Monday, August 25, 2014

2nd Annual Hope Grows 5K & Family Fun Walk

 
Be a Hero for a Kid! 
2nd Annual Hope Grows
5K & Family Fun Walk 
Saturday, October 18th, 2014 
Triad Park 
9652 W Mountain Street 
Kernersville, NC 27284 

Come dressed as your favorite Super Hero and run our timed 5k or 1 mile fun run or walk. You’ll be a hero for the day for a group of kids in Guatemala who need your support! 

Registration: 8am 
Zumba Warm Up: 8:45am 
5K Timed Run: 9am 
Family Fun Walk (1 mile): 9:15am 

Stay after the race for food, bouncy house, photos with your favorite super heroes, and lots of family fun! 

Pre-Registration through September 18th:  $25 for 5k and $20 for Fun Run/Walk. Includes a t-shirt  

Regular Registration September 19th – October 16th: $30 for 5k and $25 for Fun Run/Walk 

October 17th and 18th Registration: $35 for 5k and $25 for Fun Run/Walk 

Medals & prizes will be given to the top 3 in adult male & adult female categories, winner of the 12-18 male, 12-18 female, and under 12 girl and boy. 

REGISTER today! 

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available!  Contact us at lisaholbrook@carolinespromise.net

Friday, August 15, 2014

Smile!

We wanted to let you know about an easy way to support Caroline's Promise!

When you shop at AmazonSmileAmazon donates a portion of purchases made to the charitable organization of your choice. This is the same Amazon, so you can help us out without changing how you shop! Please consider using this Amazon service to support CP.





To get started, visit http://smile.amazon.com/and search the charities for Caroline's Promise, based in Kernersville, NC. Thank you!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Trish



One of the sweetest parts of directing a ministry like Caroline's Promise is investing in future leaders. Twelve years ago, while God was first giving the vision of CP to us, I was blessed to take a young teen and her dad on a mission trip to Guatemala. Her name was Trish, and at first glance I saw a tough, independent, closed-off girl who appeared to be confident but deep inside was insecure. Trish engaged in ministry that week, and her dad, Ron, became one of the first board members for CP. Trish continued to go on trips with us, but I didn't begin to see her leadership potential until she was in college.

Through a series of events and connections, I saw Trish's heart and realized that deep down inside she just wanted someone outside of her family to see her gifts and believe in her. During college, she began to figure out who she was through her growing relationship with Jesus. Each year we gave her more responsibility on our teams. She jokes about the year that we put her in charge of counting school supplies! She eventually assisted a team leader, and for the last two years she has co led teams for us.

I came across this saying recently: If you are planning for one year, plant rice. If you are planning for ten years, plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years, plant people. Trish is one of those people that will share God's love and and "plant people" all over the world for years to come.

She's a strong leader, is able to make decisions and enforce them when needed, and has a unique way of making people laugh. It's been a joy to invest in Trish and see her grow more and more in love with Jesus.

Years ago while on a mission trip to Guyana, Jesus whispered to me that my purpose on life was not to be in the mission field full time, but to take others so that he could then call them to the mission field. Trish is proof that I heard him correctly.

In January she will embark on the journey of a lifetime as she joins the World Race. Eleven countries in eleven months. She will serve with a team that will minister in different cultures, through different methods, and I believe she will be forever changed through this experience.

I have amazing confidence in her because of who she is and whose she is. I see Jesus all over this calling in her life, and although watching her leave for almost a year will be difficult, I can't wait to see how Jesus works in and through her.

Will you pray for Trish?  You can follow her journey on her blog at http://trishbansky.theworldrace.org where you can also support her financially.

Thank you, Trish, for investing in the ministry of CP and loving the people of Guatemala so well! We love you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thank you, Wilson Community Church!


What can we say about Wilson Community Church?  Several years ago we connected with Tripp and Buffy Poole, who live in Wilson, NC, and adopted their son, Hunter, from Guatemala. They were eager to get involved with Caroline's Promise and give back to their son's birth country.

The first year, they took a team from their church, led by one of our board members, Tami Rumfelt. The second year, Tripp and Buffy led the team and Tami assisted them. This year they led their team of nineteen without a CP rep on site, and we are hearing great things about their team and all that was accomplished.


We want to thank their pastor, Gary Combs, for his vision for these teams and for his work this summer leading our first pastors' conference in Guatemala. And to Tripp and Buffy and their leadership team, thank you for your willingness to organize your church and minister so effectively.


Check out this wrap up video from their recent trip!


WCC Guatemala Mission Report 2014 from Wilson Community Church on Vimeo


If you are interested in your church taking a team to Guatemala, please contact us soon!  We are already making plans for 2015.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

God at Work in Guatemala

Written by Pastor Gary Combs while serving in Guatemala


 “Jesus gave them this answer: ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does’” (John 5:19 NIV).


This is my first visit to Guatemala. Since this is the third year our church has sent  a team here, I thought it was finally time to see for myself what the Lord was doing. We have been partnering with Caroline’s Promise, based in Kernersville, North Carolina, and Iglesia Adonai, a church in Guatemala City, to make these trips possible.

Whether in our hometown of Wilson, North Carolina or in other parts of the world, it has been our desire to look for where God is already working and to join Him there. We don’t go out as those who claim to have all the resources and answers to the world’s problems, but humbly, as those who only want to join the Father in His work. With this philosophy in mind, we look for local believers that we can partner with for the sake of the gospel.

I pray that we have found such a partnership in Guatemala. Pastor Carlos and Delmi lead the church as well as the Casita Adonai Christian school. I sense an alignment of vision between us. We both want to fulfill Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations and to follow His strategy of reaching “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). A mission this huge requires partnerships!

It is not our desire to send out short-term mission teams to do “Christian tourism.” We don’t want them to just to see the sights, give away some food and clothing, do some construction work, and then go home feeling better about themselves. No. We want to invest in local churches and help encourage and equip them to do the work themselves. They live there. They know the language and culture. We don’t. 

And we don’t seek one-way relationships. We pray for partnerships that result in win-win relationships. How can we learn from each other? How can the international churches that we partner with form long-term relationships that cause both to prosper in doing God’s will? These are the kinds of questions we ask ourselves as we answer God’s call to go and make disciples of all nations.

Before coming to Guatemala, I asked if there were pastors here in need of training. Pastor Carlos advised that this was sorely needed. So we planned to bring pastors together for a leadership conference on this year’s trip. Because I didn’t want to just assume what teaching was needed, I asked if I could visit the pastors in their own settings before the conference. I wanted to see their churches, to visit their towns, and to interview them about their challenges before leading the conference. I came to see and hear what the Father was already doing before asking Him what He wanted me to teach.


Six members of our nineteen member mission team came down two days early to help accomplish our respective tasks. Four members of our team brought supplies and prepared for the arrival of the rest of our members while Nixa Rose and I traveled to see the pastors. Nixa went along as my Spanish translator as we joined Pastor Carlos and his son-in-law, Julio, on a four-hour trip out of the city to the countryside surrounding Lake Atitlan to visit the churches.

After only about three hours of sleep, we left Guatemala City at 4:00 A.M. We left early to avoid a transportation workers' demonstration that threatened to close the city’s streets. Poor Nixa said, “I was hoping for a little rest on the drive, but Pastor Gary and Pastor Carlos talked the whole way. And I had to translate every word both of them said!”

It was an intense trip. Our first stop was to see Pastor Diego. He is very sick and unable to care for his family and his church. His home was very humble. I felt a great sense of inadequacy as we prayed for his health, his family and his church. I’m glad we can call on Jesus for help. Otherwise this first visit of the day would have left me in despair.

We visited pastors in the mountains surrounding Lake Atitlan all day. We sat in their churches and talked with them about their families and the challenges they faced as pastors. 


“How long have you been a pastor? Tell me about your church. What are the greatest challenges that you and your church face?” I would ask, and Nixa would faithfully translate.

Nearly all of the pastors responded, “Our people are very poor and uneducated. We need training in how to lead our churches, about financial stewardship and how to overcome the discouragement that we often feel.”

This was exactly the kind of information I needed. I knew I had to take some time to pray and rethink the kind of training that I had already prepared. But before I could even begin to reevaluate, one of the pastors, Pastor Jose-Maria, asked if I would preach at his church that night. 

“Is it possible?” I asked Pastor Carlos, making sure our schedule allowed for it.

Si. We still have three more churches to visit, but we can do it.” He replied through Nixa’s translation.

We visited churches until 5:00 p.m. before checking into a small hotel in San Juan La Laguna. I fell onto my bed knowing we were leaving in one hour for a quick meal before preaching at 7:00 p.m. I asked the Lord to give me something to preach and to please let me have it quickly. With the challenges I had heard all day from the pastors, I felt called to preach from Joshua 1:1-9, “How to Be Strong and Courageous.” And fortunately, the hotel had internet so I could use Google Translate to plan my sermon points in Spanish!

That night, both Pastor Carlos and Pastor Jose-Maria expressed their thanks for the sermon. Pastor Carlos asked, “What are you preaching at my church this Sunday? Because I think you should preach that same sermon again.” But then after a few minutes he changed his mind, saying with a smile, “No. Don’t preach it again. Because I’m going to preach it to my church when you leave. And I’m not going to tell them I heard it from you!” Pastor Carlos is always making jokes.



This is how the whole time went. We humbly tried to watch and listen to see where God was already at work in Guatemala. When the rest of our team arrived, they worked long days digging footers, making concrete forms out of rebar, and shoveling dirt. They joined the work at Casita Adonai to enlarge the school’s capacity. As concrete blocks were laid, our team put pieces of paper with Scriptures written on them inside the blocks. When we told Pastor Carlos about this, he said, “I will always remind my church about La Palabra de Dios that the gringos put in our walls. I will never let them forget this.”

Today, as I write this, the pastor’s conference is finished and our team is wrapping up their construction work at the school. As the pastors left this morning, each of them had to hug me and thank me for bringing them the leadership teachings based on the Word of God. We agreed to pray for one another that our churches would be healthy and fulfill the mission that Christ has given us.
There are still a few more days left for our team here in Guatemala. I am sure that there is much more for us to experience.  

But I am already sure of this: God is at work in Guatemala. And I am glad that our team could be here to join His work!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A letter from Beth

Our visit to Guatemala was such a blessing to me and our entire team. Our youngest traveler was nine years old, and because we were on the family team, we had teens and adults of all ages. Each of us was impacted in a special way, and our eyes were opened to the hardship others experience around the world.


We stayed in Guatemala City and traveled every day to serve at a church located near a place called Hurricane Village. This area was destroyed by a hurricane many years ago. Instead of rebuilding this area, the government just gave the area to the people to use as they wanted. It became a neighborhood for underprivileged families. The housing in this area is not built using contractors with grand housing plans and many rooms. They are mostly the remains of an abandoned community where scraps of building materials have been pieced together to construct a one room home for each family.  No heating, no air conditioning, no insulation. No running water. The area just looks run down and dirty. 

The church we visited in Hurricane Village is called Iglesia Adonai. Carlos and his wife, Delmi, reached out to this community many years ago.  Carlos pastors the church they have built in the community. They have done so much to reach out to these people who have nothing of material treasures but who are rich in relationships.Carlos and Delmi have been a constant presence in a community left to fend for itself.


We attended church at Iglesia Adonai while we were there. It was amazing to see these people come together and worship the Lord as a body of Christ. They welcomed our team with open arms and gracious hospitality. After the message that Sunday, Carlos encouraged his congregation to participate in their church's outreach ministry in a place called Gerona, which took anywhere from 40 minutes to two hours to drive to from Hurricane Village depending on traffic. 

While in Gerona, our team merely participated in church. The team from Iglesia Adonai led worship and told stories from the Bible. They fed the children and played games with those who attended. Most were children, but some adults were there. Attendance ranges from 30-200 people each week.


Gerona doesn't have a church in its area, so when the people of Iglesia Adonai heard this, they wanted to give back to a community in need. Hurricane Village is a very poor area, but the people are clean and their clothes are clean. The people in Gerona struggle just as much as those in Hurricane Village, but they were not as clean and their clothes were very dirty. You could tell they had much less than those who attended Iglesia Adonai. This struck me on our ride back on the bus after our church service in Gerona. I was so impressed with the body of believers from Iglesia Adonai. They don't have much, but they captured the message God gives each of us so clearly, which is to serve others. Every week they give in loving sacrifice to a community who would not hear the gospel otherwise and give to those even less fortunate then themselves. Even though they don't have money, they can give of their time and build relationships through sharing the gospel with kids and families in another community to help build a firm foundation for those people. It was a beautiful message to take away. Our time is something we can give freely. Iglesia Adonai, to me, was the bottom of the social class...they do not have much more than the people of Gerona, but for three years, they have reached out to a community in the dark and they have shown the light of Jesus.

God has a job for each of us. 

It was beautiful, and I will never forget it. 

The children of Guatemala have public schools and many of the children of Hurricane Village attend them. Unfortunately, gangs are everywhere, and they particularly target kids in public schools. Knowing this, Iglesia Adonai built an addition to their building and started a private school. They have run out of space, so the school is about to be torn down and reconstructed to make room for a safe building with many levels, expanding their school that currently goes up to 6th grade. It will be exciting to go back and see what God has done. If the children can go to private school, then they are learning about Jesus while going to school and they are somewhat protected from gangs. 

Please pray for Carlos and Delmi. The needs of this church and community are many. Carlos and Delmi are in their 70s and need younger people to be trained to step in if anything were to happen to them. 

At the end of our trip, we were encouraged to write out what we thought God was showing us in Guatemala. I would like to close with what was on my heart at that time......

This week I have felt God pull at my heart and get my attention about who He is and how much He desires to spend time with me. I need to open my home and be more hospitable and really reach out in my own community. I also need to trust God has all of the world in His hands. I can't solve all the problems of this world, but I can help with eager anticipation to serve and go where God leads me. 


God bless,
Beth

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

October 2014 Trip to Guatemala



We are excited about our October Team to Guatemala!  There will be three options for this trip.

Family Team - Parent(s) and kids ages 10 and up.  Teens under 18 who have been before are welcome on this team.  Any adults 18 and over who are not part of a "family" that is going are welcome as well. 
 October 22 - 27  Cost:  $750 plus airfare
(Thursday – help prepare for Graduation; afternoon in Antigua,  Friday – Graduation, Saturday – Community Children’s Festival, Sunday – Church & Gerona Project,  Monday – Depart). 

Construction Team - Ages 18 and up.  October 20 - 27  Cost:  $850 plus airfare

Both teams will participate with graduation at Casita Adonai, visit our partner church, Iglesia Adonai, and their outreach program in the community of Gerona.  There will be lots of hands on involvement with the kids and if you sponsor a child through Caroline's Promise you will be able to visit with them and their family.  A trip to the city of Antigua is included. 

The construction team will help with the work to be done on the new building for the church and school.

If you are interested please contact LisaHolbrook@carolinespromise.net or 336-669-7340.

Application and $100 deposit are due by August 15, 2014.  You can access the application here.