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"The List" And Other Important Information

During my trip to Guatemala, I had the privilege of sorting sponsor gifts and letters before we gave them to the children at Casita Adonai. I saw many different ideas and creative ways to show interest and love for a sponsor child. Many times Lisa would hear me say, "Oh! What a great idea!" or "Man! I wish I had thought to include that!" As a sponsor, one of our goals as a family is to connect with our sponsor child in tangible ways. One of those ways is writing letters whenever possible. Another way is to send gift bags each time a team heads to Guatemala. We are so blessed to work with Caroline's Promise that affords many opportunities throughout the year to send both letters and gifts. But sometimes it would be nice to know what to get our sponsor child, or what questions would be good to ask, and what information is worth sharing....wouldn't it be great if there was a list somewhere to help with that? Well, here's your list. For all kids:

Girls Changing the World! Send a girl to camp

When Caroline's Promise met with the leadership of Iglesia Adonai in March, and we started comparing notes about the summer teams, we were amazed and thrilled at what God had in store for us. One of our summer teams this year is very unique. It's all women. This seemed a challenge for us at first, because we typically like our summer teams to be a well-balanced group of ages and genders so as to accommodate the mix we will find in Guatemala. However, God had special plans in mind, and all women suited His needs perfectly. You see, Iglesia Adonai has identified 30 girls, ages 13-23 who are leaders in the church and community.  These are the young ladies who are ministering to orphans and vulnerable children in their community on a daily basis!  Iglesia Adonai has asked us to partner with them to offer a camp  this summer called "Girls Changing the World". The only way Caroline's Promise would be able to assist that camp, is if they had a team with no m

Tapestry Of Love: Your Opportunity

This is Claudia. She is a mother of five children and works three jobs trying to make ends meet. A lot of times there is more month than there is money or food. Her oldest son takes care of the four younger ones while Claudia works. Claudia joined the second group of women in the sewing program. She is learning a skill set that will provide her with the opportunity to generate an income while staying home with her family. She is hearing about God's love for her and seeing His love in action through the volunteers and staff of the church. This chance for Claudia is huge, not only economically, but spiritually as well. God is weaving her story of poverty into His tapestry of love. A tapestry? Yes, a tapestry. The sewing program at Iglesia Adonai began as a burden in the heart of the church leaders to tangibly help those in the community around the church; help them for a lifetime, not just for the day. So the church opened up it's doors during the week so the sewing program c

Thoughts From Recent Trip To Guatemala

Caroline's Promise went to Guatemala in March for an administrative trip. While we had the great blessing of spending time with the children at Casita and Iglesia Adonai, the focus of the trip was to update school records of the sponsor children, train the teachers on some new equipment, assist in a one-day youth conference and plan for the summer teams. She's just the sweetest thing. As a sponsor, I was overwhelmed to see all of the children at Casita; getting to meet them in person, see how fabulous they are, and at the same time realize more fully the serious need they live in daily. Spending time with my sponsor child was so precious. What a blessing to love on the child we've been praying for, wrote letters to and supported! What an amazing opportunity to sponsor through Caroline's Promise, where the possibility exists to meet your sponsor child! As a volunteer and supporter for Caroline's Promise, the trip opened my eyes (even more than I thought they