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Find Out For Yourself – Visit During Spring Break

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Come Spend Spring Break in Guatemala

While many will spend their spring break serving themselves at beach parties, the pool, and the mall, we want to invite you to something different — something life-changing.

Something for Everyone

Serve Orphans in GuatemalaOur trips aren’t just for church groups or college kids. People of all ages have come to our home to help with the work God is doing.

Debi Johnson and her kids recently returned for their second trip to Dorie’s Promise: “We had an amazing week of seeing God move! The teens in our group were so inspired by Pablo’s love for Christ, we won’t ever be the same after this week!” (Read more about Debi’s experience…)

After her son Christian completed three trips to Dorie’s Promise, Debbi Cryer, a 52-year-old mom, was interested and decided to come see for herself. “I have been intrigued and often wondered, Why do people keep returning here to Dorie’s Promise? Why multiple trips? What is the draw? How has it captured their heart in a way that you can’t forget about the kids, special moms, Pablo, Jessica, and Abel, and the rich presence of Jesus that dwells here? NOW I KNOW!!!”

Seconds and Thirds

“We have many new blessings at Dorie’s Promise. Our kids are growing and becoming what God created them to be — their lives are being Forever Changed!” says Pablo our Missions Director. If it’s been a while since your last trip, consider coming again … with new improvements to the facilities, new children, and seeing old friends, it will be worth it.

Cinda has been to our home nine times and still says, “Every time we come to Dorie’s Promise, God shows us something new. Every time!” (Read more about Cinda’s experience…)

We don’t place a limit on how many times you can visit us. We believe in building relationships, and that, in turn, God will use those relationships to build passion for His Kingdom into our hearts.

Short Term Missions You Can Do With Your FamilyKatie experienced this for herself as well. “I truly thought it would be a while before I could manage another trip to Guatemala, but after hearing all that I shared with him, my husband wanted to experience Dorie’s Promise for himself. We were back six months later.” (Read more about Katie’s trip…)

Wayne Hanson hasn’t been able to get enough either. We asked him, “What is it that keeps you coming back to Guatemala?” His answer: “The connections we have made with the children of Dorie’s, especially the Najera children. We have also found all of the people in Guatemala we have met to be kind and appreciative of the help we can give. Many of them, even though they have nothing, want to give back to us.” (Read the full interview with Wayne…)

These are just a handful of the people who have been blessed by being a blessing to us and the people they have served in Guatemala. I want to invite you to be part of what God’s doing here too. Together, we can do a lot — there is an urgency for spreading the love, mercy, and forgiveness of the Gospel. Spring break is a great time to come and visit us!

Find out for yourself why so many who come here are forever changed by the experience. Apply today.

Come to Guatemala to Make Christmas Special for Orphans

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Jonathan Celebrates Christmas at Dorie's Promise

Do you remember the first Christmas you ever had? The wonder you felt in that moment? It’s hard to remember back to when you celebrated that first Christmas.

The gifts, the food, your family — everything that makes that moment special.

Jonathan Celebrates Christmas at Dorie's PromiseThat wasn’t the case with Jonathan. Jonathan came to Dorie’s Promise in mid-2010 at age 8. While he was with his family, he never understood what Christmas was about. All the fireworks (a tradition in Guatemala), all the gifts … he never had any of that. Christmas was just another day.

He could sense that something was going on — but was never a part of it.

Then came that first Christmas Jonathan spent at Dorie’s Promise. He couldn’t believe all the excitement. He got a remote control car. He spent the day playing with the other kids. You could see the wonder in his eyes and on his face. He was joyous.

During that day, our special moms cooked tamales and made ponche (a traditional fruit-based hot beverage), filling the air around the house with good festive smells.

There was a mission team with us during that time getting ready for a night of special surprises for the kids. When the sun went down, the mission team cracked open the fireworks. All the children were really excited, but no one was as excited as Jonathan. It was his first time being part of the festivities, being part of a family celebrating Christmas, having a big feast on the table.

 Celebrating Christmas at Dorie's PromiseIt is hard to describe the moment. How do you explain the feelings of joy and excitement from an eight-year-old kid experiencing it for the first time? It was a wonder to behold how fascinated he was with everything — the food, the gifts, the fireworks. Most of all, it was really special to see how he was a part of everything going on around him.

A lot of our kids haven’t yet experienced a Christmas celebration. For some this year will be their first, and we want them to have the same opportunity to experience it fully like Jonathan did. All the fun, all the love, and all the joy that come from being with family during Christmas.

Wouldn’t you like to be part of that special moment?

We want you to know the joy of making Christmas real for an orphan in need, to experience a new type of Christmas. At the same time, you will also be helping make a life forever changed.

We have mission trips all throughout the year, including the holidays. You are invited to join us for a very special Christmas celebration at Dorie’s Promise. Bring the kids and show them the heart behind the true Christmas story. As that cherished Christmas song says…

“Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.”

Fill out an application today.

Sponsor Updates Ready

Friday, May 31st, 2013

First of all if you are one of our sponsors we want to say, “Thank you!” You are a part of our team that is integral to what we do. It is essential that as a ministry we are responsible in how we go about funding our home and its growth in order to serve even more children in the years to come.

Sponsors, you can log in now and see the new videos, pictures, art, and written updates.  We hope you enjoy this more personal look at the child(ren) you’ve decided  to sponsor.

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If you are not a sponsor yet will you consider giving just $35 month to help provide for these precious children? Take a moment to view the children living at Dorie’s Promise and see if God lays one of them on your heart. Like Yire Abraham (pictured,) can’t you tell he’s just a bundle of energy? He’s currently 61% sponsored. Or Mirna, one of our older children, she needs just one more sponsor to be 100% sponsored. Valentina is just a small baby and needs sponsors like you to love and care for her. Those are only a handful of the children living at Dorie’s Promise.

Click Here to view them all.

And once again to all our current sponsors we are exceedingly grateful for your faithful support of these precious little ones.

Oasis of God visits Antigua

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

We rolled out of bed and ate a delicious breakfast of stove toast prepared by Chef Brian! Kate added cheese for a fantastic breakfast of toasted cheese. Joel again joined us around 9am for a time of brief devotions. We read from Jeremiah 17 and John 16, discussing trusting the Lord. If our roots are in Him, no matter what comes, we will have peace. Though the discussion was short, it was a good reminder to trust in the Lord so that even when trials and tribulations come, we will be strong.

Today as we loaded into the van, we brought with us money and bags to buy and carry our treasures. The drive was similiar to the ones we’ve experienced throughout the week. However, the trip to Antigua was longer and involved travelling up and down some steep roads. But it was highway the whole way, so we had very good roads, even though the motorcycles are scary weaving in and out of traffic. When we reached Antigua, we drove up a mountain and got out of the van to walk to a large cross overlooking a beautiful view of the city. There were volcanos in the background, and the city spread below. Joel told us a little of the history of Guatemala´s 3rd capital, which was mostly destroyed by two earthquakes in 1733 and 1773. It´s hard for Americans to comprehend a country on its 3rd capital city in the 1700s. After this stop, we drove back down the mountain and into the city to a market. There were so many beautiful things for sale! It was a little overwhelming for the Mabrys, but Jennifer discovered a great talent for bargaining. The rest of us were grateful that the section we went to were Joel´s Christian friends, who quoted us good prices and didn´t make us work too hard to get good buys. These things are all handmade locally and display the bright colors typical of Guatemala.

We had lunch at Monoloco, which means Crazy Monkey. We had nachos and quesadillas and ice cream until we thought we would pop. Then we walked off a few calories heading over to one of the cathedrals that was ruined in the 1773 earthquake. While the domes were gone, the huge brick archways remained, and we got to see a float used in a Holy Week parade. While some of the cathedrals were rebuilt, this one is used mostly like a museum, although there were some places used as prayer stations with candles to light. We walked the cobblestone streets back to our van and headed for home.

Back at the orphanage, we played with the children in the backyard for a while, then came in for debrief and prayer. Afterwards, we went back to the middle-aged children who had been bathed and were all sweet-smelling, and played with them, helped with dinner, and watched movies before putting children to bed. Unfortunately, we waited all we to discover the joy of watching tv with a dozen children while they cuddle up with you to sleep. Next time we will definitely take advantage of this joy every night!


Oasis of God Brings Gifts to the Dump Ghetto

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

As every morning, joyful noises of children preparing for school came through our windows and reached our ears around 5am. Luckily, most of us were able to tune it out and sleep for a little bit longer. When it came time for breakfast Brian made us both scrambled eggs and fried eggs to go with our toast. Joel joined us around nine for our time of daily devotions. Today we read from Galatians 6 and discussed sowing and reaping seeds. Joel was encouraging to us remember that while some are called to reap the harvest, some are simply called to sow the seeds. This is important for us to remember because we are here this week sowing seeds and we shouldn’t be discouraged because we aren’t able to see what becomes of the seeds. Another thing he reminded us of is the scripture that tells us to pray on our own, not in big shows on the street. This was important to remember because we need to keep our check our hearts when doing good things to make sure we have the right motives. In all, it was encouraging to have the reminder that we are here to do good deeds for the Lord and because we have pure motives, God will turn these seeds into great things.

After  prayer, we loaded up the remainder of the clothes, all of the shoes, a case of baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, toys, and candy to share with the community. The trip to the dump ghetto wasn´t very long. We stopped on the way at a store where Joel spoke with a woman about getting the two Pilas that we would install in the neighborhood. Pilas are a type of concrete sink that the families in the community use to wash all of the items they gather from the dump throughout the day.

It was only a few blocks later when we arrived at a community with walls made of sheet metal. Dogs were running around and some people could be seen going through bags of trash and sorting out plastic, metal, and any other objects that could be sold in the market. The road was narrow, but we only drove about a quarter of a mile before we stopped the car and unloaded the supplies into a small building where we were told to set up the donations. We went outside to help the men unload the pilas, each of which weigh about 500 pounds. Then we went back inside to organize shoes and clothes by size, and lay out the toys. Each mother coming through would receive either shoes or a piece of clothing for their child, a toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, floss, and a toy. While they waited in line, Kate helped clean the children´s hands and faces with wipes, gave extra wipes out, and shared candy with the people (the adults loved it too!). Meanwhile, Brian took pictures of everything. Alyssa, Jennifer, and Michelle were in charge of making sure everybody got something that they needed, but no extra. It was incredibly touching to see people with no shoes or clothes that didn´t fit leave with something they really needed.

They sounded an alarm that sounded much like our tornado sirens or car alarms, which alerted the people that donations were ready to be handed out. Many people came and stood in line in the hot sun, waiting patiently for their turn to receive their gifts. We were impressed with how polite they were, with no pushing or complaining, just gratitude. Joel commented later that God multiplied the gifts, like Jesus did with the bread and fishes. It certainly seemed that way, as many many people came through, but we hardly seemed to make a dent in the toothbrushes and toothpaste. Everything that wasn´t passed out to the current group was left there to be distributed later. One of the women in charge showed us where the pilas had been put, then we left for home.

After lunch we watched a documentary about the recent history of Guatemala, which told how the country went from relative prosperity to areas of overwhelming poverty in the last 60 years. The joy of the story is how Guatemalans are working to improve living conditions, bring work, and help young men get out of gangs. We have seen this same determination, persistence, and faith in all of the groups that we have worked with this week. While life is difficult, people are focused on making things better for the next generation.

Then it was time to go back outside to play with the children. It´s heartwarming how excited they are when we come out. We love pushing them on the swings, kicking the ball with them, carrying them on our shoulders and playing tag. We know them well enough now to see them as individuals with different personalities, and to know what kind of play they like. We know who is going to want to be held, who will go through our pockets looking for treats, which toddler will make a break for the big playset they aren´t allowed to play on, and who will try to steal Kate´s shoes! They pass around Alyssa´s telephone to play with (and navigate the games very well) and we know enough Spanish to ask them to share. The mothers keep a close eye on them and make sure they all behave. We also distributed the gifts to the mothers who were working today and they were all very appreciative. They give so much of themselves to the children, and we  hope that these little gifts for them will make them happy.

We finished the day completely filthy, but full of love and true amazement by how God worked for and through us to do miraculous things! Dios es muy grande! Dios es muy bueno! Alaba a Dios!


Oasis of God visits the Guatemalan Ghetto

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Another day began earlier than expected as the sounds of children preparing for school flooded through our open windows. We shared a breakfast of cereal, though the milk was a bit different from the milk we’re used to. Joel joined us around 9 to begin devotions. We read from 1 Samuel 17 and discussed the story of David and Goliath. Joel pointed out that this story is applicable to our lives because each of us faces Goliath. Though we probably don´t come across actual giants, we face people that are hard to love and challenges that we must overcome. Luckily, we serve a God who doesn´t abandon us. If we follow, He will lead us to the river where we will find the stones to overcome Goliath. Although the rocks seem insignificant to many, God uses them in powerful ways. Again, the devotion was powerful and very inspiring to go into the world and, through God, overcome every difficulty that comes our way.

Afterwards we loaded into the van with a suitcase of clothes, two bags of candy, and several bags full of food that the orphanage provided for us to bring to the ghetto. The drive was about as far as the government orphanage, but in a different direction. We were able to see the city quickly change from rich to poor as we neared the ghetto. Eventually we were in an area where the streets were lined with people setting up stands to sell their goods. We pulled up near a field full of children playing soccer and awaited the Ghetto president. As we waited, we were greeted by a lady from the city who brought us fresh watermelon. It was delicious!

The Ghetto president, Juanita, greeted us and introduced herself. We learned that, as the president, it is her job to oversee the area and go to the government and request assistance as needed. Then when the government agrees to help, it is her job to nag them until they actually follow through. Without her, many of the people in the ghetto would be completely homeless. Though the ghetto wasn’t a place of riches and lavish living, it was certainly a better alternative to being homeless.

We walked through an alley, down some steps, and through a gate where we looked out across a ginormous dropoff leading to a ravine. The hillside was steep and covered in concrete retaining walls, topped with tiny block houses, and covered in clothes lines clad with tiny outfits. We followed Juanita up some stairs and into the house of a woman who was living in the ghetto with 16 year old Carlito. Joel translated as Juanita told the story of the people, how the woman was a widow and must now be the sole provider for the children. We gave candy to the children, food to the family, and gathered around the family to pray over them. We closed by taking a picture together and wishing them well. We followed this same process through nearly half a dozen homes in the ghetto. Each home consisted of a tiny kitchen area for cooking and a tiny bedroom. One house was three bedrooms, but altogether was only slightly larger than the average master bedroom we’re used to. The walls were made of concrete and windows lined the outside wall. There were few decorations and no sign of luxuries. They did have a single light in each room and a small refrigerator for clean water, which is necessary to stay healthy because all of the tap water is too impure to drink. Though the houses were rather empty, each was filled with love and care. All of the guardians were female and many were caring for both children and grandchildren. Some were out of work, while others worked as hard as possible to make a mere $4 a day. But as Juanita and the people continuously told us, praise the Lord for He continues to make ends meet and ensures people are cared for. The faith of Juanita was incredibly large and every word from her mouth was inspiring. Everyone was so thankful for what we had brought…though our gifts were truly so minimal. It was an incredibly humbling experience and was an excellent reminder to be grateful for all of the wonderful things God provides for us daily, that we often don´t appreciate.

After lunch and nap time (which we really needed after walking back up the steep ghetto steps) we went out to play with the children. We took stickers this time, and the children had fun sticking them on us, themselves, and each other. It was fun to have enough Spanish now to say Princesa! for the Disney picture stickers and Pelota! for the ball stickers. One of the special mothers has been very good to help with our Spanish…she is used to working with two year olds, which is about our level… Her daughter works here as well, and it is great to see how the younger special mothers run and play with the children, while the older ones sing songs with them, hold them, and keep the peace.

We had fajitas for dinner again … yum!… then assembled the bags for the special mothers. Thanks to everyone who supported these gifts to women who give so much to these children. We looked at today´s pictures and finished the day´s laundry. Now it is time to relax, reflect, and rest for tomorrow brings a new set of challneges. For those in prayer for us, thank you! Please keep it up! We would ask that you say a special request for our leader, Joel, who has been feeling very poorly, but working as hard as he possibly can. He’s a wonderful man of God and could use the prayers!


New Baby at Dories Promise

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Josue Alvarez

DOB: Unknown Aprox. Age:  6 months old.

Date of entry: 05/11/12

Last week we received a new baby boy, Josue. He was abandoned on the streets when he was 2 days old. Before being placed at Dorie's Promise he was living in the hospital due Gastrochisis, a birth defect in which an infant's intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side of the umbilical cord. This condition can lead to breathing problems and a difficult time with their bowels. We are very thankful that Dr. Castro is here to help us care for Josue and to monitor his growth.


New Siblings at Dorie’s Promise

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The other night, 3 kids were sent to us at Dorie's Proise by a court orde, because the mother drug addict and alcoholict. They had been living with relatives, but recently these relatives presented the kids to the minor’s court saying that they could not take care of them anymore.


Maria Jose Villalta

DOB: Unknown (7 years old approximately)

Date of Entry: 08/08/2012


Franco Schwartz

DOB: Unknown(5 years old approximately)

Date of Entry: 08/08/2012


Hilary Villalta

DOB: Unknown(3 years old approximately)

Date of Entry: 08/08/2012


New Girl at Dorie’s Promise

Monday, August 6th, 2012

NAME: Veronica Alvarez Noj

DOB: Unknown

Date of Entry: August 1st, 2012.

Sometime children come to Dorie's Promise with stories that just break our hearts. The night of August 1st, we received a new baby girl, Veronica sent to us by Court’s Order because of physical abuse from her parents. It was shocking for all the staff and the especiallly the Special Mothers to see the bruising and the scars around her tiny body. Be praying with us for healing from the hurt both physical and emotional that Veronica has suffered.




New Child at Dorie’s Promise

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Dulce Maria Acpuac
Birthday: 03/05/2012
Date of Entry: July 5th, 2012

Dulce was send to Dories' Promise by Court order, She was abandoned in the hospital.