Monday, March 13, 2017

Looking for used musical instruments


Rodrigo taught music at Casita Adonai last year and we quickly realized that he not only had a love of music - but a love of Jesus and kids!  This year Rodrigo has moved into the position of Assistant Director at the school and is also teaching music and computers.  We love his heart for ministry and his desire for the kids to know Jesus.

In January Rodrigo shared his dream of turning one of the storage rooms on the second floor of the Building of Promise into a music studio for Casita.  Typically one of our teams would work on a project like this, but we are seeing a shift in the thinking of our partners in Guatemala.  It's the awareness that they have the skills and resources to do what God has called them to.  So we weren't surprised when we saw this photo of Rodrigo - standing in the new Casita music studio!  We are so proud of him for making this happen!

The studio will not only be a place where students can learn how to play different instruments but Rodrigo plans to develop a praise team that can lead the school in worship.  All that is missing are instruments.  We plan to send a shipment of supplies in May and would love to include any used or new band instruments, keyboards, guitars, etc.  If you have something that you would like to donate or if you would like to contribute financially to the cost of shipping, please contact us at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net.

Please be in prayer for Rodrigo as he helps lead the school.  He and his wife, Monica lead their own ministry in another part of the city, an arts academy that not only teaches music and dance, but provides meals, tutoring, and the love of Jesus.  He travels by bus one hour each way to get to Casita.  We are praying for protection for him and his family and for continual provision for him to do the things that God has called him to. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fire in Guatemalan Children's Home kills 30 + - what can we do?

By now, many of you have read about the tragedy that took place yesterday in a government run children's home just outside of Guatemala City.  Reports are conflicting but this is what we know.

*  The home was able to house 400 but there were at least 700 (some say closer to 900) children living there.

*  The children ranged from young children to older teens.  Some were orphans, others were runaways, some had been serving time for crimes.

*  A riot broke out on Tuesday night when some of the children began to protest because of inhumane conditions - lack of food, violence, sexual abuse.

*  On Wednesday morning some mattresses were set on fire and 19 girls died on the scene.

*  Since then, at least 11 more have died in hospitals.

So what can we do?  It's interesting to me that when tragedies like this happen we all want to "do something".  I'm the same way.  Right now, I know that we can pray.  And that's the best thing we can do today.  So here are a few ways that I thought of for us to pray.

*  All of the children involved.  Those who escaped, those who are lying in hospitals, those who are displaced.  Can you imagine the trauma?  Pray for healing on every level.

*  The families who lost children.

*  The private children's homes that will be asked to take in some of these kids.

*  The Red Cross, volunteer firefighters, medical personnel, counselors, and caregivers

*  The government of Guatemala

*  The churches in Guatemala - that they will see the need of children all around them and ask God what they can do.  Intercountry adoption is closed in Guatemala but Guatemalans can adopt children.  Pray for the hearts of believers to be stirred and pray that they will be moved to action.

Of course there are so many other ways to pray.  Please don't think that your prayers don't matter.  They do.