Friday, September 22, 2017

Exciting Activities at Casita Adonai



It's a busy time of year at Casita Adonai.  Earlier this month our students participated in one of their favorite activities where they chose the King and Queen of the school. 

On September 15th the school participated in Independence Day Festivities where they carried a torch to the celebration at the University. This was a great opportunity for the parents and students to promote Casita Adonai.  

As the school year comes to an end the students are busy preparing for exams.  Thank you for your prayers for the teachers and students.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Send a Teen to Camp!


It's that time of year again!  Iglesia Adonai, our partner church in Guatemala is hosting two camps for teens in November.  The youth and leaders from Adonai are planning the camps and raising support for their trip.  They have asked us to partner with them to sponsor teens from the community of Gerona to attend.

Teens ages 12-14 will attend camp November 4 and 5th and teens ages 15 - 20 will attend November 25 and 26.  The cost is $40 per teen and donations can be made here.  

If you would like to sponsor a specific teen please look at the photo album here and comment underneath their photo. 

Thanks for partnering with us!  We are trusting God to continue the work that He has been doing in their lives.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

How the Northwest Athlete - Medical Team came to be

In the summer of 2016, 15 year old Cameron Holbrook shared how he felt that Caroline's Promise needed more men on their mission teams.  His heart was touched by the boys and young men he had met in Guatemala and he began to pray for men to catch a vision for the ministry. That Fall Cameron played football for the first time and met Coach Jared Rolfes who was not only a great coach but a follower of Jesus.  Cameron asked Coach Rolfes if he would be interested in taking a team of guys to Guatemala and that opened the door for Lisa to have several conversations with him. 

We all laugh that Coach Rolfes turned Lisa down 3 times!

Kristi Clary at the medical clinic in Gerona
Once he finally agreed to take a team, he invited Phillip Clary to join him.  In the weeks that followed, Phillip's wife, Kristi expressed an interest in going on what we thought would be an English teaching team at the same time.  Lisa remembered that Kristi was a nurse for a local

pediatrician, Leslie Smith - who just happened to be the Holbrook's doctor.  As Dr. Smith was completing a recommendation form for Kristi, she realized that she would like to join the team and within a few days the English teaching team turned into a medical team!

Dr. Leslie Smith
From that point on we all saw God work in amazing ways - both in the lives of the students and team members as well as the Guatemalans that they served.  The guys conducted sports camps while the medical team hosted clinics for children.  At the end of the first day of clinics, a mom showed up with a baby that was less than a year old.  She didn't live in the community but was visiting a friend whose kids attend our Sunday afternoon Kids' Church.  Dr. Smith and our Guatemalan doctor, Tiffany Quan both realized that the child was near death.  Tiffany jumped into the back of a truck with the mom and baby and took them to the nearest fire department where they were rushed to a local hospital.  The mood was somber as we boarded the bus, each of us realizing that unless God intervened, baby Marvin would not live for very long.

Two days later Dr. Tiffany learned that baby Marvin was still in the hospital but getting better.  The following Sunday our team saw baby Marvin and his Mom at our project in Gerona!  It truly was a miracle!
Baby Marvin & his Mom - now healthy!

This is just an example of how God uses people who step out in faith.  Cam heard from God and acted on it, being bold enough to ask Coach Rolfes to take a team.  Coach Rolfes stepped out in faith when he agreed to lead the team, and then was bold when he asked Phillip Clary to join us.  Kristi did her part by telling Dr. Smith about the trip, and Dr. Smith responded by saying "yes"!
In the end, Baby Marvin was seen by our team of doctors and is now thriving.

Monday, September 11, 2017

God taught me.........

We don't just take short term mission teams to be taking them.  We try to be purposeful in our planning, making sure that we are doing projects and ministry that our Guatemalan partners need and request.  We are constantly reminded that God puts the people that He wants on each team.  It's a privilege to serve with them and watch God work in and through them.

One of our teams was led by Kaitlyn Armstrong, Ruth Edward, and our amazing interns.



"During our week in Guatemala, we were able to partner with church members and school staff to provide a variety of ministry opportunities. While working with the women, we were able to share our personal testimonies and encourage the mothers to be unified with their daughters. We were able to partner with Casita Adonai and chaperone the sixth grade trip, serving the students and providing devotional time. Throughout the remainder of the week, we teamed up to provide English classes and partnered with the school to update and set up the current computer lab. Business trainings were held, teaching women how to make bracelets and providing instruction on our latest business procedures and future transactions. Lastly, we were able to cover the church and school in a few prayer walks, circling the building and praying blessings over the ministry that continues on throughout the year."


At the end of their week the team shared 
what God taught them......



That a language barrier would not keep these children from helping me grow which in return helped me pour the love I was receiving into them and to be obedient to Him.



That my horizontal relationships should always be influences by my vertical relationship with Him.



That if you don’t first love the people you are serving, nothing you do for them will matter.



That there is more to a person than what the eye can see.



To let go and be still in Him.



That He makes everything beautiful in its time.



That only His words define me and no lie can keep me bound.



That I need to take time to enjoy the work that God is doing in and around me.



When God speaks, step out in faith, even when its uncomfortable. Trust that He has every detail lined up. Your obedience is not only for your growth and healing, but for others you are not aware of. You may not see the outcome, but the obedience in itself is so rewarding.



That I am a worthwhile person and I don’t have to necessarily prove that.



That spending time and loving can be even more important to people than giving material things or construction work.



How He makes Himself apparent not only when a goal is reached, but also in sweet moments along the way.



That when I am obedient, He provides all I need.



To talk more and speak up.



That there is a right time to plant and another time to sew.

 We usually announce our yearly trips in November.  Be sure to follow us on social media or subscribe to our blog or enews for updates.





Friday, September 8, 2017

Child Sponsor Letters Due


Photo By https://www.wkholbrookphotography.com/

It's time to write the child or teacher that you sponsor!

 The kids LOVE getting letters from their sponsors.  I can't tell you how important this communication is and the impact it makes in their lives.  Please, please, please take the time to write a letter.  If you need suggestions on what to write, check out this blog post with ideas.  Consider including a photo.  Because of baggage restrictions we will only be taking letters this time and it will be the last time to correspond with your child in 2017.

Please mail your letters to Caroline's Promise 1950 Beeson Road, Kernersville, NC 27284 no later than September 30 so that our volunteers have time to translate them.