Skip to main content


Showing posts from August, 2009

Baby Melanie Update

Thank you for all your prayers for baby Melanie. We wanted to let you know that early this morning, she was ushered into the arms of Jesus. Please continue to pray for her parents, Patrick and Sarah, and for her family in Uganda. For Melanie’s story, you can go to

Caroline’s Promise Prayer Seeds

Caroline’s Promise is offering another way to make a difference – one prayer at a time. Perhaps you have already been praying for orphans and our ministry; thank you! Now you are able to get current updates for specific prayer requests. Just  sign up for our monthly CP Prayer Seeds Update at . Enter your email where it says "Subscribe to our ENEWS" then check the box that says CP Prayer Partners. Our first update comes out this week! Will you join us as we pray for the needs of our ministry and for orphans around the world? You can make a difference, one prayer, one person at a time.

Looking In, Looking Out: One Family’s Story of Adoption

Have you ever considered adoption as a possibility for you and your family? What factors help solidify your thoughts or decision? Sometimes a family can feel a pull, a call, towards adoption, but the hurdles seem so great they back out. One hurdle that consistently makes potential adoptive families hesitant is finances. Did you know that Caroline’s Promise offers grants to adopting families? These grants are just one way that Caroline’s Promise is reclaiming hope for orphans and giving a boost of help and encouragement to the families who would become a forever family for a child in need. Maybe you’ve not felt a burden to adopt but rather to help in other ways. By donating money, you are helping Caroline’s Promise offer more grants to more families. You can make a difference, one dollar at a time. Go to our website at to find out more about how you can make a difference for one: one child in need, one family in waiting. We would like to introduce you to one

Yard Sale for Missions

A family located in the Piedmont Triad (NC) is hosting a large yard sale, August 22 from 7am to 1pm. The proceeds from the yard sale will help with the cost of a missions trip to Uganda in September that the family will be going on with Caroline’s Promise. Items for sale include clothes (baby, kids, women, men) decorations, kitchen items, crib, changing table, cradle, wetsuits, linens, books, toys games, stuffed animals, shoes and more. They are also collecting new and gently used flip flops or “croc” style shoes for the orphanages they will visit. Shoes are needed for toddler through teenager, particularly boys. Address for the sale is 8001 Hill-n-Dale Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284. Any questions may be directed to

Urgent prayer for Baby Melanie

Melanie came through her heart surgery on Friday but went into cardiac arrest early Saturday am. The doctors were able to stabilize her but the next 48 hours are critical for this precious little baby. Please continue to pray for Melanie, her Mom and Dad and all the incredible people who are caring for them. You can follow her progress and receive updates at Are you willing to make a difference for ONE - by praying?

An Invitation from South Carolina Director, Martha-Marie

James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled  before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”  As Christians, if we take this verse to heart, then we need to realize that it applies to ALL of us – not to just a few.   So, if this verse is meant for all of us, why aren’t there more believers doing something about it?  Maybe some people just don’t know how to apply that verse.  Maybe some of us think that there really is no need for that kind of ministry, especially in this area – “It’s the Bible belt for crying out loud! There are more churches here per person than anywhere else in the world!” Maybe others think, “I’m too old”, “I’m too young” and on the excuses go. Well, Caroline’s Promise is ready to help end the excuses and start putting this verse into practice. One of our desires and dreams, is to see a passion for orphans spread here locally in South Carolina and then across the country. We

Introducing Martha-Marie Smith

  Every so often we would like to introduce you to some folks who work very hard behind the scenes at Caroline’s Promise. All of them are volunteers, from board members to directors to envelope stuffers. You already know David and Lisa Holbrook, executive directors and co-founders of Caroline’s Promise. Today we want to introduce you to our director for Carolina’s Promise, South Carolina . Martha-Marie Smith, of Liberty, South Carolina, is passionate about children who have no one to give them a safe permanent place full of love. For Martha-Marie, the desire to promote the values of Caroline's Promise is more than a full-time job. She and her husband Eddie are the parents of a daughter, Selah, and son, Brayden. Brayden was first a foster child in their home, and later they adopted him. The Smiths have always loved children and knew what God's Word says about caring for orphans. But being foster parents to Brayden changed everything. "After we met our little boy, everythi

Baby Melanie Arrives

Baby Melanie, her mother and nurse arrived in the States Monday afternoon. Continue to pray for her upcoming surgery and recovery. To follow her journey you can visit or her father, Patrick Serunjogi’s blog at . Your prayers are so appreciated.

Update on Baby Melanie

We wanted to give you an update on baby Melanie in Uganda. We asked you to pray for her safe travel to the states to have heart surgery. Since that time the original doctor who had agreed to do and pay for the surgery backed out. So we have been praying for a new way for Melanie to get the treatment she needs. Add to that, we heard she was being treated for malaria. We now have great news and praise! Melanie is doing well enough to travel. A group - Medical Advocacy was able to find her a doctor in Alabama that is going to sponsor and do her surgery.  Sarah (the mom), baby Melanie and her nurse are leaving Uganda THIS Friday! What a praise! From seeming hopelessness to great hope. Our God is great and mighty and so compassionate. Thank you for your prayers! Please continue to pray for her continued health, safe travels, and a quick, successful surgery. We will update you as we have news. Thank you for partnering with us in this way!

Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World

In his first novel, Tom Davis gives a face, a name and a story to the facts about AIDS and orphans that he reported on in two of his previous books, Red Letters and Fields of the Fatherless .   Gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, repulsive yet redemptive in the end, this book will undoubtedly open the eyes of the reader to the injustices faced by many of the 150 million orphans who live on our planet.  It is a difficult but necessary book to read. The story revolves around an unlikely relationship between Stuart Daniels, an award-winning photojournalist who has lost sight of his life's purpose and Adanna, a young African girl who is prematurely forced into adulthood after AIDS claims the lives of both of her parents.  Hunger, sickness and the worst kind of abuse are all part of her reality.  While her circumstances are desperate, her spirit is strong.   It is this quiet strength, along with the protection she receives from a gentle stranger she calls the "Illuminated Man”, whi