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A super easy way to raise funds for CP!

Today as I was ordering Christmas presents online I got so excited to see all the money I was raising for Caroline's Promise! And all it takes is one little click of my mouse! It all started a few years ago when I added the Goodsearch toolbar to all of the computers in our house. At the time I was the only one searching the internet. That year I earned $50 for Caroline's Promise just through my internet searches. As the years passed and more people in my house began using the internet, the amount raised for the ministry has increased. In 2010 our family has raised over $150 for Caroline's Promise! The coolest part about online shopping is that the Goodsearch toolbar includes Goodshop! When I go to a store's website, the goodshop toolbar will light up and give me extra coupons and tell me how much that store will donate to Caroline's Promise from my purchase. It could be 1% - 30% of my purchase. Amazing! So, if you've always wanted to make a difference

Pound Cakes For The Holidays

Need some help for the Holidays? Want to support a great cause? Let us help you with your Holiday meal or Party with a great, made from scratch dessert. Two of our volunteers are selling Home made, Fresh to order Pound Cakes now through Jan 3rd. All proceeds will be applied toward the set up of a computer lab at Casita Adonai in Guatemala. Plain or Butter Nut $15.00/ Chocolate $18.00 Contact Susan to inquire or place your order. Phone 336-817-4574 or

Rain changes things - Thursday in Guyana

Rain Changes Things Guyana Thursday Our intended morning was to have PAL playgroup, however God had other plans! We woke up to rain- which didn’t change our first destination. We went to Ruimveldt Children’s Home to deliver care bags collected by Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax. We were greeted at the gate by faces peering out and shouts of “Auntie, Auntie!” We spent just a few minutes with the children as they were dashing out to school. The rain was pouring as we crossed the bridge towards Plastic City. As we rode over the bridge we were captivated by the thick fog to our right and the dark clouds hovering to the left. The rain and sinking mud kept our playgroup parents away, so we prepared to go into the community to them. We walked into the oldest section and were greeted by a grandmother of a 9 year old PAL member. She asked us questions ab

Images of Guyana - Thursday

T-Shirts For Christmas!

These short and long sleeved t-shirts make a great gift for any teen or young adult on your Christmas list. And they're just $10! The back says "143 million orphans.....Where do I start? I start with One." The front has a picture of a child, holding their finger up and says "I am one." Choose "Caroline's Promise Items" from our smarter shopping site .

Wednesday In Guyana

What do we think about when we think about today? Angie: I think of 15 Guyanese children intently watching and hearing a story read to them by one of their own (Genny) with a voice that resonated with pure delight! Stephanie: I think of school age girls helping us this morning with little ones and learning new relational skills. One day they will be parents from Plastic City and today they helped parent younger children. Angie: I think of my 7 year old bouncy girl who had to touch everything and see everything before it was time do anything. Who, when we finished our morning session, did not want to leave our side. Stephanie: A little 3 year old girl in her second session of PAL who cried LOUDLY and had to be carried home by us because she did not want to go home after our session. Angie: A desire to show Stephanie the country side of Guyana by enjoying a 30 minute bus ride to Parika with Genny by our side to see the mighty Essequibo River. Stephanie: I remember walking through

Gifts With A Purpose

Are you having a hard time finding a gift for that person that has it all? Why not give a gift that blesses them and a child in Guatemala! School begins in January for our Casita Kids. They are required to wear uniforms which can be a burden for their parents who often make just $5 a day. Until we can get all of the kids sponsored we'd like to help out with this expense. Your gift of $62 will provide a school uniform and bless a family. You'll also receive a special Christmas Card to give to your loved one, acknowledging the gift given in their honor. Visit our Smarter Shopping (link) page and choose "Gifts with a Purpose/School Uniform"

Tuesday In Guyana

Imagine 30 people in the size of my closet... The morning started off with our PAL playgroup. We had 4 young children and two school age children join us that were not in school today. In addition to Angie and me, there were two church volunteers and one mom. One of the volunteers was actually a mom from Plastic City who let PAL use her large porch today. It was great to have her support not just for space, but for the fact that she participated and learned while she was doing it. It was an opportunity to encourage her in how she was helping the children and the skills she showed. Our mom who came with her three children was initially hesitant and unsure, but it was great to see her take the lead at times with her children. That is the goal. Yes, we are demonstrating fun learning activities to engage the children. And we are teaching the children important skills as we do it. But the best thing we can pass on is this: for the parent to engage their own child, to feel encouraged in the

Desks For Casita Adonai

We have seen God do amazing things at our partner school, Castia Adonai in Guatemala City. First Christian Church in Kernersville, NC chose to support this project with their Vacation Bible School Offering. They were able to raise over $2000 and the church in Guatemala City was able to add two new classrooms at the school. They are now able to offer fourth and fifth grade! With new classrooms, come new students and the need for new desks. Your gift of $42 will provide a new desk just in time for the new school year which begins in January. You'll also receive a special Christmas Card to give to your loved one, acknowledging the gift given in their honor.

The Gift of Shoes

Angie, our Country Coordinator in Guyana has asked us to help her provide shoes for the kids of Plastic City. Most of them go barefoot or wear flip flops. But when they go to school they need "real" shoes. Just think about how shoes protect from weather and disease. $15 will provide a pair of new shoes for a school aged child and you will receive a beautiful Christmas Card to give to your loved one, acknowledging the gift made in their honor. Visit our Smarter Shopping (insert link) page and choose "Gifts with a Purpose/Shoes"

Sunday In Guyana

Sunday- we started off the day with worship at Vreedenhoop Wesleyan Church. Guyanese Wesleyan churches are definitely different that US Wesleyan churches! I could write a whole post about all the things the preacher spoke of. But I think a couple of nuggets were when he spoke of when God calls us, He doesn’t have to give us all the info, we are just called to GO. How I don’t like that! I like the details! And he was speaking to me when he said be yourself, do not compare yourself. It matters what God thinks, not man. He knows His own plans. Do what He says. I was able to eat a delicious lunch with Angie, the PC team and had good fellowship. God has brought together a great team made up of Angie and 3 native Guyanese. It is amazing to look at the experience and personalities that God has brought together, to benefit a community. After lunch, Angie and I took a walk on the beach- I put my toes (very very briefly) in the Atlantic ocean. It was very different from our beaches in appearanc

Teacher Gifts That Make A Difference

Are you scratching your head, trying to find a teacher gift for all those wonderful people who invest in your kids? What teacher needs another coffee mug or hand lotion? This Christmas Caroline's Promise is giving you a way to honor the teachers in your life while helping a teacher in Guatemala. When you donate $10 we'll use it to assist a teacher at our partner school in Guatemala City. These precious ladies make $120 a month and give so much to the kids at Casita Adonai. In return, we'll mail you a beautiful Christmas Card that you can give to your teacher, acknowledging the gift given in their honor. Visit our Smarter Shopping (link here) page and choose "Honor a Teacher". For every $10 given we will send you a Christmas Card to give.

Beautiful Note Cards With A Purpose

Are you looking for a unique gift that will also make a difference for an orphan? We have lots of ideas on our smarter shopping site . You'll be giving a beautiful gift and supporting our Orphan Projects at the same time. These beautiful note cards come 6 to a pack and sell for $10. You have two options; Guatemala or Guyana. All designs are from original artwork, created by local artists, of photographs taken on mission tr ips to Guatemala and Guyana.

Let Us Help You With Christmas Shopping!

Are you overwhelmed by your Christmas gift list? Want to get a head start on your shopping so you can really enjoy the season? Let us help you! Each day this week we'll highlight a special gift that you can purchase through Caroline's Promise. Some will be traditional gifts like our fair trade items or coffee. Others will be gifts that you can purchase in honor of a loved one. Each of them will help us reclaim hope for orphans! When you purchase a gift in honor of someone we will send you this beautiful Christmas Card to give to your loved one, as a way to acknowledge what you did in their honor. So be sure to subscribe to our blog and check back each day as we help make your Christmas Giving easier! Many Memories Tree Christmas 5x7 folded card Shop for elegant Christmas photo cards . View the entire collection of cards.

First Day In Guyana

My first day in Guyana! What a full, busy, tiring day, but wonderful! A lot of walking and sweating. Two big events of the day: morning at a child feeding program at an elementary school. I was able to spend time talking to some of the kids. As I watched the kids interact with each other I thought that in so many ways, kids are the same no matter where in the world! I was blessed to see the heart of those volunteering- they want to help raise strong leaders for the next generation, meeting not just their physical need, but educational and spiritual. And children want to be believed in! After lunch at a local place (yummm), we continued on to Plastic City. Our goal was to visit and remind parents in the community about upcoming sessions and time for them to meet with us next week. I loved when we spoke with one woman who is letting us meet in her front yard how excited she was! She was concerned she needed to build us benches to sit on. This woman lives in what we would consider a sh

Harvest Party in South Carolina

Millions of children worldwide have been abandoned and abused. Twenty-six of them live ten minutes from my home. In a small shelter they wait with other kids ranging from age one to twelve. Some go to extended family while others enter the foster care system. Others return to parents sometimes only to return a second time to the shelter. This year we decided to invited the kids over for a Harvest party on Southern Wesleyan University’s campus. Students found out about the kids and the excitement grew. Soon lady bugs, Alice in Wonderland, pizza delivery guys, punks, and even Bonnie and Clyde made appearances in our dorm to hand out candy. The kids decorated trick-or-treat bags, intro- duced themselves, enjoyed hay rides and ingested way too much sugar through pumpkin cookies and candy. And what we hoped would happen did. The kids laughed, the students were moved, and something started. Students keep asking, “When can we see them again?” And that asking is turning into weekly visits to

We Can Help With Your Christmas!

As you're making your Christmas list we hope you'll consider giving gifts through Caroline's Promise. You can choose from our fair trade gift items, sponsor a child or give a gift in honor of someone special. We're especially excited about our teacher gifts! What teacher needs another bottle of bath gel? This year your gift of $10 will support a Teacher in Guatemala and we'll provide a special card that you can give your child's teacher, acknowledging the gift that was made in their honor. However long your list is, we're making it easy this year! Visit our website and give gifts that reclaim hope for orphans!