are willing to invest $25 each in the life of a mama in Guatemala.  This would be a great way to honor your mom on Mother’s Day!  Or perhaps you’re just a woman who believes in women.  Whatever your reason, we want to thank you in advance for showing love to our mamas in Guatemala. 

For information on how to donate by mail or online, visit our donation site by clicking here.  For giving online, choose the fund "Guatemala Orphan Projects" and in the comment box please write "Camp."

Be sure to note if you are making the donation in honor or memory of someone and give the address.  If you are giving more than $25 and honoring more than one person please write the names and addresses in the comment box or send us an email at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net.  We will send a card to the honoree, acknowledging the gift given in her honor.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Thoughts from a Guatemala Team Member

By Tonya Bramblett

As we prepared our family to journey to Guatemala on a missions trip, I was asked to do some teacher training. I felt completely overwhelmed by this but also felt God had already begun nudging me in this direction. I just didn't feel quite capable and had reservations about my own ability. Still, I agreed, knowing He often gives me opportunities outside of my comfort zone.

When first arriving at Casita we were honored with presentations by some of the classes. The kids did a great job and the teachers were obviously very proud. The classrooms were decorated with fun crafts, and the atmosphere was great for learning. I was able to witness the interactions between students and teachers throughout the week, before the day of teacher training. What I witnessed was genuine love, hope, and desire to educate the kids.  

The night before the training I was so nervous. I hardly slept. I prayed a lot. That morning, I opened my Bible and reread the scriptures God had laid on my heart (Philippians 1:6, 1 Corinthians 13:13). I wanted these teachers to know that the work they are doing is POWERFUL - that these children are going to grow up and change Guatemala and the world because of their labors. I wanted to thank them for investing. What an incredible investment they are contributing to the Kingdom of God.  

I thought that I had prepared a lot, but I had not prepared enough. I intended on speaking about the three main learning styles:  auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. I also talked some about ways to help the right and left brain function and work more as a whole. I demonstrated and had the teachers practice some of these exercises. I reminded the teachers some of the best learning opportunities come from stories. Stories are more remembered when the students become involved. I decided the best way to explain was to demonstrate with a simple tale. We acted out The Three Pigs and laughed a lot. I changed some of the story a bit. At the end of the story I told the teachers that just like the brick house (that was safe and warm for the pigs), Casita was a safe haven for these precious students. We talked about some simple resources that were in their library. I used a silly game, Don't Spill the Beans, as an example of math fun.  

The teachers asked questions. They are thirsty for practical teaching advice and ideas. They want desperately to succeed with their students so their students can succeed in the world. I was pleased with the teacher training - the Lord spoke through me a lot. I wish I had prepared even more. Delmi tells me I have a whole year to prepare for two hours next time, then she changed it and said two days! I have no doubt that the teachers would be game for learning two day's worth of practical teaching advice. I already have a list started on things I will share next year!